“This is Africa” – Original Africa Inspired Quilt Design

Africa inspired quilt

Last Updated on 04/01/21 by Rose Palmer

Original Quilt Design – As we were planning our trip to Kenya and Tanzania, I knew I wanted to memorialize it with some type of Africa inspired quilt, and photograph it on location in Africa.

I found this fabric panel from Africa at a quilt show booth, and knew this would be the basis for a quilted wall hanging. I also bought two jelly roll packs of various African made fabrics, not sure how I would use them, but use them I would. I played around with different ideas with regard to piecing, but in the end simplicity won out for the quilt front. The panel was best accentuated with a few layers of simple batik borders (red and purple) and a pieced border from the jelly roll fabrics (the orange and black patterns).

In the interest of space and weight, I only took the quilt top with me to Africa to photograph. Finding a place to photograph was a challenge since we did not leave the vehicle while on safari – for obvious reasons. On one of our last days, we had a picnic lunch while in the Ngorongoro Crater, so I finally had my chance. Yes, those are zebras in the background.

I purchased a batik collage fabric at a shop in Zanzibar which will become the basis for the back of the quilt. I will post and update when the quilt is finished.

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