BOOK WHIZZ BANG. Whizz Bang! Adventures with Folded Fabric Quilts By Rachael Daisy Ever since Rachael won the “Best in Show” at Sydney with her Whizz Bang quilt, nothing has been the same ever since! Now an international star, Rachael teaches workshops and exhibits her fantastical quilts composed of never before seen, folded fabric blocks. Rachael designs colorful and whimsical circles made of Prairie Points using all types of fabrics – from silk, taffeta, silk organza, recycled shirts, hankies, and linen – and then embellishes them with doilies, yo-yo’s, rickrack, buttons …. you name it! The result is an explosion of trendy and Bohemian quilts never seen before. Quiltmania is proud to publish Rachael’s first book, a complete guide to her adventures, full of in-depth tips and step by steps illustrated with 15 sumptuous quilts that will make your head spin! Rachael’s love of textile and colors comes from her upbringing in a household of artists. She grew up in home painted in bright colors and decorated with bright abstract paintings, Sri Lankan batiks, Japanese scrolls. Mantelpieces and shelves showcased contemporary ceramics. Coffee tables were piled high with art books and windows framed with big print Marimekko curtains. From her grandmother, Rachael learned her 3 favorite things - cooking, gardening and sewing. As a teenager, she scoured thrift stores to create her own style, learning about fabrics by delving into seams, linings and hems. Then, as a young adult, she found her calling and worked as a florist for many years. Rachael discovered quilting in the early 2000’s when she moved to Sydney and immediately fell in love. Her quilting is very much a continuation of a creative life journey and today Rachael applies many of the creative processes and design elements she learned through her work with flowers to quilting. Her quilts radiate with the same immense color palette and bursting energy of Nature!