Friday September 14, 2018: Tutors, Convention Delegate Packages and Class details for AQC 2019 will be announced very soon! Watch this space!
Dates for 2019 are April 11 to 14. Block it out now!
Monday April 9, 2018: Congratulations to Julie Haddrick winner of the Rajah award for 2018, and to Jan-Maree Ball for winning the Lut-Da award.
Thursday April 5, 2018: Congratulations to the winner of the Borders & Bridges AQC Challenge, Sue de Vanny with Bordering Extinction! And a special mention to the runner up Jeannie Henry with Bethanga - Where Bridge Meets Border. Judges Honorable Mentions to Neroli Henderson, Marie Mitchell and Di Tramontana.
Thursday April 5, 2018: It's opening day, welcome to AQC 2018! You will see gorgeous quilts galore and find new creative inspiration at the show. Did you know that there are some places available for tonight's lecture with our international tutor Meri Vahl 'An Art Quilter's Odyssey'? Book your place at the AQC Help Desk/Gift Shop in the foyer of the Royal Exhibition Building for a 5.30pm start this evening.
Thursday March 29, 2018: Are you ready for AQC next week? Online bookings have now closed for the Welcome Cocktail Party on Wednesday night. However, you can still come along for the fun - just stop in at the show Help Desk/Gift Shop from 4.30pm on Wednesday April 4 and see our friendly staff, they will book you in on-the-spot 'in person'!
Do you want to attend the Thursday and Friday Evening Lectures to hear our talented tutors talk, or join us for the fabulous Gala Dinner on Saturday night? Online bookings have now closed BUT there are still places available. All you need to do is come and see us 'in person' at the show Help Desk/Gift Shop to book in (open daily from 7.30am Thursday April 5 until Sunday April 8).
Saturday March 17, 2018: BEST OF QUILTCON IS COMING TO AQC: 2nd stop on the world tour for this modern quilting treat and AQC will be the only place to see the exhibit in Australia. Organise your weekend trip to Melbourne now! Preview some of the quilts here.
Monday February 26, 2018: HOT OFF THE PRESS: The AQC Preview Magazine is ready! Click here to read all about it and start planning your time at this amazing event!
Friday February 16, 2018: Do you know about the wonderful Social Events which take place in the evenings at AQC? They are the icing on the cake and we would love for you to come along and join us!
Come to the Welcome Cocktail Party at the Royal Exhibition Building to get the party started on Wednesday evening April 4, and hear the announcement of the winners of the AQC Challenge ‘Borders & Bridges’.
Celebrate at the Gala Dinner with us at the Royal Exhibition Building Saturday April 7, and enjoy excellent food and wine, be entertained, and be there when the National Quilt Award, Rajah Award, Lut-Da and Shining Light winners are announced.
To book a place at a social event click here then select the option ‘Social Events & Lectures’ from the menu.
Tuesday February 13, 2018: The AQC Discovers Mexico tour departs Australia today! We wish the happy travellers the best as they enjoy the vibrant culture and rich history of Mexico and take in the wonderful Quilters of Mexico Exhibition. We cannot wait to hear all about this big adventure when you return!
Thursday February 2, 2018: If you're entering our AQC Challenge Borders & Bridges and putting the final stitches in place, the deadline is here. However some entrants had some difficulty with the online entry form so to take the stress out of things we'll leave the form active until Sunday February 4, until midnight. So put those final stitches in place and get your online entry in before then. Details here.
Monday January 29, 2018: The deadline to enter our AQC Challenge is fast approaching. Feb 2 is the last day online entries will be accepted for our Borders & Bridges Challenge. Details here.
Tuesday January 16, 2018: Last chance to join us on our trip to Mexico! If you like Frida Kahlo, quilts crafts, wild Mexican colour and good Mexican food, you'll love it! More info here.
Tuesday December 12, 2017: Christmas is coming and AQC daily entry tickets are available to purchase now. Visiting the Australasian Quilt Convention is the perfect experience for loved ones who love sewing and quilting - it's only in Melbourne and it's only once a year! Click here and choose from great value early bird entry ticket deals - they won't last long!
Friday December 1, 2017: STILL TIME TO BOOK YOUR EARLY BIRD classes: Due to many requests, we have extended the Early Bird rate period until December 10. We still have places in some amazing classes with both overseas and Australian tutors so get in quick to secure your place at the quilting event of the year!
Monday November 27, 2017: There are just 4 days left to book your Delegate Package at the Early Bird rate. Don't delay as 11 classes have now SOLD OUT completely!
Tuesday November 21, 2017: There are just 9 days left to take advantage of the AQC Delegate Packages special reduced rates. Early Bird rates expire 30 November. Don't miss out!
Thursday November 16, 2017: Click here AQC Challenge Hanging Device Instructions.
Monday November 13, 2017: Spoil the quilter in your life with a special gift they will love! We now have AQC 2018 entry tickets for sale! Click here to buy tickets and treat them with this ideal present this Christmas!
UPDATE Thursday November 9, 2017: Convention classes are filling up fast and there's only a few weeks left to book your Delegate Package at the special Early Bird rates! Eight classes have already SOLD OUT, with a further five almost full!
AQC UPDATE Thursday November 2, 2017: It has been a busy morning at AQC Headquarters with five of the classes on offer to 2018 AQC Delegates already SOLD OUT and others filling up very quickly! Don't forget that Early Bird Delegate Package rates are available right through until November 30, and we would love for you to join us!
AQC UPDATE Thursday October 26, 2017: Thank you all for your patience while we are putting the final touches on Delegate Packages for AQC 2018. Class bookings will go live November 2, 11am (AEDT - Sydney time). Class Requirement lists coming soon.
ANNOUNCING OUR 2018 TUTORS: Welcome aboard to Rachelle Denneny, Valerie S Goodwin, Denise Griffiths, Julie Haddrick, Willyne Hammerstein, Heather Hopkins, Gloria Loughman, Deborah Louie, Karla Overland, Paula Storm, Gillian Travis, Meri Vahl and Joanne Wearing. Details, images and classes will be on the website next week. Class bookings open end of October.
ABOUT THE 2018 PROGRAM: We're finalising our paperwork now and the tutors will be announced soon. Classes will be live at the end of October. We'll add to the website, we'll announce on facebook, we'll send all our previous visitors an email.
AWARD NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN: Each year we acknowledge outstanding quilters, community workers and junior quilters. Nominate now. Read more here ...
DATE CHANGE! Due to circumstances beyond our control, dates for 2018 have changed. The dates will now be April 5 to 8, 2018.
CHALLENGE THEME for 2018: Borders & Bridges is the theme of the 2018 AQC Challenge. The theme includes two aspects which should be represented, size is 90cm x 90cm, deadline for online entries is February 2, 2018. Rules will be on the website soon. Good luck to all entrants.