The Committee

The 2019 committee of The Applique Guild of Australia Inc.

Office Holders:

  • Heather Shepherd (President)
  • Janet O'Dell (Vice President)
  • Maureen Teager (Secretary)
  • TBA (Treasurer)

Committee Members:

  • Carole Egan (Newsletter Editor)
  • Margaret Mew (Social Media)
  • Suzanne (Sue) Pascoe (Membership and Chapter Leader)


Heather Shepherd (President)

I started sewing when a child and looking back when in my early teenage years under mum's direction we made patchwork skirts which I now see around our childhood home as cushion covers.

I enjoy all forms of patchwork but in particular applique. The areas of applique of most interest are broderie perse and back basting.

My aim as President of The Applique Guild of Australia is to further expand the Guild into the rest of Australia and to develop areas of interest for the Guilds membership.





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.




Maureen Teager (Secretary)

I started quilt making in 1998 when I realised that if I didn’t do something other than work (we were running our own business at the time)  I would go insane. So I signed up for a 6 week sampler course and the rest is history.

I still make my quilts by hand as I have a hate hate relationship with my sewing machine.

I like to recreate old quilts both pieced and applique using mainly reproduction fabrics but think that maybe this year I will try and introduce a few modern fabrics into my quilts. I enjoy taking classes as there is, in my opinion, no end to the learning process.



TBA (Treasurer)



Carole Egan (Newsletter Editor)

Embroidery was my first love but then my sister and a work colleague got me into quilting around 2005. One of the first quilts I made was Di-Ford Hall’s Morrell Quilt. I never would have started if I’d known what I was in for but it’s amazing the motivation when you really love a quilt.

I have eclectic tastes and enjoy piecing and appliqué by hand and machine but my favourite technique is needle turn appliqué. I love learning new ideas and techniques and seeing how others interpret the same pattern, that’s probably why I’m a sucker for a sew-along.

I used to do a lot of hand sewing whilst commuting on a city bus but now I’m lucky to live in the green rolling hills of country Victoria.



Margaret Mew (Social Media)

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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.



Suzanne (Sue) Pascoe (Membership and Chapter Leader)

I began my quilting journey in Adelaide in 1983. I started making paper pieced 1 1/2 inch hexagons, cutting my own papers from Womens Weekly paper. I made 6 quilts this way and quilted them myself.

In 1987 I joined a small group and learnt needle turn appliqué and soon became hooked on it. I worked as a registered nurse at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in the 1990's on night duty and could often sew a few hours each night mainly doing crazy patchwork. Now some 30 years later my favourites are still hexagons and needle turn appliqué.

5 1/2 years ago I moved to Melbourne with my sick husband to be near our children and grandchildren. Because of my love of quilting I was able to join some groups and make new friends.

I feel privileged  to have met many talented ladies who I can now call my friends.





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