Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Worms Crawl In, The Worms Crawl Out

What would you think if you got this unusual piece of fabric in the mail? My friend Kathy sent it to me as a souvenir of her trip to Australia.

It’s an aboriginal print, featuring witchety grubs, honey ants, snakes, lizards, and symbols representing family and Earth Mother.

I went from thinking, “Yikes, I can’t use that!” to “Maybe if I cut it up it won’t be so ghastly.” to “If I cut it up, all the integrity of the print will be lost.” This peculiar fabric certainly presented a design challenge!

After a while, those little grubs grew on me (What an image that conjures up, eh?) and I couldn’t bear to cut the fabric into pieces. Instead, I framed it with a liberated sawtooth border.

I tried adding some pieced blocks but they made the quilt look way too busy. So, I pieced together the Broken Dishes blocks I had made and put them on the back of the quilt.

The machine quilting was a lot of fun to do. I stitched random wavy lines with a variety of threads. It not only added great texture but contributed to the freeform style.

16” x 23”
© DJB, 2003


  1. ooo - that quilting is inspired for that quilt! And I LOVE aboriginal fabrics! My friend who lives in AU sends them to me sometimes. I"ve made some really fun quilts with them.

  2. This one is so jazzy...I really like it. Grubs, huh, my 4 year old went on a stint of always telling me there were grubs in our compost pile, just to hear me scream in disgust. The white, the black...very freaky.

    But what a beautiful quilt!

  3. What a great solution to keep the fabric design in tact and now you have a reversible quilt!

  4. Love the fabric,love what you did with it,Wig.

  5. I'm glad you didn't cut the fabric, it looks great with the triangle border around it. The aborigines eat witchety grubs- Yuck, no thanks!

  6. great quilt. you did an amazing job of highliting the fabric and yet making a fun quilt all at the same time. marvelous.

  7. Hi, I just found your blog through Tonya. Just want to say you made a great quilt with that Aussie fabric. I love the uneven points.