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Although I have very little time now, I’m still working on a craft/art project that I started before traveling to Ethiopia in May. Doing something creative for at least 30-60 minutes a day keeps me sane and breaks the routine of caring for the children and the home.
After I finished the quilts for the girls’ beds, I wanted to do something more challenging but also less traditional. I started to browse images of Ethiopian art that could adjust to the idea I had in mind. I wanted to create a decorative quilt to hang from a large wall I have at home.
When I was in Gondar, I visited the famous Debre Berham Selassie Church with the ceiling decorated with Ethiopian angels and decided to reproduce in fabric those images.

Ethiopian angels
The banner will have three rows: a long row with angels in the middle and two rows, one below, and one above, with squares in red, white, yellow, and brown imitating the painting.
The idea is not to reproduce exactly the painting (impossible BTW), but to get the inspiration from its imagery.
The final size of the horizontal banner will be of about 12 feet long by 25 inches height.
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So far I’ve finished the squares of the upper and lower rows and started to add  felt appliques in black and yellow to simulate the squares and dots painted over the background.
It took me a while to cut and sew so many squares, some of them really small…
I want the quilt to look old, handmade, and rustic, and I’m planning to unevenly dye the whole quilt to simulate the patina gained over the years, (like a batik effect).

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I’m not a quilter and I really have no idea of what I’m doing, but I love to experiment and see what comes out of it.
I still don’t know how I’m going to do the angels…
I’ll keep you posted!

AliciA