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Malaysian Merdeka

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Traditional
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What was your source for this quilting project? Online Photo or Website
Name of website or photo Malaysian Merdeka

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What materials did you use? This is a quilt from Kathy Adams's East Meets West quilt exhibition. It was also displayed at the AMQA section of the 2009 Queensland Quilters Inc. annual exhibtion where it attracted attention and several visitors came up to the KoolKat stand at the show and made inquiries. The original quilt has since been sold. Kathy was inspired to make this and the others in the East Meets West series of quilts following a visit to Malaysia and Singapore in 2007. She loved the Malaysian batik fabric which the airline hostesses wore and she found lots of fabrics for sale in the markets in Sabah, East Malaysia (fromerly North Borneo). However, local quilt shops only seemed to have Western style fabrics in their quilts. Kathy then decided to make quilts using local fabrics, but with Western style traditional quilt blocks. Square in a square, flying geese, monkey wrench and simple square blocks were used, teamed with black for maximum impact. Malaysian Merdeka (freedom - Malaysia celebrated 50 years of nationhood in 2007) is 244 x 263cm or 100 by 106 inches. It uses 5.5m of black border fabric and a variety of prints equivalent to approximately 20 fat quarters. It can be made as a queen size quilt by using 9 inch rather than 12 inch blocks and 4.6m black fabric. In either case, there will be enough black fabric left over for binding.

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What are you most proud of? Coming up with four designs and four quilts in a hurry for the East Meets West exhibition featuring other quilt artists including my friend Hettie who twisted my arm to take part!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? This is a simple design - just follow the instructions.

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