Continuous Lines

Newsletter for AMQA Inc members

Monday, December 21, 2009

Newsletter No. 8 - December 2009

Merry Christmas & a safe & happy New Year!!


AMQA Inc committee would like to wish all our members a happy, joyous & blessed Christmas. We trust that all your customer quilts are complete and that you have made time for yourselves & your family at this special time of the year.

Vice Presidents’ Message

What a year we have had! We have been able to encourage our members to participate in classes with renowned teachers like Sharon Schamber and also to enjoy the benefits of attending the Longarm Symposium in June at the Quilt & Craft Expo. The benefits being twofold – growing in our machine quilting journey AND a subsidy on your membership fees for the following year! Keep an eye out for more of these benefits in 2010. We will announce them as they are finalised in our Continuous Lines newsletter.

Our inaugural AMQA Show was held in Brisbane in September. Our very hard working committee up there were exhausted but happy once it was all over. The feedback received from the public was amazing and the quality of the quilts outstanding!! Congratulations to all that entered as well as to those that received a ribbon! A very special thank you to all our sponsors of this show. Please take a moment to visit them all listed on the side of this newsletter and mention to them that you are an AMQA member & appreciate their support.

We are looking forward to the new year with the expectation that you, the members, will continue to grow and learn in your personal quilting journey. We hope, in some small way, that AMQA can encourage, support and assist you in this. To do this we NEED your feedback and input as members so that YOU can get the most out of this organisation. The more you put into something the more rewards you will receive back. This little rule is apt whether you apply it to your personal life, your business and/or your career, so please think on this whilst you have a little break over Christmas & New Year!

There will be some exciting news that will be revealed early in 2010 for all machine quilters, so please look out for your next newsletter!

In the meantime may you all have a safe & joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Membership information

Thankyou to all those that have renewed your membership for the upcoming year. We encourage you to participate in the running of AMQA Inc by giving us feedback & suggestions. A new initiative is the format in which you are now receiving this newsletter! It is now also a blog and we are providing links to all our member blogs on each newsletter. Therefore if you have a blog where you show all your work & share your machine quilting journey then this is yet another way to promote and express yourselves. Please advise our newsletter editor the address of your blog if you wish to share it.

We actually have TWO blogs! This one is for members to receive your Continuous Lines Newsletter and our main blog is for the general public to view latest news & information on AMQA. So far photos of the exhibition are up there along with members prize winning quilts from other shows in Australia and overseas. This public blog will have an AMQA member blog roll on it for the general public to find you.

Upcoming Events

April 29 - May 02, 2010
Australasian Quilt Convention
Royal Exhibition Building
Carlton, Victoria


We are looking for a new editor for our Continuous Lines Newsletter… If you have a flair for writing and love interviewing people for features then this voluntary job is for you! Please contact our interim editor to learn all about it and enjoy the feeling of achievement of becoming involved and meeting new people. Computer with internet access required. We have now setup a very ‘easy to use’ interface to allow you to complete a newsletter with ease. Full training provided!

Members shine at the following shows!

Quilters Guild of SA Showcase – Nov 09

Tracey Browning – Excellence in Longarm Machine Quilting award for ‘Old is New Again’Old is New again


Val Towill, SA – 3rd place Professional Traditional with ‘Not Full Circle”


Quilts Inc – Houston, USA Oct 09

Traditional Appliqué
Sponsored by Quilter’s Newsletter®
Honorable Mention
My Challenge
My challenge by Vicki Jenkin

Queensland Quilters Show Sept 2009

Open Machine System Quilter

Sponsored by AMQA

16.11 Midnight Mariners by Jo Northcott


Victorian Quilters Guild Showcase – July 09

Matilda's Own Award - Excellence in Longarm Machine Quilting 108 Bed of Roses
Irene Stirling –Quilter Lyn King


Excellence in Domestic Machine Quilting – Professional 89 Blondie’s Choice Vicki Jenkin


Judges’ Award by Leesa Siegele 181 Reach for the Stars Vicki Jenkin

Mainly Appliqué – Professional
1st 89 Blondie’s Choice Vicki Jenkin

Open Innovative
H/C 145 Surf’s Up Anne Sushames

Small Quilt – Professional
1st 181 Reach for the Stars Vicki Jenkin

Australian Machine Quilting Exhibition – July 09
Master Quilter
- 162 Deluxe Michelle Turner
Category A
- 1st 162 Deluxe Michelle Turner
- R/U 164 Zigue Zague Karen Terrens2









- H/C 151 Tuesday’s Folly Belinda Betts

Category B
- 1st 166 Double Delight Sharon French2









First Time Entrant
- 1st 163 Cranes Jenny Carmichael

Welcome to New Members

Charlotte Nielsen, Calico Cat Quilting, Cooma NSW

Maria Gravino, Mariea’s Quilting, Mackay QLD

Vicki Jenkin, Horsham, Vic