Quilt Made with Fabrics from Africa

Quilt Made with Fabrics from Africa

Double D’s brother lived in Cameroon for a few years. He sent back some fabric a long time ago, before I really decided I would try my hand at putting quilts together. The fabric sat in my drawer from then on.

My brother told me he wanted me to make him a quilt, since I had made one for my mom, and my sister, so I made him one for his birthday.  I decided I wanted something masculine, and finally thought about the African fabric I had been given. This is a really, really rough sketch of how I wanted to use it, but basically, I just settled for basic 5 inch squares cut and then put together to form a diamond for each row of fabric, in a Trip Around the World pattern. You’ll have to forgive my scribbles.Outline of rough pattern

These are the piles of fabric for each pattern.  Double D’s brother had sent three different ones, and two had red in the fabric, so I decided to go with red for the color in between the three different fabrics.Piles of fabric cut for quilt

And here they are laid out on the floor.  I really liked how the red made the pieces pop. This is not the best picture, I know. African fabric laid out into pattern

I then sewed the squares into rows, and ironed the seams. Quilt fabric sewn into rows

Next step was sewing the rows together to start forming the quilt top. This step seemed to take forever.  Maybe just because the squares were smaller than normal. Quilt rows sewn together to form top

Once the rows were sewn together, I could then start working on the borders. I had more of the gold fabric than the other two, but I knew I wouldn’t have enough to finish all four of the borders with it.  I decided to go ahead and use it anyway, and finish the missing pieces off with black fabric, since that was the dominant color in all of the fabrics.  I am so glad I did.  I love how the border pieces turned out. Borders attached to quilt top

After the borders were attached, it was time to sandwich all the layers together. I used black fabric for the back, and started stitching in the ditch to quilt it. Getting ready to quilt it

The quilting part did seem to take forever, but once I got through that, I got the binding pieces done pretty fast.African fabric quilted

And here the quilt is on our queen sized bed. I really like how it turned out, and I am so glad I kept the fabric for so many years. This is the first quilt that I have made where I didn’t see any glaring mistakes, and I am pretty happy with my effort overall.  I’m not saying it’s perfect by any means, but I am able to see a progression for the better from some of my earlier attempts:)  My brother seemed to like it too, which is a plus.  I did make the announcement that this is my last quilt I will do for a while, but we’ll have to see how long that lasts:)Finished African Fabric quilt

Thanks for looking!


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10 responses »

  1. Sarah, this is so awesome on so many different levels. 1) Kevin was absolutely touched by you giving him this beautiful quilt 2) Material from Africa, how cool for Kevin to have a quilt made from this material 3) I wish grandma could have been there in the planning stages: I wonder what thoughts she used when quilting 4) I have never seen a layout for a quilt explained before; Awesome 5) I am so very proud of your skills and willingness to share your quilts with us; I am sure it is tempting to keep some of them. I know Mom had her favorites but loved giving them away, too. Loved browsing this posting! love, Mom

    • Thanks for the comment, Mom! It is tempting to want to keep them, but I know when I start on them who they will be going to, so that is easier:)

      As for the layout, I have that problem with math, so it’s easier if I can see what it will look like instead of measuring for things:)

  2. Such a timeless quilt that holds great sentimental value. The red was a fabulous choice and you did an amazing job on this overall!!

  3. Hi, cool quilt! I’m making one based off of this picture! I was wondering, do you know what were the dimensions of your blocks?

    • Hi Gretchen,
      The squares were 5×5″. It ended up being a rather large quilt, but my brother has a pillow top mattress, so it was higher off the ground than the one in the picture.
      Thanks for looking and have fun with your quilt!

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