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Australian Machine Quilting Festival

Only 7 Days to go!!!


Every two years Adelaide plays host to quilters from all over Australia and overseas.  This gathering has now been running since 2010. The first one was held at Mawson Lakes.

AMQF, as it is affectionately known was the brainchild of Tracey Browning and Sharon Parkinson.  At its heart was the idea of bringing great teachers from Australia and Overseas to our wonderful country and creating a place where quilters could meet, learn and network with them in a way that would otherwise would not be possible.

I’m so excited I could burst. 

This year I will be undertaking a quilting challenge for the Clayton’s Group.


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A1 Quilting machines and Intelliquilter (both sponsors) have committed to quilting as many charity quilts as possible over the duration of Festival for the Clayton’s committee based here in Adelaide.

The Clayton’s Committee led by Lessa Siegele, “are thrilled to have some of our charity quilts quilted for us so a big thank you from all of us.  We supply quilts to the Palliative Care unit at QEH and on average they need 10 a month so it keeps this small group very busy.  We also still supply smaller quilts and kids quilts to Lyell McEwin Hospital.  The quilts for QEH are approx. 48″ square and we always have a stash of quilt tops waiting to be quilted.”

Some of these quilts are also samples for their other project which is raising money for Bedford.  For the last 10 years they have cut quilt kits from donated fabric and over this time have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for Bedford.  These began as Mystery Quilts but now they cut kits for about 10 or more different patterns and in different colours depending on the fabric donated and sell them for $50 each.  These are also 48″ square and they let the people buying choose which pattern and/or colour way they like.  Members of the committee also travel to groups in the city or country to conduct a Bedford day at no cost to the group except for supplying the venue and the students and these are very popular.  Faye Packham and Lessa have now retired from teaching quilting and traveling all over the place so they have time to do this and they take a couple of extra committee members who iron and unpick on the day and everyone has a good time.

The Clayton’s group will be in booth# 36 hand stitching down the binding on the finished quilts and chatting to anyone who wants to learn more about all their wonderful charity work.

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The official launch of my new business Brookston Designs (Digital Quilting Pattern Design) will take place this year at AMQF.  Along with the launch you will be able to purchase my “Sweetheart” E2E design at half price, from 19 September until 19 October 2018 using the CODE: TONIA

I will be providing a series of FREE 10 minute Tutorials on the INTELLIQUILTER computerized quilting system, at the A1/Intelliquilter Booth.  You can find the times on the Whova app, under Agenda.

So away we go! Setup on Thursday and opening of Vendor hall Thursday night after the cocktail party.

Come one! Come All!

Cheers Tonia

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