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The Power of Fabric

By April 27, 2017July 25th, 2019blog

The next quilt in my ‘everyone in the family gets a quilt’ quest, is one for my father’s 80th birthday.

As soon as I saw Emma Jean Jansen’s Melba Fabric come out in early 2016 I knew I had to get it and make a quilt for my dad. Those teal magpies were just too close to the Port Adelaide colours to go past.

It took me a long time to find a pattern that I liked and that allowed me to show off the magpie print really well. Amber (@gigis_thimble) and Amanda (@jedicraftgirl) put out just the perfect pattern as part of their monthly #fivefatquarterfun patterns called Cabin Fever.

Each of the blocks had a magpie centred in it and then surrounded by a light, grey or black fabric from the Melba range or a few others.

And I had to put one block in the reverse…. the grey magpie with a teal outside. Teal tram cornerstones and the teal vine for the border.

The backing was my favourite grey shot cotton from Spotlight (sooo soft!) with a strip of the grey magpies and teal vines.

Whilst my free motion quilting is FAR from wonderful, I really enjoyed it and managed to not make horrible mistakes that required unpicking! I am slowly getting up the nerve to do more of it on my quilts.

And best of all, my dad loved it! When I visited this last weekend he was using it – always a good sign!

The quilt went on quite the photo shoot around our property before I wrapped it up for dad…. this picture is the one I liked the best!

This is part of my Quarter 2 Finish Along for #2017FAL #2017FALSWL




  • I love it when a fabric or line is so clearly meant for someone. Clearly you know your dad well! I especially like the one “inside out” block on the front. Lovely finish!

  • Brenda Ackerman says:

    This is a lovely quilt! The pattern you chose to go with the line of fabric really are perfect for one another, so I can easily understand why you waited for the match. Plus, you can tell that your Dad is very happy with his beautiful quilt! Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

  • Nicky says:

    He looks very satisfied with your gift and rightly so! Congratulations on your fab finish on behalf of the global FAL 2017 hosts!

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