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Quilters – Prepare to Lose Your Minds! Part II

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Continuing with African textiles and quilts …

Quilt Week 2014 sponsored by the American Quilters Society in Lancaster, PA March 12-15, 2014 will be offering $44,000 in cash prizes and will again be presenting The Tentmakers of Cairo who demonstrate their unique method of applique. AQS purchases quilts directly from the men in Cairo to bring back to the US for AQS QuiltWeek.  Each purchase by AQS ensures the men can continue their centuries-old applique artwork, while bringing a fresh supply of these masterpieces to the US.

These are a few of the most popular Tentmaker pieces from the 2013 AQS show.

The deadline for entering your quilt in this exciting show is November 18, 2013.

Amafu hand-dyed fabrics

Amafu hand-dyed fabrics

Amafu fabrics are South African fabrics available as hand-dyed screen prints in vibrant colors or subtle discharge prints in copper and silver.  These and many other gorgeous fabrics can be seen at the International Quilt Convention in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 6-8, 2013 sponsored by the South African Quilters GuildRicky Tims, one of America’s premier quilters and fabric designers, the musical cowboy quilter from Colorado will be giving classes.

South Africa

South Africa

The National Quilt Festival in Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa is also fast approaching – July 1 to 7, 2013 sponsored by the Oranje Quilters’ Guild.I found a fabulous blog that explains African fabrics, their history, their function and their manufacture.  If you’re interested, follow this link to “See how we Sew” – it’s terrific.  Check out the photos:

West African Wax cloth

West African Wax cloth

African mud cloth

African mud cloth

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