2019 Aussie Animal Fabric Blog Tour Wrap-up


Day 1 and we have Ange from @alittlepatchwork who has made a beautiful teapot holder and scallop trivet using the gum leaf shake and grevillea fabrics from #MarsupialsandMonotremes. That pretty scalloped trivet pattern is from @downgrapevinelane new book Zakka Home - so pretty! To read the full project details about Ange's project head over to her blog ... Time for a cuppa, yes?




Day 2 and we have Kylie from @wombatandposs up next! She has made some beautiful wombat and echidna bibs lined with with an organic cotton and hemp fleece fabric. She has also made some sweet kids shorts in platypus fabric, as well as wombat and echidna shorts  - these can be unisex so are super versatile. Full project details over on her blog. These will be a hit for her handmade store I am sure, so head over to her insta profile and check them out 🙂




Day 3 and today is Alison from @perelandrafabric,  and you are in for a TREAT 🙂 I am going to break this into 2 separate posts to do them justice! First up She has sewn a a boys shirt using the Echidna Shuffle Cream print, with the cutest little detail pocket using Grevillea on Aqua. She used the Troop Shirt pattern by @tadahpatterns which is her go to shirt pattern. Love this so much! 

Alison also has made a stunning girls pinafore dress using Echidna & Wombat lime green as the main part of the dress, and for the ruffles and skirt trim she used Grevillea on Aqua. The rich aqua colourway with red grevillea really pops! The dress pattern is @bebekinspatterns Polly Pinafore pattern and is such a beautiful classic girls dress. Sew much to love!





Day 4 and today is Anorina from @sameliasmum, and she has a FREE"quick to whip up" table runner pattern for you! 🙂 Head over to her blog for the pattern details. She has also sewn divine cushions using the green platypus fabric, and lovely native grevillea in blue and cream, along with gorgeous quilting detail. She also made a seriously sweet scrappy patchwork cushion that is the perfect way to use up those fabric bits you have lying around. Head over to her blog for all the details and pattern.






Day 5 and Ahn from @anamapetittresor is up!
It is no secret, she has an obsession with fabric and particularly drawn to unique fabrics with interesting designs and colours. I am so glad she loves to seek out fabric from emerging fabric designers and small businesses because she agreed to be part of the blog tour and make her signature ladies skirt. I personally have one of her skirts in the her gorgeous original pattern - i love how it easily slips into my existing wardrobe.
Swipe for more because she could not help but make a matching girls skirt and boys shorts! Who doesn’t like a bit of matchy-matchy clothing with the kids? This project was also featured on the hugely popular Love Australian Handmade website and blog  🙂




Day 6 and the lovely Gisella from @stitchbakecraftmake is up! 🙂 Gisella has made a gorgeous red playsuit using the “Grevillea on Red” print. This pattern is her own (so amazing!) - I love the back details. Swipe for all the pics 😊
I also love how gloriously interchangeable the 'Platypus Play' in Aqua fabric is.... We had the stunning ladies skirt yesterday and now equally as perfect is this boys shirt made with Mcalls pattern #M6548 - I want one for my son!. You can read her full blog post over on her blog or check out my bio link for stockists and the full blog schedule.. so many amazing projects for #sewinginspiration. Head over to her blog for all the project details.





Day 7 and we have a wonderful project for a Kindy classroom up next, made by Sam @fortheloveoffabric. Her local Kindy now has some gorgeous 'permission pockets' made in sweet native Australian fauna and flora fabrics 🙂 This was a project aimed to reduce waste, and Sam created simple but stunning envelopes that information about fundraisers, or permission slips for excursions could be sent home with each child. And then the pockets can be returned with the signed slips, or money raised, all in one. This saves the need for plastic bags or paper envelopes, which is a wonderful way to cut down on landfill, and further teaches the children the need to care for our environment. How perfect are they? Inspired to make a library bag now too!

Head over to Sam's blog and get more details 🙂





Day 8 Sharon @lilabellelane has made these cute zipper pouches and complimenting A5 fabric covers notebooks. They show off the fabric so beautifully ** I love her perfect 1 inch fussy cut hexie's - and yes I do go to enormous lengths to make sure my fabrics are a fussy cutters heaven 😉
Sharon has also made a divine sewing set from 'Zakka Style" by @ctpublishing - this book is just gorgeous.
Check out Sharons full blog post and project details over on her blog


Day 9 of the #marsupialsandmonotremes blog hop! Ali from Arabesque Scissors has made a gorgeous quilt. Her inspiration is from the shapes of the echidna (quite triangular) and the shape of the wombats (quite square) and the cute way in which they trundle along the ground (tho sometimes they run extremely fast!). Her daughter thought the red placement looked a lot like striped peppermint candies, and so the name "Peppermint Trundle" was born!

How divine!





Day 10 of the Blog Hop, and Quilt #2 is another stunner! Rose from Threadbare Creations has released her "Matilda" quilt along with this new pattern using our #marsupialsandmonotremes fabrics! When Amanda announced this fabric blog tour, Rose had been drafting a new two block wonder quilt pattern and she knew these fabrics would perfectly bring my idea to life - it was meant to be!

