Friday, September 21, 2012

African fabric and quilts in the blogosphere!

One of my favorite African prints!

Last month I had the very great pleasure of being asked to write an article on African fabric as a guest blogger for the See How We Sew blog. This fun opportunity came up when I reconnected with my friend Jennifer Rounds who is one of the bloggers on the SHWS team. The first half of my article appeared in the blog Aug. 31st, and the second half will appear on Friday, September 28. This time, though, Jennifer plans to include an enticing gallery of African quilts/quilts made with African fabrics, not just the couple of photos I sent her. This virtual exhibition will be in a special SHWS gallery. I love to be a catalyst for increasing quilters' appreciation and understanding of African quilting!

To see the Gallery and read the article, you can find the See How We Sew blog here:

You'll have to scroll down a bit to find the first part of the African Fabric article, but I'm fairly sure you'll find interesting things to look at along the way! :)
I hope you enjoy the Gallery of African quilts!

Monday, September 10, 2012

SAQA Benefit Auction Begins Today!

The SAQA Benefit Auction offers us all the opportunity to bid on a wondrous selection of 12-inch square art quilts-----it's an annual exercise in art lust! :) The auction begins today, September 10th, at 2 pm Eastern Time, and can be found here:

The piece I donated is in the first group to be auctioned, so it's on the block in a matter of hours! Nail biting will commence forthwith!  Actually, the auction is a cause for celebration, because the variety of work is amazing, and even if we don't bid, we get to see it all!

 Since I've already posted a photo of my auction donation, I went looking for a quilt I haven't shown pictures of before.  Below are some photos of a baby quilt I made earlier this year.  Most of the fabrics on the front are Laurel Burch designs from her Jungle Songs line, and the back has a bunch of bright fabrics from my stash.  I used lots of different colors of thread for the quilting, and free-motioned designs whereever I found some space. I really enjoyed making this quilt, all the more because I could feel very thrifty----most of the blocks were left over from a larger baby quilt I made previously!

Jungle Baby
Jungle Baby back 
And here are a few detail photos, just to show how much fun I was having!

Detail 1

Detail 2

Detail 3