Sunday, 19 October 2014


There is a proverb that "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child". 

There is no evidence that the proverb genuinely originated from the Nigerian Igbo culture, however "Ora na azu nwa" means it takes the community/village to raise a child, not just a mother and/or father.  The Igbo's also name their children "Nwa ora" which means child of the community.  It has been existence in Africa for centuries.  

Here is my village:

The idea came from Quilting Arts Holiday 2015 magazine.  

Strips of fabric were fused to heavy weight interfacing (I used Pellon).  The pieces were heavily quilted. 

After quilting, each piece was painted with Dye-na-Flow by Jacquard.

When dry, acrylic paints were sprayed and stamped over the dye.

House pieces were cut out and embellished.

  Using a zig-zag stitch, roof tops were attached to the walls.

Then the roof pieces were zig-zag stitched together.

And finally, the walls were zig-zag stitched together.

A bit of polyester fibrefill was stuffed inside to give each house some stability.

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