Bloggers Quilt Festival

I have decided to enter a quilt in the Bloggers Quilt Festival this quarter – my Sunburnt Country which I am submitting to the Baby Quilts section of the Festival.

modern baby quilt

Sunburnt country

I made this quilt for an Aussie family friend whose great-grandchild would be growing up in the USA.  She wanted a quilt that would be a little bit of Australia in North Carolina.   The main inspiration for this quilt was a famous old Australian Poem “My Country”, whose most quoted stanza is:

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!

graduating quilt detail

The quilt is made up of 3 inch squares with lots of novelty prints thrown in to keep a child’s interest.  You can find more about the quilt and my process on my original post about the project.

finished quilt detail cu

The quilt is then backed with some a beautiful Australian print by May Gibbs – a famous Australian illustrator whose Snuggle Pot & Cuddle Pie book series has been a charming Australian children since 1918.

quilt back

The Wattle babies are just darling on this fabric and add to the Australian feel of the finished quilt.

fabric detail

Sunburnt Courntry

Style:  Graduating scrap quilt

Block:  3 inch squares

Quilt size:  45 1/2″ x 53″

29 thoughts on “Bloggers Quilt Festival

  1. I love seeing all the posts about the quilts everyone feels are their best work of the year. I absolutely agree that this is your best quilt of the year (SO FAR). Amazing work–and good luck in the festival!

  2. Yup, Dorothea McKellar certainly knew how to string a few words together. And you certainly know how to piece a few fabrics together to create something equally beautiful. I’m loving the colours and shading. 🙂

  3. Yessss, this is one of my favorite quilts of yours! So beautiful! I love that gradient and the bright colors you chose. Wonderful work. 🙂

  4. You have done a wonderful job with this – I particularly noticed the “Pearl Bracelet” fabric which gives the most wonderful sparkle with the white dots irregularly spaced – really, really wonderful color flow. Saving the picture for my viewing delight!

  5. Yes, this is my favorite of all your gorgeous quilts. I’ve been trying to figure out how to do a similar effect myself, but I don’t have the stash for it (yet!!). Until then, I am happy to ogle yours. I’m so glad you entered it in the festival.

  6. A fitting treasure to remind this precious child of home and a grandma who loves them! The color placement creates a lovely sense of motion and the individual prints are captivating and sure to entertain. Good luck with the competition!

  7. Suburnt Country will make the US south GLOW! How lovely. It’s fun to see your fabric choices which, more and more, line up with mine! We share some real favorites. I would LOVE to be able to have a small piece of that wonderful backing fabric! I fell in love. Is there any way I can order it from a store in your country?

  8. Oh, how I love this quilt! What gorgeous colors you chose, and I love the poem that inspired it. I expect your friend’s great grandchild will grow up in North Carolina with an amazing color sense and perhaps become an artist.

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