Well, at least one Waratah fan! I was commissioned by one of my DS's teachers to make a quilt out of flags that her son Michael received at every Waratah game he attended. I was very game!
I took the flags home and knew very quickly that a very simple two flags across and five flags down pattern was the way to go with a small border. Sounds simple right! Well, none of the flags were the same size, each flag had three layers to it (and separating the layers wasn’t really an option), all three layers were different sizes, once cut the fabric frayed - a lot, and the fabric couldn’t be ironed! Okay, not much of a challenge - really.
I started off with sewing the two side by side flags and trimming only seconds before sewing, then added the rows to each other. I then trimmed the sides down and put on a border asap and the top was done! Whew, time to relax before quilting.
Then onto the quilting.
I used a very open non-crossing over pantograph to make sure I wouldn’t have any tucks as the flags in some places were very 'loose'. I tried to use as few pins as possible as I was afraid it would leave holes in the fabric.
Overall I am really pleased with how it turned out, and I learnt lots of new tricks that will help me with other quilts. I would describe the feel of this quilt like a puffer jacket or parka, it makes this swish noise as it moves.
I used a simple black border and a very boyish backing with a plaid red binding.
I really enjoyed the challenge of this quilt - it really got me thinking outside the box.
I hope Michael likes his Puffer Waratah Quilt!
Go the Waratahs!