Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Images of Africa, Blocks 9 and 10

Hi!  I almost forgot about posting these, so here are the next two blocks of my Images of Africa Quilt.

The above block is my least favorite of the twelve, mainly because of that hodgepodge of orange in the middle.  I should’ve just covered it up and started over.  But there are some redeeming features, like some seam stitching, beads added (I like the red “sword”).   If you click on the picture, you can see more detail.   See that brown trim that spans across near the top?  That was given to me years ago by Marilyn, my friend I told you about in the previous post.

In Block 10, above, the focus in the Ndebele woman (pronounced like “in da belly”).  I further embellished the fabric by adding real “jewels” for her.  Also, the block is outlined on two sides by some real African trade beads.  Again, click for better detail.

Today I spent the afternoon tending my DGD London, which was a delight.  She is 11 months now, and says “dada” and “bye”.  She mimics sounds, knows how to give a kiss (a big wet open mouth pressed on your cheek) and loves to bounce to music - or any rhythm.  She’s not walking yet, but stands and moves around by holding onto things.  It won’t be long now.  I’ve got to see what her mom and dad want to do about a 1-year birthday party.  I’m in a celebrating frame of mind!

Cathy maroon


  1. The Ndebele woman is magnificent! And I don't mind the orange in the first block...Just makes me want to trail some brown around it so it fits in better with the rest of the kids. There's one in every crowd!

    And the embellishment on the woman....primo!

  2. Hi Cathy...always doing something different.The orange in the middle of the first block does not look too bad,it gives a bit of color to the block.The Ndebele woman looks great and I do like the jewelry on her. Nice work.

  3. I have been looking at all of the Africa blocks and they are really something. The colors and fabrics you used are so tribal you would think they all came from Africa.




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