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Quilt the Beloved Africa


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Table of Contents

Soul Sisters
Shall We Begin
Quilt Gallery
Shifting Sands - Jenny Williamson
Can't See the Woods for the Leaves - Jenny Williamson
We Believe in Angels - Jenny Williamson and Pat Parker
Zulu Kingdom - Jenny Williamson and Pat Parker
Incantation on Immortality - Terry Pryke
Reflections - Pat Parker
Afrocentric versus Eurocentric - Paul Schutte
Intsizwa (Young Man) and Intombi (Young Woman) - Carol Smith
Celebration - Carol Smith
On the Fringe - Pat Parker
Circles in the Sand - Pat Parker
Liberty in Africa - Jenny Williamson
Psammobates Geometricus - Shirley Prakke
Ndebele Apron - Jenny Williamson
Dashing to Durban - Jenny Williamson and Pat Parker
Brilliant Baobab - Carolyn Kode
Desert Flowers - Pat Parker
Kalahari - Jenny Williamson
Village People - Jenny Williamson and Pat Parker
Ekithuleni - Pat Parket
Quilts to Make
African Alphabet - Jenny Williamson and Pat Parker
African Christmas - Jenny Williamson and Pat Parker
All a Flutter - Jenny Williamson and Pat Parker
Elephant Hide - Pat Parker

About the Author

Sisters Jenny and Pat were born, grew up and live in Johannesburg. Neither can remember a time when they were not surrounded by fabric and were not involved in one form of handwork or another. They started teaching quilting in 1978 and have taught courses at National Quilt Festivals since 1989. They have won numerous prizes, individually and together, for their quilts. Their work has been exhibited in Britain, Canada and the USA, where they have also successfully conducted classes and lectures.

Reviews Bearing testimony to the rich art of African design, this book on quilting explores the quintessential style found on the African continent. It shows a gallery of work from Africa's top quilters. I love the front cover of this book with its distinctive African colouring and pattern, which sets it apart from the quilt styles of Europe and America. African quilts beat to a different rhythm. This book fully explores this, helping you to create quilts with African themes and symbols. At the end are patterns for African dolls that are really wonderful. This vibrant 113 page book is well worth buying if you wish to infuse your quilts with life and create a different look or if you just wish to get in touch with some African inspiration. The book is beautifully produced with clear photographs, instructions and templates. This is the third book by Jenny Williamson and Pat Barker, who have been quilting together and teaching for 25 years. It includes a gallery of gorgeous quilts and accompanying photographs of African scenes, showing the flora, fauna, landscapes and faces of Africa that have inspired their quilts. There are 13 quilt projects and a set of instructions for making two very sweet African dolls. The quilts are characteristically full of colour and vibrancy and tend to include lots of applique showing images from nature, African scenes and people. Although there are one or two projects involving simple piecing, which are quite contemporary in nature, the book is probably more suitable for fans of applique. The majority of templates need to be enlarged to fit into block sizes which could be a little taxing for novices, but once you are comfortable working out percentages, and have mastered your preferred method of applique, you will be making colourful, lively quilts in no time at all.-Popular Patchwork

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