The Committee

The 2020 committee of The Applique Guild of Australia Inc.

Office Holders:

  • Heather Shepherd (President)
  • Wendy Blyth (Secretary)
  • Lorraine Vidler (Treasurer)

Committee Members:

  • Vacant (Newsletter Editor)
  • Jenny Gibson (Membership)
  • Maureen Mackie (Chapter Coordinator)


Heather Shepherd (President)

I started sewing when a child and looking back when in my early teenage years under mum's direction we made patchwork skirts which I now see around our childhood home as cushion covers.

I enjoy all forms of patchwork but in particular applique. The areas of applique of most interest are broderie perse and back basting. I'm a qualified Judge and quilt Appraiser. I belong to many quilt groups including Quilt Study Group were we were we learn about history of textiles and view many antique quilts thus get to know periods of materials design etc.

My aim as President of The Applique Guild of Australia is to further expand the Guild into the rest of Australia and to develop areas of interest for the Guilds membership.



Wendy Blyth (Secretary)

My name is Wendy Blyth and I live in the beautiful semi-rural town of Kilmore in Central Victoria.

Although I have been sewing for sixty six years and had completed a Patchwork course at Latrobe University 30 years ago, I only turned my full attention to Patchwork and Quilting 19 years ago. It became an instant passion for me. With my constant desire for knowledge I attended workshops and classes whenever and wherever I could and soon discovered that my greatest love was for Needleturn Applique, in particular Traditional Antique style quilts.

I am currently Sectretary of Kilmore Quilters Inc and have been serving on the Kilmore Quilters Committee for 13 years in various roles over that time.

I have been a member of Vic Quilters Inc. since 2004 but only accepted nomination to the Victorian Quilters Inc  Committee in 2013.  I became a qualified Quilt Judge after attending the Victorian Quilters Inc training program and worked on several judging floors.

I have been a member of TAG since its inception.
Since retiring from full time employment just over 8 years ago I have been able to devote all of my time to patchwork.
Sheer Bliss!  I just love all the friendships I have made and the camaraderie created amongst fellow patchworkers.

Life is great.



Lorraine Vidler (Treasurer)

I have sewed since I was a child learning on my grandmothers treadle.

My first quilt was a sampler I did over ten years ago and needless to say from that moment was hooked.

My second was a random hexagon quilt using all my dressmaking leftovers (this is still one of my favourites as it tells a story of my journey.

I have done several applique quilts for my grad children using blanker stitch and since joining the Korumburra Chapter of the Guilde last year am keen to learn new techniques and just continue to admire the talent we have within AGA.



Jenny Gibson (Membership)

I have been quilting for many years having learnt to sew from my mother on an old Singer machine as many of us did, after many years of machine sewing have recently discovered Applique for hand stitching as I find it very relaxing and was pleased to join the Applique Guild to further my skills and give something back to the craft that I enjoy.

I am also a Longarm Quilter and have been lucky enough to be presented with ribbons at Quilt Shows for my contribution to the fantastic quilts I have been honored to work on.



Maureen Mackie (Chapter Coordinator)

I think like most quilters I've sewed from a very early age and did every imaginable craft. I grew up sewing on my mums (knee operated) Singer sewing machine, I loved that machine... but once I had a proper job and proper money, the first thing I bought myself was a brand new, in a box Janome!

During all my years of dressmaking, I had attempted a few quilts, they were fairly basic... maybe a four patch or a nine patch... but in 1999 I decided I needed to learn real patchwork... so I booked into Primarily Patchwork for the beginner American Sampler Quilt... Every stitch was by hand... even sewed the binding on by hand. I remember the joy of finishing each block and moving onto a new block with a new experience... hand piecing or needle turn applique... Now in 2020 I can proudly say... I've been quilting for 20 years and loving every minute.

It amazes me how inclusive quilting is, so many great friendships, belonging to guilds, sit and sew groups, retreats and quilt shows to attend. Friends made here and around the world... all with the same love of quilting that I enjoy.

At present I am a member of these quilting groups... Victorian Quilters Association, Patchworkers and Quilters Guild, Australian Quilters Association, Victorian Quilt Study Group, The Appliqué Guild of Australia (Chapter Leader, Korumburra), Victoria Quilt Appraisal Team, and my weekly sewing group The Foothill Quilters.




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