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Quilt the Beloved Africa
  • Publisher: Sally Milner Publishing
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 16 December 2008
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781863513951
  • Stock: 22 in stock
  • Size: 210x297 mm
  • Illustrations: 100
  • Pages: 116
  • RRP: £18.99
  • Series: Milner Craft Series
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Quilt the Beloved Africa


by Jenny Williamson (Author)

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Book Description

The craft of African quilting is a beautifully textured and vibrant art form that bears testimony to the rich and complex nature of the African continent. In this, their third book, doyennes of the discipline Pat Parker and Jenny Williamson delve deepter into what it is that sets this relatively new style quilting apart from the more well-established American and European styles that have dominated quilting circles for hundreds of years.
The quilts in Quilt the Beloved Africa are a fantastic mix of colourful fabrics that are the key differentiators of the African style of quilting. Another key feature of the local style of quilting is the use of images drawn from its vibrant flora, fauna, and the faces of its people.
With a wonderful gallery of quilts followed by thirteen projects, all with easy step-by-step instructions, templates and wonderful colour photographs of the quilts and the inspirations for the quilts, this book will take you on a quilting adventure through Africa like no other.
We hope you enjoy your journey through their third African quilting odyssey a beautiful palette of textures, colours and patterns that continue to make African quilting a joy to behold!

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

About Jenny Williamson

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.


Popular Patchwork

Sept 10

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 appliqué 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 appliqué. 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 appliqué, you will be making colourful, lively quilts in no time at all.

Patchwork & Quilting

Aug 10

A stunning book with quilts inspired by modern Africa. The first 19 pages show vividly coloured quilts made by the authors. There are instructions for making further 13 quilts and photos of contemporary rural life. The quilts combine piecing and appliqué designs. The templates are of people engaged in everyday activities, lighting fires, fishing, playing football. There are weaving patterns, traditional houses, butterflies and much more. The instructions assume some knowledge of the techniques used. All the quilts are densely quilted, often with shadow quilting. A wonderful collection of beautiful quilts giving us views of African life we rarely see. It is my choice as book of the month.

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