Rachelle began quilting in 2000 and soon became completely passionate about it. She now teaches a variety of different classes and has won numerous awards for her quilts both nationally and internationally including winning Australia’s National Quilt Award twice. Rachelle has been creating her own designs from the beginning and has released her own pattern range.
Valerie S Goodwin is an artist who began designing and making quilts in 1998. Her work uses architectural elements such as built form, city planning, and mapping as inspiration. These pieces usually focus on the geometrical relationships, patterns and ordering principles found in architecture. An Associate Professor of Architecture at Florida A & M University’s School of Architecture, she was educated at Yale University and Washington University in St Louis. Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. Her book: Art Quilt Maps was published by C&T Publishing. quiltsbyvalerie.com
Denise has sewn all her life, from wedding dresses to dancewear and only came to quilting 15 years ago when she discovered contemporary quilts. She has since been honoured to win many awards, with quilts accepted into Houston, Paducah and World Quilt Competitions, and countless exhibits in many parts of the world. After trying out many different quilting ways, Denise came up with her own ‘3D Baglique’ technique. With a love of Australian native flowers of all kinds, the idea came to invent an easy way to add both texture and depth to the flowers. Lots of other sewing techniques are also added within the quilt as Denise makes it. denisegriffithstextiles.com
Recognised for her creative, artistic and innovative approaches to quilting, Julie Haddrick is an award winning and accomplished textile artist, quilt and pattern designer, teacher and quilt judge. Trained in Visual Arts, Julie’s 35 years of High School Art, Craft and Design teaching concluded when adult teaching and quilting overtook her time. Quilters were so appreciative, rewarding and they all loved fabric, (with the only ‘F’ words being friends, fabric and fun.)
Julie creates from an inner desire to express herself and her classes nurture and develop students’ journey of self-expression and creativity. A generous teacher, Julie teaches ‘thinking’ as well as techniques of the ‘doing’. Her teaching resources are renowned and she provides extensive handouts to support theory or techniques that underpin her diverse range of quilting workshops.
Julie teaches in Australia, New Zealand, and recently USA and Japan and thus embraces the opportunity to develop personalised classes that share current trends as well as her latest ideas.haddrickonfabric.com.au
Willyne creates quilts in the traditional patchwork style and has had international success with her books, Millefiori Quilts, published by QuiltMania. She continues to explore the richness of the Passacaglia design in brilliant compositions that are skillfully coloured. Willyne’s work has been exhibited in the Netherlands, USA, Japan, Spain and France.
As a first-generation quilter Heather has developed her own dynamic style of quilting. Most of her quilts are wholecloth or feature minimal piecing so that she can just get on with the fun part – quilting! Heather loves the feel of quality fabric and delights in choosing beautiful coloured threads to build texture and transform a quilt top into something truly magical. Heather has been teaching students and sharing her unique and quirky quilting style for around six years. Creating a classroom with freedom to experiment builds confidence and allows students to quilt without fear so they too can achieve success with their free motion quilting.
Gloria lives at Drysdale, on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. She is a trained secondary teacher having worked mainly in the areas of literacy and special education. Over the years she has dabbled in many areas of patchwork. After completing different studies in art, she began to make her large vivid landscape quilts depicting the Australian bush. These quilts have won many major awards, both in Australia and overseas. Her quilt ‘Kimberley Mystique’ was the winner of Australia’s National Quilt Award in 2003. Her more recent work has been based on architecture. Gloria has written four books, with her new book Fabulous Facades based on buildings, released in late 2016. In 2009, her outstanding commitment to teaching was acknowledged when she received the Rajah Award. glorialoughman.com
Above: Geelong Toilet Block; Right: Rose Seidler House
Deborah has been teaching
machine quilting and
machine appliqué since
2000, bringing many
for her and great
achievements for her
include multiple quilt
awards from QuiltNSW
for her domestic
machine quilting and
over the years. Her
accreditation as a
tutor makes Deborah’s
hands-on, practical and
love of colour and free
motion quilting shines
through with her latest work
in the Daisy Path collection. deborahlouie.com.au
Karla is the colourist, designer and owner of Cherrywood Fabrics; maker of hand-dyed cotton that looks like suede. She mixes all the formulas for the solid colours packaged in gradations. Karla designs quilt patterns that take advantage of the unique texture and colour gradations of her fabric. She believes in letting the fabrics do the ‘heavy lifting’. in 2015, Karla launched the Cherrywood Challenge, a contest that allows quilters to push their creativity to new levels using cohesive colour, size and theme. The popularity of this challenge has gone global, attracting the attention of Disney, BOHIN and other major brands. She has designed and self published three books featuring the challenge exhibitions. cherrywoodfabrics.com
A busy mum of four children, Paula Storm has a passion for inspiring and teaching quilters. Paula’s unique style sees her making quilts in new and different ways while still appreciating traditional quilting techniques and designs. She has been teaching all over Australia and publishing her patterns for close to six years, and released her first book Sew A Little Fabric in 2014. Paula says, “In Australia, quilters have an amazing opportunity to break away and create our own look and style. We have so little quilt-making history of our own which I see as a huge benefit! We have no traditions to adhere to. We can break the ‘rules’ and show the world how unique we are.” paulastormdesigns.com
Gillian has won many awards for her artful quilts which she displays around the world. She studied for her City and Guilds in Embroidery in the early 90s when her children were young; following this she started to teach textiles both in the UK and internationally. Having trained as a landscape designer, Gillian loved bringing these design skills to make quilts. Many years later she is still making quilts and teaching from her studio at her home in the South Pennines in Yorkshire. Most of Gillian’s quilts are inspired by the many photos she takes while travelling. She enjoys using a range of techniques in her stunning work with most of her quilts being painted, printed or appliqued and usually strikingly colourful. Read more at gilliantravis.co.uk
As an art quilter, Meri has met many wonderful students while sharing her collage quilting techniques. She is known for her special method of depicting people on her quilts. Meri’s work has won many awards, including the Mancuso’s ‘Best Quilts of the World’ an astonishing three times! Meri feels that it is really important to be inspired by the work and ideas of others and advises quilters to “Collect all that luscious fabric! Read all those fabulous quilting books! Take lots of classes! Look around you! And then incorporate it all into your repertoire of techniques to create something that represents your own unique vision of the world!”meriartquilts.com
Joanne has sewn for many years and has been patchworking since 2005. She loves the organisation of the Judy Niemeyer technique, and has an eye for detail and precision so this particular method of piecing appeals to her. In 2012 Joanne produced her Glacier Star and then Amazon Star (which won first prize in the Royal Queensland Show – Professional Pieced category).
Joanne was appointed Australia’s first Quiltworx Certified Instructor in 2012 by Judy Niemeyer and became the first Australian facilitator for the brand. She ensures the technique and integrity of the Quiltworx brand is not compromised and is responsible for the training of new Certified Instructors and Certified Stores across Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.