Raw edge applique for art quilting

A great start on project True Blue this past week – my entry for the Australasian Quilt Convention competition. My quilt is in the style of Australian artist Ken Done, and depicts Young Australian of the year finalist Patrick Kirkby. I am using a raw-edge applique technique.

(If you recall, I originally wanted to try putting the face together using the paper piecing technique but this proved a little difficult, especially since I had never used this technique before!) This post will explain the raw-edge applique technique I used. There is a tiny gap between each piece (that is, the pieces do not overlap) – a look inspired by a class I took with Gloria Loughman. Continue reading

Quilting a Young Australian of the Year Finalist

I am currently working on my entry for the Australasian Quilt Convention Competition 2015. The theme is ‘true blue’.

After months of ideas swimming around in my head, I have finally knuckled down and began my quilt in ernast. My quilt will depict a face of a young man, in the style of Ken Done. I have done initial drawings which you can read in this previous post. Thus far, I have not written about who this face is based on… until now. Continue reading

Ken Done and my secret garden

After cleaning the house, I said to myself “Right! I really have to make a start on my next competition quilt!” Otherwise, it will be time to submit and I will have nothing to enter. The Australasian Quilt Convention runs a quilt competition each year with this year’s theme being ‘True Blue”(2015). (I entered last year’s comp with an art/landscape quilt depicting the Boxing Day Tsunami but did not make the top 30).

I have written about various ideas in a past post and have settled on a portrait in the style of Ken Done, a famous Australian artist known for child-like and very colourful paintings (and teatowels, postcards, t-shirts, couches, etc etc!). Just google image Ken Done to see. Continue reading

Another Ambition: Create amazing quilt patterns for beginners

It’s no secret I am passionate about quilting. A passion passed down from my mother who fell in love with the craft when we lived in America 20 odd years ago. Quilting seems to be more popular in the States than in Australia, but popularity is slowly increasing here.

At 32, I often feel that this hobby/obsession of mine is a little different than the interests of other people my age. While other crafts such as knitting, scrapbooking and dress-making are coming back ‘in vogue’, I’m not so sure that the same thing can be said about quilting…yet (although, please correct me if you think I am wrong about this!).

The point of all this is that I feel I have a duty to inspire more Aussies to take up the craft (or art). I feel this way because I am blessed to have been taught the skills from my mother, and because I already have a platform in place to share knowledge and inspiration – aka this blog, which is starting to attract many visitors. Continue reading

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

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