Cutting + sticking + sewing + baking. My creative life.

Australian Stars

This was the main quilt I made during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. With almost three months off work during the lockdown I had a lot of extra time to sew. It is a Thimbleblossoms pattern called Night Sky.

My Australian namesake gave me the Australian flora and fauna fabric. It’s wonderful quality and great to cut and sew with.

As well as a textile studio my I also used my clinic as a gym. I did my small group personal training sessions in there via Zoom. You can see my kettlebells, mat and lacrosse ball!

My youngest son helped me by holding up the quilt so I could take a photo of it, he’s very tall! I like the back of the quilt. My Australian namesake gave me a large piece of fabric printed with Australian place names; Melbourne, Geelong, Sydney, Brisbane, Bendigo, Gold Coast, Perth, Canberra, Rockhampton, Newcastle, Hobart, Cairns, Darwin, Bundaberg, Adelaide, Freemantle, Penrith, Wollongong, Echuca, Sunshine Coast, Kalgoorlie, Launceston, Broome, Port MacQuarie, Great Barrier Reef and Dubbo.

Australian Stars was long-arm quilted by Debbie Holland with a eucalyptus blossom pantograph.

All wrapped up in cellophane to protect from any water damage in transit and ready to post to my American namesake.

Lockdown is easing now where I live. I’m glad I made this quilt to mark and remember this unusual time. There are things that I reflected on and considered during this time which I would like to take in to The After. I went back to work this week, during quarantine I almost managed to finish my 2020 sewing list. I’m currently making my Christmas quilt.

Much love

Melanie xXx

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