The Committee

The 2022 committee of The Applique Guild of Australia Inc.

Office Holders:

  • Heather Shepherd (President)
  • Maree Stobbart (Vice President)
  • Helen McCormack (Secretary)
  • Jenny Gibson (Treasurer)

Committee Members:

  • Carole Egan  (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.



Maree Stobbart (Vice President)



Helen McCormack (Secretary)


Jenny Gibson ( Treasurer) (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.




Carole Egan (Newsletter Editor)

Embroidery was my first love but then my sister and a work colleague got me into quilting around 2005. One of the first quilts I made was Di Ford-Hall’s Morrell Quilt. I never would have started if I’d known what I was in for but it’s amazing the motivation you have when you really love a quilt.

I have eclectic tastes and enjoy piecing and appliqué by hand and machine but my favourite technique is needle turn appliqué. I love learning new ideas and techniques and seeing how others interpret the same design with different fabrics and colours. That’s probably why I’m a sucker for a sew-along and enjoy making the same quilt with friends either in person or online.



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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