The Kenyan Quilt: quilt blocks showcase

Kenyan Quilt top sneak peek
Kenyan Quilt top sneak peek

Remember last week when I promised to reveal the finished quilt top? Well, that’ll have to wait a week because first I want to show you the individual quilt blocks in this quilt. You can see a sneak peek in the picture on top though.  The focus will be on the patterns designed by me, inspired by traditional blocks. Let me know in the commentary or through e-mail (riannedoller@gmail.com) if you would be interested to purchase the patterns.

The finished quilt blocks

The orange border strip

This is the first block I made. In the picture, it is only small, but in reality, I used it as a border on the left side of the quilt. I was inspired by the stripes in the pattern and thought this was a nice way to use that design. This is a simple block made from two kitenge’s which is a traditional Kenyan garment.

Kenyan quilt orange border

The organic space flower quilt block

Block G-8: Justin's corner
Dear Jane quilt block G-8: Justin’s corner

One of my favourite quilt blocks is block G-8 -Justin’s Corner from the Dear Jane quilt. This block is a variation on block G-8 from the Dear Jane quilt, called ‘the organic space flower’.  There are two versions of this block, with the difference in the number of seams and pieces. After sewing the first block, I decided to make another version of this block because the first version used too bold fabrics which did not match well. The second time I made this block I decided to experiment because I don’t like to do the same thing twice. Which version do you prefer?

Log cabin quilt block variations

log cabbin example

There is something very soothing about the log cabin pattern. It is simple in its design, the pattern allows for a lot of variation, and it’s very aesthetically pleasing.  Also, it has a great history rooted in the abolitionist movement in America. I made three variations of the log cabin quilt block:

I like how these blocks look more like a tribute to superheroes than something your granny made. There is a third log cabin quilt block variation which is a bit more static and reminds one more of the traditional block:

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Sawtooth Star quilt block variations

Sawtooth star basic quilt block
Sawtooth star basic quilt block

The Sawtooth star is my favourite block. I even wrote a tutorial about this block. It made sense I would make some variations on this quilt block for my Kenyan quilt. The variation in my blocks was to re-design the middle block. Which one of the three below do you love best?

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English paper piecing stars

star border

I’ve once made Escher fishes with the English Paper piecing technique. English paper piecing works with pieces of cardboard around which you wrap fabric. After which, you sew them together. It is a nice, although time-consumptive technique. Because I had a lot of cardboard lying around I decided to use the technique again. And the border of stars was born! Here is an example of one of the stars.

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Crewel embroidery mountain landscape

This piece ended up in the quilt because I started this embroidery in Kenya. I’ve always wanted to learn how to do crewel embroidery because it looks so gorgeous and I love the idea of drawing and painting with thread.  This mountain landscape by Sol Y Mano Studio is where I started teaching myself. My verdict on embroidery so far is that it is nice, meditative but also takes a long time! I am pleased with the result:

Crewel embroidery mountain landscape
Crewel embroidery mountain landscape

Magical SAL NYE 2018

This is another piece that ended up in this quilt because I made it in Kenya. One of my cross stitch friends, Magical Mystery hosts stitch-a-longs (SALs). Check her website if you like a good SAL because she has so many pretty ones! This one she designed for New Years Eve 2018. I used blue and glitter embroidery floss to give it a winter vibe.

New Years Eve SAL 2018
New Years Eve SAL 2018

Conclusion: Onwards to quilt the quilt

Start quilting Kenyan Quilt

So these are the quilt blocks! As you can see in the picture above, I’ve already started quilting this quilt. It seemed fitting to me to bring the Kenyan Quilt to finish during my second stay here. I’ve brought a box of quilting tools with me, and my boyfriend was very fascinated by them. If you’re wondering how to make a quilt for yourself, you can check this article I wrote:

I am proud of the pattern I designed for this quilt. I’ve dabbled in pattern design before, and it is something I will continue to do in the future. Let me know in the comments or through email (riannedoller@gmail.com) if you are interested to buy my patterns. If things go well I’ll open an Etsy shop soon. Here are some other quilt patterns I created:

Would you like to read more?

Next weeks post:

– Reveal of the finished Kenyan Quilt top


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