Marsupials and Monotremes Blog Hop

Marsupials and Monotremes by Amanda Brandl

A warm welcome from Nanango, the fourth oldest town in Queensland and at the moment possibly the hottest. This is my very first Blog ever and it has been a very interesting experience. I am very thankful to Amanda Brandl for inviting me to be a part of this Blog Tour.

After receiving my Fabrics 3 days before the start of the Blog Tour, I had to move faster than an Echidna on a hot bitumen road and get my projects started.

My mission was to:

A: Make a quilt

B: Make a dress

C: Find an Echidna

“C” proved to be harder that it sounded. Living on acreage, I thought this might be easy, but I was so wrong. We normally do have Echidnas in our back yard, but they all seemed to know I was on the search for one.

Anyway, back to the quilt. I chose a design that was very simple and quick to make. 42 x 8 1/2″ blocks cut with an AccuQuilt GO! cutter, then cut on the diagonal and I added a 1 1/2″ strip to join the blocks together. The quilt top was very quick to assemble and I had decided to have it quilted by Jackson Cook from The House of Jackson. Off it went express post to Armidale NSW, with my fingers crossed that it would be back in time for binding.


My next project was this summer dress using Simplicity Pattern 8347 from Sewing Patterns Online. I used these two vibrant colours orange and blue.

With the left over scraps, my friend Marilyn and I made all these little goodies. Mug Rugs, Key Rings, Gift Tags and a Diary Cover.

The quilt arrived back 2 days before our Blog was due to start, as it was delayed because of the Australia Day long weekend. This only left me with one day to finish the binding and take the finished photo’s yesterday.


Creativity does not happen with lovely fabric alone, but also the tools we use to create our beautiful projects.

A huge amount of thanks to the following people:


Amanda Brandl for her wonderful designs that so beautifully show off our amazing Australian Wildlife

Kennard and Kennard for their Fabric, great service, and for regularly visiting our Store

A special thanks to Jackson Cook from “The House of Jackson” for the fantastic quilting

I would also like to thank my 3 girls, my Bernina B350, Baby Lock Evolution and my AccuQuilt Go! Cutter

Did we find an Echidna? Yes we did!!!

Thank you so much to the Currumbin Wildlife Santuary for the Enchina Encounter it was a great experience. This little man was the cutest creature I have ever seen.

To see the full blog tour schedule for this Australian animal fabric collection, and to find a stockist please go to Kennard & Kennard or visit

You can join the fun! Just share you own projects on Facebook, twitter and instagram using the hashtag #Marsupialsandmonotremes.  We can’t wait to see what you make!



Everyone’s blog post will be linked on the day that their project is posted. Please check back here to see the updated blog links added each day!

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!

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