The Ambitious Quilter website began as a simple blog to share progress of my quilting projects. I now write instructional posts and sell hand-dyed fabric on Etsy.
My name is Rachael Slorach and I’m an Renaissance Soul. This means I have many interests, and am in a constant struggle to balance them all so that I don’t burn out! I am a wife, mum to two cuties aged 5 and 3 and work five days in the environmental management field. I like to keep fit, eat healthy, volunteer, read, drink tea and QUILT. I love challenges and have an ambition to be the best quilter I can be. We live in Mildura, which is located on the mighty Murray River in Australia.
I inherited my interest in quilting from my mum, who always had projects on the go in all aspects of art and craft. My grandma Clair was also very talented, making porcelain dolls, teddy bears and tapestries, so it was inevitable that I would want to create as well.
We lived in the United States for a few years when I was a child and this is where I made my very first quilt – A tiny quilt for ‘Samantha’, my American Girl Doll. I dabbled along after that, mostly making clothes for myself or doing cross-stitch.
I wasn’t until I was 25 that I made my first queen size quilt. I still love this quilt and we sleep under it each night. It includes fabric I picked up in South East Asia on the life-changing adventure where I met my future husband. Since then, the quilting bug has definitely bitten me. I have made quilts for loved ones, as wedding presents and for my beautiful daughter (that reminds me… must make one for my cheeky son!)
With each quilt I make I have purposely chosen a pattern that will teach me a new technique; squares to triangles, simple to complex and walking foot quilting to free-motion machine quilting. Very recently I have made my first landscape quilt wall hanging. I love landscape quilts and wish to develop this style further.