Anansi the Spider Quilt

Look at this! I’m amazed. My friend Natalie Franklin created an Anansi quilt to go with my Anansi stories. I hope you can enlarge the jpeg. The detail is stunning. As I told Natalie, it probably took longer for her to create the quilt than for me to write the books. For those who’d like more information about the quilt itself, Natalie had this to say:

This piece was inspired by four Eric Kimmel’s children books about Anansi the spider, a lazy trickster only interested in eating and sleeping.  In each corner, there is a symbol representing the topic of these books, Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock, Anansi Goes Fishing, Anansi and the Talking Melon, and Anansi and the Magic Stick.  Anansi’s

A quilt based on four stories about Anansi the Spider. The quilt was designed and created by Natalie Franklin.

A quilt based on four stories about Anansi the Spider. The quilt was designed and created by Natalie Franklin.

schemes always involve deceiving his fellow animals.  The pattern of this piece is that of an African hunter shield incorporating fabric prints of food, animal skins, spider webs as well as South African fabrics.

The quilt is currently on exhibit with other from Natalie’s quilting group at the Natalie sent me updated information about her quilting group’s exhibit. It will take place from March 17 to May 3 at the African American Atelier Greensboro Cultural Center
200 N. Davie Street
Greensboro, NC

The exhibition is sponsored by the African American Quilt Circle of Durham, NC.

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