The Committee

The 2018 committee of The Applique Guild of Australia Inc.

Office Holders:

  • Heather Shepherd (President)
  • Janet O'Dell (Vice President)
  • Chris Colavizza (Secretary)
  • Chris Colavizza (Treasurer)

Committee Members:

  • Véronique Diligent (Membership Secretary)
  • Margaret Mew
  • Mary Hitchens
  • Alison Gardner


Heather Shepherd (President)

I was taught sewing by my mother when a child using treadle sewing machine and looking back we made patchwork skirts and other things.

My interest in making pictures from comes from both embroidery and fair isle knitting then onto material making pictures - applique.

I enjoy broderie perse and back basting. I am also amazed at antique quilts and the many varied ways in which they were made including how they used the material available to them.

Janet O’Dell (Vice President)

Janet O'Dell

I have a long-standing tradition of dressmaking and millinery in my family and my fabric heritage goes back to a childhood fascination with costume design and fashion.  For the past 25 years I have had an ever-growing interest in the history of textiles and quilting.

Now a proficient quilter and collector of antique quilts, she has the experience to appreciate well-executed design and clever fabric choices in quilts.

This has led to being intensely interested in quilt study - learning about quilt heritage, quilt makers, ephemera and the fabrics and designs used. Travelling around the world has expanded my quilt and textile knowledge and I enjoy every minute of it.



Chris Colavizza (Secretary & Treasurer)



Véronique Diligent (Membership Secretary)

Veronique Diligent

The first time I did needle turn was in 1997, a cot quilt with 12 little teddy bears sleeping under  a blanket made out of 1” squares, I was hooked.
For a few years I taught patchwork to a group of ladies (back in France) and although we used patterns from others I always end up changing more than few things on it , so the natural course was to start designing my own.
I love playing with colours and making really scrappy quilts where moderns meets the reproduction fabrics.
In all my quilts there has to be some orange fabrics, some circles ( love them) and most of all applique.



Margaret Mew

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Quilt making grabbed my attention in 1992 when I made a Sampler quilt at my local quilt shop.  The quilt had just a couple of appliqué blocks and I don’t remember feeling overly excited about that particular skill back then.  I know I didn't pursue appliqué in my quilts straight away, I was just enjoying the piecing and the quilting.

Within a couple of years though I started to really become aware of Appliqué and what could be achieved with the different techniques.  I attended a two day workshop with Mary O. Roberts, learning dimensional Baltimore style appliqué, and it confirmed how much I enjoy the process of creating something intricate without a care for how long it takes.

After many years of enjoying both quick and slow appliqué techniques using commercially available patterns, I now design and create my own quilts and most of them feature appliqué.



Mary Hitchens



Alison Gardner






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