The rabbit-proof fence completed in 1907 was built to protect Western Australian crops and pasture lands from the destructive scourge of the rabbit. The number 1 Rabbit Proof fence was the longest line of unbroken fence in the world, stretching 1,139 miles. The fence represents a unique, if inadequate, response to an over whelming environmental problem.
This is a recently completed piece made for Victorian Quilters challenge for 2013 which is currently travelling the country. The rabbit in the front is looking at us as if to say” I’m going over there and you can’t stop me”. I have used tiny pieces of hand cut cotton fabric to build up a collage of the rabbit which were glued down and sewn over. The background is pieced with a mixture of commercial and hand dyed fabric. It was difficult to get the fence right. After some trial and error I ended up free-motion quilting the wire with a darkish grey thread. The crows were added to balance the design.
You might notice the rabbits over the fence in the distance gallivanting in forbidden territory!