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, July 29, 2014

63 days to go!

The clock is ticking… classes are filling! Some are very close to being totally full.

Helen Godden – Liberation from the Ditch is now full.

Unfortunately, Patti Hempen is unable to join us now, so her 2 classes have been cancelled.

Teacher Profile:

Emma EvansEmma Evans has been our official photographer for festival since our first festival in 2010. She has produced great photo DVD’s for everyone to remember & be inspired by and her photos have graced the pages of National & International magazines. This year she is also going to present two classes for you to learn how to take a great photo of your quilt, how to style your shot & also how to use your automatic or DSLR camera, plus some tips & tricks on using Photoshop Elements to enhance your photos.

Emma has always loved photography from a young age. From running into Grandma's garden (which is amazing!!) and taking photos of all her amazing roses and flowers to the fast paced action of her sister's love of motocross.

Even though she loved photography she never thought she'd be able to make a career out of it, so she set her eye on Mechanical Engineering. Doing the necessary classes in her final year at school she still managed to squeeze in photography. In doing so she won the photography award that year, along with winning the design competition where her design was used for the school yearbook. This art piece was created from a photo she took and then spent many hundreds of hours manipulation in Photoshop. It won a major prize for Emma.

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This got her thinking....

At the last minute she transferred into a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communications) instead of engineering.

From there everything changed.

She began the course and gained enough knowledge to know that her heart still cried for photography over design. The following year she transferred into a photography course at TAFE SA.

From here she really jumped at her dream. Landing a job in Real Estate Photography meant she was committed full-time to this new passion.

She enjoys every second behind her camera and can only hope you will see that joy when joining her in her classes.

Bell Photography & Design is her business and is where you can also purchase previous copies of our Festival Photo DVD along with pre-ordering 2014 Photo DVD. You won’t want to miss out on having this to be inspired by the amazing quilts in the AMQA Quilt Show and have a reminder of the great times had with like minded quilters!

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Emma has also produced a fantastic book – Quilt photography for Beginners – that can be ordered and collected at Festival. Students have the opportunity of purchasing this optional resource at a discounted price when purchasing either of her two classes.

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We also have coloured A5 flyers that we can post to any shop or guild to help us spread the news of all the wonderful opportunities to learn new skills, go shopping & be inspired at AMQ Festival 2014. Please contact us if you would like to distribute flyers for us.

Until next time, happy quilting!

Tracey and Sharon