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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Eureka Flag baby quilt on: April 21, 2014 06:36:18 AM
I think it is marvellous - both the flag-quilt and the meaning and history behind it.


Thank you Smiley I'm giving it to my mate tomorrow and I hope he likes it. Fingers crossed.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Eureka Flag baby quilt on: April 19, 2014 11:12:54 AM
It's been a long long time since I shared anything I've made on Craftster, but I really am proud of this one.



This is a size recreation of the Eureka Flag, which is to be a gift for my mate who's expecting his first baby in the next few weeks.

A bit of background, maybe? The Eureka flag was flown in Ballarat in 1854 or thereabouts when a group of gold miners staged a rebellion against the mining licences, taxes and government of the day. It was quick, dirty and deadly and many of the names and people involved have been honoured throughout Victoria. Here's what Mark Twain had to say when he visited the Goldfields:
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By and by there was a result, and I think it may be called the finest thing in Australasian history. It was a revolution small in size; but great politically; it was a strike for liberty, a struggle for principle, a stand against injustice and oppression....It is another instance of a victory won by a lost battle. It adds an honorable page to history; the people know it and are proud of it. They keep green the memory of the men who fell at the Eureka stockade, and Peter Lalor has his monument.

 The flag has gone on to be a symbol of the working Left, of the unions and of the struggle for rights and democracy. My mate, the expectant father-to-be is a member of Labor Left, a firm unionist AND he lives in Ballarat. I could not think of anything more perfect.

It is, however the first time I've used a number of skills I've only previously possessed in theory. Practice will make perfect, I'm sure, but for a first time practical attempt at patchwork, machine appliqu, quilting, bias-binding creation, hand quilting and binding... yeah, I think I've done fine.



So, this is one of the stars. The math involved in working out the template almost made my brain burst (!) After stitching the eight points together I then ironed that sticky stuff onto it, so I could attach it to the body of the quilt without fear of it moving around when I started sewing. You can also see that my 50-year-old sewing machine is really not too fond of satin stitch, but I've learned to live with that imperfection.



This here is the binding I created and stitched into place. This, I think looks lovely. I'm really pleased I took the time needed to do all this.

And finally - the quilting. I don't have a quilting machine for fancy stuff and the thought of adding geometric lines to an already very geometric quilt was kind of off-putting to me. So, after a little research I discovered the Eureka oath - "We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties."



Perfect!! I decided to stitch that into the quilt. Many a long evening was spent with my needle and thread getting it all done, but hey - there it is!!

Sooooo.... what do you all think?
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pet Lovers Swap 3 - Gallery on: November 24, 2012 07:53:25 PM
just one quicky photo - I haven't had a chance to take photos of everything else yet.



Someone's looking quite spiffy in his new bowtie

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pet Lovers Swap 3 - Gallery on: November 13, 2012 02:58:49 AM
Heh heh... something shaped like a skate. Not hard to spot a derby girl...
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Pet Lovers Swap Rd 3 CLOSED - SENDOUT 11/13 (extended due to hurricane) on: November 13, 2012 02:56:29 AM
I've sent! Yay yay!!

I wanted to spend my last night making up something for my partner's cat, but I did a number on my shoulder at training... no crafting for me for at least a fortnight... So I packed up what I had made, and sent it off. I'm glad I got the most of it done beforehand.

Ouch. I hurt.
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Pet Lovers Swap Rd 3 CLOSED - SENDOUT 11/12 (extended due to hurricane) on: November 06, 2012 04:33:08 AM
Should be sending out on the 11th, no problem (and thanks for the extension. Though I'm without storm, I've been doing tons of overtime last week...)


....
Ha! Stupid month/day convention. I keep reading it as the 11th of December. Trust me, I'm aiming for November.
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Pet Lovers Swap Rd 3 CLOSED - SENDOUT 11/05 on: October 28, 2012 06:37:32 AM
My craft juices have started flowing, heeeyah!!!!
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Pet Lovers Swap Rd 3 CLOSED - SENDOUT 11/05 on: October 21, 2012 08:24:43 AM
Stuff has started to be made! YES!
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Pet Lovers Swap Rd 3 CLOSED - SENDOUT 11/05 on: October 09, 2012 10:45:00 PM
I need to get my arse into gear and get going... Wink but I've been struck with inspiration for a skirt, so maybe it won't be this evening.

Cleaning out my harddrive, I did find a useful thing to make. A simple quicky thing that I know my Gill would love, so I'm hoping my partner's kitteh will love it too.
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Pet Lovers Swap Rd 3 CLOSED - SENDOUT 11/05 on: September 28, 2012 03:59:55 AM
Working on some ideas - but I'll need to get started soon. The days are slipping  by so quickly!
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