A quokka is a West Australian marsupial which lives mostly on Rottnest Island, Western Australia. I've lived on the mainland, and been able to see Rottnest Island from a hill near my house, for most of my life. It's 18km from the Perth coastline and the place of many happy family holidays and school camps. No non-service vehicles are allowed on the island, so you have to hire bikes and explore the crystal clear bays and white sandy beaches by pedal power.
When William De Vlamingh, a Dutch explorer, landed on the island in 1696, he dubbed the place Rottnest - or Rat's Nest - for the rat-looking mini kangaroos that inhabit the island. Rottnest it has remained, or Rotto to locals.
So when I wanted a quintessential West Australian quilting name that meant something to me, I went with Quokka Quilts.