"Girt By Sea" Quilt Along

“Australians all let us rejoice
For we are young and free
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil
Our home is girt by sea


Welcome to my round in the 'Girt By Sea' Quilt Along! I'm so proud to be part of the team of Australian designers who created this incredible medallion quilt, celebrating this wonderful land that we live in. The name of the quilt was inspired by the Australian national anthem - for those of you who are not familiar, 'girt' means 'surrounded'!

This all Aussie collaboration was organised by Modern Makers Retreat and features unique rounds (from the centre out) by Jodi GodfreyKeera Job, yours trulyAlyce BlythEmma Jean Jansen, and Peta Peace. The quilt celebrates this special land with inspiration drawn from its rugged mountains, sweeping rural plains with bountiful produce, a multicultural heart beat, and of course the beautiful ocean surrounding it.

The round I designed is the third one (from centre outwards), with the leaf and circle appliques. It features the two elements from my logo, and was inspired by the beautiful wine region that I live in (McLaren Vale, South Australia). The round elements represent the fruits of the land - we are indeed so lucky to be surrounded by not only miles and miles of vineyards but fruit orchards of all manners. The views are incredible and t's truly one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

The pattern comes with a placement chart for the circles and leaves so you can position them precisely if you wish, but this round is also one where you can give your imagination free rein, and lay out the elements in whichever way you desire! Take at a look at this version made by Jackie Gillies, one of the founders of Modern Makers Retreat, and a true master of the rainbow quilt. I love how she organised the leaves and circles to create a really striking border.

I used the fusible interfacing applique method when I made the circles and leaves for this quilt. The pattern has detailed instructions on this, and also the raw edge applique method for those of you who may be more comfortable with that and want speedier results.

The Girt By Sea quilt pattern is available to purchase here. There is also a monthly sew along that you can join, with prizes for each round! Here's this month's prize - a signed copy of my book Quilt Petite. It's not too late to join us, as there are several months still to go and more prizes to win. Enjoy!

'Weekend Quilting' by Jemima Flendt

I'm very excited as I write this post as it's my turn on my lovely friend (and fellow Aussie designer) Jemima's showcase for her first book, "Weekend Quilting"! Jemima is also known as @tiedwitharibbon on social media - if you haven't discovered her yet pop over to her Instagram / Facebook to have a look. Her designs are ever so sweet.

Let me tell you, this book is brimming with quilting methods and technique, and it's a great investment for a beginner quilter - wish I had it in my library when I was learning. There is also lots of inspiration and exciting designs for the experienced quilter. So many pretty designs to choose from, and opportunity to practice different techniques, from patchwork to foundation paper piecing, from applique to EPP, So much variety!

For my showcase project I selected 'All About Hex Pillow', an English paper pieced cushion. So simple, and yet so effective - and so quick to make. Great for fussy cutting lovers too.

The pretty fabric I used is a new collection by Penny Rose Fabrics called 'Lily', designed by Sue Penn. I literally gasped when I saw it in the catalogue.

I hope you liked my pillow. To see more projects made from the book you can visit other bloggers participating in the showcase - here's the full list. Enjoy!

Mon 29th May Lisa Cox - A Spoonful of Sugar Designs
Tues 30th May Robyn Shapiro - The Strawberry Thief
Wed 31st May Melissa LeRay – Oh How Sweet
Thurs 1st June Emily Dennis – Quilty Love
Fri 2nd June Samantha Dorn – Aqua Paisley Studio
Mon 5th June Nadra Ridgeway – Ellis and Higgs
Tues 6th June Peta Peace – She Quilts Alot
Wed 7th June Stacy Olson –Stacy Olson Design
Thurs 8th June Sedef Imer- Down Grapevine Lane
Friday 9th June Elizabeth Chappell - Quilters Candy Box
Mon 12th June Suzy Williams – Suzy Quilts
Tues 13th June Rachel Howard - Family Ever After
Wed 14th June Amy Sinibaldi - nanaCompany
Thurs 15th June Jodie Carleton – Ric Rac
Fri 16th June Ange Hamilton – A Little Patchwork
Mon 19th June Heather Andrus – Quilt Story
Tues 20th June Elea Lutz – Elea Lutz Design
Wed 21st June Lauren Wright – Molly and Mama
Thurs 22nd June Claire Turpin – Claire Turpin Design
Fri 23rd June Jennie Pickett – Clover and Violet
Mon 26th June Fat Quarter Shop
Tues 27th June Alisha Orlando – Ministry of Fabric
Wed 28th June Minki Kim – Minki Kim Sewing Illustration
Thurs 29th June Jemima Flendt – Tied with a Ribbon

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