We are very pleased to have Margaret teaching her newest quilt 'Miss Hitchens' Whimsy', inspired by a c. 1825 British coverlet she viewed in New Zealand last year. Broderie Perse is teamed with simple applique shapes to create a charming and whimsical quilt typical of British Medallion quilts of yesteryear.
Hand applique techniques
I made my first quilt over 20 years ago and had only one desire for how I wanted it to look… Old.
Since that time I have made countless quilts and have happily settled in to my preferred style of quilts which are inspired by those quilt treasures from the late 18th century to mid 19th century.
I have been teaching my own designs since 2000,mostly in local quilt shops and to guilds. I teach both hand & machine piecing as well as hand appliqué, using a variety of techniques. I really enjoy helping students, whether they’re beginner or experienced, get started on a new quilt. I like to help them find their own style and their own methods too… there’s no one right way, or wrong way, of working. Each student should be free to decide what works for him/her. I always aim to have a relaxed and friendly classroom so students are confident to try new techniques.
My original quilt designs have been featured in Quilt magazines such as Quiltmania (France) Homespun (Australia) and Quilters Companion (Australia).
I was a co-designer of the 2014 Victorian Quilters Inc. Showcase Raffle Quilt.
In addition to designing and teaching, I have been a professional Long-Arm quilter since 2008.
Goldfields Quilters Inc. Founding Member 1992 to present.
The Appliqué Society (USA) 2009 – 2012
The Appliqué Guild of Australia Inc. Founding Member 2012 to present
Victorian Quilters Inc. 2008 to present
Quilt Study Group of Victoria 2010 to present