Here it is... the grand unveiling of my finished Waltzing Matilda quilt!!
The front is made entirely of two of my most favourite fabrics, Nuala and Matilda, both by Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom but from ranges released a few years apart. Everyone knows I love Jennifer's beautiful rich, bright colours. Creating gorgeous toiles in these fabulous colours is brilliant in my humble opinion!
I was limited with the design because I only had fat quarters of some of the fabrics and didn't want to waste even a corner by doing any curved piecing, so that left squares or triangles. I'd just received a big book of quilt block designs and I'd have to say I must have been influenced because it does look like one big giant block. It wasn't thought out before hand. I'm a real player in the sewing room, stick a bit of fabric on the design wall and see what happens.
At 96 by 96 inches it was way too huge to quilt myself and I’m lucky enough to know the best longarm quilter, Tanya Croft. The pattern she chose for this quilt couldn’t be more perfect. It echoes the fabric patterns with free flowing, beautiful, botanical lines.
The backing is also made up of Sis Boom fabrics, Ann Flower Mural in the green and brown colourways. I just can’t get enough of a good thing!
I had some help styling the photos. Gbf’s parents were visiting recently so off we went to show them some local sites. I took Waltzing Matilda along.They really got into the spirit of coming up with ideas and climbing through bush and over rocks to get photos.
Thanks Joan and Brian!!! And Gbf!!!
As for the title...For those of you that don’t know - The song Waltzing Matilda is so very Australian, an unofficial National Anthem. Seeing as the fabric is called Matilda, the quilt just had to be Waltzing Matilda.