This week we are showcasing two Australian teachers, Lee Vause and Kathy Adams.
Lee runs her business, Threads and Tangles, from a brand new studio that houses 2 longarm quilting machines, an industrial embroidery machine, a number of domestic machines and an area for teaching - this is all located in Langwarrin, Victoria. Lee has been quilting since 2006 on a domestic sewing machine and started longarm quilting in 2012. She loves the modern negative space and geometric quilting and enjoys having the opporutnity to custom quilt in these styles. Lee gets her inspiration from anything and everywhere including such things as fauna and flora, carpet, curtain, architecture and many of those things that surround us everyday. Zentangle is one of Lee's great loves and this has been a major inspiraton in terms of her quilting style and she finds it a terrific vehicle for enhancing eye to hand coordination and skills. Lee has been teaching and public speaking for many years as part of her professional background. Over the past 2 years she has concentrated on teaching all things that relate to Zentangle, Free Motion Quilting (Domestic) and Machine Embroidery. Lee loves quilting for customers and is seeking to grow this side of her business wherever possible. The classes Lee is teaching at AMQF can be found here.
Kathy owns KoolKat Quilting with her husband Geoff and both of them work in the business which focuses on longarm quilting and quilt pattern design; they are located in Toowoomba, Queensland. Kathy as been a quilt maker for twenty years and has been a longarm quilter for the past ten years. KoolKat Quilting specialises in edge to edge quilting as it is practical, fast and efficient. Kathy draws her inspiration for her pattern designs from the Art Nouveau period of design and she likes to design for the novice quilter and loves to use colourful Bali pre-cut strip sets; they assemble these sets themselves using quality fabrics. Kathy has been teaching quilt classes for five years at her sutdio and to groups in SE and Western Queensland. Kathy's core business is quilting for customers and they are kept busy with 2 Statler machines running every day. Kathy will be sharing her tips for creating and sustaining a successful business and if you are serious about making a career in this type of business this class is not to be missed; further information found here.
If all goes to plan we're hoping to share a little peak of some new merchandise in the near future.....stay posted.
Until then, keep quilting....
Sharon and Tracey