Author Archives: Bianca de Ocampo


Kalamazoo by Michelle Marvig

Michelle Marvig of Theresa Park, NSW designed this quilt using fat quarters of fabric but, cleverly, the quilt is pieced using 2½in strips, so you could adapt the design to be made with jelly rolls. This is a quilt-as-you-go project, which is achievable for quilters of all skill levels.

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Vanity Fair by Michelle Yeo

The fabric range, Vanity Fair, used in this quilt from Michelle Yeo of Blackburn, Victoria, was designed for Windham Fabrics by Nancy Gere. The designs were selected from just two quilts in Nancy’s archives and comprise colours that were becoming popular towards the end of the 1860s — dark plums, rich browns, reddish pinks and the occasional clear blue. Windham Fabrics are distributed in Australia by Leutenegger. Michelle’s quilt has an appliquéd centre surrounded by two centre borders and four setting triangles. The whole quilt centre is surrounded by five borders.


Angel Quilt by Hitomi Fujita

Hitomi Fujita of Frenchs Forest, NSW designed this quilt using Quilt Gate’s Mary Rose Collection – Angels range of fabrics. It is a very traditional block that lends itself to motif fabrics for the block centres. Hitomi made another sample in traditional Japanese fabrics to illustrate how you can get a totally different look with a different fabric.

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Chain Link by Sue Belleli

At first glance this looks like an easy quilt as the basis of the quilt is one block repeating. However, care needs to be taken that you continue the colours in the right places to ensure
you don’t ‘break’ the chain, making this quilt challenging for an advanced beginner. The quilt will look equally as gorgeous, of course, with the links being scrappy if you can’t get your head around matching up the sections to complete your links/chain or don’t have enough lengths to make a whole chain link in one colour.