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