The silhouette trees took forever to mark and cut, but they make the quilt.
I was given plenty of inspiration to work from, and from that narrowed the brief to Australian outback - but nothing too cliche. Hidden in the sky and on the ground are a selection of lesser known Australian native creatures; mostly birds plus a frog, platypus and eastern water dragon.
So we have the gorgeous outback ochres, with some green for contrast, and a small billabong, all beneath the massive blue sky. The sky is pieced shoo-fly blocks, and the bottom is free-pieced curves.
I deliberately positioned some of the stars in the southern cross on lighter blue fabrics, so as not to make it too overt.
I put the platypus (above) by the water, and nearby there's a nod to bushfires (below).
I chose these echoed Cs for the ground quilting, filling horizontal segments separated by triple rows of wavy lines - it looks just as good from the back:
This water dragon was great fun to quilt, as a special request:
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