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, April 24, 2016

Accommodation sharing....

4 months until we start setting up! Time is sure flying by….
Part of the fun of coming to AMQ Festival is meeting other quilters, sharing ideas, techniques, tips & tricks! We would love to also add another option to assist you to come & meet new quilters!
If you have already booked your accommodation & have a spare bed OR you want to come, but would like to share a room to save some $$ and meet new quilters then CONTACT us to advise us whether you already have a spare bed OR you are looking for a bed. Our accommodation coordinator will collate all the information received and work with you to match you up.

I’d like to introduce you to the amazingly sweet,

Anita Ellis

of Hillside Quilting in Victoria.
Anita Ellis
Anita’s life hasn’t been the same since she had her first patchwork quilt professionally quilted eight years ago. “I remember the excitement as if it was yesterday, I just loved the quilting patterns” says Anita. She soon had her own A1 quilting machine and Hillside Quilting was born. She still loves quilting designs in such a way that the secondary patterns appear like magic.
She is known for her custom quilting and organic fluid style. Also known for working closely with her clients, be they fabric and pattern designers or beginner patchworkers, to ensure harmony and balance between the piecing and the quilting.
Teaching became a natural progression as she realised the pleasure it gave her to pass on her skills to fellow quilters. Delivering a suite of classes at the last two Australian Machine Quilting Festivals gave Anita the opportunity to give confidence, along with many quilting and design skills, to a whole new group of professional long arm quilters.
Teaching on domestic machines, both free motion and with rulers, has opened up many more opportunities to ensure that quilting is well and truly alive, now and into the future.
Anita believes her contribution to our industry of patchwork and quilting is to mentor beginner quilters and encourage more established quilters to stay fresh and push their limits.
The next step in this journey is a whole new set of classes designed for AMQF 2016.

See all of Anita’s classes here There is something for everyone!

AMQ Festival is thrilled to have Anita with us again to share her knowledge & skills specifically with beginner quilters. She has proven herself invaluable in this area with tremendous feedback from past students highlighting the value they received by being in her classes.

We are very proud to partner with Zoltan Kasa & his company – Intelliquilter LLC as our Main Stage Sponsor for 2016.
Intelliquilter has been a supporter of AMQ Festival since we started in 2010. This year they have chosen our Main Stage sponsorship, which allows us to provide a stage with large monitors to present awards, Trunk Show presentation & demonstrations from our vendors & teachers to the general public during vendor mall hours.

IntelliQuilter computerised system Highlights:
  • computer mounted on the machine, at your fingertips
  • touch screen control
  • driver motors engage/disengage automatically
  • easy to use, menu driven system
  • help on every screen
  • integrated graphic editing, including copy, repeat, combine, rotate, echo, path pattern, scale, distort, magnet tool, line pattern, fan pattern, computer generated pattern library & more.
  • automatic pattern fitting in blocks, including sizing rotation and flipping
  • automatic pantograph editing, including offset, interlocking, flipping, tweaking and clipping at borders
  • recording function to capture hand-quilted patterns
  • paper pattern digitizing
  • "stitch in the ditch" support
  • whole quilt composition and saving
  • pattern download via USB drive
  • compatible with all models and makes
Visit the website to see all the features, videos & more.
Our vendor mall is nearly at capacity! Only five more booths available to purchase. If you are interested in attending as a vendor to provide your products to our keen students & the general public of South Australia, then apply now for the chance to be involved.
All vendors will also receive the opportunity to provide a paragraph in this newsletter to our dedicated subscriber list, promoting their attendance, closer to Festival commencing.
We have more classes filled to capacity since our last newsletter as well. You can always find this information on our website.

Congratulations to the following teachers:

Friday 26th Aug 8-12noon
Simple Steps to Stunning Quilting with Kathleen Riggins
Sunday 28th Aug 8-12noon
Waterlily Ballet with Helen Rhodes
Friday 26th Aug 5-9pm
Quilting for the Crazy with Kathleen Riggins
Saturday 27th Aug 2-4pm
An Introduction to Quilting Mandalas with Janet Collins
Thursday 25th Aug 12.30-4.30pm
Wholecloth Design Class with Claudia Pfeil

I do hope you are all enjoying your long weekend & planning your schedule for August….

Lest we forget!


Monday, April 11, 2016

New classes announced!

We are delighted to be able to announce two NEW classes to learn more about using rulers on your domestic machines!
Modern Improvisational Quilting with Rulers and Templates with Janet Collins

Hands on Domestic Sewing Machine
Suitable for Confident Beginner
Friday 26th August 4-6pm
It’s all about filling space creatively and allowing your imagination and style to flow. Ever looked at your quilt with lots of background space that is just calling to be quilted and you wanted something new, modern and different (not just stippling) and how you could come up with your own style of fill.
Well you can, using Templates on a Domestic Sewing Machine. I thought that this would be a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Play Pass the Parcel ‘Westalee Style’, Have some fun with templates – without rules ... well not many.
more info online….
OK Which Direction? with Lee Vause
Hands on Domestic Sewing Machine
Suitable for Confident Beginner
Friday 26th Aug 6.30-8.30pm
Guess you don’t need a GPS to take this class! Let’s now consider the design layout and then plot the direction for stitching all three grids in a continuous line while using the Westalee ruler foot and just one template in readiness for filling the blank spaces with some of your favourite fills.
more info online…
We are also thrilled to congratulate Helen Rhodes for selling out her class this past week! Her students are in for a fantastic treat in this class…
Sunday 28th Aug
Waterlily Ballet with Helen Rhodes
We are pleased to advise that with the generous sponsorship from 

we will have a spectacular Quilt Exhibit representing 30 years of Claudia Pfeil’s quilts on display. This special exhibit is exclusive to AMQ Festival 2016. 
Cocktail Party Invitation

You can book your tickets to this event NOW! No other classes or events are at this time, so you can enjoy the networking, food & entertainment before starting shopping after 6.30pm.
Happy quilting