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Waltzing Matilda...far far away (close up)

Project Quilting Challenge 2



For this challenge, I selected the song "Waltzing Matilda." The song is a popular Australian song apparently about itinerant workers who carried their belongings in a swag. To waltz Matilda means to travel with this swag. Another interpretation of the song is that these men used to dance with their swag bags since they did not necessarily have women to partner with.


With this in mind, I initially wanted to create a waltzing swag bag. My process was that first, I selected my fabrics. I thought about these men carrying these bags and what possessions they might keep in them. I also thought about how these were their worldly possessions and perhaps how they sometimes slept on these bags or as they carried them dreamed about their lives and future. With this is mind, I cut into my Far Far Away fabrics. I wanted these guys to have a fairy tale ending.


Next for the design, I decided on a dresden-ish template. Because the dresdens were a bit larger than the center circle, it helped me to create a wavy circle, like a dancing skirt. To actually quilt this, I pressed the waves into pleats (still not tired of these!).


I then quilted in a circle, with the thought in mind that people dance around and around.


The quilt was made by me in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and measures 31" x 31".

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Taken on January 29, 2012