Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas around the world: Australia

Bronwyn Hayes is an Australian artist whose beautifully executed stitchery and applique designs have made her popular around the world. Here's an album quilt which showcases the merriment and delight of Christmas, and the joys of home and giving. What could be more fun than these appliqued and embroidered blocks which feature many of the season's symbols in joyous celebration?

Gift Quilt, 53" x 55", by Bronwyn Hayes at Red Brolly (Canberra, Australia)

In Gift Quilt, Bronwyn has used Moda's "French General" fabric in the Oo La La and Pom Pom de Paris lines to create a pattern that bursts with happiness. Look carefully, and you will see a Santa Claus, an angel, a busy shopper, a jolly snowman, a chorus line of gingerbread men, and so much more. The border of prairie points makes a very stylish (and stash-busting) border. We loved this cozy home with the red roof, surrounded by cheerful hearts, a bluebird of happiness, an an embroidered pine tree:

In an interview in Australian Homespun, Bronwyn Hayes talks about Christmas as a season to join family and friends and to use her favorite color, red, in designs which honor this holiday. She is renowned for her redwork embroidery, and she says:  "I love the strength of line and the vibrancy that I can achieve when I stitch with red thread".

Image credits:  Images are shown with the generous permission of Bronwyn Hayes.  You can find all of her patterns, tutorials, and links to stockists at Red Brolly and the latest news on the Red Brolly Facebook page.


  1. Hi Marina and Daryl-
    Thanks so much for featuring my Christmas quilt on your beautiful Blog.
    A very Merry Christmas to you both and all your readers!
    Bronwyn ...

  2. Cute quilt but it doesn't really represent Christmas in Australia. Haven't ever seen a snowman at Christmas time here!

  3. Point taken... on the other hand, Mr. Snowman, Santa's sleigh and reindeer are among the most beloved Christmas decorations (even in sunny Southern climates!)


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