The Blogger's Quilt Festival begins today over at Amy' Creative Side. I am excited to be a part of this great and exciting show. Any quilt blogger may link up to her blog for this week to show a quilt. Take some time to look at one or all of these beautiful quilts and read about how they were made.
Tanzania Tango is my entry for this show. Some time ago, I purchased some fabric made in Tanzania to add to my stash. I really had no idea what to do with it. Then, I discovered Ricky Tim's Harmonic Convergence and I fell in love with this process. I like the idea of not having total control of the outcome. (That is also what drew me to Victoria Findlay Wolfe's 15 Minute Play techniques.) For the center of this quilt, I used four different fat quarters. They were tied together in color, sort of. Once I got the center sewn together, I was really excited about how the purple swirl pattern became a focal image. I decided to pick up on the orange for the inner border. I think that pulls all the fabrics together, and it contrasts well with the purple so that it really stands out. I chose a gold on black fabric for the outer border because the gold pattern is almost a repeat of a pattern in one of the Tanzanian fabrics. I used a deep purple binding to help bring out the purple swirls even more.
I really didn't know what to do with the back. I thought about going with a solid black, orange, or gold at one point. Then, I decided I had just enough left of the quilt fabric to piece a back. I am really glad I went that way. Now, you can see what the original fabrics looked like. I used a piece of the bottom row to make a label. I actually finished this piece last night, and was excited to post it, but blogger got in the way. I am happy they fixed their problems so I could share this with you all.
Joyful quilting, everyone.