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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Short holiday and new inspiration

Last week my husband and I decided to take a short 4 day break to Kangaroo Island which is just off the coast of South Australia. 
 We had to drive about 1 1/2 hours south of Adelaide, then take a car ferry for about 20km and 50 minutes to get there.   It was a sparkly sunny day.
 We landed at Penneshaw, had lunch at the local pub, and started our tour from there.
It was a very relaxing few days and I had a little time to do a bit of fabric shopping in the only quilt shop on KI, and had a balcony to sit on to do a little sewing.

A couple of pieces of Out Of Print Kaffee fabrics
View near Cape Borda on the north coast 
 This was a bit sad  -  the cemetary for the light house families.  Little children included.

So while I am sitting about enjoying the view, I started thinking about making something new.  I want to be inspired to make something beautiful.  What is beautiful to me, may not necessarily be the same for others.

While scrolling through Pinterest I found a photo of a quilt, and loved it straight away.  I love red and white and I love unstructured, whimsical quilts.
I traced the photo back to Barbara Brackman's blog but with very little information, apart from labelling it British and the makers name, which you can see on the quilt.  If anyone reading this knows anything about this quilt, I would love to hear from you.

So when I got home, I could not wait to try and work out how to make this quilt.  I found some cream linen fabric tucked away (that will be a good background!) and I have lots of reds, but they have to be the "right red"....not the madder kind of red,  but proper kind of reds.  Yes, I found a few of those as well.  I wonder how to make those shapes (I ask myself) and decide that they are made by folding and cutting paper.
Yep, I think that will work.  Looks a bit like the original.  Does not have to be just the same but close will do..............................and I was off and running!

I think I will do all the big bits first, then add the little pieces as needed.  I think I will have this all done in............maybe a year!


  1. That is a beautiful quilt, and having seen Barbara's fairly recent post about this type of free-form applique, I decided I was going to make one too. Trying to wait until some current things are done. I really like this one you have shown because it shows some structure with the bigger flowers. Beautiful!

  2. I asked Barbara to ask around at the AQSG seminar this year so maybe she can come up with something. I have wanted to reproduce this forever. Good for you for actually doing it!

  3. Love it and I'll bet you'll love the process.

  4. I am attracted to the style of quilt you have started the journey on. The thing I think about though, is that you would at times have a lot of fabric crunched up in your hand to do applique in the middle parts of the background.