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Amee's Alphabet - Alison Farmer

Announce a baby and it won't be long before Alison conjurs up a baby quilt.

This marvellous Alison Farmer creation features our Handprinted Alphabet Blocks from Pam Stallebrass in South Africa, as well as a few of Pam's Handprinted Animal Blocks.

Very nice, Alison. A quilt to be treasured.

Amee's Alphabet © Alison Farmer

Indigo Shwe Shwe quilt - Carole Raines

Carole picked up one of our 11 fat quarter Indigo Shwe Shwe Adventure packs at World Textile Day West in Bristol.

The she made this wedding quilt based on a Kogin quilt by Stephen Hilliard. To get the right dimensions, she had to add a few squares on point.

Pieced and quilted on Carole's old faithful Bernina 930.

Great quilt, Carole.

Thanks for sharing it with us and our followers.

Check out our bumper bundle of 25 fat quarters: I'll Have Them All Shwe Shwe Indigos

Indigo Shwe Shwe quilt © Carole Raines

The Bushman's Arrow - Magie Relph

If you know Magie, you know how much she loves making quilts to show of the big, bold designs of African wax print fabrics.

Here, she's challenged herself: make a quilt using only one of our limited edition Janice Gunner Special Selection packs.

The  Bushman's Arrow © Magie Relph

Little Treats Bag - Erica Whiting

When we're out and about doing quilt shows and other events - remember that idea? - Magie sometimes brings along a few packs we call Little African Treats.

Just a few nice fabrics, a few beads, maybe a small printed panel.

The next step - the creative bit - is up to you.

Here Erica made a lovely little bag. Gorgeous.

For something similar, take a look at our Limited Edition selections

Little Treats bag © Erica Whiting

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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