Friday, November 11, 2011

Oi Emu!!!!


...is the name of the quilt I've made in honour of Corduroy Day - 11/11

LeeAnn over at Nifty Quilts has been telling us about Corduroy Day for a while now. I was going to watch from the sidelines but decided last week that I had to participate in this auspicious year, the 11th. The catch is it left little time for searching out fabrics so I set myself the challenge of using whatever corduroy I could find in one op (thrift) shop.
10 minutes later I had 4 pairs of trousers - 1 brown, 2 shades of beige and 1 deep purple. Not my usual colours but nice and earthy.
When I got home I raided my cupboard and pulled out the screen printed Emu panel and some scraps by Cloth who are based in Sydney, and to add more Aussie talent I threw in some Prints Charming.
I was worried the Emu looked lonely so I found some friendly birds from a vintage curtain sample. It had a hole in it but nothing a linen patch couldn't cover up.
The quilt needed citrus yellow and rust linen give add a bit of zing. The colour of the dill flowers in my garden matches beautifully! Hmmm... I wonder if I was subconsciously influenced.

Two pairs of pants had Lycra through them, but I just ignored the stretch, and any thoughts of bias were thrown out the window too. I really don't mind a few puckers here and there in my liberated quilts.
It measures about 80 inches across with a drop of 45inches which is perfect for the spot on our lounge room wall it's destined for, though I must say that emu looks pretty comfortable sitting on the bench.
I just have to finish the binding first!

Pop over to Nifty Quilts blog where she'll be sharing links of Corduroy Day Quilts. I might be a little early as it's 11/11/11 in Australia before most other places.

Happy Corduroy Day!! Hip Hip Hooroy!!

46 comments:

Sasha said...

Oh my gosh!!! Your quilt turned out beautiful!!!! You did an amazing job with your thrift store finds!!!

Happy Corduroy Day!!!

Lindi said...

Wow! It looks fabulous! You are very creative. :)

Cathy H said...

Your quilt looks great. It reminds me of the old fashioned Wagga's that I grew up with at my Nana's place. It inspires me to have a go and make one myself. Thanks Cathy

Miki Willa said...

This is wonderful! The emu is so perfect as a focal area and the colors are stunning. I would love to see it in real life.

Karen said...

this is a great example of what can be achieved when there are no quilt police around!:) This looks like such good fun and the end result is wonderful! Congratulations.

Nifty Quilts said...

Rachael, Your corduroy quilt is WONDERFUL!! I love your neutral color scheme with bright accents, your mix of fabrics, your emus and your originality. So very Australian! Save the wales!

Sujata said...

Rachael!
I love your quilt! The colors are so soothing and calming. A perfect quilt to snuggle under on a late spring day!
Emu and the birds are nice addition to the thrift store corduroy. This quilts tells a story that is one of a kind!
And the hand stitching.. Oh you know how much I love that! Gorgeous!

Terry said...

Very graphic images and a wonderful result from op shopping and stash raiding.
I love the way your mind resolves design challenges.
Hip Hip Horray

melissa said...

WOW! Rachael that looks amazing! I love it - the colours are perfect - you are so clever! Love the hand stitching too!

x

Melissa P said...

My goodness! Look at you. What a great job! I love that you added some company for the emu. :)

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Awesome!! Love the corduroy and the Emu....it looks just perfect for stroking, I love texture :-)

beth said...

Oooh! I LOVE this quilt! So glad you joined in the FUN!

Patchwork and Play said...

Rachael you are amazing! I wouldn't have the know how to even contemplate making something like this! It is so FUN!

regan said...

Rachael....that is gorgeous! And I can't believe you whipped that up in just the last week! Awesome!

Melody said...

Fabulous, fun quilt. Clever you.

Marg said...

Wow you are so clever, it looks amazing AND you just whipped it up.
I would love to do something like that but it's way too hot here to think about playing with corduroy.
I hope we're going to see photos of it hanging in place once you've finished the binding.

Issabella The Cat said...

