There was a meet and greet at Gippsbeary Cottage Korumbuura on Saturday 12th January to see if the ladies in the area were interested in having a Chapter there on the 3rd Saturday of each month. 19 ladies attended and were very supportive of a Chapter. Maureen Mackie has agreed to be the Chapter leader. Tina, Jodie and Trudy the owners of Gippsbeary Cottage were very welcoming and pleased so many ladies attended and will return over the coming months. Show and tell produce some beautiful work from felted applique to broderie perse.   Heather Read More

Easter Quilt Show

The Strathdale Quilters in Bendigo (Central Vic) are holding their Biennial Exhibition over the Easter weekend. This has always been an Easter tradition for me, so I'll be heading up there on Good Friday afternoon with Alison. The quilts will be stunning (I know, because they always are) I've just put the opening times and days up on the web calendar, so if you're looking to get out of the city over the weekend, do come and have a look.  The weather is always just perfect too (hope I haven't just jinxed that) Happy stitching and enjoy this special holiday Margaret :-)   Read More

My European Trip by Irene Blanck

I was very fortunate to be invited by Quiltmania to Nantes for the launch of my book Focus on Applique.  While I was there I decided to do some workshops in Holland and Norway. I travelled with my friend Sylvia and we arrived in Nantes at 9pm after travelling for 36 hours!  I had to report the next morning at 9am.  I thought, being an “author” I would be picked up (I was hoping for a limousine) but unfortunately I had to walk to the tram stop and catch a tram!   I got all the details from the hotel, walked to tramstop, saw the No. 1 tram and ran to catch it and jumped on – only to realise that there were two No. 1 trams and I was on the wrong one.  It rook me over 30 minutes of walking, asking for directions and being sent to the wrong place, to eventually find the venue.  And what a beautiful venue – and my “house” was just awesome – a very emotional time for me. I wish I’d slotted in some sightseeing time.  I enjoyed being at the show every day but didn’t have any time to have a look around – but there’s always next year. Next stop was Holland teaching at two shops – Aztec Rose Crea and De Frottende Freule. At Aztec Rose I had a two day workshop of Auntie Green’s Garden and a one day of Message in a bottle. I only had one day off here because it was Kings Day and everything was closed – so I did get a chance to have a look around – thanks Karen and Henk. I left at the end of my second day and went on to my next stop teaching a one day class using one block of Mosaics at De Frottende Freule. Soon after that class after a quick goodbye to students, Inge and Danielle, I was driven to Schiphol airport for my flight to Trondheim where I was invited by Siw of Quiltegarden to do a couple of workshops.  I spent three days here, the first day doing a trunk show at night, the second day teaching a block from Botanika and the third day doing clamshells.  I also got to hang out with my favourite “roomie” Randi who lives in Norway. For a Read More


Arrangements for our AGM have been finalized, come and join us for a great day with lots of sewing and meeting up with friends. Date:  Saturday 21st February 2015 Place:  Masonic Hall, 870 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds (Melways ref. 28 H5) Admission:  $5 members  $7 non members Time:  10am to 4pm,   AGM 11am Lucky door prizes, raffle. Please bring:  sewing for Sit & Sew, quilts for Show & Tell, mug, lunch and a slice or savoury to share. Guest Speaker:  Chris Serong - award winning appliquer and quilt maker Shops in attendance:  Sewn and Quilted (Blackburn), Patchworks Unlimited (Pascoe Vale) For further information: -   enquiries@theappliqueguildofaustralia.org.au -   Margaret   03 5473 3416  or  Alison  0400 524 471 Read More

Inaugural Applique Day

Wow, what a wonderful day we had for our inaugural get-together in Templestowe. The hall was filled to capacity with enthusiasts of appliqué. It was very pleasing to have several ladies who are just beginning their journey with appliqué, along with others who have been converts for much longer. Our President, Margaret Mew, spoke about the inception of the Guild and explained the aims and ideas the Committee are working towards. Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome the Committee received on their introduction. It was also lovely to meet up with old friends and make many new ones with several new connections made during the day. Lots of gorgeous stitching was being done and it is great fun seeing what people are working on. Show and Tell had us all oohing and aahing at the beautiful quilts brought along. It is always very inspiring. Thanks to everyone for sharing them with us. Thank you also to all who brought along a plate to share. The food table was absolutely crammed with the yummiest morning and afternoon tea. The 'Last Quilter Standing' had us on tenterhooks waiting to see if Margaret M would draw our ticket out next, which of course meant we were out of the draw for the prize. Congratulations to Margaret P whose ticket was last in the basket and was the winner. But everyone still got a lucky door prize so no one went home empty handed. Thank you to the donors of the prizes, including the two shops in attendance, Somerset Patchwork & Quilting from Mount Waverley and Mill Rose Quilting & Gallery from Ballan. Julie Adamson, designer, teacher, stitcher extraordinaire and multi award winner, was our guest speaker and she had us all enthralled with the story of her journey into appliqué. Her designs and needlework are very detailed and incredibly finely sewn and the pieces being passed around the room were very much admired. Thank you Julie, it was such a pleasure. After lunch, Irene spoke more about what the Guild stands for and discussion was Read More