I've been wanting to make this project since, oh, 1994, when it appeared in Vol 10, No 6 of Handmade Magazine. I loved that magazine! I have many issues from the 90s, and refer to them often for gift ideas. It's still published, but it's a very different beast now. Around 1999 something happened; there was a redesign and the caliber of the projects changed dramatically. Did it stop being published by The Australian Women's Weekly, perhaps? I no longer found it inspirational, so let my subscription lapse.
Anyway, this Snakes* & Ladders quilt/game was designed by Maria Ragan, who had lots of bold, colourful projects in those early issues. Whatever happened to Maria Ragan? She was such a talented designer. Is she still out there? Any Aussie internet peeps heard of her?
This project was a LOT of work. Like, 20 hours worth. More than I usually invest in a gift, that's for sure. But I really, really like it, and am very happy that I spent the weekend making it. Added bonus: it was made entirely from my stash! Size is approx 60" x 45" (150cm x 112cm).
*Apparently American kids don't play Snakes & Ladders. They play Chutes & Ladders. Less scary, I suppose.