Sunday, 27 September 2009

The Crafter's Way 110 - Quilt Exhibitions

This week's The Messenger column.

Quilt Exhibitions

This weekend there are two wonderful quilt exhibitions on show. One is about 1 hours drive away, the other is local.

The first exhibition is “Quilts For All Seasons” in Cooroy. The show will feature Quilts, Embroideries, and Textile Arts. You will also be able to see the results of the Special Challenge Quilt Competition. If you are in the mood for a little shopping there will be merchant tables and raffles. The exhibition is on September 26th & 27th from 10am – 4pm at the Memorial Hall, Maple St. Cooroy. Entry Fee is $ 4.00 For more information please Phone Julie Dodds on (07)5442 5433

The second exhibition is AMQAS 2009 Australian Machine Quilting Association Show. This exhibition highlights the work of machine quilting from all around Australia. There are sections ranging from custom/heirloom to art/pictorial. Works by master quilters as well as ‘bread and butter’ quilting by professional quilters will be featured.

Machine quilting is a relative new comer to the art of quilting. Commencing in Australia in the early 1990’s the only option at that stage was to import a very basic machine quilting system from overseas. Minimal instructions came with the systems so a ‘learn as you go’ was adopted. Patterns were difficult to find, the ones you could find were considered unimaginative and sparse. The list of difficulties was long so it was little wonder that early machine quilters found it challenging to meet their customer’s expectations. The end result of all this was machine quilting struggling to find a favourable reputation as an option for finishing quilts.

A visit to this exhibition will demonstrate just how far machine quilting has come. Technology has advanced to cutting edge level allowing the quilter to achieve the most amazing results. The Machine Quilting Professional is now able to offer a complete range of machine quilting options. Edge to Edge Quilting, Freehand or Custom Quilting, Formal Quilting and Whole Cloth Quilting being just a few of the options available.

The AMQAS’s website is truly informative for both a professional machine quilter and a somebody considering using their services. I would also recommend a quick visit to the website before visiting the exhibition as I believe that you will fully appreciate the quilting art on display. The exhibition is open September 26th 9am – 5pm & September 27th 9am -4pm at The Auditorium at Eventide Beaconsfield Terrace, Brighton. For more info please phone Suzan Salba on (07)3425 2663.
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Joy said...

I popped over for a look yesterday. The detail is incredible. Thanks for the recommendation.

Molly said...

How interesting, I've never considered using a machine quilter, until now.

nima said...

wow..that is interesting

Chrisy said...

Thanks for telling us about this expo dear girl...some really inspiring quilts...