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!







Sunday, July 11, 2010

Registration time is almost here!

Registration opens in less than 12 hours - good luck with getting in to your classes of choice. Remember to choose carefully and ensure you coordinate the times & days so that you don't find yourselves booked into two classes at the same time.
Over the past few months we have featured quite a few of our teachers and this post will expand on a few more.
Clare Fairless-Lewis will be teaching 3 classes and on reading what she has to offer has made me realise what I'll be missing out on. Clare's first class is Fun & Funky Fillers -one thing that is very important for all quilters to have in their arsenal are "fillers" - almost all quilts have spaces that need filling. The second class Clare is offering is Time Efficient Traditional Based Quilting showing how to completely finish a quilt top without marking or having to turn to do the borders - what a bonus!! Saving the best til last - in fact the very last class at Festival will be Clare's "Fairless Fancy Quilts". This class is for the time-poor quilter - it'll teach you to whip up an eyecatching quilt that will be the envy of all!
Michele Turner will be teaching all the skills required to make your own wholecloth quilts from scratch. Michele has won award both here in Australia and at two of the major machine quilting shows in America. She will be sharing her method for designing, marking and creating a wholecloth quilt including cut-away trapunto, motifs and background fillers.
Sharon Parkinson will be sharing all the tips she has learnt in her years of machine quilting in her Basics for Beginners and Beyond Class. She will be sharing ways she has discovered to make the life of a machine quilter much easier, more pleasurable and as stress free as possible. You will gain comprehensive tips to help you from the initial call from a customer right up until you remove the completed quilt from the machine and beyond. Sharon's second class, A Feather in Your Cap is sure to have you drawing feathers like a professional in a few short hours. Once you have mastered this skill there'll be no stopping you.
Belinda Betts will be teaching a class on the use of rulers and templates, an area which scares many machine quilters! Belinda will have many different types and designs of templates and go through their uses and applications. She is a very accomplished award winning quilter and has a gift of knowing where and when to use a particular ruler - her quilting is testament to this skill.
Good luck with your class registrations! Whichever classes you choose you will have a fantastic time and expand your knowledge as machine quilters which is what "Festival" is all about.
Sharon & Tracey

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