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!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A quilt challenge is launched!

We are thrilled to partner with the most wonderful, generous people in this industry.

AMQF 2016 Minda Benefit Quilt Challenge

AMQ Festival is proud to join with Lloyd Curzon Textiles & Horn Australia to present to you a challenge to assist us in raising much needed funds to support people living with intellectual disability live lives of their choosing.

Theme:  “Celebration...” celebration

Create a quilt that shouts out the theme of celebration. It could be a special achievement in your life or someone else’s. A goal that has been reached that needs to be recognised. It could be a new beginning, a reason to say thank you, or giving thanks for just being here. Rejoice in life and show us what it means to you.
Each entry is to be accompanied by a story of why or what you are celebrating, no longer than 250 words.
All quilts will be donated to Minda Inc to be auctioned with full proceeds being used to support people living with intellectual disability live lives of their choosing. The top thirty finalists will be selected for display at AMQ Festival 2016. All entries will receive a certificate of appreciation.


  1. All quilters are invited to submit an entry into the Minda Benefit Quilt Challenge run by Lloyd Curzon Textiles, Horn Australia and AMQ Festival for 2016.
  2. Application forms are available on our website to enable you to purchase your fabric kit to start your challenge. Entry forms will be included with your kit to submit with your completed quilt.
  3. There is one category only. Entries can be based either on a traditional or a contemporary design that reflects and interprets the theme ‘Celebration!’ and must use at least a recognisable portion of each of the challenge fabrics provided by Lloyd Curzon Textiles (Colour Movement fabric range by Kona Bay exclusive to Lloyd Curzon Textiles)
  4. All entries must be original. An entrant may apply any techniques including piecing, appliqué, embroidery, painting, inking, colouring, embellishing and/or manipulated fabric, etc.
  5. Each work must measure a maximum of 100cm on each side with no minimum size.
  6. The quilt must be machine quilted. This includes long-arm, short-arm or domestic machines. The quilt may be quilted with thread(s) of choice.
  7. A label with ‘AMQF 2016 Minda Benefit Quilt’ and the entrant’s name & address must be attached to the back of the quilt.
  8. Announcement of the winners will be announced on the AMQ Festival Blog & Facebook on Jul 31st 2016. It will also be announced in Link Magazine by Minda and on the Minda Facebook page.
  9. Anyone can enter! An entrant’s quilt may be the work of more than one person as long as all parties who contribute to the quilt are nominated on the entry form as being the entrant. There is no limit of entries per person or group.
  10. Other fabrics may be added to the quilt.
  11. The fabric challenge kit consists of 6 fat 16’ths of fabric and costs $10 including postage.
  12. A ribbon will be awarded to each winning quilt and a certificate to each participant.
  13. The prizes awarded are based on the interpretation of theme, excellence in design and craftsmanship. The deadline to send in completed quilts with entry forms is June 30th 2016.
Please email any questions to AMQF or Ph:08 88256214
DOWNLOAD the application form and complete it to get started on creating your work of art to benefit Minda Inc
The entries will be judged by a panel of judges from sponsors involved. The top 30 quilt entries will go on display at AMQ Festival if space permits.

First Prize: Value $1000+   : Your choice of Horn furniture valued up to $1000- plus a ticket to AMQF Cocktail Party
Second Prize: Value $750+  
: Your choice of Horn Furniture valued up to $750- plus a ticket to AMQF Cocktail Party

Third Prize: Value $500+  
: Your choice of Horn furniture valued up to $500- plus a ticket to AMQF Cocktail Party

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Don’t forget our Show Pin Contest! Design our 2016 Festival Show Pin for the chance to come along to our cocktail party!
I'm looking forward to all your entries!

Until next time...
happy quilting

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Contest...


AMQ Festival needs all your collective creative juices flowing to come up with our 2016 collectible ‘show pin’!

Each Festival we have had a unique ‘show pin’ as a souvenir for all attendees. This has become a collectible item and we wish to encourage everyone to participate in making our 2016 Show Pin special! Last year's pin was designed by the amazingly talented - Jane Monk, Tasmania.

AMQ Festival is the result of a combined effort from many individuals,groups, vendors and sponsors that has ensured it is more successful each time. We appreciate how all involved get behind this event and look forward to 2016.

Entry form and designs to be received by 9pm 4th January CST (South Australia) 2016.

All entries must contain copyright-free art or art released for entrant’s and public use. No unauthorized use of any copyright images, text, or other material will be accepted.

To enter the Contest, eligible participants must:
  1. Download and complete the Official Entry Form. The form is available for download here
  2. Create a ‘Show Pin’ design that is approx 50mm in diameter though it can be any shape you desire. It can be hand drawn and coloured, or digitally drawn and coloured. Three colours maximum. Can add ‘bling’ if you choose. No limit to number of entries per designer. 
  3.  Must have the words Australian Machine Quilting Festival 2016 or the acronym AMQ Festival 2016 on the design. 
  4. Please submit the design via email to info@amqfestival.com.au in .png, .jpg or .psd format (Resolution of 300dpi) or as a .pdf file (less than 10mb) If the design incorporates non-standard fonts, you must be able to provide us with the font should your design be selected. 


There will be one winner that will receive a complimentary show pin and ticket to the Cocktail party (value approx $72-) plus bragging rights. All entries will be judged by a panel appointed by AMQ Festival Pty Ltd. The winner will be notified by telephone or email. The panel’s decision will be considered final with no exceptions.

So get your thinking hats on and your coloured pencils out. Come up with a unique Show Pin design that everyone will want to collect and keep with all the other pins they have.

We still have the opportunity open to be the 2016 Show Pin Sponsor as well. Download all the sponsorship opportunities here and together we can promote your business and the industry of machine quilting.

Vendor applications are starting to flow in, so if you were thinking of coming it might be prudent to get yours in soon. The floor plan for this area will be provided to Sponsors in order of priority to choose their preferred position and thereafter to vendors in order of receipt of deposits.

I look forward to seeing all your entries! There may be extra surprises for the winning entry yet… ;)