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Topic: Ideas for a quilt for friends adopting from Ethiopia  (Read 525 times)
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« on: January 28, 2009 08:56:07 AM »

I have good friends who are hoping to go get their little man from Ethiopia in a few months. I'd like to make them a quilt with some embroidery squares.  I don't want to do the typical baby squares, but want to do something cool involving maybe travel or different cultures.  Any ideas on what patterns or images might be good for this.  I'd like to do maybe a total of 6 embroidered patterns. Thanks in advance for your ideas!
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2009 10:23:12 AM »

Pardon the groaning...that's me trying to fit my 10 1/2's into your shoes!  Grin

If this were my project, I'd head to the local library and look up books on Ethiopian art and cultural traditions concerning birth and adoptions.  I know from personal experience that Ethiopian clothing is extremely colorful and intricately patterned, heavy on greens, blacks and yellows.

I'd also look up similar books in the children's library, because you often find awesome illustrations to copy or adapt.

If they're religious, I'd look up appropriate quotes on children and birth as possible ideas to illustrate.

I hope this gives you some ideas to go on!

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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2009 10:27:00 AM »

the first image that came to my mind was the traditional stork carrying a baby in a blanket, but a plane carrying the blanket instead, like, it looped over the front prop?

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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2009 04:38:00 PM »

what about images mixing themes from the family's heritage
For example the spider the raven the fox and the coyote are all  cunning trickster gods in African, European, Asian and American myths...and is very masculine ...imagine it in bright colours  in the style Eric Carle 
Its non traditional yet timeless a gives a nod to mixed heritage by mingling stories ...
There lots of examples like this ...man in the moon stories around the world maybe ? 
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