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A Santa Flimsy.

Posted on | August 16, 2016 | 10 Comments

I am steadily getting myself back into a sewing routine. After having 3 weeks with a house full it takes a little bit of adjusting to get used to the quiet.

I have made plenty of clothes for various dolls for our visiting grandies, but this is the first of my projects I have returned to.

Sunburnt Quilts 2016 - Birdhouse santa Pattern

I had finished all the blocks and only needed to put them together. I am hoping to prepare it for quilting later today.

Like many others living near Melbourne, I have gone to the Making the Australian Quilt exhibition at The Ian Potter Gallery at Federation Square. It is a wonderful display of quilts from 1800 t0 1950. I am in awe of the skills shown by these quilters when considering the poor lighting conditions they endured and limited supplies available to them.

Most quilts were made here, but quite a few were made on the long sea voyage to Australia.

I will only show some photos of one as I was quite taken by the detail involved, combining embroidery and applique into the quilt.  I have included the sign with the information.






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I have to admire their patience with all that stitching, but also had to laugh at some of the sayings from that time.

Cheers, Karen





10 Responses to A Santa Flimsy.

  • Raewyn says:

    Your Christmas flimsy is lovely – such a happy quilt! The red quilt is amazing, such a lot of work and detail in it. I had read about this exhibition and wondered if I could work in a trip over but alas no! It looks like you had an interesting time visiting it.

  • Mary says:

    You must have really enjoyed the quilt show. That red quilt is fabulous, although I’m not sure I understand some of the sayings.

    Your Santa flimsy is just adorable. My favorite is the stocking.

  • Frances Arnold says:

    Fancy you liking a quilt with lots of embroidery!!!!

  • shez says:

    Hi Karen wow your quilt looks awesome i love it and it didnt take you long to pout together,well done my friend and had to laugh at some of the sayings on the red one,lol xx

  • Fiona says:

    I hate that feeling when a house empties after visitors…. keeping busy is a good antidote. I would love to see that exhibition, I’m so glad to have seen a bit of that quilt…

  • Rachaeldaisy says:

    I love your flimsy!! It’s so festive and jolly. The dot fabric youve used throughout makes it sparkle. The Westbury Quilt was one of my favourites too. The details and sayings, and all the animal names., and that border! all wonderful!!

  • Joan says:

    What a cute Santa quilt. That will cheer up any house at the holidays. Those quilts from the Melbourne show are stunning. Love the 50 men saying. I bet it was fun to read them all!

  • anita says:

    Lol….you’ve reminded me that really….Christmas is just around the corner!! Who said that?? lol Weren’t those women amazing to create such lovely quilts in those conditions and I always love seeing their phrases from those days. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lesley says:

    So interesting to “read” the antique quilt! As for your Santa quilt, it is a stunner. Could you share the source of the pattern? I do love Santas!

  • Suz says:

    That red one was a work of art, wasn’t it! I loved reading all the sayings too! I could hardly believe that the writing was all done in teeny-weeny chain stitch! Incredible!
    I love your Christmas quilt Karen! Do you think someone will be admiring our efforts in 200 years time? If only?!!


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