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.
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!
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.
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.
The Wattle babies are just darling on this fabric and add to the Australian feel of the finished quilt.
Style: Graduating scrap quilt
Block: 3 inch squares
Quilt size: 45 1/2″ x 53″