Alan R Tremain
“I learnt to sew when I was four and have been sewing ever since but it wasn’t until I was 25 when I made and sold my first quilt while working as a Wardrobe Master for a large theatre in Sydney. As a child I grew up with waggas so quilting seems a natural progression for me to follow.”
Alan has now created Oz Quilt Design and Oz Quilt Sewing School on the Central Coast north of Sydney where he tutors as a Pfaff Creative specialist and Martha Pullen licensed Heirloom Tutor, “ I love creating my own quilt designs including machine embroidered quilts and then seeing them come to life. Being a Master Dyer means I never want for any shade of fabric.” As the 2009 Scholarship recipient of the Quilters Guild of NSW Inc, Alan completed fascinating quilt research and studies in the Wild West of USA and Hawaii and is now producing ‘recreated’ quilts for both collectors and museums, using knowledge and technical skills gained from these experiences. “Being a male quilter gives me a different perspective on design especially when it comes to Australian colours as seen in many of my commission works.”
Beth Miller has been involved in quilt making for 30 years and has been an accredited teacher since 1991. Recently she has retired from teaching to concentrate upon her quilt pattern business. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally for many years and has received numerous awards for her work including first place in the 2006 World Quilt Competition in the Innovative category.
Her early work was predominately pieced geometric designs, but in more recent years she has concentrated upon hand and fused appliqué using the Australian landscape as inspiration. She has continued with pieced designs but prefers more contemporary quilt making.
Qualifications in screen-printing and fabric decoration help Beth to create bright and unusual fabrics. Her method of free rotary cutting and template use produces unique and interesting patterns and designs.
Author, Tutor, Designer, Photographer, Cinematographer, Judge and Illustrator.
After a career as a photographer, and fashion designer Pam has been working in the quilting industry for over 20 years. She travels 10 months of the year to far flung places teaching the art of quilting. Her experiences in teaching and travel have been the inspiration for most of her quilts and has given her the reputation of shaping something new from the already established.
Drawing, writing and filming while she travels form the basic plans that she uses to create quilts when she’s home in the studio. Pam has been lucky enough to win numerous International awards, and currently has 3 new books in the process. Pam lives in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia and is married and Mother to 13 children who all live close by with their families.
Linda has been interested in all things crafty since a child and took up patchwork in the early ‘80’s hoping it would be a relaxing hobby. How wrong she was! Linda has completed more quilts than she can remember and still has a good stash of UFO’s.
About 10 years ago she took up fabric dyeing and started her own business selling her hand dyed fabric. She has taught many a dyeing and painting class as well as traditional and contemporary quilt techniques. Linda’s main love is for raw edge appliqué and free motion quilting and embellishment.
Linda moved from Mildura after both she and her husband retired and now lives in the High Country of Victoria on 12 acres of paradise.
I spent my young adulthood dabbling in the arts and crafts. Everything from ceramics and textiles, to painting, drawing and the performing arts.
Moving to Sydney in the early 80’s I found employment at The Australian Opera Company as a seasonal dresser and eventually moved into their workroom as a costume machinist. During the following years I had the pleasure of working on many theatrical productions including the Sydney seasons of “Cats”, “Les Miserables”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Beauty and the Beast” and the original production of “The Boy From Oz”, as both dresser, costume machinist and department supervisor. I was also the Theatre Costume Supervisor at Fox Studios Australia.
On moving to the Sunshine Coast in 2002 I discovered the world of quilting by attending local quilt shows. I was gradually fascinated and entranced by the medium. I found exhilarating the enormous variety of techniques and traditions available at my fingertips and now wonder what took me so long to discover this wonderful, heart-warming art form.
I have been embraced by the women of The Mountain Quilters based at Peachester on the Sunshine Coast and am currently their president. I am also employed by the incredible Elizabeth Wallace from Aussie Patches in the area of sales and product demonstration, travelling Australia selling and promoting quilting and patchwork products to the nation. Being published in “Down Under Quilts” in 2009 was a highlight.
I am honoured to participate in Patchwork Promises and look forward to the journey with you all.