Dude your Emu rocks!
If he ever needs a new home send him this way (Customs would only have a small litter of pink kittens at the packing note!)
I've been duly inspired to bugger off to the 2nd hand shops today for a mooch around :D

Donna said...

I love it! Liberated is right! Hope you get the binding done quickly and easily. It's an awesome quilt!!! :-)

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

LOVE the EMU! hehe! it's so much fun!!! love the quilt!

Mary said...

Corduroy Spectacular!!! Your Emu is pure Genius!!! I bet it feels wonderful too. Is it heavy? A great quilt for winter....and since we are in the Fall season and Winter is on it's way.....hmmmmm. Hee hee!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Wow Rachael did you do this in one day...it's amazing!!! Love it..and I love those warm earthy colours...Here's cheers to the weekend ahead xo

Béa said...

Love this giant quilt, the use of neutral, wonderful !

Shay said...

That quilt is fabulous! It just goes to show what you can do with a ton of imagination and some corduroy pants!

Way to go Rachael.

Bonnie Hull said...

It's HUGE and gorgeous, with that emu galloping across the middle...YUM

Quiltdivajulie said...

Marvelous!!! Thank you for sharing your process and allowing us to watch the quilt evolve. It is truly spectacular!

smazoochie said...

I absolutely LOVE it!!!
Kind if wagga and just perfect!

Jennifer said...

Kudos my love for everything you create . it makes us all so inspired to see the world through your eyes..Much love, Jennifer

Kathy said...

What fun! I love this quilt. Love the spontaneity of it of it all. These types of quilts are magic!

Quiltbenaco said...

Sei Creativa con la C maiuscola!!!!
ciao

Magpie Sue said...

What a magical transformation of discarded pants and patches! You did a great job, and in so short a time too! Wonderful, wonderful.

Helen said...

What a wonderful work! I would never tire of looking at it. Would love to have it in lounging in my home!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Wow it turned out wonderful. I love how you put it together. I have never thought of using corduroy. What I really want to know is who wore the purple corduroy pants!!!

Elaine M said...

Lovely! The earth tones are so inviting. Love that you up-cycled.

Sharon said...

Oh, this is one awesome corduroy quilt! I love your muted colors, and the emu is perfectly at home in this! Your liberation is inspiring! I really like that you added bits of other fabrics (linen...mmmm)and that yellow is the right spice! Wonderful job! Happy 11-11-11!

Jean said...

Wonderful emu panel....love the use of all your thrift store finds!

circle retreat quilter said...

Your Emu is perfect with the various textures. awesome job. Stacey

quiltzyx said...

Your quilt makes me want to run down to the thrift store & get some corduroy pants! lol
Your emu is wonderful!!!

Eileen {bluebirdluxe} said...

It's still 11/11 here on the west coast of Cali USA! Hey, Yay, I didn't miss Corduroy Day! Rachael, your quilt is just too fabulous!! What an adventure you had with this quilt! SO fun! :) {ps.. I noticed what time you posted! Perfect!} :)

MulticoloredPieces said...

Popped by from Nifty's to enjoy your blog and see your corduroy quilt--which is fabulous. Love the colors you've used with the prints. Also really liked your merry go round quilt--so bright and colorful and cheerful.
best from Tunisia,
nadia

Karen said...

That is so excellent Rachael! What an adventure getting everything to play nice.

Mandalin said...

I knew I was keeping those thrifted bits of corduroy for a reason! Trust you to show me the way.....
Love that Emu!

Kathie said...

how cool is this! Love that emu!
and your fabrics look very fun...

Kathie

Heidi said...

love it ! Great fabric combination

Barb said...

What fun! I'm glad you jumped in - I love your quilt -
xx

Tonya Ricucci said...

wonderful!!! love the emu and friends. Nifty doesn't like the color purple so I twisted her arm to include some in her corduroy quilt and it really helped as a highlight. love what the deep purple and the yellow-green do for your quilt too!

Swedish Scrapper said...

I just love your Emu quilt! It is so funky and balanced! Love the patches and the colors too. Going on over to check out the other corduroys...

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