That I would make a quilt for Carla was a matter of course, but the implementation took me more time than expected. Oh, the theme for the quilt was easily found: Carla loves Africa, and has traveled their a couple of times. But how to process this theme into a quilt in an original way? Every time I was thinking about a design, I heard Carla’s voice somewhere in the back of my head: ‘don’t forget, I am very critical’. I selected and deselected fabrics for hours.
I thought of traditional blocks, but decided for something less stringent. I asked Carla if she would like to have her own Africa pictures processed in the quilt; she gave me a CD with photo’s and I choose six of them that found their destination on the map of South Africa.
Little by little, step by step, the ‘Forever Africa’ quilt was born and developed over the past weeks. For the borders I decided to use the colors of the South African flag, using simple solids. The evening prior to the farewell party I finished the quilt. And Carla? She seemed to be pretty content with the result!
I like seeing your stash of fabric colors and knowing that you arranged and rearranged them on your table for hours while your imagination went to work. I also tend to daydream about needlework projects. Piecing in the African photographs indeed makes the quilt special. The recipient was blessed by your generous “quilter’s heart” I’m sure. Karen A. in America