|Time to Pull It All Together|
Surprisingly, this is where I had my most designing doubts! When auditioning different cherrywood fabrics, I really liked how challenge bundle golds popped against the brilliant blues, and decided to add some a pop of teal and raspberry.
With my accent colors finalized, the actual mandala construction went surprisingly quick, thanks to raw edge fusible applique! I did have to be careful about the construction order and using the available fat quarter yardage mindfully, but otherwise, I enjoyed watching my mandala grow and bloom!
|I Love My Zebra Stripes!|
I had a lot of fun using Aurifil 50 weight threads to add quilted texture and special details throughout my quilt. I discovered a few new border designs that I plan on using in future quilts as they were both beautiful, as well as lots of fun to stitch.
Here is my Artist Summary submitted with my application:
|More Quilting Details|
"Circle of Life" celebrates African life, art and nature. Hand-drawn abstracted animal prints depict armored crocodile scales, zebra stripes, leopard rosettes, bongo antelope stripes and a geometric giraffe coat. The free-motion quilted accents were inspired by African weaving and textile prints, including five Adinkra symbols: Adinkrahene (chief/king-three centered concentric circles) for greatness/leadership/royalty, Akoma (heart) for love/patience/tolerance, Kukuromtie (thumb/spiral in yellow petals) for cooperation, Awurade Baatanfo (God the Mother scrollwork along base of hearts) for nurturing spirit and Owo Foro Adobe (snake climbing a raffia tree along outer teal accent border) for doing the impossible/persistence/diligence.
|Circle of Life, Finishes 20" x 20"|