The cute little wombats, echidna's and platypuses are showcased in the centre of the Ornate Star blocks, and they add a little whimsy and playfulness to this design. She surrounded them with the red, aqua, apricot and cream grevillea prints to really make them pop. The Eccentric Star blocks create a flowy ribbon effect, tying all the blocks together delicately and softly.
Rose quilted her Matilda quilt with some simple serpentine quilting which suits this design and fabric so well. She used the deep purple choclate grevillea fabric to bind her quilt - it ties all the fabrics together beautifully, giving it a dramatic frame.

She wanted this quilt to feel Australian in every way - and has certainly succeeded! Waltzing Matilda has been referred to as our "unofficial national anthem", so she decided to name the quilt in honour of this legendary bush ballad.






Day 11 today we showcase @clothyarns with some beautiful hand sewn children’s clothing. How perfect is the boys shirt - an #Australiana version of a Hawaiian shirt don’t you think!? 🌺 👌🏻👌🏻.  The #wombat dress is also gorgeous, I love that back! 👌🏻. See Kats blog for full details

Day 12 and it is back to School this week and Day 12 of the Blog tour is the perfect project for it! Vickie from @crochetingvixen has made bright bold drawstring children's backpacks and pencil cases.

For the backpacks she used a pattern by @cloverandviolet called The Alice Backpack. She made the medium size from the pattern which includes a large drawstring area, a zippered section and also two slip pockets behind the zippered section. I love how she paired the wombat and grevillea fabrics! She also made pencil cases that fit perfectly inside the backpacks using a pattern by @sewsweetness called the I-Spy Pouch, which her daughters quickly filled up with Paw Patrol figures and dolls 🙂


Day 13 and Elise from @eliseandemelie has made a pretty patchwork cushion. She started by playing with some different block sizes using the @thencamejune Meadowland Quilt Pattern (love!). Once the blocks were sewn together, she decided on a yummy aqua-ish green/blue thread for the the stunning big stitch quilting. #pillowlove See Elise's beautiful blog page with all her project details (how to "mini" a quilt pattern!")


Day 14 and today we reveal the beautiful Bush Beauties Quilt from Wendy @wehagodesigns. The quilt measures 80″ squared and was quilted using 3 different 50 wt Aurifil thread colours on her domestic machine using free motion quilting. So beautiful! Wendy has the gift of quilting (multiple award winning!) and quilts new life into a quilt top that brings out different aspects of the quilt by creating shapes and textures. A stunning quilt in every way, thank you Wendy!
Be sure to head over to the Wehago Designs blog to read more about the process of making this quilt (and get some great quilting tips from Wendy!).


Day 15  and we have a special lap sized quilt with a graduating background from @sunflowerquilting. A stunning "skyline" background reminds me of beautiful sunsets and then the landscape is below with wombats and echidnas and a creek at the bottom with the platypus. The colours just sing of the Australian landscape. I love the Dresden plates - they look like stars in the sky. (swipe to see all pics). Raylee will be releasing this pattern on her website soon.


Day 16 and **echidna photo alert**  next up we have Sylvia and Gary from Alisellou Designs in QLD. Sylvia chose a modern design that was very simple and quick to make. 42 x 8 1/2″ blocks cut with her AccuQuilt GO! cutter, then cut on the diagonal and she added a 1 1/2″ strip to join the blocks together. The quilt top was quilted by Jackson Cook from House of Jackson. Stunning!

The second project was a gorgeous dress using the orange grevillea fabrics and Simplicity Patterns 8347, with some blue grevillea fabric trimming - a perfect colour pop contrast.

With her left over scraps Sylvia and her friend Marilyn made equally wonderful little goodies: Mug Rugs, Key Rings, Gift Tags and a Diary Cover .. oh and we spy a gorgeous wombat fabric basket too! (now here is some wonderful inspiration for fabric scraps - head over to their blog page!).

And now for the best bit - a lucky little #echidna got some photos and love from Sylvia with her quilt 😍. We love these photos so much! Thank you so much for being part of the fun 





Day 17  and we are with with Rachael from @bluemountaindaisy. I love this sweet quilt pattern called Charming Smiles that Rachael has used. It does bring smiles 😀. I see little doorways or tunnels into the wombats, echidnas, and platypuses wandering around in an abundance of pretty Australian flowers. 😍It is a charming way to use the fabrics - the pattern is perfect.

Head over to Rachael's instagram page and blog to read more about her project (and see some super amazing award winning quilting and sewing - if you didn’t know quilters collaborate with top fashion designers, then you haven’t met Rachael- check her page out  - she has collaborated with @romancewasborn in some amazing way💖😍).


Day 18 Last day on the#marsupialsandmonotremes fabric Blog ... and this skirt from @sew_mimi.k is the perfect way to showcase Australiana fabrics .. not to mention the fact we have also recently celebrated Australia Day. Kellie has created an Australian flag theme using the blue wombat fabric and red grevillea floral fabric with eucalyptus leaves. Gorgeous appliqué and details don’t you think?

I cannot thank you all enough.... and I am excited and hopeful you will all join me again with my next fabric release "Wild Australia" (strike offs are already here! (#wowzers).

Many of you have become friends and I love our online creative community. Deeply grateful!

Amanda x