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!!

Oi Emu!!!!

46 comments

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

    Happy Corduroy Day!!!

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

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  3. 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

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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!

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  7. 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!

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  8. 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

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

    x

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

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

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

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

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

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  15. Fabulous, fun quilt. Clever you.

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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

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

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

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  20. 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!

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  21. 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

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

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  23. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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  29. Sei Creativa con la C maiuscola!!!!
    ciao

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

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

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  32. 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!!!

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

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  34. 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!

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

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

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

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  38. 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!} :)

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  39. 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

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

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

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

    Kathie

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  43. love it ! Great fabric combination

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

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  45. 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!

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  46. 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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