Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Aussie Christmas Quilt...

...was the theme I had in mind when I designed the wallhanging quilt to send overseas to my SSCS partner.


I was thinking of the bright colours we see at Christmas time here in Australia, the clear blue skies, green sparkling waters of the ocean, orange and pinks of the sunsets, yellows of the sandy beaches.


For the design I kept it simple, circles to represent the decorations on the Christmas tree...


The circle around that to represent the lovely Christmas wreaths often seen hanging in doorways to welcome friends and family.


The border fabric is from Amy Butlers Love range called Bliss Bouquet. The colours in this fabric are amazing and go very well with the white background with red writing (from Annie's Farm Stand Seed Catalog range, almost impossible to find now).


I kept the colours going on the back, I love this paint splodge fabric!


You can easily see the raw edge, freemotion quilting on the back too.


Brandon Mably's tents fabric makes wonderful binding.


This little quilt now lives in the Netherlands.

57 comments:

Quiltjane said...

That is just beautiful. I love every aspect of that quilt from fabric to quilting.

Aylin said...

Again, this is soooooo beautiful. And I love the way you used the red text fabric!!!

Jan-Maree said...

Love love love it! bet the recipient does too!!!

rderrett said...

That is a gorgeous quilt. Well done!!!

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Beautiful and a clever interpretation. Love the use of the background fabric.

Happy New Year!

Samelia's Mum said...

Soooo beautiful. Those colours are spectacular. Love, love, love!

Maria said...

Oh, that's nice!!!

Sue said...

gorgeous Cathy!!!! I've just quilted a quilt in free motion spirals also.

Beatriz said...

I love the colour combination, the pattern and the ability you display. I truly love the aussie quilts. It seems to me they show a certain fresh look, in common with our Brazilian concept of colour and design.

the running chicken quilting said...

Beautiful quilt and wonderful colours! I wish we could see these colours over here at this time of year! Karen UK

Oops-Lah said...

What a happy quilt; it really captures the essence of Christmas in Australia! I'm sure the recipient was very happy to get such a wonderful gift!

SoozeM said...

Oooh just gorgeous!!!

Carla said...

Another winner, Cathy! What a beautiful way to start posting in 2012.....you always inspire!! I especially love your idea of the red/white text fabric as the background. Thanks for your explanation as well.

Lurline said...

There must be one veeery happy girl in the Netherlands - fabulous Cathy.
Hugs - Lurline♥

beth said...

Lovely quilt! That backing is striking. Wondering where it came from???

Janet said...

What a terrific quilt and so clever in it's representation. Someone must be over the moon to get such a fabulous gift. Love that background, I'm hoarding some of it and the quilting looks spot on.

diane said...

beautiful!

chefpa said...

That is one beautiful quilt. I really like the binding. How wide do you make your bindings? It looks wider than the standard 2.25 or 2.5 inch binding, which really shows off the print.

Amanda said...

Fantastic, great use of colour as usual from you. I am sure the recipient is thrilled.

wishes, true and kind said...

Oh, it's just gorgeous! Great fabric choices. I especially love the red print background fabric and the Amy Butler border fabric. I used it to back a pillow once and liked it better than the front :D

Nifty Quilts said...

Beautiful! As is all of your work. You really are good at quilting circles. I've never tried, but they look difficult.

Marg said...

It's beautiful. Love the circles, the border the quilting and the binding. A wonderful quilt to celebrate an Aussie Christmas.

Quiltycat said...

I love all of this quilt... circles,background,quilting...all!
nichi

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

You partner must have been thrilled to receive this quilt! It’s the most beautiful and gorgeous SSCS gift I have ever seen!

Adele said...

FABULOUS! enough said.

cathquilts said...

I love this quilt. So summery yet festive!
Cath :)

Jackie said...

I just love the design and the colors! If I designed one that represented our Christmases here, it would be full of a lot of gray, whites, and browns. Not as happy as yours. Love it!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

That is such a fun quilt! I love the bright wreaths - that was what jumped into my head when I saw it :)

Miriam said...

Beautiful Cathy! I love all the Christmas references. Very clever! The border fabric is gorgeous and I love the backing fabric too.

Lucky recipient in the Netherlands!!

Ann Champion said...

What a beautiful and cheerful quilt! I'm sure it was well recieved by your swap partner.
You have such a talent for putting fabrics together. : )

Amy Gibson said...

Lovely quilt!!! I especially love your choices of the red words fabric for your background, and the straight echo quilting along the border. So bright and happy!

Nedra said...

Lucky recipient! You have such an eye for color.

Anna said...

I love Aussie christmas!!! You are so brave when it comes to color!

Teje said...

Hi Cathy! Your quilt is fantastic! So beautiful - I love your design and of course all those lovely colourful fabrics!
I hope you had a wonderful Chrismas and I wish you Happy New Year! x Teje

Viviana said...

This is beautiful quilt! I loved the colors and how you mix them. Kiss

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Cathy this is stunning, a very gorgeous generous gift...

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Those are so my colors! Love the simplicity of it, hooray.

Peggy said...

I love it, I want one!!! What size is it?

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

How FABULOUS Cathy!!! You would be the best swap partner ever!!

Hope you are enjoying the cooler weather today too!

Letterpress said...

Just read MO's blog and now yours--I'm hooked on your Aussie quilts and colors, esp. now, when we're in the post-Christmas blahs (yes, even in Southern California) where we are all recoveing from the holiday excesses. This quilt is a tonic for what ails us.

Thank you!
Elizabeth E.
occasionalpiece.wordpress.com

Cardygirl said...

Just perfect Cathy!

meli B said...

Loved it when I had a sneak preview and even better now that is finished. It really has the feel of an Aussie summer.

One Flew Over said...

As always, stunning work Cathy.

Happy New Year!

x

mieke said...

Oh Cathy, I symply adore your "Aussie Christmas Quilt"!!! I can tell you love circles just as much as I do! Thank you for the inspiration! x

MJinMichigan said...

I LOVE that quilt, especially the combination of the border print and the seed catalogue background. I knew I had both those prints as soon as I saw your quilt so I pulled them out. Unfortunately I only have a half yard of the background and all attempts to locate more have failed. I never would have thought to use the two together if I hadnt seen your quilt.

pomegranateandchintz said...

I just love your interpretation of Aussie Christmas - the quilt is perfect! That background fabric comes up so well.

Stephanie said...

Kathy, I love it! It is amazing. Great job. Steph

Robyn G. said...

Cathy I love this and your thought process in the designing...it's a real work of art xx

Julia said...

Just gorgeous Cathy...lucky girl, who receives this beauty..
Julia

Marisa said...

It's awesome! A finished quilt is the best.

Stina said...

CAthy ... I love it.. so clever use of the fabrics.. great job!! :O)
Happy 2012 to you!!

Ruth said...

I love the circular quilting in this! And the colours are amazing - very inspiring!

Chookyblue...... said...

beautiful quilt Cathy..........

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

I LOVE this! The text fabric is awesome...

Nanette Merrill said...

Circle quilts are so fun. I love the motion of the machine quilting too.

Anna said...

A fantastic work. Congratulations.
Anna

Evelief said...

Oooohh!! I live in the Netherlands, pity it doesn't lay on my sofa! Fabulous!!! Love the Fabric, love everything.