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An Aboriginal Quilt for an Artist

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Aboriginal Quilt for an Artist Friend

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Classic, Traditional, Funky, Whimsical, Ethnic
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What materials did you use? 100% Cotton Aboriginal Fabric from Australia. The fabric uses designs made by Aboriginal artists. Each fabric has symbols, designs, and pictures of things that have special meaning to the Aboriginal nation.

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What are you most proud of? I had been collecting all this fabric and loved each piece individually. Figuring out how to put it together into something that would work and be pleasing was overwhelming and I spent a lot of time looking at patterns, magazines, online, etc. Then, I came across this keyhole pattern and decided that the black fabric should be the keyhole block and the same would be the binding. It is amazing that something this simple could pull all these colors and designs into a cohesive quilt that was very difficult to give away!!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Again, do exact cuts and lay out your placement before you stitch. I quilted this freehand on a long arm machine and used black King Tut thread.

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02/11/2013 Flag

Do you have a pattern available?

07/09/2016 Flag

I don't remember where I found this pattern. I think that you could experiment and recreate it. I believe that the small squares measured about 5 inches when finished (= 5.5 square). So the large square would be 10 inches finished (= 10.5 square). and the keyhole would be 5 inches as well, finished. So 5 inches divided by 3 would give you the finished width of each strip (about 2-1/8 inch width, I think).

07/18/2016 Flag