I have just made 4 blocks for a fellow blogger 's friend who is trying to put together a quilt for her son's school's fundraiser..... Why??? I suppose it is at least in part because of how grateful I am that the internet allows me to have an ongoing relationship with my grandchildren in England while I am here in Australia. I have just had a lovely time talking with them on skype and because they can see me they are much more responsive than they would be it I was just a voice on the end of the phone. This is so different from when we emigrated to Australia and our grandparents and other relatives became very removed from us.
Anyway I saw this request and thought why not?
The fabrics I have chosen are distinctly Australian. The koala and the kangaroo are easily recognized. The plant in the border is commonly known as a bottlebrush because of the shape of its flowers. It has hard leathery leaves that are good are resisting evaporation.
The birds are cockatoos which is a large white and yellow parrot that are often on the move about large parts of Australia - they squawk loudly, and their powerful beaks are good at cracking open the gum nuts (seed pods of the gum tree). These birds are often referred to as cockies - a name is also give the smaller farmers in Australia. The centers of these 2 blocks show: a farmer droving sheep, and typical buildings in a country town.(the pub and a shop).
Update August 2011 First pictures of the quilt using these blocks .