The 2016 committee of The Applique Guild of Australia Inc.:
- Margaret Mew (President)
- Janet O'Dell (Vice President)
- Chris Colavizza (Secretary)
- Chris Colavizza (Treasurer)
- Irene Blanck (Membership Secretary)
- Veronique Diligent (Chapter Co-ordinator)
- Committee Members:
- Bev Bannard
- Sue Cheney
- Ros Devine
- Annabelle Edwards
- Alison Gardner
- Mary Hitchens
- Jo Lawrence
Margaret Mew (President)
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.
Janet O’Dell (Vice President)
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.
Veronique Diligent (Chapter Co-ordinator)
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.
Irene Blanck (Membership Secretary)
I started quilting about 18 years ago after seeing a quilt in a magazine. I tackled my first quilt on my own and made every mistake in the book!! I enjoyed machine piecing for a long time until I got the taste for needleturn appliqué.
Like most of us I started out making quilts using patterns produced by others and eventually decided to try my hand at making my own – for myself. I eventually taught this at Fragrant Cottage and since then I’ve found that there are so many quilts “in my head” that need to come out that I don’t have time for anything else but designing and making class samples.
I love needleturn appliqué, reverse appliqué, as well as making hexagons and clamshells. I prepare a complete block so that it is portable and can be completed anywhere, any time. Choosing fabrics and colours is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my designing. Irene