Message from the President
Things are moving in the right direction and the Committee is working hard towards the AMQAS 2010 being held in Adelaide early October. I trust you have all been thinking about your entries, if not started on them already. We are very excited to add an additional category “Art/Pictorial”. I know a number of you will also be excited about this news. We have some wonderfully talented Quilters out their covering all facets of Quilting & Design, so this will give everyone the opportunity to showcase there style.
While on the subject of the Show. We have had a number of Members volunteer there time for various tasks that will arise over the days, and I thank them very much. However, we still require more volunteers. The more that we have, the less time you will be required for each session. This will give everyone time to enjoy the show, attend workshops etc., So if you will be able to help even for a couple of hours, that would be fantastic.
I would like to take this opportunity in welcoming Suzanne Cappello. Suzanne is our new Web Diva and we are over the moon that she has decided to come on board. So if you have any news or ideas for placement on the web site, please contact Suzanne.
Our Membership is increasing by the day and this only goes to show that you are behind the Association 100%. We are all very passionate about this industry and hope to have your continued support in the future. With this in mind, our AGM is being held Thursday 12th August 2010 on Skype . We look forward to receiving your nomination for a position on the Committee.
Till next time
President AMQA Inc.,
The AMQAS 2010 show committee is thrilled to advise that we are able to increase the number of categories available to enter your quilts into for this years show. This can only happen with generous sponsors! So thank you to all for your support.
Categories for AMQAS 2010 will be:
Note: Overall inches are determined by totalling the measurements of ALL sides.
Custom Heirloom/Show -Large: Minimum of 281 overall inches, maximum of 480 overall inches. Custom Heirloom/Show quilts have been specifically designed as quilt show entries and/or not intended to be used as functional bed quilts. Fibers, fringe, crystals and embellishments of any kind are permitted.
Custom Heirloom/Show—Wall: Minimum of 100 overall inches, maximum of 280 overall inches. Custom Heirloom/Show quilts have been specifically designed as quilt show entries and/or not intended to be used as functional bed quilts. Fibers, fringe, crystals and embellishments of any kind are permitted.
Wholecloth : Minimum of 281 overall inches, maximum of 480 overall inches. The entry must be a single piece of fabric or pieced fabric that is all of the same colour, texture and content. The wholecloth piece should be designed to highlight the many quilting techniques of today’s machine quilters, including, meandering or background quilting, straight lines, feathers, continuous line and non-continuous line designs. The quilting must be the dominant feature of the Wholecloth and the quilting should encompass the entire quilt.
Functional Custom -Large: Minimum of 281 overall inches, maximum of 480 overall inches. This category is for those functional bed quilts that we do for ourselves or for our customers that are meant for daily use but have been machine quilted with high quality custom quilting techniques. No embellishments, metallic threads or thread painting of any kind are permitted in this category.
Functional Custom -Wall: Minimum of100 overall inches, maximum of 280 overall inches. This category is for those functional lap quilts that we do for ourselves or for our customers that are meant for daily use but have been machine quilted with high quality custom quilting techniques. No embellishments, metallic threads or thread painting of any kind are permitted in this category.
Art/Pictorial: Minimum of 100 overall inches, maximum of 280 overall inches. Involving thread play and/or a mixture of mediums and embellishments. All embellishments must be firmly attached and quilt must be able to be hung conventionally and with minimal care required. All quilts entered in this category must be the original design of the quilt maker and not made under the direction of another person in a workshop/course situation.
Edge-To-Edge: Minimum of 281 overall inches, maximum of 480 overall inches. An all-over-the-quilt pattern which is continuous-line derived from a pantograph or freehand quilting. The quilting design must cover the quilt completely from one edge to the other.
Note about quilts that are machine quilted with a Computerized Quilting System (CQS): Any quilt that is machine quilted with a CQS may be entered into the categories except for the edge to edge category. Utilization of a CQS is not a guarantee of perfection since stitch quality, stitch length, design choice and proper design placement are important factors for ALL machine quilters.
You can now download the entry form & terms & conditions here!
Congratulations to our member – Jo Northcott!!
Jo has just won the Longarm quilting award at QuiltWest last week…thanks for the photos Jo. We are all thrilled for you!
This is a reversable quilt as well! Can’t wait to see this at our AMQAS 2010 in October!
Reminder - Marketing Opportunity for AMQA Members!
All members are invited to submit up to two quilts (room permitting) to have on display at the upcoming Quilt and Craft Expo www.quiltandcraftexpo.com.au to promote your business and the type of machine quilting that you do. These will be hung along with your information for all attendees to view and collect your details. We had a fantastic display last year with many shops in attendance taking note on who to ask to quilt their samples in the future!! Great advertising for your business.
Hanging will be by pinning to the black carpet covered walls that are used at the shows for booth dividers. So no sleeve is required. Please ensure there is a label attached securely to your quilt and deliver in a fabric bag inside your envelope/box.
Please submit the following details to our coordinator in the following format via email.
Send to Sharon French firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your name:
- Quilt name:
- Description (40 words)
- Maker/owner of quilt if different:
- Size of quilt:
Once you have received a confirmation email from Sharon as to the acceptance of your quilt for the exhibit, you will then be invited to post your quilt direct to Sharon who will ensure it is looked after, hung and returned to you in the envelope/box that you provided with postage. It will be your responsibility to provide postage costs to return your quilt and also to have it insured if you wish.
You will also be asked to print up an A5 size (half of an A4 page) notice on WHITE paper with your details on it to be pinned next to your quilt. For example:-
Made by ‘xyz piecer’ and machine quilted by ‘ABC professional machine quilter’, Mittagong, NSW.
Floral Fantasy has been custom quilted using designs created by the quilter to enhance the appliqué and piecing. This is considered a middle of the range custom quilting project.
Ph: 02 5555 5555 email: email@example.com
AMQA holds no responsibility for any quilt in transit or whilst in our care, however all reasonable care will be taken. Please ensure your quilts are insured if you wish them to be so.
AMQAS 2010 is being held in conjunction with the Australian Machine Quilting Festival 1-4th October 2010, Mawson Lakes, SA. Check either www.amqa.com.au or www.amqfestival.com.au for details on entering your quilts to this show! Start planning now…
Introducing our new WEB DIVA!
My name is Suzanne, I live in the Inner West in NSW and I have been quilting for about 8 years. I have recently been introduced to longarm machine quilting and I love it. I have a wonderful husband and two very lovely and active children that keep me on my toes when I am not quilting. I love all things technology as well and my house is a combination of the two.
Please make Suzanne welcome to our committee! We are thrilled that she has chosen to become involved and learn all about how to maintain & improve our website for all of us. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
AMQA Inc – Notice of Annual General Meeting
Please put in your diaries Thursday 12th August - our AGM. Further information will be sent to you by Australia Post in the near future. We welcome all members to attend this meeting and have their say on the future direction of AMQA Inc. Please contact our President to arrange Skype to be set up & be invited to the meeting on the day. You don’t even have to leave your home to do this, as long as you have broadband access to the internet.
Welcome to New Members
Saturday, June 12, 2010 10:00 AM to Sunday, June 13, 2010 5:00 PM
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 9:00 AM to Sunday, June 20, 2010 5:00 PM
Sydney Exhibition Centre
Friday, July 9, 2010 9:00 AM to Sunday, July 11, 2010 5:00 PM
Derwent Entertainment Centre
Glenorchy, Hobart, Tas