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 ¼ 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:
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 appliqué, 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?