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!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

How to run a successful quilting business!

Do you run your own business or would you like to make money with your quilting skills?

Running your own home based business has a lot of benefits.

  • You can set your own work hours.
  • Be available for your family
  • Still be involved with your children or care for your parents
  • You can work in your pyjamas at any time of day or night!
  • Be creative and play with other people's quilts
However, there can be pitfalls as well! Come along to any of the following classes to really understand how to get the most out of running your own machine quilting business.

From all the hints & tips of starting out, to dealing with customers & their creatively pieced quilts.

So……You want to be a Quilter! with Sharon Parkinson
Longarm Demo/lecture
Suitable for Beginners

This is a fabulous class aimed at the “beginner quilter”; you will leave this class full of enthusiasm and longing to get back to your machine! You will go on a journey that takes you from the initial phone call from a customer through to the completed quilt.

Sharon will share literally 100’s of tips and tricks that she has learnt during her years of quilting for customers. You will learn invaluable time and stress saving hints that will save you many hours in your business or hobby of longarm quilting. You will also learn how to load a quilt with a minimum of fuss and also tame those difficult quilts. Get ideas on choosing appropriate patterns and threads and you’ll also learn about the different types of wadding and when to use them.

There will be time spent on removing the mystery that surrounds good tension and machine maintenance. And as if that isn’t enough you will also master the art of the elusive feather and learn some easy, invaluable background fillers. So…..You want to be Quilter……Now you are one!!

Bring your notepad & pen

Business Blitz with Sharon Parkinson
Suitable for all

Sharon will talk about building your business through marketing, time management and many other ideas to increase your turnover. You will receive a handout that will include various forms that you need to run a successful business and keep yourself organised. You will also receive other information that you will find invaluable! This will be a very interactive class with all students being encouraged to submit 2 questions, prior to AMQF, for discussion. Sharon has found that many people are too shy to ask a question and this way everyone feels comfortable and we learn along the way. If you’re serious about your business then this class is not to be missed!

You're the Professional Wait What! with Raylee Bielenberg
Suitable for all

New quilter? New to small business? Here's an honest and open discussion on quilting basics, quilting professionally, operating a small business and keeping sane while you do that.

A-Z No Question Unanswered

Suitable for all

A to Z, Myrna will share years of Longarm experience with you. Whatever you want to discuss, from thread choices, choosing designs, tensions, to custom verses E2E, modern quilts. What designs are best on a quilt.

Tackling the tricky quilts...and quilters! with Anita Ellis
Longarm Demo/lecture
Suitable for Beginner/Conf Beg/Intermediate

Tricky quilts come in all shapes and sizes and they need to be tamed. This class covers many of those issues that come up every week when you run a quilting business. It might be piecing issues, wavy borders, broken seams. You name it, I've seen it all! Construction issues and quilting solutions will be discussed as well as some fun role play on how to deal with the tricky unrealistic customer.

Ready steady go...quilting 101 for Newbies with Anita Ellis
Longarm Demo/lecture
Suitable for Beginner/Conf Beg

Ok so you’ve done, invested your life savings into this wonderful machine that offers so much, but what now?

This class is a great next step to get your quilting career going. I will teach you everything from choosing your supplies, loading your quilt, tension setting, ergonomic movement around the quilting machine and some simple quilting designs to get you started.

No question can be too simple in this class. If you want to ask it you can bet your neighbour would like to know the answer too. So come armed with your questions and a can do attitude. You won’t be disappointed.

Comprehensive notes are provided as it can be hard to recall everything you have heard without them

Supply List: Notepad & pens 


Come to our Welcome Cocktail Party to enjoy food, drinks & the amazing Claudia Pfeil. 

'Her Quilts are better than her English - 30 years of quilting journey!' : A Trunk Show & Lecture
You will be hard pressed to find a more entertaining lecture and trunk show than one with international quilt teacher, multi award winning quilt designer, Claudia Pfeil. Claudia is addicted to the world of quilts. She runs a quilt shop and the APQS Showroom in Krefeld/ Germany and is willing to fly across the ocean to teach interested students in freemotion quilting. Her award winning quilts are well known for her opulent quilting style and her love for embellishments.
Also includes musical entertainment, food & complimentary drink with a cash bar available.

Be there to be in the draw for the Tula Pink Bernina 350 sewing machine donated by Otto & Penny's Sewing Centre.

Happy quilting....


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