I had fun at the Australian Machine Quilting Festival.

It was great to catch up with 200 like minded quilters in Adelaide. The inaugural Australian Machine Quilting Festival is now over  for 2010 and planning for the next Festival is already underway.

Opening night at the Australian Machine Quilting Festival


On Friday night the workshop delegates had a preview of  the quilt exhibition, which was sponsored and organised by the Australian Machine Quilting Association,  and the vendor hall was also open for their shopping pleasure.

In most instances this was going to be the only time that the delegates would have time for shopping and viewing the quilts, as most had a fully  booked workshop program for the remainder of the weekend.



The welcome address at the inaugural Australian Machine Quilting Festival. Note the "Best of Show" quilt on display.


The quilts  in the exhibition were stunning. The tutors from USA commented that the quilts on show would have all qualified to be hung at any of the big exhibitions in North America. Copyright issues mean that I can’t show all the winning quilts here but you will find photos on the Australian Machine Quilting Association website very soon.

The Festival Exhibition, and market hall, were both open to the public on Saturday, Sunday & Monday, so all textile enthusiast had an opportunity to enjoy the event.

A rare quiet time at the IntelliQuilter stand in the market hall. I captured this moment just before the doors opened on opening night.


It was a great weekend, and I really appreciated the opportunity to be a student. I particularly targeted the Intelliquilter classes for my program and thoroughly enjoyed Helen’s classes. It was quite funny to hear people, including me,  say “oh, what a good idea”  as Helen demonstrated her methods of setting up borders, blocks and wholecloths. In fact we all laughed at the “light bulb” moments that were flashing a round the room.  
I am sure the same thing was happening in every classroom as the teachers shared their hints and tips on how to achieve better results when machine quilting by domestic and longarm machine.

I was wearing several hats over the weekend as I was there as both a student and a teacher. This meant that I did not have very much time to devote to the Aurifil Stand, so I really appreciated the help from the girls from Hettie’s Patch.


Hettie’s patch is one of the Aurifil retail outlets in Adelaide, so I was very pleased that they agreed to look after the Aurifil stand at the Festival.


The Hettie's Patch and Aurifil stands, side by side at the Australian Machine Quilting Festival



One Response

  1. A couple of us went from the NYP quilter on Sunday.
    Was very impressed and envious of all the great work.
    Sorry I missed you Jenny as you were very busy.
    Hope to get to see the next Expo in a couple of years.
    regards Denise

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