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Newsletter for AMQA Inc members

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Newsletter no. 14

President's Annual Report

Thursday 12th August 2010.
I originally came on board AMQA as a Committee Member and Mentor. With the sudden resignation, due to personal reasons of our elected President, Suzan Saliba. I was nominated as the interim President until the Annual General Meeting. I am very honored to have the Committees support in carrying out these duties and encourage the newly elected President and Committee to further contribute to this worthwhile Association.
This industry is very dear to my heart and I feel very strongly about the Principals of AMQA.
We are all very busy people with our daily lives, juggling businesses, families and commitments to organizations such as this one in a voluntary bases, and most of the time we do it very well. Even though some days we feel like we are floundering. I would like to take this opportunity in thanking the current Committee for their dedication and support these last few months.
Articles in the Australian Patchwork and Quilting Magazine Volume 19 Number 4 were published covering items such as "Your Guide to Professional and domestic quilting machines", Machine Quilters- the inside story, A day in the life of a Machine Quilter – Kathy Adams, Machine-Quilters Listings, State by State, Exhibition Review – AMQA and Festival. Also featured was the first AMQA Exhibition from 2009. This was a huge boost to the industry and us as an organization. It's wonderful to have the support of Publications such as this one.
AMQA was invited to display Member's quilts and works of Art at the Quilt & Craft Expo., held in Sydney. The feedback was very positive from the organizers and shop owners.
We are proud to say that we are continually supporting Quilt Shows in Australia. The Victorian Quilt Showcase has accepted our Sponsorship of prize money.
This year `Australian Machine Quilting Festival' being held in Adelaide, for the first time October 1-4, have offered AMQA to run a Quilt Show in conjunction with the Festival. This is a golden opportunity for the Association and our members as a whole to showcase the beautiful work that is being produced throughout the industry. We have a fabulous venue and as the Festival organizers are sponsoring well known tutors from Overseas and Australia, this will attract many visitors and interests that we wouldn't be able to accomplish on our own. At present we are working hard at obtaining Sponsorship from people and businesses associated with the industry for prize winners in each category. We have also received many nominations from entrants to showcase their work.
Since the very beginning, we as an Association have come a very long way. At present our financial membership stands at 87 and growing by the day.
Finally, I would like to again thank all the outgoing Committee for there support and welcome the newly appointed Committee and wish all a successful Show in Adelaide.
Terry Elverd


New AMQA Committee for 2010-2011

President: Terry Elverd

Vice-President: Raylee Bielenberg

Secretary: Susanne Hughes

Minute Secretary: Jo Northcott

Treasurer: Gayle Dayman

Membership secretary: Gayle Dayman

Web Diva: Suzanne Cappello

Newsletter Editor: Michele Turner

Committee members: Val Towill, Julie Nixon, Tracey Browning, Sharon McGill

Congratulations & thank you to all our volunteers!!

Membership renewals are due on 1st October 2010.

There will membership forms available to complete at the registration desk and a nice little box to drop them into with your renewal $$. Now this is also a reminder of the REBATE that AMQA offers to members who are endeavouring to educate themselves at Festival!

Current Individual AMQA members attending the AMQ Festival Workshops are entitled to a $30 Rebate in the form of credit towards the cost of renewing their AMQA membership in October 2010. So download your rebate application form here and include it with your renewal form and you have an automatic discount to your annual membership!


Congratulations to Raylee Bielenberg for a 1st & 2nd prize in the commercially quilted category on her customers quilts at the Canberra Quilt Show!!

Congratulations to the following members at Victorian Showcase 2010…

Matilda's Own Award - Excellence in Longarm Machine Quilting & R/Up in Traditional Professional - Cherry Chocolate

Desley Regan

Photos of Cherry Chocolate will be posted after AMQ Festival in October! Come along to this show to see this amazing quilt from Desley.

Winner of Traditional 2 Person, Amateur and received a Judges Award, made by Debbie Edmonds, customer of Desley Regan's

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Traditional - Two Person – Professional 1st Repro Meets Retro made by Kaye Hoffman & quilted by Vicki Jenkin

Kaye's RR Web

Category 7 Australian Machine Quilting Exhibition

1st ‘The Blue One’ Vicki Jenkin

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Runner Up

King David's Modern Crown by Karen Terrens. Thanks for sending us the photos Karen…isn’t it just gorgeous…

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 King David's Modern Crown - Border

Runner Up Best of Show & also Winner of Mainly Applique 2 Person........ made by Anthea Bradlley, quilted by Desley Regan.

RU Best of Show Best Applique

Runner Up Mainly Applique 2 Person, Hommage to Sallie Ann ......made by Gillian Thomson quilted by Susan Campbell  (our AMQA Show judge for 2010) 

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Runner Up Traditonal 2 Person - Professional - Winner Chris Serong, quilted by Susan Campbell  (No photo)  sorry!

Aunt Millies Garden (Red floral applique) Winner of Group Quilts - Riviera Quilters - Quilted by Hilary Arnold  #4340


Christine's Selling Craft Online Tip

If you have a web site or blog, add close-up pictures of your quilting work.  That is what your customers really want to see, if they can't see your work in person.  And don't just call the picture something like image001.jpg, call it QuiltingCloseUpStipples.jpg (or whatever).  That will add lots of keywords to your site that will help it to be found on the search engines (like Google).

For a comprehensive (free) emailed course, please visit .  If you are wanting a new web site, tell Christine you are a member of AMQA and you will get a 10% discount - for more information.

Upcoming Events

What:Sydney Stitches & Craft Show
When:Wednesday, August 18, 2010 10:00 AM to Sunday, August 22, 2010 5:00 PM
Where:Rosehill Racecourse
Rosehill Gardens is situated approximately 20 kms west of the Sydney CBD off James Ruse Drive
Sydney, New South Wales

What:Quilters Guild of Plano Quilt Show
When:Thursday, August 12, 2010 10:00 AM to Friday, August 13, 2010 5:00 PM
Where:Plano Center, Plano, TX

What:Lowell Quilt Festival
When:Thursday, August 12, 2010 10:00 AM to Saturday, August 14, 2010 5:00 PM
Where:Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

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