My love of quilting starts with my love of textiles. As a child in the upper Midwest, the bright colors and strong patterns in my mother’s sewing closet were a balm against long, dark, grey winters. As I grew, and left the prairie, I sought out the textile section of every art, history, and anthropology museum I could find. One of my favorites was always The Textile Museum in Washington, DC.
African fabrics have always appealed to me. After a run of playing with Japanese textiles, I decided to look for something different. I stumbled on this site. I liked the fact that the company appears to exist as a way of bringing forward the work of artisans in the villages, that they seem to be adhering to fair trade principles, and, since most textile artisans are still women, that I could help to support the economic independence of women around the world. I bought a bunch of fabric!
Of course, like any good quilter, I bought the fabric on faith. I had to idea where any of it was going to be used, but I was pretty sure something would suggest itself. I decided to start with a pretty piece of fabric from Ghana. The fabric was pretty enough to be used as a whole cloth panel, in the center of a lap quilt. The oranges and yellows and reds put me in mind of the rising sun, so I chose to add panels around the outside with a “rays of the sun” pattern, and decided to echo that in the quilting.
For the back, I found a rich orange and gold fabric which I thought nicely complemented the colors of the front. I added the stripes to bring forward the yellows in the front. Also, I ran out of fabric. 😉
This quilt is going to a dear friend, who doesn’t yet know she is getting it! I hope she likes it.
Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday!