October 9, 2009

African Equator on Blogger's Quilt Festival

2009-10-09 13:03
For the second time I am participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival 2009 - an online Quilt Festival being held from October 9th - 16th.
This fun Festival is hosted by Amy from
Park City Girl: Quilt Festival - Fall 2009.
Bearing in mind it is Quilter's Choice, my entry for this Festival is a quilt I made in 2007 which gave and still gives me much happy hours. This quilt was submitted to a challenge called “Colours Of Africa”.
First I made a design in Electric Quilt:


The face or shield in the middle is done with paper-piecing.
I had to do the face twice, because I made the mistake to use different printers on both halves and one halve became longer then the other. The eyes I also did twice, because my youngest son (at that moment 17 years old) did not like the first pair.

The quilt was made from fabrics on sale I bought on-line.
The piecing and the quilting was done on a ordinary sewing machine with lesser fancy stitching than the one I own now, but could do some nice straight stitches: a Pfaff 1525 ClassicStyle.

For the right halve behind the face I used some neon coloured thread for quilting, so the quilting would pop-out more from a distance. I learned that from the website of Caryl Bryer Fallert.

The left halve of the background was an experiment with random cut stripes to resemble the landscape of savannas who are also a part of Africa.

The border on the bottom and at the right are made from log cabin blocks in diamant form, a form much used in African designs and also a much wanted mineral found in Africa.

The border on the left was inspired by the colourful and bold designs on African fabrics and is made from halve log cabin blocks.

The border on top, also made of blocks in diamant form, had to blend in with the backgrounds behind the face, to suggest a soft transition. I learned from Joen Wolfrom’s website where to look for in the fabrics to achieve this effect.

This quilt I called "African Equator" gave me the luck to be a first price visitors choice winner of the Challenge “Colours from Africa” during the second Main-Quilt Festival 2007 in Asschaffenburg, Germany:


The first price was a Bernina Aurora 440QE with BSR and lots of fancy stitches.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy visiting the other participants of the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Just click on






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64 comments:

  1. So hard to say which one I like better. They remind me of the masks at the Smithsonian African Art museum. I love them both.

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  2. This is a gorgeous quilt Genie. It certainly deserved its visitors choice award.

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  3. wow, that's a lot of piecing and very well done! a lovely piece.

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  4. What a great quilt. Congratulations on winning the prize. A Bernina ! Lucky you!

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  5. Quite lovely and certainly captures the feel of Africa.

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  6. Wow, it's beautiful! I LOVE the eyes, and your quilting is wonderful. I am not at all surprised that it still gives you much pleasure.

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  7. What a great quilt! Definitely worthy of such a great prize!

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  8. This is incredible! A work of art.

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  9. Wonderful quilt - I am learning so many things by seeing such beautiful quilts. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. I love your quilt. Absolutely beautiful.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  11. Wonderful quilt design. Both are lovely!

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  12. Very intriguing, I can see why you chose to share it. Great work!

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  13. What a beautiful art quilt. Really very stunning.

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  14. Beautiful quilt - love the colours and the quilting. Congratulations!

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  15. Fantastic use of fabrics. Congrats on your quilt win. What a great prize too! Cheers!

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  16. That is awesome! So different, and as someone else said, certainly gives a feel of Africa :)

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  17. Wow, that is a stunning quilt. The colors are beautiful and I love the design. I can see why you won the prize!

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  18. It is an amazing quilt!!! Congrats on the prize. A worthy winner.

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  19. Wow, these are amazing. True works of art!

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  20. Definitely beautiful. The design is wonderful, and it's always enjoyable reading why a quilter did what she did in each part of the quilt. I think it's an artistic masterpiece. I'm so glad I stopped by.

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  21. Geni,
    This is a fantastic quilt- I Love the mask and the borders- Paper piecing was an inspired choice to use for piecing.
    I love the expressive face.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful art quilt.
    Warmest regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  22. Your color choices are terrific and the design is very eye catching. Great piecing!

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  23. You have a wonderful design sense. Well done!

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  24. What a great art quilt. You did an amazing job. thanks for sharing.

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  25. They are both amazing quilts.

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  26. Love anything African. Those log cabin blocks in diamant form are very nice!

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  27. Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story! Are you enjoying your new sewing machine...?!

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  28. What a great prize you've got. If I had enough money, I would buy that but my Janome 6500 is performing very well.

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  29. Gorgeous! I'm sure it is even more stunning in person, too. The depth of the fabric patterns and colors is amazing!

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  30. Truly a beautiful art piece, Genie!

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  31. Congratulations on your win! I don't think it was just the lucky name~ your design and quilting are awesome!! :-)

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  32. Love the colors and all the significance in masks. Wonderful job!

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  33. Wonderful work - so detailed and skillful - well done!!!

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  34. wow! your quilt is AMAZING! thanks for sharing such a beautiful piece of work!

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  35. Wow.......congratulations on winning the sewing machine, but it WASN'T LUCK, girl ! That is one complicated, fascinating, and beautiful quilt !

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  36. Definitely art!! I love it.

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  37. As a whole the two quilts are stunning...then I begin to examine elements and find inspiration in so many of your piecings and colors...and then a Dickens quote to boot. Thank you.

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  38. a very impressive quilt, you did a very good job in quilt and design- I love to use EQ, hope you enjoy your new sewing machine! thanks for sharing!
    Christiane from DE

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  39. Wow, wow, wow, your quilts are fantastic, I love them.

    Lis
    www.shiny4444.blogspot.com

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  40. Epic! You deserved that award--it is an amazing, inspiring piece of art.

    Vicki

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  41. Wow! This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing :)

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  42. Oh my gosh, your quilt is amazing!!! I hope to be able to do something like this someday.

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  43. I'm just thinking about getting away from straight blocks, into actual objects, and this is a real inspiration.

    Thankyou

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  44. Both of your quilts are just fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

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  45. My jaw is on the floor! Gorgeous quilt!

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  46. I can see why you won. What wonderful work! Thanks for sharing your creations!

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  47. What a great quilt. I just love it. I have Electric Quilt, also, but I don't think my version allows me to do wonderful designs such as this. I really like the four different borders. I think I'll go check out more of your blog.

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  48. fantastic, a true work of art!

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  49. Congratulations on your quilt, they are both really wonderful and well done!

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  50. I think you captured Africa very well. Beautifully done. Sharon

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  51. Awesome art. You have great talent.

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  52. Very Impressive and thanks for the telling of how you made it.

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  53. I like it the quilt very nice.
    Marika

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  54. It is a gorgeous quilt. You are extremely talented.

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  55. This quilt is absolutely awesome.

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