TAG Launch

WOW!!  Is all I can say.  What a fantastic launch to The Applique Guild of Australia. We spent the last few days at Showcase talking about TAG and the response has been incredible.  There has been so much support that we feel that all the hard work that we’ve put into bringing this about has been worthwhile. It was originally the brainchild of Margaret Mew and Jennifer Murray a couple of years ago.  They went about “diligently” recruiting quilters that they felt would add something to the committee.  The original committee consisted of them, myself, Alison Gardner  and Joy Smith who was invaluable in helping us set out our mission statement.  Joy had to leave because of family commitments and things were quiet for a while.  Earlier this year we decided to approach Mary Hitchens, Janet O’Dell and Margaret Parkinson to help boost our committee – and what a welcome dynamic team they are.  Things soon started to move along very quickly and we were able to launch at Showcase. We spoke to many quilters, from all over Australia – and even Singapore (!) - and the support has been overwhelming.  Most expressed the opinion that – “its about time”!  Many quilters had some great ideas that we will be considering for the future.  Quilters from the country were also excited about the prospect of now keeping in touch with quilters from the “city” as well as learning techniques that they said they wouldn’t have had access to. We also had tremendous support and enthusiasm for our Inaugural Applique day on the 5th October 2013 at Holy Cross Retreat Centre, 207 Serpells Road, Templestowe (Melways ref. 34 A7).  It seems to me that quilters love quilt-ins and are always looking for somewhere to go on the weekends to sit and sew with friends.  We have a very special day planned with our lovely guest speaker, Julie Adamson. So, thank you quilters, thank you so much for your support.  We know that we are all going to have fun in the future. Read More

Day 1 @ Jeff’s Shed

Here we are all set ready to go, indeed as I type this I'm sure Margaret is hard at work on day 1.  As you can see she has done a beautiful job setting up our display yesterday. Irene and I will be there Friday, Margaret M and I on Saturday and Irene, Margaret M and Alison, Janet, Mary & Margaret P on Sunday. Stop by and have a chat. Jennifer Read More


to The Applique Guild of Australia's blog...it's exciting to see you here. This guild is brand new, and as the name says... it's for people who enjoy applique, and we hope you will come from all over Australia.  Possibly the world. But even though it's new, it’s taken a while to get it up and running and it does seem a long time ago now that a few of us wondered aloud, "Could there be enough interest in a guild that's especially for applique?" We took a leap of faith and decided, "yes!" We've been chipping away ever since to create one that will offer applique devotees their own place.   Of course it's still in its infancy and we'll be developing the site over the next days and weeks especially.  The link for membership application will be up soon and other content will keep on coming so please check in with us often. We will have an information table in the Exhibition area of Quilt Showcase Melbourne, so please drop by and  say hello if you are there. We'd love to see you.   Read More