Vintage African Fabrics
I shared a bit about these fabrics in March, but I only showed them made up into two of my Gretchen quilt blocks. I have a precious group of these Shwe Shwe blues that I pulled out a few years ago and snapped a photo of. I acquired these 44+ years ago when I lived on the Dark Continent in Swaziland. What do you think?
I used many of the blues in a class sample for my Gretchen workshop. I combined them with other red fabrics (also from Africa). I shared these in March.
And the reds:
I put my blocks together into this lovely Gretchen quilt and used more precious (vintage) African prints for the borders.
I made a special cloth bag for my youngest daughter several years ago. She scanned my entire stash of fabric and latched onto the blues. I took a deep breath and said: "Yes, of course!" Isn't this a lovely print?
I recreated one of my patterns about 11 years ago for Blank Fabrics. Their Ethnic Echoes line begged for some Adinkra symbols. Do you remember this? I made it a Block of the Month awhile back.
Here is the first Adinkra quilt I made. Many of these fabrics are authentic and came from Africa. This was published in Quilt Magazine around 2005. I since donated it to an African American museum here in Virginia as a teaching tool for students. I know she's happy to be treasured there!
Hope you enjoyed these vintage fabrics. I still have quite a few and am inspired to use them. I mean, after all: what have I been waiting for all these years?!!
|Authentic African Shwe Shwe cloth|
|4 Gretchen blocks in blue|
|4 Gretchen blocks in red|
|Gretchen Quilt using my authentic (and vintage) African fabrics|
|Drawstring bag made for my daughter|
|African Adinkra Quilt. 10" blocks. 60" x 60"|
|Original Adinkra quilt using many authentic fabrics from Africa|