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I’m gearing up for this fall’s quilt shows by using some of our favorite fabrics to sew up new samples.  I’ve loved (and collected) these Australian aboriginal prints for years, with their fabulous colors, whimsical animals, and modern designs.  Although pricey, the book Australian Spirit: Designer Projects to Quilt, Fuse, and Sew has fabulous patterns that really highlight these unusual prints.

The Cattywampus Down Under quilt consists of four designs for the center of the quilt.  There are 16 squares in all, with these designs replicated four times.  It’s a great pattern to showcase “fussy cuts,” or the pieces of fabric that have been cut to isolate a specific motif.  As you can see, we used fussy cuts made from Bush Tucker Red, Women’s Business Gold, Wichetty Grub, and Women’s Ceremony Black (which we hope to have in stock soon).  This quilt pattern would work great with any fabric that has bold designs that you would like to highlight!

The centerpiece of our quilt is framed in both Women’s Business Gold and Bush Tucker Black.  As this design is heavy on red, black, rust, and gold we added a colorful border made up of fussy cuts highlighting the creatures and foliage from Bambillah, Salt Plain Red, and Women’s Business Gold, combined with batiks from my stash.

After spending who-knows-how-many hours cutting, arranging, sewing, tearing out, and sewing again “Jewel Squares” from Kaffe Fasset’s amazing Glorious Patchwork book, the ease of this quilt was just what I needed!  And I’m ever so grateful to my good friend Susan, who volunteered to work with me on my this project, too.  We managed to finish the “Cattywampus Down Under” quilt in only four hours!  Now we are looking forward to getting it back from our favorite quilter, Karen, and see what design she stitched on this to finish it up!

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