Kwanzaa Quilt from Concept to Actuality

Every year, I have assembled my own versions of the 7 symbols, rather than buying a kit somewhere. It was important to me for this celebration to be personalized by what I could find and afford, to not feed into commercialism that tends to surround the holiday season. The only thing I've bought that was specifically made for Kwanzaa and not altered or repurposed by me was the candle set (Mishumaa Saba) because it is difficult to find appropriately colored candles otherwise.

Last year, I decided to make a small quilt that will be the mkeka (the mat) on which all the other symbols rest. It took me a while to decide on a design because I needed something simple to make, as this would be my first(ish) quilt...

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