If your elders are like mine you have heard many times that mixing alcoholic drinks is a bad idea. I don’t agree with that, a cocktail can be a beautiful thing. The same way that a mix of various quilting techniques is a beautiful thing. I will tell you why in this article.
This month I worked on quilted pillows made with a combination of Kitenge fabric and solids. Kitenge is a fabric popular among places in East-Africa and thus also Kenya where I live now. In the picture, you see three of them. More information about how to make them and the patterns I used will follow in a post later this month.
I’ve finished the top five rows of my Dear Jane Quilt in November, which is incredible because that month my parents also came to visit me and my boyfriend in Kenya. We travelled around a lot and thus I wasn’t home a lot. My parents’ visit was vital to visit this part of my Dear Jane though because they came bearing gifts. Part of those gifts where my quilting and embroidery materials.
It was my birthday on the 10th of November! – Happy birthday to me – Last year I wrote a post reflecting on the year that had gone by creative wise. I thought that’s a good habit to keep so here is my post for this year. The post is a bit delayed because I was on a holiday with my family and too busy laying in the ocean and too occupied relaxing to write. I’m sure you’ll all understand.
For this post and the HQAL, the definition of hand-quilting is stretched. Technically speaking hand quilting is only the process of sewing through all the layers of a quilt. However, to me, hand piecing is also part of this HQAL, which is sewing pieces of fabric together to create the quilt blocks. There are two reasons why hand quilting is important for every quilter: 1. When learning a new technique. 2. Precision.
In this article, I’ll show you the projects I’ve worked on this October and I’ll tell you a bit about what’s going on in my life in Kenya. I got a lot of new Kenyan fabric, so the two things are related. Last month I published two posts, one monthly sewing update and an article about finding materials for quilting and embroidery in an environmentally friendly way.