A much-loved member of our sewing group, Gilda, has a special birthday this week so we all worked together to make her a quilt top.
As she and her husband are moving to New Zealand at the end of the year, the group decided to make something with an Australian theme so she could remember her years here after she has gone.
I decided to make a kangaroo paw, as this unusual-looking flower is Western Australia’s state flower and because my friends tease me about my love of floral prints and all things girly. The pattern is from Margaret Rolfe’s book Australian Patchwork, an oldie but a goodie. A few of us found inspiration in this book.
Everyone contributed a 10-inch block with an Australian theme, and I thought mine was pretty good … until I saw the amazing efforts of others.
I think I will have to make a bit more of an effort next time, don’t you?
I did not manage to get close-up photos of all the blocks, but there is something to love in every block of this quilt, such as the:
- cute flower on the koala’s head
- real seashells sewn onto the abstract seascape
- red sunset over the Sydney Opera House
- cathedral, thoughtfully chosen as Gilda is a volunteer guide there.
My favourite block: the boomerang block in the middle that reads, ‘we want you to come back’. We mean it.
What would you choose to sew to represent where you live?