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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

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Pretty Yellow Quilt with Vintage Squares

Pretty Yellow Quilt with Vintage Squares

Well, it took me almost two years, but I just finished this quilt for my sister’s birthday today. She and I went antique shopping one day in late 2011, and I happened to find these squares finished in the Trip Around the World pattern.  I have a weakness for older fabrics, so I bought them, knowing I would love to make a quilt out of them. I didn’t realize until I got them home that there were only 11 squares, not the 12 I thought I had counted. One of the 11 was even different in that it didn’t have a row of pink polka-dotted material.  I thought about it, and decided to use the odd one to make a pillow case out of, so that left me with ten. Here is a picture of the pillow.Pillow from quilt block

After I made the pillow, the squares just sat around until I could decide what to do with them. I loved all the colors, but finally decided on focusing on the yellow.  Unfortunately, another problem I ran into was the blocks were all different sizes.  One was 16 inches, and the others ran anywhere from 17 inches to almost 18.  I went for the middle, and cut all of them to 17 inches, and added a red border to the one that was 16 inches.  Finally, I was left with a nice pile of even squares.Finished pile of pink squares

In May, I finally bought the material, and started cutting the blocks. I liked the look of the squares on point, and started laying them out.  This is what I ended up with. You’ll notice I didn’t have a lot of room to work with on the floor, so it’s kind of a bad picture.Quilt pieces laid out

And here is the quilt top all sewn together. I had to take into account the two missing pieces, so I decided to leave them out of the middle.  I actually like the way it turned out. Quilt top without the borders

Once the quilt top was put together, I let it sit until July, when I could get back to it. Since the quilt was already on the large size, I decided on one small red border, and one small yellow border, followed by a red binding. The top was officially done.Borders on quilt top

Unfortunately, the next steps are the ones I like to do least in the quilting process.  That’s why I waited until last Sunday to start on this.  Talk about procrastination. I like to do the top, because it is a bit like putting a puzzle together, and I like seeing the outcome. The actual quilting is just not for me, but I do it anyway. I used a red material for the backing to match the border, and pinned the top and batting to the backing. I then stitched in the ditch, and also stitched a square inside each pink square.Quilting the quilt together

The binding was the last step, and I did cheat a little on this.  I left the backing piece longer than the quilt top on each side, and just folded it over to sew. With this picture, you can see the yellow fabric had a bit of a polka dot effect also. Binding

And here is a picture of the back.  I used yellow thread that matched the fabric, so it really shows up on the back of the red. Red backing piece

I washed it, and was relieved to see the red didn’t bleed into the yellow. I had pre-washed all the fabrics anyway, but it always makes me worry.  Here she is laid out on the bed.  Such a happy quilt:)Finished yellow quilt with vintage fabric

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