Significant weekend for The Ambitious Quilter

Things finally fell into place with the launch of The Ambitious Quilter Fabric Club this weekend. I was very excited as I bundled up the first of many hand-dyed fabric pieces to send to fellow quilters. To celcbrate the launch, I am offering free fabric to all new members, so check it out.

First mail out for The Ambitious Quilter Fabric Club!

First mail out for The Ambitious Quilter Fabric Club!

I also started another baby quilt Continue reading

Hand-dyed Fabric Club launch

I have been a little excited today. Why, you ask?

I am proud to announce that membership is now open for my new little baby… The Ambitious Quilter Fabric Club.

Yay! (I’m doing a little jig right now)

As you may know, I have been dyeing my own fabric for use in my quilting and getting great results. I will now be offering my hand-dyed fabric to other quilters via a monthly subscription.

I am offering a BONUS for new members to celebrate the launch of The Ambitious Quilter Fabric Club. The BONUS is one free piece of hand-dyed fabric, sent immediately to you.

You can check it all out here, and I hope to be sending fabric out to you TODAY!

Little favour? Would you please share the Fabric Club page through your social media outlets so that your quilting friends can see too? Thanks!

Rach xx

Proud as punch!

Proud as punch!

True Blue mate – quilt theme announced

The theme for the Australasian Quilt Convention 2015 Competition is ‘True Blue’. I have known this for a month or so now but have neglected share the thoughts running through my head so far here on The Ambitious Quilter blog.

In my mind, there are two major directions you can take with this theme: the traditional view of the term relating to the stereotypical ‘Aussie’ (white, hardworking, battler, etc); or a more modern, realistic view of a multicultural Australia, where the definition of ‘true blue’ could be more encompassing.

Maybe I’m looking too deep into this theme.

The Urban Dictionary defines ‘true blue’ as Australian slang to mean: Continue reading

Complex stars made simple

I am going to show you how to make a quilt that will amaze all your friends and family, but is actually much more simple than it looks. When I first came across this quilt block on youtube I was gobsmacked that I did not know this. (Well, perhaps all quilters do know this block but somehow I missed the boat! Well, I’ll share with you anyway)

In a nutshell, with some simple straight line stitch lines, cutting, rotating and stiching again, you can turn two 10 inch squares of fabric into a complex star in around 15 minutes. Fantastic I say! With the end in mind… here is the block I will share now. It’s called ‘Disappearing Hourglass’ which will make sense shortly. Continue reading

Gearing up for another competition quilt

Hello again! This will just be a quick post to share my plans for the next 8 or so months. After taking a well-earned break from blogging and quilting after entering Project Tsunami into the Australasian Quilt Convention Competition, I am now gearing up to do it all again!

The theme to follow for next year’s competition (2015) is ‘True Blue’. In other words (and to help all the non-Australian readers) – all things we consider to be uniquely Australian. Of course this theme is very wide. We can think of stereotypical ‘Aussie’, or the reality of a new multi-cultured Australia. Will share my thoughts in future blog posts.

Over the last few months I have been experimenting with geometric quilting – and amazing myself with techniques to make very complicated quilt block very easily. Continue reading