The countdown and preparations for AMQF 2014 are on in earnest now and we have some exciting things to share with you.
The prime reason for creating Festival, was to offer an opportunity for machine quilters to educate
themselves and increase their skills through education, exposure and
networking. The time has now come to add a few more strings to our bow by
offering extra components to AMQF for now and the future.
Australian Machine Quilting Festival is for everybody and this
year we will have piecing/patchwork classes, machine quilting on domestic & long arm machines, thread painting, colouring, appliqué, photography, drawing, designing and much more. All the
classes on offer can be found here.
Missouri Star Quilt Company
Yes, that’s right! We are so excited to announce that Jenny Doan, the
Missouri Star Quilter, will be teaching classes here in Australia for the very
first time. Jenny has an enormous following on her YouTube
Channel with over 22 million hits and you’ll have the chance to do a
hands-on class with her. Jenny’s classes are filled with fun, laughter and
As many of you would know Jenny has changed the way of piecing by
making everything from a Dresden Plate to Half Square Triangles as easy as
falling off a log. She is extremely generous with her knowledge and her classes
are filled with tips and techniques to encourage you to look at piecing a little
bit different. These “mystery” classes will use either a Jelly Roll, Layer Cake
or a Charm Pack and further information will be released on the website closer
to registrations opening. For those that are lucky enough to get into Jenny’s
classes you will also receive a ticket to her incredible Trunk Shows to be held
on the main stage throughout Festival.
Last week the Missouri Star Quilt Company made the front page of the Wall Street Journal – that’s when you know you’ve made
We are very pleased to confirm some of our sponsors for 2014 and hope that
you join with us by supporting them, and their businesses, for without them we
simply could not stage Festival.
More sponsors will be added to our website/newsletter/blog throughout the
year and we thank them for their continued support! If you’d like to become
involved with us in the capacity of a Sponsor check here for Sponsor Opportunities.
Volunteers are another resource that we just can’t live without! If you
would like to be a part of Festival and support us in hosting this fabulous
event we’d love to have you on board. There are so many different duties that
we need assistance with and they are all listed on the website – simply complete
the Volunteer Form on the website and you’ll see all the positions
that are available. Your details will be added to our database and we’ll be in
touch regarding times and duties in due course. Our Volunteers are all rewarded
in various ways.
Our initial launch of the Alzheimer’s Benefit Quilt Challenge brought a great
response and we thank you very much for your support. We still have kits
available and we would dearly love to be able to increase the donation to
Alzheimer’s so please join us and support this wonderful initiative. The kits
are only $10.00 and you’ll receive “6 Fat Sixteenths” of gorgeous fabric
courtesy of Lloyd Curzon. The quilt you are required to make is no bigger that
a metre square and doesn’t need to be completed until late July. If you’d like
to take part please register online – c’mon you know you want to!!!
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I think that’s enough excitement for now – please support us in our efforts
to make AMQF2014 bigger and better than ever. Remember it is for Quilters,
Patchworkers and Stitchers of ALL disciplines and if you know of anyone that may
be interested then suggest they register for the
Newsletter so that they can get regular updates as we move forward towards
Sharon and Tracey