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African Fabric Quilt

I actually made a quilt the other day!  And it is the biggest I’ve ever made – it is just a bit bigger than single bed size – not remarkable for most quilters, but even when I did City & Guilds the largest I made was a lapquilt sized wall quilt and most of the others have been art ones.

African quilt draped over chair

African fabric quilt all finished!

It is made from African Dutch wax prints fabric – it is very colourful, isn’t it?  The quilting wouldn’t win any prizes but I was pleased to actually finish something.  I quite enjoyed just mindlessly sewing without having to make too many design decisions along the way.

colourful quilt

Very colourful!

colourful quilt

Don’t look too closely at the stitching!

I watched a Youtube video on making jelly roll quilts and there was a pile of African fabrics on my shelves so I cut them into strips and rolled them up… The Missouri Quilt Company who made the video have a channel on Youtube with lots of others if you feel like a good browse…

jelly roll in African fabric

Not as neat as purchased jelly rolls!

jelly roll

Very colourful and inspiring seeing all these patterns rolled up together!

another view of jelly roll

Looks good from all angles… 
Sewing machine with some of the fabric

That particular fabric was used for the borders – DH bought it back from Zambia for me.

African fabric and nappy liners!

There are still more fabric bundles waiting to be snapped up! And here are a few extras for the next 2 or 3 people to buy them…

I found a load of nappy liners which I bought to do cool melting and burning stuff… you can stitch into them and colour them and heat them and they distress nicely.

I’ve also got lots of African dutch wax prints fabrics – if you buy a fabric bundle I’ll put some of them in – they are good size pieces (half a yard, a yard etc…).

My studio is looking very different now – I’ve moved the tables round and my design wall and I can get around a lot more in there! I don’t feel quite so hemmed in. I was hoping that it might be possible to put a kitchen type sink in there but it looks like that is impractical so I’ll just have to keep running to the bathroom if I want to rinse things out:(

Pics soon… and I haven’t forgotten the report on my week at C2C!

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