Oi Emu! - Bloggers Quilt Festival


Here's is one of my very favourite quilts,  an oldie but a goldie. 

Oi Emu! was created when LeeAnn from Nifty Quilts encouraged us to celebrate Corduroy Day, 11/11 in the auspicious year 2011. I got a bag of corduroy pants from the op-shop and pulled out a Emu panel by Sydney screen printers Cloth that I'd gotten not long before. To add some more Aussie talent I threw in some Prints Charming. As for the design I simply played with shapes and had fun with liberated piecing. The quilt just grew from there. When I felt it needed more colour and pattern I added some pieces of old upholstery samples and some coloured linen I'd bought in a scrap bag. 
The result is a really earthy quilt that for me has Australian bush look to it. 
It measures about 80inches across with a drop of 45inches 

Oi Emu! is my second entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I think it was easier before when we didn't have to classify our quilt into different categories, when we would just show off our quilts. I'm a ditherer at times so I wavered over which category to put this in. At first I thought I'd enter it into the scrap quilt category but in the end I decided to put it into the Art category because of it's modern art leanings.  

To get into the groove of the theme here are some arty close-up photos..






 So what do you think, Is this art? Or just a quilt?

 Either way it looks great on my lounge room wall where it lives. 

Thanks to Amy for doing a wonderful job of organising the Blogger's Quilt Festival!! Usually I show new quilts but this time around I've found it a great excuse to share an old favourite, or two - you can see my other entry in the previous post. Let me know in the comments if you have a quilt in the festival so I don't miss popping over to have a look.

Oi Emu! - Bloggers Quilt Festival

42 comments

  1. Deffinately an Art Quilt. Strong color blocks and an Aussie feel with Mr Emu walking by.

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  2. Hi Racheal,wow it's gorgeous,clever you.xx

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  3. It is certainly identifiable as a true blue Aussie quilt Rachael! I contemplated entering an 'old' quilt this year but couldn't get organized.....

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  4. Definitely art! The Australian colours are beautiful, and the way you've added the thin strips of fabric is inspired. It's also got a bit of wagga quilt in it.

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  5. It perfectly suits it's home - amazing! Not many quilts work horizontally but it seems many suitable locations in the home demand a horizontal art piece.

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  6. Love Mr Emu and his snazzy backdrop

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  7. It's magnificent! I think you have a case for it being art as well as being a quilt. Either way, I love it! It looks beautiful on the wall with your fab orange chairs (they look so comfortably plush!). I love emus. They are one of my favourite Australian animals. Along with echidnas and bush babies!

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  8. I understand why this is one of your favourites! I love, love, love it and the way you've displayed it is outstanding. The corduroy really adds texture and interest! Good luck in the Festival with this terrific quilt!

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  9. Hmmm that's strange you ask that question because I think the clamshell quilt is art too! Yes, definitely art:). I hadn't seen this quilt before. Thanks for sharing it!

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  10. Arty farty.... Whatever... It's AWESOME.

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  11. Yes Mam, It's art for sure! Good luck in the festival, I'll be voting for you !

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  12. It looks perfect on the wall, but I have a sneaky feeling it would look great almost anywhere.

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  13. hi again.... i love this quilt ~ improv is the best!
    i can see why oi emu is one of your favorites...xoxo

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  14. Wow! That is so perfect over your chairs - very nice tableau together. I love this quilt - such fun piecing and the overlay bits add so much. It would be a favorite of mine, too.

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  15. That's art Rach ! And scrappy too, but definitely gorgeous art!

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  16. I think it's art!! Love it!! Looks great hanging!

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  17. I LOVE this quilt! It's an exciting composition. Then I love the little details of pockets and pant seams and little bits of hand stitching. So fun. I will never tire of seeing this quilt!

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  19. Wow that looks amazing on the wall, what a fabulous quilt. Honestly, you inspire me.

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  20. It is such a unique quilt with lots of texture. You are right it looks perfect on the wall!

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  21. I've always been mad for this quilt -- everything about it, love, love, LOVE!

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  22. How come the first comment always start with the words I was going to say. But yes, this is definitively art and when <i saw it first I fell in love and haven't fallen out of love since. I actually got a warm and happy feeling when I saw it here again, like meeting an old friend. I could say I was Happy as a Clam. Lol.

    Which brings me to your last post, what can I say, I just love that quilt too, what is not to love.

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  23. Oi! What a quilt. It speaks to me of 1970s Canberra and Parliament House, phtographs of dry paddocks from the air, heat and a nation just embracing its difference from UK. How do you make a quilt say so much? You amaze me every time.

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  24. I do enjoy the way you like to play with your fabrics and really embrace a challenge. It is so good to see it hanging on display in your home and looking like it is in the perfect place!
    Stunning!!

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  25. It is a wonderful quilt and you are a quilting superstar.

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  26. Yes, definitely ART. And I love it, it's gorgeous... great how you combined the different fabric types.

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  27. Oi! I love this quilt. Definitely art, Rachael. I love that you included the photo of where the quilt lives. It is perfect for that spot. I can see why this one is one of your faves - there is so much to look at. I love all the details you put in the quilt and, of course, the improv aspect of it too. Art!

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  28. What a fabulous quilt! I love the photo of it on your wall, it makes such a striking feature. You are a very talented girl, creating a piece of art from such an array of pieces of cloth. Yes, definitely an Art Quilt.

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  29. That looks great on the wall, art quilt was a good choice! Normally I enter in that category but I'm not competing with you this time round ;)

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  30. Oh Art all the way - this is fabulous! I LOVE it on the wall. I think you must have come out of the womb with needle and thread in your hands, hon - you are so talented!

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  31. So great to see this quilt again. I can understand why it's a favorite.
    the colors and textures are so great and look fabulous with your Orange chairs!!

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  32. It's very cool Rachael! I've never quilted with corduroy before -- it looks like it would make for a soft, cozy quilt!

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  33. WOW - this is definitely an art quilt, dear Rachael!
    Hugs
    Deborah

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  34. I havent seen this one before, it's perfect! I love all of the shapes and colors and really love the Emu!

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  35. Definitely an art quilt! So original and fun! I think I'm going to have to re-think my living room decor after seeing this quilt.:)

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  36. It's art and It looks beautiful on your wall! I like the touch of purple with the earthy tones and the emu of course. Good luck!

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  37. Yum on the wide wale corduroy in the quilt and smiling at the emu. He fits perfectly on your wall. I had wanted to participate in the 11/11 affair..... but to no avail. My corduroy is still stashed away. :( Thanks though for answering a lingering question on the festival.... Does anyone enter an older made quilt???? I have been pondering entering the festival. I need to make a decision today.... Yes or No.... time is running out. Hope your day is beautiful . Janita

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  38. I don't have a quilt,in the festival, but I do have my DH corduroy quilt from boyhood. Very fun.
    I love your quilt, it is exquisite on your wall. I also enjoyed the close ups.

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  39. Your quilt looks fabulous as art above the 2 orange chairs Rachael...love it!

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  40. Love your emu quilt. I just got some old fabric samples and upholstery fabric added to my stash to make myself some ART too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  41. I love it. You have inspired me to get out my half finished Sue Spargo quilt from her workshop a couple of years ago. I used old upholstery fabric samples in the border, which I think raised a few eyebrows, but when you get down to it there are no rules. Just have fun and I think you had a lot of fun with this quilt. One day I hope to make a quilt with corduroy, denim and tweed.....One day.

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