For days, the bright fabrics were displayed on the table, and and all I could say was : "aha, good choice ...", but I couldn't start cutting ! I have a predilection for strong colors and contrasts, but here I just felt paralysed.
What can a "broken" quilter do in such a case ?>>>>>>> I browsed through my friends blogs. Inspiration came from Jen (Hedgehog), with her medallion quilt.
I wanted to enhance a particular fabric, with beautiful dancing women, so they are part of the "medallion" , surrounded with simple courthouse steps in coordinating fabrics. The whole forms a 9 patch, like the 9 Kenyan tribes.
The next steps will now be considered as a round robin, around "the 9 tribes".
For the second round, I intend to put a wide dark brown border, with applique African flowers, plants and trees, as Kenyan women are traditionally "Nature's guardians".
For the third round, I intend to contrast with a wide yellow/beige border (arid grounds in the plains), with African MEN guarding the cows and other animals, as this is their traditional job.
That's what's in my mind, for now !
This is my first quilt without any guideline, except the theme and the fabrics. I keep telling myself : "come on, let go, relax....", but it's quite an experience. Maybe I'm going to produce a disaster, who knows ? That's a good exercise on self-confidence !
* Many souvenirs of my childhood in Kenya, with my parents working there.
* A quiet day, today, with me and myself.
* It's raining : no need to brush the terrace !
* Good music on the radio.