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Ineka Voigt – self portrait


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by Mindy Cook


In 2012 the Australasian Quilt Convention’s Shining Light Award was bestowed upon Ineka, in recognition of her achievements as a junior quilter (up to the age of 18) at age 12. But this wasn’t the start for Ineka. She’s been quilting since around 7 years of age and has also been recognised and/or awarded for her soccer, writing and film-making skills* and was Dux of Year 7 and 9.


Most recently, Ineka Voigt was selected as one of four ACT high school students to commemorate the centenary of the ANZAC landing in Turkey as a result of her quilt submission, Spirit of Anzac. The competition was open to students between 14 and 17 years of age in years 9 or 10 in 2014. Their task was to explore one or more of the 15 qualities named on the stained glass windows in the Hall of Memory at the Australian War Memorial and submit an original, creative response.


Her finished piece is just under 40″ square and was made on an old piece of tracing linen** from 1908 (see the draftsmanship signature) that her grandmother had kept as a piece of history from her early days in drafting in the 1950s. She saved it for a rainy day. Ineka appliquéd the nurses’ Red Cross, painted the poppy, then created the patches from old felt and free-motion stitched all the symbols on the Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen… all on her own!


Proud mum, Helen said,

“I had only seen it via FaceTime as I wasn’t in the country when Ineka designed and created this piece. The first time I saw it in the cloth was when we had the first briefing with the ex colonel who will be escorting the group through Turkey for two weeks! Once again, I am just stunned and amazed by my daughter. Ineka and the three other winners will be laying a wreath, representing Australia at the ceremony. Just look where quilting can take you!”


If this inspires you to get involved with the ANZAC Centenary commemorations using your creativity, take a look at the Lest We Forget: 100 Years, 100 Quilts Challenge, creating a small work to interpreting what ANZAC means to you; and the 5000 Poppies Project, creating a small crocheted, felted, knitted or sewn red poppy using any material. There’s still time to enter both these rewarding and worthy competitions.

See Ineka’s quilt on display at the 2015 AQC in the Quilt Show.


*Ineka Voigt’s achievements:

  • 2014 Winner, National History Competition and named ACT Young Historian 2014 for her essay about Anzac Day.
  • 2013 TEDx short film acknowledgement – Adventures of TEDx, Ineka Voigt and Sally Witchalls
  • 2012, winner of the Australasian Quilt Convention’s Shining Light Award 
  • 2012 Bernina Award of Excellence in NSW and ACT – for her quilt, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. She also won first place in her category, aged 13.
  • 2012 Tim Cahill Experience – She was one of four winners who travelled to the UK’s Everton FC academy.
  • 2010 Bernina Award of Excellence – for her Apple quilt at age 11.
  • 2007 Tokyo Quilt Grand Prix– her quilt, So Similar, was exhibited in Japan’s Tokyo Quilt Grand Prix when Ineka was 8 years old.


**Tracing linen was a very fine linen coated in a starch to make it papery but see thru for tracing engineering, architect plans etc. It existed before tracing paper as we know it. During the depression women would salvage and reuse this tracing linen, wash it and make soft baby clothes or baby wraps. It was incredibly fine cotton. The ink plans would sometimes wash off but in this case the signatures of the engineers and the date did not. Two of them appear on the piece. Ineka’s grandmother worked in a drawing office as a young woman back in the 1950s and salvaged some these linen plans, and made some baby nighties for her son. She kept some because she thought it was historically interesting. 100 years later Ineka has used it in this quilt.


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2 thoughts on “Quilting Takes Young Talent to Turkey”

  1. Amazing work. Ineka is certainly talented. I have no doubt in saying, she will be winning quilting awards for the rest of her life and will become a master quilter perhaps our first for Australia in the very near future. I wish her all the best in everything that she tries. I only wish I had grown up in that kind of home to receive wonderful grounding and education of a wonderful quilter like her mother. Again stunning and spectactular workmanship. You really do deserve all the achievements and prizes Ineka.

  2. A wonderful talent from a wonderful girl! All best wishes for the future creativity you will explore and master. Penny McDonald.


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