Neroli Henderson on Talent Tuesday

Cherry Blossom by Neroli Henderson - just beautiful!

Cherry Blossom by Neroli Henderson – just beautiful!

Talent Tuesday time! Today, Neroli Henderson of explains in great detail how she plans and designs her textile art pieces, and shares some great tips for entering quilt competitions, and where to find help.

I love how Neroli jumped straight into the deep end of quilting – taking four days of classes at the Australasian Quilt Convention (so jealous!!) and moving immediately into designing her own art quilts without taking the traditional route first. She has experienced the frustrations that all quilters go through – mainly clogged machines and broken needles! (They suck!! Make me want to scream)

Her love of textiles and sheen really ‘shines’ through her work (love the shine of the above quilt) She has been recognized for her work at quilt competitions and sponsored as a ‘Friend of Bernina’ (just like our last Talent Tuesday quilter – Lucy Carroll).

Here she is in her own words from St Kilda, Melbourne … enjoy! Continue reading

Talent Tuesday -Lucy Carroll

The Ambitious Quilter is very excited to kick off a new weekly blog segment – ‘Talent Tuesday’. Every Tuesday we will hear directly from talented quilters as they share their stories and give us their best advice for advancing our craft (or art!) Yippee! I just know we will learn so much from their experience and skills.

First off the ranks is Lucy Carroll from Cairns. I have been following the artistic work of this art quilter for a while now via her blog She has been very supportive of my first art quilts and we have been ‘virtually’ chatting via social media. What I love about Lucy’s work is the realism of her quilt images and the emotion of her quilt subjects. I especially love her recent work around the subject of ANZAC day and military families. Exciting news for Lucy Carroll – she has just been commissioned to make an art quilt for a new hospital!!

Here is what she had to say… Continue reading

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