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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Our Aussie Adventures

The binding is now stitched down and I’ve added the label, so it’s finally finished, a quilt recording our Aussie Adventures.  Made with fabrics showing Australian flora and fauna,  these blocks, together with my Pigma pen,  came with me on our rail trips over three years.   We boarded the Ghan rail trip from Adelaide to Darwin in 2016, and returned in 2017 to ride the rails on two vintage rail car trips out from Cairns.  Then earlier this year, 2018, we returned to Australia to do the other great Aussie train ride, the Indian Pacific, which runs from Perth to Sydney.  Sadly, after several hours on board this train and enjoying lunch in the dining room, our first meal of the trip, it was announced that due to a derailment further up the line, the track had been torn up and our trip could not go ahead. As well as our rail trips we explored far and wide, into the outback, towns and cities, rivers and beaches and the mighty Uluru (Ayers Rock).  There was so much to see in this mighty continent, but with the time available, we only scratched the surface.

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The pattern I used was “Dainty Confections” from the book Triangle-Free Quilts, by Judy Hopkins, adding extra sashing strips between the blocks.  And the cute machine embroidered koala stitched by my Aussie pen friend Janet became the label.

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There was still quite a bit of Aussie fabric left over, so I pieced it together to make the backing.

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The back of the quilt

So here it is, hanging above the sofa, my Aussie Adventure quilt.  Just like a fabric diary, it records all the exciting things we did on our trips.  The plan is to rebook on the Indian Pacific trip next year, so here’s hoping it goes off without a hitch.

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Memory quilt

12 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

the quilt will be a nice memory of your trip! still so glad even though your train trip was cut short that you were not in the area of the derailment at the time! so lucky

Judith Emery said...

Wonderful idea expertly executed. Judith nb Serena

Julierose said...

Lovely Aussie adventure quilt--and that label is beautiful..what a wonderful memory quilt for your adventures... great work....;)))hugs, Julierose

Michelle Ridgway said...

What a great memory of Oz you now have.....love it! Hope you have a wonderful time on rail trip mark 2 next year xx

Tired Teacher said...

Well done! Every time you use the quilt, you'll be able to relive your adventure.

Nancy J said...

Lovely, and the sashing is a great fabric for the Aussie Adventure blocks.

Maria said...

An amazing memory quilt and I do hope all goes well on the next Indian Pacific trip.

Connie said...

Your quilt is beautiful and I love how you wrote on it of your travels . . . this is going to be a treasure :)
Happy Quilting!
Connie :)

Raewyn said...

I love the way you do these memory quilts - I think you did a NZ one on your big SI travels? Such a good idea, and it looks great too.

Janice said...

What a lovely memento. Having it on show I can just imagine your reading a snippet as you walk past. It looks wonderful all finished.

Karen S said...

Your quilt is wonderful. It is a great way to store memories of trips and look amazing at the same time. Love seeing all the fabric as the backing, too.
I do hope your trip next year goes smoothly second time around.

texascraft said...

Well done Jenny its beautiful and a great memory quilt for you of you time spent in our beautiful country.