“Taming African (and other large scale) Prints” features colorful “African Fancy Prints” sewn into unique quilts that reflect the bright colors and vivid patterns of contemporary Africa people. Many quilters are intrigued by African fabrics, are a bit overwhelmed by the colors and designs. Quilt patterns are featured using unique African fabrics as well as large scale American fabrics.
I fell in love with large print African fabrics about 30 years ago on a trip to Washington DC where I saw women walking down the street wearing dresses created from fabulous material that I’d never seen before. Colors were purposefully bright. Patterns were intentionally huge. Dresses with matching head wraps were audacious in design and the use of color was inspiring. In a plaid skirt and turtleneck sweater my style paled in comparison. I loved African fabric first time I saw it and I’ve been chasing it ever since.
African Fancy Print quilts don’t really need more than a couple of additional colors so consider your choices carefully. Line them up together and examine your options up close. Use a viewing square (the little red squares that reveal color intensities) up close and at a distance. If you see no change in color intensities, try a different value of the same color. When you can see dimension and movement between your choices, you are on the right track.