Friday, 23 September 2016

Jumping in Circles

I must admit that I didn't intend to enter any quilts into the Bloggers Quilt Festival this year. I'm spending time with family in Scotland at the moment, and every moment is being spent catching up with friends and family or soaking in the joy of being home. Blog writing time is at a minimum.

But it suddenly occurred to me that I haven't shared my Jumping in Circles quilt.

I thought I'd enter it into the Original Design Category.

This quilt was designed and sewn for the Quilters Companion and can be found in issue 81.

I couldn't resist an Australian themed quilt for an Australian magazine. Especially since I have received many requests for Australian birds and animals over the years.

While I was drawing the design, I realised that the kangaroo would be perfectly suited to being a repeating design. I love the way that they chase each other round and round.

I am glad that I didn't make the background a single fabric. Each of the four quadrants has different fabrics, giving each of the individual kangaroos their own personality. The four background fabrics also add interest to the centre of the quilt, which could have seemed a bit empty.

Quilt Stats:

Pattern designed by: me and available in The September edition (issue 81) of the Quilters Companion. (If you can't get your hands on a paper copy, you can buy a digital copy from Zinio or Apple Newsstand).
Quilted and Pieced by: me
Finished dimensions: 40" x 40"
Fabrics used include: Lecien Modern L, Karen Lewis Blueberry Park, Carolyn Friedlander Doe

This issue of Quilters Companion also includes a feature about me. I haven't yet had a chance to read it as I am in Scotland and my copy of the magazine is in New Zealand, but my 5 year old son has seen it and is super impressed. He says I'm famous now!


  1. Your work is beautiful and so distinctive. Absolutely love this one, too.

  2. LOVE! I will have to pick up a Quilters Companion.

  3. Goodness, these jumping kangas made me smile! I love how they chase each other round, very cute!

  4. Congrats on the feature! Love the Roos! You always do such great designs.

  5. Just gorgeous! The kangaroos are wonderful and the multi-colored background is genius!

  6. What a fun quilt. The kangaroos look great on that blue background, and I like how you quilted it.

  7. You are famous in your son's eyes. That is a BIG deal! Great quilt. Enjoy Scotland. I'd love to go there one day.

  8. Great quilt. Enjoy your holiday.

  9. Gorgeous and perfect use of colors! I absolutely love seeing that Blueberry Park fabric. Nicely done!

  10. Oh! I like the douwnunder feeling, the dynamism of the circle, and the colours.

  11. I love this! My son is crazy about kangaroos, so this is totally on my list. I'm going to try one kangaroo and do it as a pillow.

    My public library offers Zinio and one of the magazines they carry is Quilter's Companion! I read your great article. But the pattern sheets aren't in the digital version; there is a link to a website with pattern sheets. But that site hasn't been updated since July 7. Do you know how often/when/if the site will carry the pattern sheets for this quilt?


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