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Magie Relph Quilt Gallery

Most of my quilts are rooted in some way in Africa - either in design, inspiration, fabrics, or all three.

I'll try to rotate new pieces through the gallery from time to time. Right now, you can see some very early quilts from my collection. I hope you enjoy my work and find it inspiring.

Magie Relph


Strip Cloth Sampler

Magie has been playing with strip cloth lately.

Here's a small sampler she made using some of our handwoven strip cloth from Burkina Faso, combined with hand-dyed batik from The Gambia.

View and buy: Handwoven Strip Cloth

Strip cloth sampler by Magie Relph
Strip Cloth Sampler © Magie Relph

The Two Kings

This wallhanging was commissioned by Region 14 of The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles for their 25 for 25 collection.

The powerful kings motif is popular one in Nigeria and based on a cloth originally made in 1935 for the silver jubilee of King George and Queen Mary.

The feature fabrics include Nigerian Adire, Gambian hand-dyed damask and my own hand-dyed cotton fabrics. The strips are made up of scraps from my stash.

Wallhanging. 100 x 100 cm. Machine pieced and quilted. 2004.

Two Kings quilt © Magie RelphThe Two Kings © Magie Relph

Dressed to Kill

I acquired this screen print of Maasai warriors on my first trip to Kenya in 1984.

Eventually - with a bit of jazzing up - it found its way into a quilt when a bunch of us bought some fabric depicting Maasai ladies at the 2002 Quilters' Guild conference. We showed the results of our challenge at the next AGM.

Wallhanging. 60 x 100 cm. Machine pieced and quilted. 2003.

Dressed to Kill © Magie RelphDressed to Kill © Magie Relph

African Map Quilt

This quilt really does take me back to early days. I love maps and the map of Africa has always been my favourite - Bob's too - for obvious reasons.

Here I've used appropriately coloured African wax prints to follow the topography of the continent. The yellow Sahara desert fabrics came from an old pair of trousers Bob had made in Chad, I think. The scraps of blue fabric that depict the seas were off-cuts from a shirt I made for my brother David, who once lived in Botswana.

Wallhanging. 100 x 100 cm. Machine pieced and quilted. c.1992.

African Map Quilt © Magie RelphAfrican Map Quilt © Magie Relph
 
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