Thursday, April 26, 2012

Waltzing Matilda


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!


 Have you ever noticed that some quilts are suited to being flat so you can enjoy the whole design whereas other quilts are fun to scrunch up and get cosy in. No matter how the quilt is folded or flipped around it still looks good. I guess it’s a result of using favourite fabrics but I love this quilt any way it falls, messed up, upside down, back to front or nice and smooth on my bed.


 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

So that's one of the quilts I have hanging at the Springwood Community Quilt Show... I've still got another one but I'll share that one another day.

32 comments:

Suzee said...

That is stunning! Sooo beautiful! The back drops for the photos were perfect! I'm glad they didn't drop it off that ledge! hehe

Patchwork and Play said...

Oh, I think Gbf's parent's have your same wacky sense of humour! What fun you had wrapping the tree with your quilt! It is an Australian beauty! I hope it gets a grand reception at the Quilt Show!

Mary said...

Rachael you should be very proud! your quilt is brilliant! I love the fabrics and the idea of one huge overall design is fantastic! Very modern and traditional all at once!!! You are so right that now matter how you fold it - it is still perfect. I love the backing fabric! I am sure there will be plenty of Ohhh's and Ahhhhh's at the show :)

Terry said...

Georgeous Colors here are tropical and very rich just your sort.
Love. The quilt

Sujata Shah said...

Lovely photography Rachael! I love the colors and it sure is the one to be crunched up and get cozy in kind of quilt.

Katy Cameron said...

It does look like a fab big block! And love that everyone got in on the act with the photo shoot

Chris said...

It sure looks great hanging high up in the hall.
You should all come and have a look!

Sasha said...

Gorgeous!!!! I do like it all scrunched up and cozy like!! It looks like everyone had fun helping out with the photos =D

Melissa P said...

It's the perfect way to use your favorites! The large dramatic scale, the bold colors, the backing...all in keeping with the feelings and sentiments of Sis Boom and Blue Mountain Daisy. That's a fabulous accomplishment!

I think this quilt has many fun adventures ahead.

beth said...

It's beautiful!

Nifty Quilts said...

Wowee kazowee! Just wonderful. I love your point about quilts looking great scrunched or folded. Sometimes we forget that they won't always be hung on the design wall. I'm sure it will be a big hit at the show!

regan said...

Looks like you all had a great time of it, poising the quilt for it's pictures! Fun! And Waltzing Matilda is stunning.....I love it!

regan said...

And now I have that song in my head! lol

Quiltbenaco said...

Evviva Matilda!
Ciao

bearpaw said...

What a wonderful quilt - gorgeous colour palette! And I love all your fun pics especially the one with the quilt wrapped round a tree!

Sew Surprising said...

That looks simply yummy. "Matilda's" photo shoot looks as if it was a lot of fun, she certainly enhances the Australian bush :)

Deb R - frog cottage said...

Ohh tis soo stunning!! Good luck at the show :)

Kylie said...

It's wonderful! And I love seeing it's bright pop of colour there in the Mountain bush :)

Heidi said...

This is wonderful ! So rich colours and yes, it looks beautiful in every way, crumbled or not !

Karen 'n Chris said...

Thought it might have been the big little block quilt from the teaser.
Awesome staging for the pics but I did have a seconds worry when I saw it hanging over the edge of the cliff.

Janet said...

I love everything you do! The toiles are the best and the quilt has turned out stunning. Love the location shots.

Barb said...

What a fun photo shoot! I loved seeing your newly finished quilt in all it's fabulous poses.
I especially like the tree hug - you are so fun.
The quilt and colors are lovely!
I never knew that song was an aussie song - interesting!
xo

Marg said...

Beautiful Rachael. That is going to stand out in the crowd for it's beautiful bright colours and wonderful design.

smazoochie said...

I absolutely love it!!!
I hope the shot of it dangerously dangling over the cliff wasn't as dangerous as it looks.
Super quilt, RD! You should be proud

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

It's absolutely beautiful Rachael! Such a gorgeous explosion of colour! I have to say I think i prefer quilts when they're left on a couch or bed all haphazard, just crawled out of and ready to be crawled back under :)

Kirsten N said...

Such a beautifully rich and colourful quilt! The name of your quilt is perfect and I love all of your photos in the bush.

Karen said...

Wow Rachael! It is gorgeous! Congratulations. You have worked magic with those JP fabrics.

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Beautiful, truly beautiful Rachel!
Love the photo of it hanging over the edge of the cliff....you have some dedicated quilt hangers there :-)

SameliasMum said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! It's beautiful.

Kathie said...

my favorite!!!! oh my it looks beautiful in every photo, just fun seeing it on location :)
thanks for sharing! I will never get tired of seeing this quilt
Kathie

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Perfect name for this quilt Rachael...gosh it's gorgeous...the colours are fantastic....and all over just happy!!!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Those fabrics make that quilt sing to the tree tops! Very pretty and very you!

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