I’m a huge reality television fan when that reality television involves some sort of competition. My all time favourite reality television shows are Top Chef, Project Runway, The Great British Sewing Bee, The Great British Bake Off and Survivor.

It’s no surprise then that when Sarah Fielke posted on Instagram that Rach from Family Ever After was running a quilting version of Survivor I got so excited that a little bit of wee escaped.

So, in the spirit of all those that have gone before me in the world of reality television I present to you the reasons why I should be the next Sewvivor.

Β My Audition Quilt

The Feather Beast Slayed by Angie Wilson at

My audition quilt is the quilt that changed my life: The Feather Beast; Slayed. I made this quilt top in 2013. The quilt was made using the following pattern: Anna Maria Horner Feather Bed Quilt.


This quilt was only the fourth quilt top I had ever made. I was so under prepared for the work involved or the amount of fabric it would take to make this quilt.


I entrusted this beast of a quilt to Raylee Bielenberg of Sunflower Quilting. Raylee custom quilted this using her A1 Long Arm.


I entered this quilt in the Canberra Quilters Annual Exhibition in 2013 and was blown away with how well it performed.


I really struggled during the making of this quilt. It was a new technique, I’d only been really sewing for about 6 months and I had no idea what I was doing.

It broke me down and made me doubt myself in ways I hadn’t quite realized until after it was hanging in the Exhibition.

This quilt represents a few crucial quilting lessons that I needed to learn to progress in my quilting journey.Β  My life has not been the same since making this quilt.

This quilt taught me that I am a quilter, quilting is one of my biggest passions in life and I’m proud of that. My quilting journey is just starting and I’m so excited about all the possibilities that it holds.

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  1. Susana July 30, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Angie, what a beautiful quilt, congratulations, but your video… fantastic, made me laugh a lot

    1. GnomeAngel August 1, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Thanks so much Susana πŸ™‚

  2. Katy(LethargicLass) July 26, 2014 at 12:46 am

    The quilt is spectacular! Your video made my year LOL!

    1. GnomeAngel July 28, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Thanks Katy! I had fun making it – have some more ideas for videos ticking over in my head… πŸ™‚

  3. Marci Girl July 24, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Wow, amazing quilt, good luck, but I don’t think you need it, your audition piece is out of this world!

  4. Jade July 22, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Gorgeous quilt and quilting!!

    1. GnomeAngel July 22, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Thanks Jade! πŸ™‚

  5. nicole July 21, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    You’re in for sure with your double whammy of humour and quilty awesomeness! Your feathers quilt is a stunner!
    Good luck with the competition!

    1. GnomeAngel July 22, 2014 at 10:34 am

      I hope so – but who knows the field is AMAZEBALLS! Thanks for the luck – gonna need it! πŸ™‚

  6. leanne July 20, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    best of luck Angie – hope you can still sew with all those cuts ?!?!?! you freaked me out for a second !

    1. GnomeAngel July 22, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Thanks Leanne. LOL, that was my hope – a little slap stick comedy is good for the soul. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

  7. Hilda July 19, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I love your sense of humor and your quilt is awesome. That pattern has been on my radar for a while! The quilting on it is also terrific! Good luck!

    1. GnomeAngel July 22, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Thanks Hilda! I recommend doing the pattern if you’re looking for a challenge. It certainly stretched my newbie quilting skills. πŸ™‚

  8. Chrissy L July 15, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Your video is hilarious! And that quilt is gorgeous!!

    1. GnomeAngel July 16, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Thanks Chrissy πŸ™‚

  9. Jo July 15, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I hope you get picked….your awesomeness needs more exposure. So funny that video….Can we vote you in?

    1. GnomeAngel July 16, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Thanks Jo – not at this stage, the judges have to pick their top 16 and then if I make it into the game there will be voting for projects I make. Will keep you updated πŸ˜‰

  10. Cassie Scott July 15, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Holy Hannah! I’m in love! You’re amazing. One of my favorite peices I’ve ever seen. You’re rocking it. Best of luck to you getting selected! You deserve it!

    1. GnomeAngel July 16, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Thanks Cassie πŸ™‚

  11. Amanda July 15, 2014 at 1:33 am

    This quilt is stunning!!! Well done and love that it taught you so much in the process πŸ™‚

    1. GnomeAngel July 16, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Thanks Amanda πŸ™‚

  12. Kate G July 15, 2014 at 12:09 am

    So very awesome!!! Love the quilt and seriously, why didn’t I do an audition video?!? You are a genius and this is a fabulous quilt! Best, Kate

    1. GnomeAngel July 15, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Hi Kate! Thanks so much – I was nervous about putting the video with it, but figured it will be the only time I audition for reality telly so why not. Good luck with the competition! πŸ™‚

  13. Kristy @ Quiet Play July 14, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Hahaha I loved your video! Brilliant! So funny!!

