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Thread: Need Ideas for Quilt Using African Fabric from Uganda

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    Need Ideas for Quilt Using African Fabric from Uganda

    Our church sponsors a village in Uganda, and a team makes a mission trip there twice/year. One member brought back 6 yards of beautiful cotton fabric from Uganda for my friend. She and I have decided to use it in making a quilt for the annual mission fundraiser.

    This gorgeous fabric is bold, and we are looking for ideas to showcase it in a quilt without cutting it into small pieces. We are not very knowledgeable about the culture, but would like to make a quilt that is in harmony with it.

    We are interested in hearing your ideas and also in finding any resources that might give us ideas for design with African fabrics.


    Thanks!

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    It would help if you post a picture of the fabric.

    Becks

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    the fabric is beautiful and that blue is so intense. Sorry I don't have a pattern idea but it truly is gorgeous
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    Here is another picture. This time the fabric is positioned vertically.

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    Maybe cut it into wide strips and put other strips in between with a light background and stars, or circles, or some kind of block on point using the colors in the main fabric. That way you show off the fabric instead of it being in little pieces and yet still have some kind of pattern. Hope I explained it correctly. Good luck.

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    Gorgeous fabric I would'n cut it

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    Are the swirls sized small enough to do a BQ block pattern?

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    As soon as I saw that it screamed "Storm at Sea" to me - even if you just used wide strips as the border of a bed-sized "Storm at Sea" quilt.

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    I will be watching this thread. I have been collecting African fabrics and would love to find some great patterns to showcase them.

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    I did a quick search and found some links:
    http://www.maureenodoogan.com/page13/page12/page12.html
    http://pippamoore.ca/patterns_kits.htm
    http://www.braidandstitch.com/online_store

    HGTV has some videos on African Inspired Quilts but my browser kept hanging up when I went there. ( I am posting from work and sometimes the firewall prevents me from reaching certain websites).

    http://www.margreta.com/african.aspx

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    Beautiful fabric...please post a picture of the end product. It should be fabulous!
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    2 things came to my mind: cutting fabric in wide strips alternating with French braid strips in tone on tones pulled from the fabric colors and using the fabric as a border and backing. Or picking one of the lighter colors and cutting a good sized center panel in the light fabric then from the African fabric cut the shape of Uganda to fit on the light colored center panel and machine or hand appliqué it and use your print to border and back it. Hope I explained clearly enough-- it looks good in my head!
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    Could you cut four large blocks and then turn them to create a diamond effect?

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