African Village Quilt--Completed. Free pattern

by Judy Tucker


Here's my completed African Village Quilt.  It measures 40 x 57 inches. 

African Village Quilt

African Village Quilt

I recently took Jacquie Gering's Craftsy course, "Creative Quilting with your Walking Foot."  She had some great tips and suggestions about using the walking foot for quilting.  I used echoing in, radiating designs and straight quilting using a variety of specialty stitches on my domestic sewing machine. It was lots of fun to use her techniques.  

The echoing in stitching is in the setting triangles in the upper strip of diamonds. 

Here is a detail of radiating quilting on a roof. 

Radiating quilting done with walking foot on the hut roof,  Free motion quilting used to create grasses and heat swirls. 

Radiating quilting done with walking foot on the hut roof,  Free motion quilting used to create grasses and heat swirls. 

I used Jacquie's suggestion of using the Bernina specialty stitch #4, the serpentine stitch, to make the current in the river blocks. She said that this stitch is intended for use in garment construction making lingerie which needs to stretch!  Doesn't it make a lovely river current?

Bernina Stitch #4 to make the waves in the river blocks.  Free motion quilting to make the stream pebbles and swirls around the women.

Bernina Stitch #4 to make the waves in the river blocks.  Free motion quilting to make the stream pebbles and swirls around the women.

I also used the serpentine stitch to make the smoke coming out of the chimney in the central hut. 

Central hut showing serpentine stitch for smoke.  Also note the straight stitching done on the focus fabric blocks adjacent to the block and on the hut walls.

Central hut showing serpentine stitch for smoke.  Also note the straight stitching done on the focus fabric blocks adjacent to the block and on the hut walls.

 

There are also lots of straight stitching using the walking foot throughout the quilting. 

Straight stitching with the walking foot and 2 decorative stitches in the outer quilt border.

Straight stitching with the walking foot and 2 decorative stitches in the outer quilt border.

You'll also see free motion quilting on this quilt.  I used it to make heat currents, pebbles and grasses and other vegetation. 

This quilt was a lot of fun to make and to quilt.  

Here is a PDF pattern for the African Village Quilt.  The pattern is for the diamond variation.  The instructions for the version I made are in my blog posts starting August 4, 2014.  You may use the pattern to make a quilt for yourself but not for commercial sale.  

You are always welcome to use my patterns to make quilts for charities.  While I was working on this quilt I often listened to the radio.  The Ebola epidemic in West African has been constantly in the news and I thought about this virus and the people who were ill a lot while I was sewing.   I think this quilt pattern would a good choice if you want to make a quilt to raise funds for research on the Ebola virus or to raise funds to care for the patients.  I know quilters often make quilts to comfort patients. However, because anything used by a patient infected with the Ebola virus needs to be destroyed to prevent spreading of the illness, making quilts for the patients doesn't make much sense in this case.  But selling or raffling a quilt to raise funds is a great way to help.  

Here three charities actively reaching out in the countries affected by the Ebola Virus.  There are also other humanitarian and research organizations involved.  If you wish to donate, choose an organization to support that you like that and that has a solid reputation.  Look on their websites for a report on their use of donation funds so you know how the money you donate will be used.

Unicef    More information about Unicef the Ebola crisis.

Save the Children  More information about their work in affected areas.

 Doctors without Borders   Their link to news about Ebola.

I heard on the news this morning that Doctors without Borders is working on making several new isolation wards in the affected countries in African. Their website states that their response to the Ebola outbreak is fully funded!  Donations can't be earmarked for the Ebola crisis but funds will be used for medical humanitarian emergencies as needed.

I sold my African Village quilt yesterday.  I valued my quilt at $200 and have donated the full value to Unicef which uses 91% of ever dollar to help children. I hope you'll consider joining me in supporting humanitarian efforts responding to this medical crisis.

I hope you like this quilt! If you make one, for charity or for yourself, have fun sewing and let me know! 


African Village Step 6--making the back and label

by Judy Tucker


The top of the African Village Quilt is done!   Great job.  Now it's time to make the back. 

Back of the African Village quilt

Back of the African Village quilt

I had left over triangles from the setting blocks and corner blocks from the diamond strips on the front of the quilt.  I also had some triangles which I cut for the quilt and then decided that I liked other fabric better.  So I decided to make a strip back for my quilt. 

You will need a backing that measures at least 48 x 65 inches.  This will give you a 3 1/2-4 inch overhang.  If you plan to send it out to a long-arm quilter you may need it a bit larger.

I used fabrics for the strips that are in the quilt top and I varied the width of the solid color strips  to make the back more interesting.  I also made a few more half square triangles for the strips.  You'll note in the photo above that the half square triangle strips were extended with a piece of background fabric.   If you wanted to, you could just use a couple left over half square triangles and make the strip long enough with other fabrics. 

However you do it, it's all good! 

I really like this back.  It could stand on it's own as a quilt in its own right!

Once you finish the backing, layer sandwich your quilt with top, quilt batting and the bottom. I used a cotton baby quilt batting which measured 46 x 60 inches.

Quilt as desired or send it out to your favorite quilter!   Add a binding once it is all quilted.

And finally make a label.  Here is my label before I wrote on it. I used some selvages from the fabric in the quilt along with a strip from my focus fabric.  It adds a bit more information about the quilt and it's fun!

Selvage label for the quilt

Selvage label for the quilt


Next post…my finished quilt!

Please leave me a comment to let me know how you are doing!