Margaret Rolfe is an Australian quiltmaker and author. She has been making quilts since 1975 and writing books since 1983. Margaret is especially known for the pieced animal block designs that are a feature of many of her books. She is also a quilt historian and has researched the history of quiltmaking in Australia from early convict times until the present.
Margaret was a founder of Canberra Quilters Inc., a group that she and a friend started in 1976. She also founded the Quilt Study Group of Australia, a group to further research into quilts and textiles in Australia.
On 26 January, Australia Day 2001, Margaret was honoured by being made a Member of the Order of Australia. The award was 'For service to the decorative arts, particularly as an authority on the history of quilts and quiltmaking, to the promotion of the craft through teaching and writing, and as an advisor on the acquisition of quilts from the national collection.' Margaret received her medal from Sir William Deane, the Governor General, at an investiture at Government House, Yarralumla, on 6 April 2001.
Margaret has taught and lectured about quiltmaking in Australia and the world, including the United States of America, France, the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Japan.
Martingdale (That Patchwork Place)
For further information about Margaret's books 'A Quilter's Ark', 'Successful Scrap Quilts', 'Animal Kingdon CD-ROM', and 'The Magic of Quiltmaking: A Beginner's Guide'.
Logan's Patchwork Fabrics
Australian suppliers of Margaret's books and patterns. Their shop is in Sydney.
To see Jenny Bowker's work or contact her for teaching, please go to her website.