Irene Blanck

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Irene Blanck

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.