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!







Friday, March 7, 2014

Who is coming to teach this year?

We have an amazing line up of teachers coming to share their knowledge & skills with us this year. There will be so much to inspire us that you will need to remember to breathe…

We have already told you about the amazing Pam Holland teaching her Thread Painting Masterclass over 3 days for the first time in Australia as well as the ‘superstar’ of Wall St, Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Co. But now we want to tell you of a couple more teachers that we are thrilled to be hosting.

Judi Madsen

of Green Fairy Quilts 

Judi MadsenJudi Madsen is a quilt designer and long arm quilter. She has designed over 50 quilt patterns and has grown in her ability to long arm quilt. She is an award winning self-taught quilter who shares her designs and tutorials on her blog – www.greenfairyquiltsblog.com – She also shares her customer quilts where she spends the time to create a masterpiece with each one of the quilts she quilts. Judi is a wife to Clint and a mother to 4 children. Family, business and quilting life create a fun juggle of stress and fulfilment. Judi's first book "Quilting Wide Open Spaces," was published with AQS publishing in August 2013. This accomplishment has opened opportunities for teaching which is so exciting to her!

You can visit her page on the website to view all the classes she is offering this year.

Especially for all the ART quilters out there – we have the wonderfully talented, highly regarded & highly awarded:

Cathy Wiggins

Cathy WigginsCathy Wiggins was born and raised in eastern North Carolina were she received degrees in mathematics and software engineering. Even though her education is in technology, her love has always been art and any form of creativity. During her years in telecommunications she continued to foster her love of art through taking numerous workshops on subjects such as sculpting, pottery, and all forms of painting. She eventually settled on using acrylic paints on paper as her medium of choice. Through experimenting and practice, Cathy developed her own style of painting where she would, through the use of value and layers of paint, interpret photographs on paper. She won numerous awards locally and nationally for her work and began teaching her technique to others.
Cathy began quilting in February of 2003 after attending her first national quilt show.
The following year, her quilt was juried into the AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Paducah, Kentucky. Since that time she has won many national and international awards for her quilts and is
teaching her design techniques.
Now Cathy has taken her quilting work a step further with her "Just for Fun" series of quilts. She creates quilts that are both whimsical and humorous. When asked why she has made this shift in her work, Cathy says, "I just want to create quilts for the pure fun of it. I want to create quilts that bring smiles to the faces of the viewers and designs that are ageless, things that remind us of our childhood." In addition to writing articles for magazines and traveling nationally to teach, she is now writing books and creating patterns based on her award-winning quilts.

I am especially interested in seeing all the quilting work that Cathy has been doing on leather! You can learn more on all this from her facebook page where she is very generous with her information.

You can visit her page on the website to view all the classes she is offering this year.

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We are VERY busy compiling the Class Catalogue for everyone right now, as well as getting ready with online registrations for classes. There is a new system for us to learn to setup, but it should be very easy for everyone to use when booking classes. We still have a few spots available for shops, quilters, businesses to advertise their products in this catalogue. For a very reasonable rate you can have over 5 months of exposure to dedicated quilters with your ad in this publication. Last Festival we posted out 600 printed copies to shops, guilds & individuals all over Australia. The online copy was downloaded over 1100 times! We anticipate even greater numbers for this years event with growth being so rapid. Please spread the word to your local favourite shops about this opportunity. You can download the Advertising Order Form here. Only 2 weeks left to get your orders in for this Catalogue. Ad copy due at the very latest on March 31st (I need to have the order before then so I can leave a space though)

Vendor booths are steadily being booked as well. To obtain your preferred position you simply need to apply online for a booth & choose your spot.

Remember that we have expanded this year to encompass machine piecing, machine applique & much much more! Check out all our teachers here. We will have such a great variety of quilting related businesses in our vendor mall that you will be drooling over all the fabric, gadgets & machines that will be there to entice you.

Until next time, happy quilting!

Tracey & Sharon

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