Irene Blanck


I live in Melbourne, Australia. I have been quilting for the last 30 years and have enjoyed and learned all techniques, from machine piecing, English paper piecing, foundation piecing and needle turn  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 needle turn applique and instilling in quilters the love for needle turn applique. I am now expanding into prepared edge applique using Polyfuse or wash-away paper, 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 try to 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 learned techniques.

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 in Australia and Europe, recently in Today’s Quilter, a magazine from the UK.

I have taught extensively in the USA, Europe and here in Australia and also in recent years on Zoom.