The Queen Street Quilters friendship group was formed three years ago to explore new quilting techniques and to exchange ideas. We are part of the Mornington Peninsula Patchworkers group in Australia, just south of Melbourne. There are six of us, three born in Australia and three in the UK.

Quirky Quilters

We decided to make a quilt to display at the local library and after some lively discussion it was decided that, as we all enjoy a laugh, the quilt should do just that, make people (especially quilters) laugh at themselves.

There were no hard and fast rules; it was up to each quilter to stitch her own interpretation of a suggested joke, using bits and pieces from her fabric stash. The twelve miniature quilts were finished in about four months and then it was time to put them all together onto a 60-inch square base quilt.

Oh dear, shall we tell her?
Could you charge these to groceries
please?

The title,"Quirky Quilters" was appliquéd across the top of the quilt and the sawtooth border added to the sides and lower edge. This was then put on the long arm quilting machine and quilted with the words "Quirky Quilters" in rows across the width of the quilt.

The quilt was entered into Victorian Quilters "Showcase" and to the amazement of everyone in the group it was awarded first prize in the group section. It was fun to see quilters pause in front of the quilt then to see the smiles appear as they studied the blocks.

You can see more pictures of the individual minature quilt blocks in the Quirky Quilters album.