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Welcome to my stop on the Marsupials & Monotremes blog tour! This is Aussie designer Amanda Brandl’s next big fabric launch, and she has continued the theme from last year, with more of our adorable native flora and fauna. It’s always a delight to work with such quality fabric, and Kennard & Kennard Fabrics have done it again with another superb range. I worked on designing a quilt that would showcase all the brilliant colours and patterns…and so Peppermint Trundle was born.

Here’s some gratuitous fabric stacks for your viewing pleasure…bright and bold, with some muted blenders to calm things down.

Marsupials & Monotremes Blog Tour - Peppermint Trundle Quilt fabric selection

Marsupials & Monotremes Blog Tour - Peppermint Trundle Quilt all the brilliant colors

 

And without further ado, this is my Peppermint Trundle quilt.

It measures 60″, consisting of 25 identical blocks with different fabric placement to highlight certain elements. It’s a very simple design, just squares, rectangles and half square triangles.

Marsupials & Monotremes Blog Tour - Peppermint Trundle Quilt

 

My inspiration was the gorgeous wombats and echidnas that Amanda has included in her prints. If you’re not an Aussie, you may not be familiar with these creatures.

Aussie fauna is particularly unique, with both Marsupials and Monotremes being in a subclass of mammal. A baby is called a ‘puggle’ which is just the most adorable name ever!

My inspiration is from the shapes of the echidna (quite triangular) and the shape of the wombats (quite square) and the cute way in which they trundle along the ground (tho sometimes they run extremely fast!). My daughter thought the red placement looked a lot like striped peppermint candies, and so the name was born!

Marsupials & Monotremes Blog Tour - Peppermint Trundle Quilt - quilting in progress

Marsupials & Monotremes Blog Tour - Peppermint Trundle Quilt - straightline quilting

 

Although it’s a very straightforward design, it had rather more pieces than I’d anticipated. But it went together very quickly, with 8-at-a-time triangles, and lots of chain piecing.

I nested all my seams, and managed to avoid using any pins, which is also a great time saver. I had great fun straight quilting it in 1 inch straight lines, and discovered even more features of my walking foot, which goes to show you are always learning!

This gorgeous red print was also perfect for the binding.

Marsupials & Monotremes Blog Tour - Peppermint Trundle Quilt - brilliant binding roll

 

I am always under estimating my backing quantities…does anyone else struggle with the large amount that this takes? But it provides great practice for pattern matching. Can you see where I’ve joined in the bottom corner?

Marsupials & Monotremes Blog Tour - Peppermint Trundle Quilt - pattern matching wombats

Marsupials & Monotremes Blog Tour - Peppermint Trundle Quilt - delicious folded quilt

 

We took the quilt out on a bush photo shoot, and things are even more dry than usual, as Australia is in the midst of a harsh drought :(. We also had to contend with the wind being very wild.

Marsupials & Monotremes Blog Tour - Peppermint Trundle Quilt - rusty Aussie gate

Marsupials & Monotremes Blog Tour - Peppermint Trundle Quilt - Aussie bush

 

And finally I couldn’t resist photographing this quilt with last year’s blog tour quilt, Bush Gum Blossoms. They are such a colourful stack!

Marsupials & Monotremes Blog Tour - Peppermint Trundle Quilt - quilt stack

Marsupials & Monotremes Blog Tour - Peppermint Trundle Quilt - folded stack

Follow along with the blog tour, to see the whole range of projects that are being created with this wonderful fabric…

Tuesday January 15th: Ange Hamilton | A Little Patchwork
Wednesday January 16th: Kylie | Wombat & Poss
Thursday January 17th: Alison Teo | Perelandra Fabric
Friday January 18th: Anorina Morris | Samelia’s Mum
Saturday January 19th: Ahn Nguyen | Ana ma Petit Tresor
Monday January 21st: Gisella Doyle | Stitch Bake Craft Make
Tuesday January 22nd: Samantha Green | For The Love of Fabric
Wednesday January 23rd: Sharon Burgess | Lilabelle Lane Creations
Thursday January 24th: Ali Phillips | Arabesque Scissors
Friday January 25th: Rose Johnstone | Threadbare Creations
Monday January 28th: Kat Bradshaw | Cloth Yarns
Tuesday January 29th: Vickie Zaleski | Crocheting Vixen
Wednesday January 30th: Elise Baek | Elise & Emilie
Thursday January 31st: Wendy Gontier |Wehago Designs
Friday February 1st: Raylee Bielenberg | Sunflower Stitcheries
Saturday February 2nd: Sylvia Berkett | Alisellou Designs
Monday February 4th: Rachael Daisy | Blue Mountain Daisy
Tuesday February 5th: Kellie | sewMimi.K
Thursday February 7thBlog Wrap up and thank you!