In the lead up to Festival we will profile each of our teachers so that you are able to get a personalised perspective on them. Following are profiles on Helen Stubbings and Rachelle Denneny, we thought you'd be interest in learning a little about them. If you are interested in further information on Helen's or Rachelle's classes then click on their names above.
Helen lives in Hobart, Tasmania which is the island at the bottom of Australia - she jokingly says she lives at the bottom of the inhabited world. Helen has been quilting since 1995 after completing a 2 year Certificate IV in Needlecraft and before then she was an embroiderer; Helen is the owner of the ever popular Hug's and Kisses. She loves anything at all to do with handwork, embroidery, stitchery, applique and paper piecing which she incorporates into all her designs along with her Colourque®. At the moment Helen's schedule is such that she simply doesn't have the time to do hand quilting although it is something she loves. Helen says she is never short of inspiration, carrying her camera when travelling and uses architecture, history and culture as a starting point. As a mum of three girly girls and a love of gardens there is always something to get those creative juices flowing. Helen loves teaching, which she has been doing since 1996 and her classes are full of entertaining moments as she generously shares her knowledge and techniques. She is very grateful for all the wonderful, interesting people she has met during her teaching career which has taken her all over the world. Although Helen has travelled extensively she loves Australia and would love the time to lay by a pool or on one of our beautiful beaches - not too hot, not too windy. She thinks this could only be enhanced by having a personal butler serving her cocktails, Michael Buble crooning in the corner with nothing to do but lay and listen with needle and thread in hand. Here's to you Helen! To follow what Helen is up to then please visit and "like" her Facebook page - she is currently working on some super cute projects and here's a sneak peek.
Rachelle was absent from our teaching panel during AMQF2012 and we are delighted to have her back with us this year. Since her AMQF debut in 2010 Rachelle has won some of the most coveted awards in the quilting world. Rachelle lives in the lovely suburb of Glenelg which is located south west of the city of Adelaide near one of South Australia's most beautiful beaches. She has been quilting for 13 years and has been entering her glorious work into shows since 2006. Rachelle loves all the processes involved in making a quilt but her love of designing and the actual machine quilting of her quilts is her most favourite part. She loves the way the texture of quilting can completely transform a flat piece of fabric and the results never cease to amaze her. Rachelle gets inspiration from many different places and once again architecture features strongly along with textile designs from various countries including India, Japan and the Middle East; look out for the ideas she is currently exploring influenced by Russian designs. Rachelle has been teaching since 2004 and this has continued up until this day, early on she had to juggle this commitment with theraising of her young family. Her extraordinary talent has been passed on to her 3 children who also regularly enter shows. Rachelle doesn't quilt for others but has not discounted the option of doing a commissioned piece in the future. If you wish to follow what Rachelle is up to and see more of her magnificent pieces please visit her Facebook page.
Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend wherever you are!
Sharon and Tracey