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Grab a Cup of Coffee and Let’s Talk African Fabric


I love incorporating African fabrics in my quilts. To me, they make the simplest of quilts look special and complicated. I am asked all the time where do I purchase my African fabrics. The answer is anywhere I can — quilt shows, travel, local stores, the internet —, but following are some of my go-to sources.

I live in Atlanta where I have two sources for African fabrics. I am sure there are others, but this is where I have shopped.

Afro-Centric Network located in the West End community of Atlanta carries a good selection of African fabrics (not online) and is fairly close to where I live. I love going there because I can also shop for African clothes, shea butter and jewelry.

My other source is Fine Fabrics which now has two locations. They have a large selection, and it is all $5.00 per yard or less! I was recently there purchasing fabric for my new Juneteenth quilt Celebrating Freedom Fearlessly.

Celebrating Freedom Fearlessly, 54 X60 inch Juneteenth quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2024. Inspired by Villa Rosa pattern. Machine quilted by Maxine Moore.

I buy a lot of fabric online. I have three favorite online resources for different reasons.

My basket of precuts

I shop at Cultured Expressions because I am lazy. I love the fact that the shop carries pre-cuts in 2 inch squares and 2.5 inch squares.

I love the big patterns of African fabrics, but sometimes I need to tone things down a bit for a particular quilt. I shop at French Connections because the shop carries South African shweshwe fabrics that feature small prints.

Recently, I have purchased from Quilt Africa Fabrics. I love that the shop is teaching others how to incorporate African fabrics in their quilts through block-of-the-month programs. I also love the way the shop features color themed packages, because you know I am always in the hunt for reds.

I am hoping to learn more about African fabrics at the Quilt Africa Summit where I will also be a speaker.


I have also signed up for Kena Dorsey’s class African Improv Logs at the Atlanta Quilt Festival. In addition she will present a lecture and sell some African fabrics. I love learning new things.

Where do you buy your African fabrics?


P.S. Coffee mugs with images of my quilts are available in my store.





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