For "Africa" this machine embroidered extra block could have been easy: elephants against the sunset, a lion's face . . . but I had an idea nagging in the back of my mind, and I was trying to see if it would be OK
Meanwhile I got on with the more traditional patchwork block. This lady could have been paper pieced, or foundation pieced, but I created her by adding roughly shaped scraps of fabric together in strips (apron then dress then sides, bodice then arms then sides, face then hat then headdress then sides) then the strips added.
Meanwhile the 'other' idea kept nagging away. My reluctance was due there being a long explanation behind it, but finally I thought sod it, it's an amazing story, and people can choose whether to read it or not!
I have a cousin called Kire: as well as being gorgeous on the outside (hang on I'll show you what I mean, guesses as to her age are welcome) she's gorgeous on the inside, and oh so talented. Meet Kire Godal
She is a film maker, working with Discovery Chanel and National Geographic amongst others, and living, by coincidence, in Kenya. She recently made a film about Lion Guardians, and it was nominated for a Wild Screen award ("considered the equivalent of the “Oscar” by wildlife film makers worldwide") The film, a campaign film, is used to train Maasai Warriors who are becoming Lion Guardians. Lion Guardians is an amazing conservation programme, re-educating the Maasai Warriors into a new relationship with lions
So my second Africa block tells the story of the Lion Guardians:
It's a fairly subtle embroidery: goldy orange on stone fabric, but it reads:
I hope she likes them