About Us

A bit about me...

My name is Gillian Whaites and I have been involved in quilting for over 12 years. I have always been interested in crafts of all descriptions. My earliest memory is knitting at the age of 5 and this has always been a passion. I designed and sewed dolly clothes on an old singer treadle machine when I was about 8 and enjoyed learning basic dressmaking from my older sisters.

I was introduced to quilting when a friend at an Embroiderers Guild meeting was finishing the binding on one of her quilts. I admired her work and made the comment that I couldn’t possibly imagine doing a quilt because it would be far too difficult. She assured me that it wasn’t as difficult as it looked and invited me to come along to her patchwork group where the ladies were happy to share their knowledge and teach newbies. This group was Woodpatch Quilters situated in the Adelaide Hills town of Woodside  and I am still a member today even though I have moved to the beautiful seaside town of Port Lincoln. I have this group of ladies to thank for starting me on my quilting journey. It has brought such pleasure and inspiration to my life that I can’t imagine what life would be if I could not Quilt! 



At Applegate Cottage we stock:

  • a fabulous range of fabrics, including Moda, Robert Kaufmann, Timeless Treasures, Red Rooster,In The Beginning and many more
  • books to cover all quilting, patchwork and stitching techniques 
  • patterns for quilts of all sizes and styles as well as bags and stitcheries
  • kits ranging from those suitable for the beginner to those to challenge the experienced sewer
  • notions, including a fabulous range of wooden buttons by Ella and Skysie Designs
  • tools of the trade such as Richard Hemming needles, Accuquilt Go cutting systems and quilting hangers
  • Creative Grid Rulers as well as a selection of fast 2 cut rulers.
  •  a huge collection of Aurifil Threads in all weights and sizes 
  • A selection of Clover products is kept in stock and we can source any Clover items for you and have them sent direct to you from our supplier.

At Applegate Cottage we use only the best equipment and tools available for finishing your quilts. Our Gammill Optimum with Statler Stitcher is a computerised machine that provides us with the capacity to quilt a large variety of designs with complete accuracy and a superior finish. Thousands of designs are available and our pattern inventory is constantly  growing. 

20% off the total cost of the wadding and backing of your choice to complete your work of art when you have purchased one of our KITS.

Our membership of the Australian Machine Quilters Association ensures we are kept abreast of the latest developments within the machine quilting industry and we are constantly upgrading our skills through ongoing education and training so that we can maintain our top quality service.

Our mission is to enhance all the quilts that are entrusted to us and to transform them into the works of art they truly are. 

Happy Quilting!