20-23rd September 2018
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, February 26, 2016

Our GOLD Sponsor!

AMQ Festival welcomes a partnership with 
Kennard & Kennard Fabrics as a Gold Sponsor!

Events on this scale simply can’t exist without valued sponsors, vendors, teachers, volunteers and especially our attendees. 2016 is shaping up to be bigger & better than ever, with 3 festivals experience now, we are determined to continue to provide the best quality teachers, classes & vendors for all attendees. We now have 97 classes, presented by 22 teachers from across Australia, Germany, USA & Canada! 

All our sponsors are a very important part of the quilting industry and as such I’m sure you will recognise their products. Some are wholesalers, some are machine suppliers, quilt shops, small businesses and also individuals that choose to support us to benefit the industry and those that are involved. We will endeavour to feature each of our sponsors over the next few newsletters, so please let them know how much we appreciate their involvement next time you are shopping with them.

A note from our Gold Sponsor:

Kennard & Kennard are thrilled to have the privilege of being the Gold Sponsor for the Australian Machine Quilting Festival 2016! As an Australian Wholesale fabric supplier with a dedication to quality, Kennard and Kennard are committed to providing you with the highest quality materials and designs across Australia.
Our 100% Cotton Extra Wide Quilt Backings under our brand Burrangong Backings Australia are our specialty. We have the largest range of 108 inch/280cm Wide Backings, known for their superior quality, quilting convenience and ability to make the backs of your quilts just as special as the front. Kennard & Kennard are a family owned and operated business, always striving for customer satisfaction and offering new and exciting ranges to suit your needs. If we can assist you in any way, we would love to hear from you.

Best Regards

Russell Kennard – Director

All attendees will receive in their Registration Backpacks, fat quarters of fabric from Kennard & Kennard Fabrics to see & feel the great quality of their fabrics. Perfect to use for both quilt tops & backings!

Now for some updates on Registrations:

Right now you can view the Online Registration page & see all our classes in date/time order. You will find more detailed information, supply lists & kit inclusions when you click on the ‘info’ link or on the title of the class. Please read the information on this page. For further assistance on navigating the ticketing system this document can be downloaded with screenshots to assist you. Many thanks to my proof readers who have tested the ticketing system and have assisted in creating and improving the Class Catalogue over the past three weeks as well. It is now at the printers and will be ready to be distributed when they are received. A copy will also be online for you to download to your own device after I get the proofs back.

Class registrations will open at 12.01am CST (Adelaide time zone) on 14th March 2016.

There is a Class Registration Fee** which will be payable by all students nominating for classes and the cost is $80.00 (inc GST). This fee not only helps towards teachers fees and expenses, staff time, supplies and equipment but also offers benefits to students.
These benefits include 4 days admission into the show and vendor mall, and also a gorgeous backpack complete with goodies including a neck wallet, pen, pad, fat quarters of quality fabric from our Gold Sponsor - Kennard & Kennard Fabrics, commemorative AMQF Pin, pattern, thread, vouchers, samples, and a copy of the new Creative Patchwork & Quilting magazine and more. This is a value in excess of $200-
All shops and businesses are invited to offer discount vouchers/coupons/samples to be included in these packages to further enhance our students shopping experience and to promote your products. Please contact us to arrange this.
**Until you have registered and paid the Registration Fee you will not be able to purchase any class.

You can get ready for class registrations early by purchasing your Registration fee now. Then on 14th March all you need to do is login and start choosing your classes in your shopping cart. 

You are Invited to our
AMQ Festival Cocktail Party
Date: Thursday 25th August 2016
Time: 4.30pm
Venue: Hall G, Adelaide Convention Centre
Tickets: $70 pp available online & at the registration desk until noon 25th August 2016
Dress: Smart Casual
Join us in an exciting evening to launch the 2016 Festival with musical entertainment, amazing prize draw, cocktail food and a complimentary beer, wine, sparkling or soft drink is provided. 
Cash bar will be available.
Presentation of the Minda Benefit Quilt Challenge winners  
followed by a special presentation by Guest Quilter -
Mark Lipinski (USA)
“The Unexpected Journey of an Out of Control Quilter Travelling the World and What He Encountered Along the Way”: A Trunk Show & Lecture
You will be hard pressed to find a more entertaining lecture and trunk show than one with international quilt teacher, quilt and fabric designer and creator of The Slow Stitching Movement (www.slowstitching.com), Mark Lipinski. Mark’s sometimes PG-13, no holds barred, brutally honest, riotous talks are half quilting, half show and tell and all stand-up comedy!

NEW FOR 2016!!

We value ALL our students that keep coming back and who also spread the word to their mates about Festival. This helps us to work harder to bring what you are asking for to Australia each time. 

We would like to show our appreciation by introducing a 

Bring-a-Mate Reward Program

If you have taken classes at a previous AMQ Festival and you have a mate that has never been who would like to join you, then we would like to reward you. When you (the previous AMQ Festival student) and a mate sign up for classes at the same time we will refund the previous student $25 of the registration fee.

Yes, it’s that easy! Here are a few things to remember:


Both registrations must be submitted with a unique e-mail address for each student and within 2 hours of each other.

  • Put your mate’s name in the questionnaire of the online registration form. 
  • Tick relevant boxes that you have been a student at AMQ Festival.
  • Only students who have not previously taken classes at a AMQ Festival are eligible as a “Mate.” 
  • One reward/referral per previous student.
  • The Bring-a-Mate Reward Program runs from March 14th through June 15th 2016
This program applies to full registration students/mates.

To encourage immediate family members to also come along and take classes, we are providing a discounted Family Registration Fee of only $30 if a full Registration Fee is already purchased. This allows you to purchase classes without receiving a second bag full of goodies. Please contact us direct to arrange this.

Lots of information to take in today. But we only have just over 2 weeks until registrations open…
Keep sharing the news with all your friends so they don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime with the experience of AMQ Festival in Adelaide.

Until next time… happy quilting.

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