This Australiana quilt was a bit of a mish-mash of fabrics and elements — there was applique, some embroidered animals, some traditional and modern quilt blocks in the corners, as well as a linen-like fabric in the centre, and weird ghost forms in the white/cream/green border fabric.
How to quilt it? First, I stitched in the ditch around all the blocks, borders, sashing strips, and the appliqued pieces in the centre block. Next, I did some McTavishing in the centre block’s background to make the applique pieces ‘pop’; I also echo quilted around the embroidered animals in that block and then McTavished in there too. For the green leaf fabric, I stitched large leaves going in a zigzag pattern diagonally (about 8 leaves per fabric strip). I did other filler stitches in the remaining corner blocks, then a stylised sun motif in the ghost fabric strips. I repeated the stylised sun motif in the brown border fabric too.
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- Top: Rasant (cotton/poly, colour 1630 [was 0861]); Robison-Anton ‘Earthen tan’ (40 wt, rayon, colour 2569)
- Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbin (light tan)
Photos of all the Community Quilts I’ve quilted are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/sets/72157630291250200/