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The Appliqué Guild of Australia Inc. is a non-profit organisation established in 2012 to support and encourage appliqué enthusiasts nationwide. The guild offers workshops, exhibitions, newsletters, and a friendly community for anyone interested in learning or practising appliqué in any of its forms. Whether you prefer traditional or modern styles, hand or machine stitching, or are a beginner or an expert, you are welcome to join.

If you are not a guild member, you can still explore our website and discover more about our passion for appliqué. We are always happy to welcome new members who share our love for this art form and want to keep it alive.

2024 TAGA Retreat

We are excited to announce that we have found a location for a Retreat in 2024 and received enough expressions of interest to confirm the 2024 Retreat will be happening as per details below.

  • Where Foothills Conference Centre, Edinburgh Road, Mooroolbark, Victoria
  • When 2.00 pm Friday 11 October to 3.00 pm Sunday 13 October 2024
  • Cost Live In Shared Room - $355.00; Live In Single Room - $505.00; Live Out (Saturday and Sunday) - $205.00

Included in the costs for all participants is all day use of the workrooms, morning and afternoon tea, lunch on Saturday and Sunday and dinner on Saturday night. There will also be access to water cooler and continual tea/coffee station. Live In participants will have two nights accommodation in either a shared or single room as per registration. For those with accommodation, Friday night dinner will be takeaway with participants to pay their share of the cost.

Members who provided their Expression of Interest, as per the details included in the March Newsletter, have received notification and the Deposit Form via email sent 28 April 2024. This email was sent via the TAGA Committee with the subject '2024 TAGA Retreat',

Registration is now open to members who weren't able to provide an expression of interest earlier. We are limited on numbers and registration will be taken on a first in basis. If we haven't reached our maximum number by the end of June 2024, registration will be open to interested non members.

The Foothills Conference Centre offers 4 star motel accommodation, a large workroom, lounge, dining and bar areas. The grounds are great for walking and there is a rotunda to sew under on a fine day.

Lenore Jenkinson from Elmgrove Patchwork will be in attendance with her shop and a Trunk Show on the Saturday night. Lenore is also going to be offering a Saturday class on the Saturday which will be an additional cost of $55.00 per participant with a limit of 15 participants.

Registration is via the attached Participant Deposit Form below and once a deposit is paid, participants will receive regular emails to keep them updated with any further details and when full payment is required. The Participant Deposit Form can also be used for making final payment which is due no later than Friday 6 September. Details of payment are included in the form and we ask that you read the Special Events Policy prior to submitting your Deposit Form via email to enquiries@theappliqueguildofaustralia.org.au.

Participant Deposit Form

Special Events Policy

2024 TAGA Challenge

To coincide with our 12th year a little challenge for members – Twelve in Twelve

Entries to be displayed at Craft Alive, Lardner Park, Gippsland, Victoria 15th-17th November 2024.
Your Challenge is to applique 12 of your favourite things within a 12” finished and bound quilt square.

Use your preferred technique, needle turn, reverse applique, fused, blanket stitch, broderie perse, wash away foundation, machine stitched, stain glass, and don’t forget to consider modern. Applique can be enhanced with embroidery and finished block must be quilted and bound.

Ideas: balloons, hearts, flowers, dolls, toys, food (strawberries), animals (cats or birds) Be creative, mad idea – 12 blackbirds in a pie. One BIG rose with 12 petals.
You could be mathematically inclined. Circles, triangles, squares, hexagons Members are permitted to enter two projects.
Back hanging sleeve to be replaced by Velcro strip (details with conditions of entry info) it’s simple don’t fret. Details for creating a Velcro Hanging are included in the TAG February and March Newsletter.

Entry:- Opens 15 June – Closes 15 September 2024 Entry form released in May 2024.

Members Challenge Entry Form 2024

Conditions of Entry

  • 1. Must be a current member of The Applique Guild of Australia Inc
  • 2. Members are permitted to enter two projects
  • 3. A separate entry form must be lodged for each
  • 4. Design & execution must be all your own work
  • 5. A separate bag for each project with name & address label
  • 6. Personal delivery to a chapter leader or committee member
  • 7. OR Return Self Addressed Postage Paid envelope included
  • 8. No photograph is required with entry form

A Viewer’s Choice will be awarded.

Annual General Meeting and Applique-In

Our 2022-23 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Saturday 18 November 2023 at the Essendon Masonic Centre in Moonee Ponds. 

A very special thank you to the members who attended, although small in number, made for a very enjoyable day with lots of stitching, chatting, tasty morning tea and sharing of inspiration.

Our President Mary Hitchens was the Guest Speaker and gave a most inspiring talk about her journey in quilting, followed by a display of some of her amazing quilts.  We are extremely lucky to have Mary as our President with her knowledge, experience and talent as a quilter. Below is a short video displaying a range of Mary's quilts.

2023/24 TAG Committee

The AGM was chaired by Margaret Parkinson and a new committee for the 2023-24 financial year was elected with most positions being filled.

The new committee is:

  • President – Mary Hitchens
  • Vice President / Chapter Coordinator – Sue Pascoe
  • Secretary – Margaret Parkinson
  • Treasurer / Membership Secretary – Maree Stobbart

General Committee –

  • Carolyn Miller
  • Helen Taylor
  • Nicole Fowler
  • Rosemary Kreun

All committee members are very excited for the next 12 months and looking forward to promoting the Guild and working together to support our members.

The outgoing committee members, Heather Shepherd (Vice President), Helen McCormack (Secretary), Maureen Mackie (Chapter Coordinator), Carole Egan (Newsletter Editor) and Jenny Gibson (General Committee), were thanked for the years and time they had provided to the Guild and members as a committee member.

Thanks also to Karen Styles from Somerset Patchwork and Quilting who provided the popup shop and had an exciting array of fabrics and patterns which were eagerly snapped up by those in attendance.

Raffle tickets were sold on the day with the prizes and winners as detailed below:

  • 1st Prize               Quilting Book donated by Heather Shepherd won by Dianne Avery
  •  2nd Prize              Pattern and Fabric Pack donated by Karen Styles won by Nancy Lee
  • 3rd Prize               Fabric and Pattern Pack donated by Karen Styles won by Liz Willing
  • 4th Prize               Sewline Pack provided by the Guild won by Margaret Parkinson       

Show and Tell was again an amazing display of our very talented members work as well as each member sharing details of the project they were working on. 

We can’t wait to see some of these projects completed at our next AGM to be held in November 2024.