Back in time on the wing of a bird...


I recently shared this photo of a new block on instagram. It received so many lovely comments about the bird fabric that I thought I'd share a quilt that I made in 2012 using the same fabric in a variety of colours.

Okay- Hopping into our time machine now and whizzing back to April 2012:


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.  The design wasn't planned beforehand. 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 colour ways. 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. Mr Daisy'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 Mr Daisy!!!




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...

Edited to show a photo of Waltzing Matilda hanging at the 2012 Springwood Quilt Show.

It's been fun dusting off an old blogpost, featuring an older quilt, reliving the fun times we had photographing it. Maybe I should throw in a few more flashback posts from time to time?

Wishing you fun sewing times till I pop up again.



Back in time on the wing of a bird...

15 comments

  1. Smashing post - so nice to see photos of quilts outdoors in different locations, really shows off the colours in Waltzing Matilda.

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  2. Wow...was it really that long ago?! I can't believe that much time has passed. Love seeing the throwback post though! Just think of all the Sis Boom fun we've had in the interim!!

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  3. Loved your quilt, great way to use the toiles!

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  4. This reminds me that I have exactly this fabric - 2 half yards in different colours - still sitting in my stash. I always like the look you get when combining two versions of the same design - it gives things a real richness.

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  5. I love the whizz bang stylen blok and it is a joy to see Waltzing Mathilde in so many different poses.a real mannequin. Thanks

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  6. Love your quilt,the bird fabric looks great.
    Greetings from a Dutch Mathilda.

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  7. Wonderful photos of this colorful quilt - Also your blog looks Fabulous! I like the new design

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  8. Oh, Rachael,.....that little bird and those vibrant colors make my heart sing on this foggy, chilly, fall morning in NE Washington state! Delightful,.....as are you and your joyful works. Carrolyn V (not Rod)

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  9. ooooooo love love love...holding my breathe till you pop up again..xoxo

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  10. Lovely idea to share again, especially with interest in that particular fabric. And it is a gorgeous quilt after all!

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  11. Thanks for the flashback. I hadn't discovered your blog at that stage. Don't you love that your favourite fabrics are so versatile. Definitely worth keeping all those little bits for future use.

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  12. Sensational! Just beautiful and yes, I would like to cuddle up in "Waltzing Matilda"! Enjoy your day.

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  13. What a fun quilt -- the colors are gorgeous! And I LOVE that first block -- the black and white gingham really sets off the colors!!!

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  14. It's gorgeous Rachael ! I'd love to snuggle up in this quilt ... Looks like you had a great time with your helpers for the photoshoot !

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  15. I saw your wonderful quilt in Brisbane this week... just stunning and I'm so glad to have seen it in real life - could have spent hours just looking at all the detail.... wonderful wonderful
    Hugz

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