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!

59 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.

  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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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  10. continuing on with my planned scrappy search another quilt catches my eye and leads me back to your blog. Look forward to exploring it some more. Love your quilts

  11. stunning – im heading to the original post to see how to best piece this together with the colours… what a fete!

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