2019 AGM and Applique-In

image of The Rain Came Down

Last Saturday we held our AGM meeting in Essendon... as always, not too much AGM and instead lots of time for stitching and chatting.  And shopping and Show and Tell.  Plus some Tutorials.  So a top day all round. Bang on cue at 10am the heavens opened!  Of course we're always conflicted when it comes to rain... so essential as we have been in much need of some precipitation, but really! Now? Once we were all in and dried off, the day started in earnest The gorgeous Emma of Queen of Fabric Brighton brought her shop along for us all to enjoy... and enjoy we did The AGM got underway on time, and as these are a tedious necessity as the best of times, we keep it to a minimum ~~get the job done and get on with the fun bits~~ Like Show and Tell Ros kicked off with two quilts which took our breaths away.. two darling Doll Quilts from an International on-line Swap.  On the right is the one Ros has received from her inward swap partner in the UK... swooning And on the left is the progress of the one Ros is her making for her outward swap partner... swooning again and knowing the lucky secret recipient will be as pleased to receive it as Ros was to receive hers. Next up was Joanne's Applique Quilt.  Beautiful traditional blocks and generously, Joanne will donate this quilt to charity to Raffle <3 Margaret brought along her The Yeoman's Daughter, a Cut-out Chintz Applique and EPP coverlet.  And later demonstrated this technique of applique in our tutorials. How much work is in this amazing Dutch Treat by Pam! All Reverse applique (Hand) And truly divine in the Delft Blues Sue's Razz-A-Dazzle in a bright and modern palette brought some more ooohs and aaaahs. Applique and Embroidery, a perfect blend. Pattern by Hugs and Kisses http://www.creaturecrafts.net.au/p/713/Razz-a-dazzle-BOM-by-Hugs-n-Kisses.html Maureen is the Chapter Leader of our new Korumburra Chapter in Gippsland.  Her Susanna Culp quilt, a pattern by Brenda Read More

My workshop in Henty

Janice – who belongs to The Applique Guild of Australia – organised a two day workshop in Henty, just out of Albury, NSW. I drove up on Friday 4 March on a stinking hot day.  Had car trouble – and $400 later all was well!! I stayed with Janice and her husband John in their beautiful home – wow… beautiful scenery for miles around – so unlike living in the city and it takes some getting used to – and of course I could get used to it very quickly! Thanks Janice and John for your hospitality - I felt very much at home!! Saturday morning turned out to be another hot day but thankfully the hall was air-conditioned.  The workshop was at St Paul’s Lutheran Primary School.  Joanne part of the P&F Association organised all the meals for us – and they were yummy! So thanks to the mums who cooked and served the meals - and looked after us so well. 4 quilts were chosen – Birds Eye View, Minerva, Tulipa and Mosaics.  Two days of quilting with your quilting buddies – what more can you ask for?  And I get to have all the fun too!!!  Here are some of the "usual suspects" Lynne told us the wonderful story of having won the Victorian Quilters raffle quilt that was made by Margaret Mew, Jennifer Murray and myself a couple of years ago  -  and only looked at the label recently and realised that I would be doing the workshop in Henty and decided to come to it.  She brought in this beautiful quilt for show and tell. Irene Blanck 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

Applique Academy bookings are open.

Bookings are open for our Applique Academy in October this year. We are very excited to announce our tutors and classes. The Brochure and booking form are in the drop down menu of Applique Academy 2015 tab. Bookings are open to financial members of The Applique Guild from 1st February with bookings opening to non members on April 1st. Enjoy looking at the wonderful classes and tutors on offer and we look forward to you joining us in October. Please note this is a full residential weekend incorporating accommodation, meals, classes and more in total cost. Read More

Applique Academy 2015

Happy 2015 everyone, may it be filled with plenty of time for stitching. Plans are well underway for our inaugural Applique Academy in early October this year. The dates are Friday 2nd through  Sunday 4th October 2015 and the venue is the Eltham Gateway Hotel; a relaxing, peaceful conference centre situated in leafy Eltham, Melbourne. Alison our Academy Convenor and her team have been busy with the arrangements and it is shaping up to be a great weekend. We have hand and machine applique classes on offer, and classes offerng differing styles too so we are very happy with the classes on offer. Very soon we will have the brochure ready and bookings will be OPEN. Please stay tuned. Read More