I love a sunburnt country…

I have finally finished my “Sunburnt Country” baby quilt… it definitely took me longer than I had planned but I think it was worth the wait.

modern baby quilt

This quilt was a collaboration with a family friend, who commissioned me to make a modern bright baby quilt that had a hint of Australia in it. You can find my original post about this project here.

graduating quilt detail

The graduated colours are inspired by the Aussie sun (bright, hot, & at times unforgiving) and because it is a baby quilt there are lots of little novelty bits and pieces to explore.

finished quilt detail cu


finished quilt detail cu2

My original quilting plan was to do a circles radiating from the yellow center of the quilt. Unfortunately my left thumb has not been co-operating, so I had to resort to drastic measures, which included getting my darling husband to baste this quilt.


The quilt is backed with a fabulous Australian print I picked up when I was home in March.

quilt back

Snuggle Pot and Cuddle Pie on gum leaves, perfectly Australian.

fabric detail

To finish the whole thing off I bound the quilt with a navy sketch fabric and a Wombat Quilts tag.

quilt tag

This little piece of Australia is headed to the Mid-West to keep a Aussie/American baby warm and hopefully remind her that her Grandmother in Australia loves her.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!

57 thoughts on “I love a sunburnt country…

  1. Beautiful quilt! And husband obviously did a great job at basting!

    Is that backing fabric available online? It’s just too quirky to not have a few yards of, and it makes a great backing!

    • Hi Mary. I picked the fabric up at Spotlight in Australia. They are notoriously bad about online shopping. The fabric is Gumnut Babies by May Gibbs for Northoctt Society & Cerebral Palsy Alliance. If you know an Aussie send them to their local Spotlight to pick you up some. It is a fabulous line.

      • The Snugglepot and Cuddlepie fabric range is still in my local Spotlight. I couldn’t resist a few bits myself. If asking for the same print, ask for the ‘wattle’ one. (Cath, they are not gum leaves! You’ve been away from Oz too long! :))

  2. Stunning as always! Love the color play and all the fun fabrics. Great choice of thread too! I can just picture my husband basting a quilt for me…I’m sure it would include a staple gun with his thinking!!! You are so lucky to have such a lovely, helpful husband!

    • I love the idea of using a staple gun to baste. My husband did do some online research after basting to see if there was a easy/quick way to do this step. He was disappointed not to find a quick solution!

  3. It’s stunning! And I LOVE that fabric on the back! Would you consider a trade or a sale of a small scrap piece of that backing fabric? I would love to have a hexagon for my “hexie pelt” (it’s giddy99 on Flickr, if you want to see it).

  4. This is gorgeous! I adore the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie fabric for the backing! We lived in Sydneybwhen I was a girl, and I fell in love with Snugglepot, Cuddlepie, and the Muddleheaded Wombat! Wish I could get my hands on some of that fabric!

  5. Beautiful front and back. If it had been made on my behalf, I would be over the moon. I’m sure your friend and her family must love it. This is one of the best baby quilts I have ever seen. Great job.

    • Thanks so much. I must admit the fact that it was being made for someone special and the fact that it was a little piece of home for me, made me very very motivated to make something beautiful.

  6. This quilt gives me chills, seriously. Especially with the poem–seeing words transformed into a quilt is just about my favorite thing. It is truly amazing. Lucky baby, lucky parents!

  7. Hello Wombat Qulits! You ROCK! I love your page – so bright and colorful! You page is so well done and your voice is cheerful and straightforward.

    I am loving what your doing all the way across the ocean in Seattle, Washington. :) Keep up the good work!

    …I’m also dying to know where you had those adorable quilt tags printed up! I would love something like that for future projects.

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