Tuesday Treats: Only two years until the next AMQF!

Our blog has been sadly neglected over the past few weeks. You have probably noticed that we have four authors here, so we can normally post a message at least once a week.

However, it has been my turn to write the last few posts, but family & business events had me travelling around the country. To my dismay I found that my extremely elderly computer would no longer link to the internet, so any plans that I had to post on the blog had to be put on hold until I was back in the office.

I had planned to write about the Australian Machine Quilting Festival while it was happening but all I can do now is give you a summary of my impressions.

Judging by the excited chatter at each break, the delegates all had a great time in their classes, the Ricky Tims day long event was a huge success and the Quilt Exhibition had some stunning work on display!

This is a close up of the centre of a wholecloth quilt by Sharon of Morning Star Quilting.

My eye was caught by the clever wholecloth quilt (above & Below), stitched by Sharon of Morning Star Quilting.  She has made a reversible quilt by using a red fabric on one side and a green fabric on the other. It is quilted in a red Aurifil Cotton Mako’ 40 thread so that the stitching blends to the fabric on one side and shows as a feature on the other. Just stunning!

More detail of the side of Sharon’s quilt, “Rhapsody avec Rouge” (The variation in fabric colour is due to my taking the photos with & without the flash)

Always Quilting had a booth in the vendor mall working in conjunction with Hettie’s Patch, the largest Aurifil retail outlet in Adelaide, and I presented a “Thread Matters” talk on the main stage each day.

The Aurifil display was adjacent to Hettie’s Patch, in the vendor mall, at the Australian Machine Quilting Festival

The vendor mall, main stage talking spots and quilt exhibition were all open to the general public each day, without the need to sign up to any of the Festival workshop classes, so there really was something for every textile lover to enjoy.

The venue, in the Adelaide Convention Centre on North Terrace, was ideally situated for easy access by car & public transport and was beautifully setup for the delegates, with good classroom signage & catering.

It is always amazing how quickly a long-awaited event can come & go, the 2012 Festival may be over but there is no reason why you can’t start planning to attend the next one in two years.

So I recommend that you plan to be in, or near, Adelaide in  October in 2014, so that you don’t miss the opportunity to visit the next Australian Machine Quilting Festival.

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