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About Irene Blanck
Irene Blanck designed her first applique quilt in 2007. More than 100 designs later, she brings a love of fun and colorful applique, streamlined techniques, and keeping it all portable to classes in handpiecing and all aspects of applique: needleturn, prepared edge, and her version of ‘template’ and handpiecing. You’ll find Irene’s designs in her book Focus on Applique (Quiltmania) and quilt magazines in the UK and US. Irene joins us from Melbourne, Australia. I live in Melbourne, Australia. I have been quilting for the last 30 years and enjoyed and learned all techniques, from machine piecing, English Paper Piecing, Foundation Piecing and Needleturn Applique. I started designing my own applique quilts in 2007 and was asked to teach my first quilt. I haven't looked back since then. I enjoy teaching all aspects of needleturn applique and instilling in quilters the love for needleturn applique. I try and run my classes as sit and sew sessions where we have a fun and relaxing day, chatting to friends as well as learning new techniques or perfecting on learned techniques. I am now expanding into prepared edge applique as well as my version of “template” applique. I teach all the shortcuts that I've learnt over the years – mostly from making mistakes along the way and having to re-do sewing over and over. I have been extremely fortunate to have had a book published by Quiltmania in 2015 – called “Focus on Applique”. This helped launch my international career. I have also had some quilts published in magazines, recently in Today's Quilter, a magazine from the UK. I have taught extensively in the USA, Europe and here in Australia. During the last year, with the restriction of travel, I decided to try my hand at zoom classes. After spending a LOT of time learning how to do this I started offering lectures and workshops via zoom. Most of the workshops are 3 hours long and have turned out to be just as much fun as “live” workshops. I teach hand sewing, needleturn, prepared edge and “template” applique, foundation piecing and machine piecing workshops.