No, not the endearing but ponderous Australian animal.
The Wombat I mean is a talented and lightning-fast stitcher of wonderful quilts, and she blogs under the name Wombat Quilts. True, she’s Australian originally. Or still, if you listen to the accent. But now she lives on the far side of the world in Portland, Oregon with the lovely Mr Wombat. And wonder of wonders, she’s in Brisbane on a visit to her family at the same time as I’m passing through on my way home from hospital. A visit had to be arranged. I admire her work enormously. Her paper piecing is legendary and her blog features a whole library of free paper pieced block patterns, in case anyone wants to investigate. Most of the quilts she makes are given away for charity, to Project Linus among others.
We spent two and a half hours talking hard about quilting, fabrics, blogging, more quilting, travel, family, quilting and a bit of catching up about what’s going on in our lives. It was a wonderful morning. Bickies were eaten, coffee was drunk, photos were taken, quilts were admired, and Mr Wombat and the Husband of Chiconia found common ground in their experiences of living with mad quilters.
We’re both makers of EPP hexagons, too. Among many other projects, she’s working on a hexie quilt for Mr Wombat and occasionally we see a blog about its progress. So I thought, what better small memento of our encounter could I offer than a few hexie flowers to add to the mix, from a scrap collection which is completely different from hers, on the other side of the globe? And I simply couldn’t resist passing on my copy of Jackie French’s wonderful and award-winning children’s book Diary of a Wombat, with a suitable inscription.
She’d brought me a gift too, a pack of beautiful 5″ squares of batiks in wonderful shades, including some perfect indigoes…. I love how blogging brings together people with common interests who would never otherwise meet or know about each other. Meeting a quilter I hold in such respect has been a highlight of my creative year. We have tentative plans for joint quilting projects and fabric swaps, and firm plans to Skype frequently to stay in touch long term.
Go and take a look at her wonderful blog.