Thursday, December 23, 2010

Three More Africa-Inspired Quilts

I continue to be amazed at the way various quiltmakers use African fabrics to make quilts. The vibrancy of their colours, their energy, their affirmation of life speaks volumes about the human spirit, and the survivor in each of us. The first quilt featured is one of my own. Circles of Kente-inspired cottons have been appliqued to a background of pieced Shweshwe cloth, then surrounded by couched circles of thin strips of veritable wax fabrics. It's called Celestial Dance. Next is an enlarged version of African Journey, made by Lynne Fanthorpe from Coquitlam, B.C. And lastly is a quilt called A Conversation, made by Margaret Kelly from Courtenay, B.C. I was recently invited to write an article for the Canadian Quilter magazine, on using African fabrics in quilts, and these are three of the featured quilts. Look for the Spring Issue of the Canadian Quilter to read this article - a must-have journal for any Canadian quilter.


  1. These are beautiful pieces!! As a lover of African fabric. as well as collector, I always love seeing new ways in which people are utilizing them. Also, I am now proud to say, that my first shipment of African fabrics have arrived to my online shop and will be up within the next few days. I am so excited to be carrying them and hope to continue to do so in the future.

  2. I look forward to your article, Pippa. These quilts are stunning - love those circles.

  3. Joanne, Armstrong, BCDecember 24, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Lots more inspiration here - thanks for posting. Hope that air travel across the Atlantic sorts out before you have to be in the air. Looking forward to your blog posts from Uganda.