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

Project Tsunami quilt competition results

As you may have heard if you follow me on facebook or instagram, project tsunami was not accepted into the top 30 at the Australasian Quilt Convention 2014 competition. That is, the quilt I have been working on for the past 6 months did not go through to the next round.

Yes, I will admit it, I was at first a little shocked and deflated, but I quuickly realised that I had achieved one of my quilting goals none the less – I had entered the AQC competition for the first time. Tick!

The ACQ competition shows highly-skilled AMAZING quilts and I can’t wait to see the entries (and winner!) this year. I plan to enter again next year so will wait in anticipation of the theme.

In the meantime, I may enter project tsunami in other quilt competitions during the year to see if I can get it shown somewhere. If all else fails I can put it into the local Mildura Show!!

I now plan to tackle some more traditional style pieced quilts that have been on my to-do list – a queen-sized quilt for my older brother and his lovely wife; a single quilt and a ‘blankie’ for my Mister 3; and a sampler quilt to practice various blocks.

I will not be posting to my blog until I restart a competition quilt later in the year – Simply too time-poor. I am starting an Advanced Diploma of Business next week, plus working full time and entertain two kids…. (mmm did I say I wanted to make some quilts?!) I will however, be posting quilt progress photos to my facebook page and instagram accounts so make sure you follow me. I am “The Ambitious Quilter”.

Bye for now! Thanks for all the support! xx

My experience entering a Quilt competition

Entering a quilt competition is easy – making the quilt that has a chance of success is not!  I have spent that last six months planning, cutting, sewing, binding and blogging to make a quilt I am truely proud of. The actual process to enter the quilt into the competition took 20 minutes (would have taken less if the kids would stop calling for me and just go to sleep!).

The quilt: Project Tsunami; the competition: Australasian Quilt Convention 2014 Challenge

The application to enter this competition was done online. I simply had to fill in the form and attach two photos of the quilt (one full size and one close-up to show detail of one chosen area). Here is a copy of what I wrote: Continue reading

All blocks complete for Project Tsunami

All blocks cut back

All blocks cut back

Happy to report that I have finally finished all blocks for Project Tsunami! I have just finished cutting them back to either a 25 x25cm square, or a 25x50cm rectangle. Enjoy some pics!

Some palm branches litter the ground

Some palm branches litter the ground

Debris left behind

Debris left behind

A palm tree against a sun rise

A palm tree against a sun rise

Thai  fishing boats on the beach

Thai fishing boats on the beach


The two week countdown begins

Project Tsunami nearing completion

Project Tsunami nearing completion

Only two weeks until Project Tsunami is due! Due for entering into the Australasian Quilt Convention competition that is. I haven’t posted in a while as I’ve been putting most of my spare time into creating this quilt. Three weeks ago I seriously considered pulling the pin! I simply did not believe I could finish in time. Thankfully I shook that feeling away and just went hell for leather!

As you can see by the photo I am close to finishing the images themselves. Once these are complete and all cut back to size, I will be zig-zagging the blocks together and then covering the seams with binding (or fabric tape).

Very exciting with the ending in sight!