The idea from Valerie from Berlin-Mitte:
The customer's rating:
The only negative feedback that I have is that there are some strings still hanging from some of the patches so I have to cut them myself.
The story of the custom made playmat made with different patches of Kitenge:
My name is Divine, I would be very happy to realise the playmat that you want. Which dominant colors of kitenge do you want, I guess respective to the baby's gender? Can we use both side playmat to be kitenge? I would suggest one side to be kitenge patterns and another to be a single color matching as a color from the proposed colors. What is the measurements of the playmat that you want. Width and length? The pattern inside I can made a rectangle or square design , what do you think of them ? Please feel free to make other suggestions
The playmat should be 1.40x1.20m
I had also considered having the kitenge only on one side. The patches should be square and the main colour should be blue on the edge of the quilt and on one side. As for the patches, anything that complement the blue colour would be nice.
The attached picture shows what inspired the idea. I agree with deep blue on the other side as a complimentary colours and along the sides like a frame. Otherwise the colours of the quilt squares on the inside should be different colours that compliment the blue.
I like the third pattern on the right (from your attached suggestions)
I just watched the video. The quilt I posted as an example didn't have any foam material in it. I don't think that's sustainable over a long period of time. One should be able to fold the mat in whatever way and I can imagine the material in your video breaking over time. I would also like something that is safe for babies without the use of glue. The quilt is supposed to be a playmat. I have attached two link sthat should give some ideas on what is normally used for babies blankets/mats for padding or batting as they call it.
My name is Brigid and I’ll be taking over your request from Divine. I’ve read through your messages together and this is what I’ve gathered so correct me if I’m wrong ;
- size of quilt should be 1.40m by 1.20m
- quilt should have sustainable filling for baby to safely play on the mat and lay on. Is one inch quilt batting sufficient? I shall attach a photo on the same.
What fabric would you prefer for the quilt backing?
I also understand that the quilt trim should be of a blue shade and the middle to be a mix of complementary Ankara fabric.
With that said I’ll be happy to start working on your request as soon as possible and will upload photos and videos of the progress I make. Is there anything I left out ?
Yes that is correct.
The Ankara fabrics don’t have to be blue. It just has to be a nice mix that fits in well with the blue trim, like in the picture I attached.
1 inch thickness is ok. I would like to have cotton batting.
Thank you for the feedback. We unfortunately only have 100 per cent polyester quilt batting here. The cotton variant isn't available here but the polyester one will do an amazing job as well.
It's thick, comfortable, breathable and foldable too and can work just as great.
Looking forward to your response
Then please go ahead with polyester.
I'll upload video in the course of this coming week on the layout
What is the progress of the playmat?
Next step is stitching all three together then closing up the sides and its done. I have attached a picture.
Sorry for the delay but I am hopeful to be done by saturday
sorry I've been experiencing phone issues. The mat is ready. I've shared some videos and photos.
I can’t really tell as I have no close up photos. Despite zooming in the stitches can’t really be seen. Since the blanket is meant to be a gift I absolutely agree that the stitches have to be perfect, so thank you for sending it back.
I’m looking forward to seeing the uldated photos after it’s been redone.
The final custom made playmat made with different patches of Kitenge:
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