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Friday Night Rain - Janice Gunner

Janice is an award-winning stitched textile artist and quilt maker. As a teacher, she is known far and wide for her City & Guilds course and inspiring workshops.

It might be her long and strong friendship with Magie. Or it might just be the fabrics. But over the years many of Janice's most striking creations have featured African fabrics - especially our hand-dyed African batiks and Musa's kola nut and indigo fabrics.

Janice is a big supporter of our fund-raising efforts for Musa's clinic, the Sukuta Health Centre in The Gambia. She made and donated this small wallhanging - Friday Night Rain - for our annual quilt sale in aid of the clinic in December 2019.

Thanks, Janice, for your continued support. Now, what are you working on for next year's sale?

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Friday Night Rain © Janice Gunner

Sabine's Quilt - Robert Irwin and Magie Relph

Every once-in-while Magie says to Bob, 'Stop staring at that computer screen! Why don't you make a quilt?'

Bob really likes making quilts and he's made a few now.

He enjoys the precision of measuring and cutting scraps of fabric. Plus, he loves stitching his squares together using Magie's Bernina. Actually, he's usually only allowed to use the older Bernina because Magie's already on the newer machine.

He pieced this quilt last year for his sister-in-law Sabine in Nova Scotia.

He's still not very good at quilting, so Magie took over for that, as well as the finishing off and binding.

'Enjoy, Sabine!'

Sabine's Quilt © Robert Irwin and Magie Relph

Christine Kibuka Bag Kit - Dorothy Deane

All of our Dorothy Deane designed bags have certain things in common:

  • Easy to make
  • Beautiful to look at
  • Practical to use

What sets this bag apart from all the rest?

That's easy. It's the hand embroiderd panel of a village lady motif by Christine Kibuka.

Christine is an amazing lady. She fled Uganda and settled in neighbouring Kenya, where she joined the Kenya Quilt Guild. That's where Magie met her back in 2009.

Magie took one look at Christine's embroidery work on recycled denim jeans and knew instantly we could sell them for her. Now Christine can just about keep up with demand.

The kit includes all the fabrics you need to make this great bag using Shwe Shwe indigo fabric from South Africa and African wax print from Ghana, with full pattern and instructions. Wadding not included.

Approximate size: 32 x 40 cm / 12 x 16 in.

View and buy: Christine Kibuka Bag Kit

View and buy: more easy-to-make Bag Kits

Christine Kibuka Bag Kit © Dorothy Deane

Shwe Shwe Woven Basket - Isobel Holland

We all need useful little vessels to keep our bits in.

Even better if our little vessels are unique and beautiful like these easy-to-make woven fabric baskets designed by Isobel Holland exclusively for The African Fabric Shop.

Kit includes all the fabrics you need weave two baskets in your chosen colourway of genuine Shwe Shwe fabric from South Africa, along with lining fabric, beads for embellishing and full instructions with photos. Iron-on Vilene included.

Depending on our stock of Shwe Shwe fabrics, we could have 8 or more colourways to choose from.

Approximate size: 8 x 8 x 6 cm / 3.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 in.

View and buy: Shwe Shwe Woven Basket Kit

Shwe Shwe Woven Baskets © Isobel Holland

Tall Stories - Alison Farmer

Our friend, neighbour and fellow quilter Alison Farmer spent many years living in Africa - in Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa and even Eritrea.

She loves making quilts - of course. And African fabrics - of course. And getting up before the sun for early morning game drives.

Oh... she loves giraffes. 

This quilt was a long time in the making. Alison had the batik panel and the embroidery by Chrsitine Kibuka in her collection for some time. Then the idea came. She drew up a variety of other giraffes to complement the panels and there we have it - Tall Stories. If you look at some of our kits you may even recognise some of the giraffes!

More of Alison's giraffes: Giraffe Story Wallhanging Kit

The fabrics: African wax print

And: Christine's embroideries

Another of Alison's kits: A Day Out in Kruger

Tall Stories © Alison Farmer
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