25-28th August 2016
The Australian Machine Quilting Festival is dedicated to providing inspiration, education and encouragement to all machine quilters that own a longarm, midarm and/or a domestic sewing machine. Come & join us in our new venture to grow & learn about machine quilting!







Tuesday, June 28, 2016

End of Financial Year...


Yes it is a busy time for all businesses here in Australia with the End of Financial Year chores to get through to ensure you are in the correct position for your tax obligations.

If you are running a machine quilting business then all your classes are tax deductible! Make sure you have purchased your classes before June 30th to be able to deduct them from this year's income.


We welcome any quilting related business or individuals to also promote their products in our Show Program, that is being prepared now. I have extended the delivery date of ad copy until July 8th, but if you want to place your order & pay now, then this charge is also tax deductible this financial year.
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Our Minda Benefit Quilt Challenge deadline has been extended to 15th July! Entry forms & quilts need to be delivered by this date to the address on the entry form.

We are seeing some amazing quilts so far, but I know of some that are really close - so I don't want you to miss out.

It has been truly wonderful to be able to do this for this charity and I trust that everyone will appreciate the effort involved by all those who have designed, made and quilted these quilts to be donated to such a wonderful organisation to raise much needed funds.

The AMQA Quilt Show has also extended their deadlines for entries until 15th July! Join this great competition to show off your work and be in the running for some great prizes.
All details and entry forms can be found online (online entry forms as well as downloadable printed ones) here
I have an offer from an attendee! Kay from the Gold Coast has written to me in regards to an airfare from the Gold coast Wed 24th Aug return Sun 28th Aug for the Festival. " Unfortunately my husband won't be able to accompany me on this return flight. If you know of anyone looking for a cheap flight. Could you please let me know." So if you might be interested in contacting Kay about this then please email me and I will provide her phone number for you to chat!
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Now that you have chosen your classes and planned your schedules, we would love to have you onboard as a volunteer. Feedback from previous events include:
  • What a wonderful experience! I met and made many new friends whilst volunteering...
  • Learnt so much more about the behind the scenes work involved
  • Got to touch and feel the amazing quilts and was able to be creative hanging the special exhibits
  • Met some amazing teachers and learnt so much more....
  • Made friends for life - lots of laughs!
let us know when you are available by completing our online form here.


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For those still looking for accommodation you can still contact our accommodation coordinator to see if there are any spare beds available with other quilters. Also if you have a spare bed then let us know! Email us 
I believe those already on our list have been contacted this week to get this confirmed! If you have not received an email then please let us know.

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If you have liked our Facebook page, you would have seen that we are currently running a competition to win $1000 worth of prizes! This will be drawn on July 15th as well (this is a big day!!) Click on the image above to submit your details to be in the draw for this. A huge thank you to all our sponsors that continue to support AMQ Festival in this manner. We could not do this without you!
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We are so pleased to have another sponsor spoiling you.  Fern Textiles are providing the most delicious packs of fabrics for you to enjoy in your student registration bags.
Fern Textiles - a renowned wholesaler name in Australia/New Zealand brings to you a huge range of patchwork/quilting/craft fabrics (normal width and wide backs) in various aesthetics, brands from USA, Japan, Denmark etc.



Anthology Fabrics, Sevenberry/Vancet, STOF Fabrics, Copenhagen Print Company, Cosmo, Daiwabo - a lot of which are exclusive to us. We also have organic fabrics like bamboo, hemp, linen fabrics etc
Also patterns from various designers in Europe and USA, with names like - Jacqueline De Jonge/ Becolourful (exclusive to us), Judy Niemeyer, Sassafras Lane Designs, Rami Kim, Lakeview Quilting and more.
Fern Textiles look forward to filling your requirements!

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Have you seen the 'forward to a friend' link at the bottom of this newsletter? I encourage you to forward this newsletter to your friends to give them the information to enter into our fantastic competition and to also encourage them to enter their quilts and come along to visit AMQ Festival this year in August. Where else are you going to find this many choices of classes to suit all levels of quilters using all manner of machines?

Happy EOFY to all!

Tracey