    As for the quilt – seriously! What a stunner!!

    1. GnomeAngel July 16, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Thanks Kristy! πŸ™‚

  14. Rachel @ Family Ever After July 14, 2014 at 7:55 am

    This just rocked my world. I love the video and the music. So legit. And I can’t believe how awesome your quilt is. The feathers are amazing. I love the black and whites. Thanks for entering Sewvivor!!

    1. GnomeAngel July 14, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks Rachel! I wanted to have fun with it – huge fan of reality television so thought this would be a great way to have a taste of that. Thanks so much for hosting such an amazing competition, really appreciate it. Know that it would be a heck of a lot of work and time. Hope you’ve had a great day!

    1. GnomeAngel July 14, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks Amanda. Yes, that Raylee is a magic worker!

  15. emily July 13, 2014 at 10:30 am

    that audition video was fantastic.
    but that quilt… AMAZING.
    the quilting on it looks stellar.
    best of luck to you in the auditions!

    1. GnomeAngel July 14, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks Emily πŸ™‚

  16. Sharon July 13, 2014 at 9:28 am

    You go girl! They better watch out

    1. GnomeAngel July 13, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Thanks Sharon!

  17. Cyndy Otty July 13, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Oh, that was great, Angie! πŸ™‚

    Best of luck; I’m sure you will totally rock it if you’re selected.

    1. GnomeAngel July 13, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Thanks Cyndy! Bit different from LJ Survivor πŸ˜‰

  18. suzanne July 13, 2014 at 1:50 am

    One more reason I know we’d be great friends in real life πŸ™‚ I’m right there on reality tv with you. Survivor may still be my favorite—with Sewvivor a close 2nd, of course!

    1. GnomeAngel July 16, 2014 at 10:27 am

      I’ve been binge watching Top Chef lately – started back at Season 1. I don’t know what it is but I can’t get enough. I’ve also been watching the US Masterchef – so different from our version, way more aggressive in the competition. We’re definitely going to have to visit the US! πŸ™‚

  19. Bec July 12, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Bahaha!!! Fantastic! You totally deserve to get in both for the gorgeous quilt and the video. I’m even sadder now that I didn’t get to meet you at the Sydney Quilt Fair.

    1. GnomeAngel July 16, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Thanks Bec! I’m much more boring in person πŸ˜‰

  20. Belloquacity July 12, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Really really loved this Angie! Thanks for the several laugh-out-loud moments! You’re fab!

    1. GnomeAngel July 16, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Thanks Annabel πŸ™‚

  21. Taryn July 12, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    ROFLCOPTER!!! You have an awesome sense of humour & mad skills! Go get ’em!

    1. GnomeAngel July 16, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Thanks Taryn πŸ™‚

  22. Kathy July 12, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Great Quilt Ange, who said you missed out on the artistic gene of the family. I’m proud of you.
    One Very Proud Aunt

    1. GnomeAngel July 16, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Thanks Aunty Kathy – I think we’re all pretty amazing in this family of ours. πŸ™‚

  23. Kelly July 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Well done Ang fingers crossed !!! Lmfao

    1. GnomeAngel July 16, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Thanks Kelly! πŸ™‚

  24. sew surprising July 12, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    I truly enjoyed reading this post. The thing that came to mind was the fact you can float on a feather achieving your dreams πŸ™‚

    1. GnomeAngel July 16, 2014 at 10:25 am

      What a great saying. Thanks so much for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  25. Cat July 12, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Vote 1 Angie from GnomeAngel!! What a cracker of a video! I especially loved your blindfolded fabric-recognition – you got mad skillzz. Go go go! xx

    1. GnomeAngel July 16, 2014 at 10:24 am

      I think they should add the blind fold fabric recognition as a skill test for joining Guilds πŸ˜‰ Ha! Thanks Cat.

  26. Crystal July 12, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Angie! You’re a ham! Love it x

    1. GnomeAngel July 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Thanks Crystal. πŸ™‚

  27. Ms Midge July 12, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I farking love it!!!! Still laughing……. Vote 1 Angie! x

    1. GnomeAngel July 16, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Thanks Midge – I’ll be counting on you! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

  28. sharon71 July 12, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    You are hilarious! Good luck πŸ™‚

    1. GnomeAngel July 16, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Thanks Sharon πŸ™‚

  29. Janelle July 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Hahahah, that’s a classic, LOVE it. I LOL’d a lot. You should totally be the next Sewvivor for sure!!!

    1. GnomeAngel July 16, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Thanks Janelle! I was worried people wouldn’t get the jokes, sometimes I’m funnier in my head than in real life. πŸ˜‰