Quilting retailers are at AQC to pass on great tips and the latest techniques in these FREE seminars open to all expo visitors.

The following program runs daily. No bookings are required. Seminars run for 30 minutes.



11am: Fabric Covered Boxes and Accessories. Carol Nicholls, Sewn and Quilted, Stand 47
Learn how easy it is to achieve professionally finished fabric covered boxes and other sewing accessories. The basics will be covered to make a range of these items, for yourself or friends! 83img112noon: Quilting with Templates. Leonie West, Punch with Judy, Stand 111, 114
See new products from Westalee Design to create stunning quilting designs using a ruler foot on your domestic sewing machine, including the new Jewels range of templates.83img212.30pm: Terrific Moda Towelling Projects. Janelle Kent, Pieces to Treasure, Stand 43
Learn how to use Moda towelling to make a wide variety of projects. 1.30pm: Aurifil is not ‘just’ thread! Carol Nicholls, Sewn and Quilted, Stand 47 Learn the different Aurifil thread weights available and their versatility, what needle size is best for each, for both hand and machine piecing. 83img3 2pm: What’s New at Flip la K and Fiskars. Brenda Burgess, Flip la K, Stand 44
Explore the possibilities in making machine stitchable hexagons, triangles, diamonds and kites – all with one tool. Plus Pineapple blocks without foundation piecing.


11am: Do it the Hugs ‘n Kisses Way. Helen Stubbings, Hugs ‘n Kisses, Stand 8
Unique products and methods to make your EPP, quilting, embroidery and applique processes easier with perfect results. Learn what, how and why to use Helen’s favourite products to make your stitching your therapy. 83img411.30am: How to Make your own Fashion Handbags. Monica Poole, Margaret’s Fabrics, Stand 81
Get all the essential tips and advice on fabrics, interfacing, hardware, straps and closures to make professional looking handbags whilst being inspired by Monica’s trunk show of beautiful and practical designs, including the new Adventurer bag that converts from a backpack to a shoulder bag. 83img512.30pm: 10 Tools to Make You a Better Stitcher! Julie Hall, Stitch-a-ma-jig Julie Hall Designs, Stand 90
Learn about Julie’s 10 best tools for stitchers this year. Pick up tips and tricks to get the most out of each tool you have, and how to make the most out of your time stitching. 83img6


1pm: Flower Power. Gai Taylor, Just Patchwork, Stand 91
Wool felt appliqué is the buzz word on everyone’s lips. Flowers are a fundamental feature of many projects, and Gai will demonstrate techniques to construct the flower elements plus new and old stitches used in constructing and embellishing wool felt shapes. Learn about the wool felt, needles and threads to use in your project. A free starter pattern will be provided in the class. 83img71.30pm: How to Design and Plan your own Quilt As You Go Quilt. Monica Poole, Margaret’s Fabrics, Stand 81
Monica’s new book, The Quilt As You Go Planner, takes the hard work out of designing your own quilts with her fully machine sewn modern method. Get great tips on technique, batting, simple tools and different ways to configure your quilt. See an inspiring trunk show of quilts made with this innovative method.83img82pm: Perfect Quilting with your Embroidery Machine. Julie Hall, Stitch-a-ma-jig Julie Hall Designs, Stand 90
Learn how to use your embroidery machine to quilt and see how to best baste, ‘hoop’ and match your designs perfectly. All class participants will receive notes and special offers.


11am: Take the Scary Out Free-motion Machine Quilting. Pauline Rogers, Pauline’s Quilters World, Stand 122
Unlock the freedom to free-motion quilt on your domestic sewing machine. Learn how to have even stitches and create wonderful designs. No more pinning layers, uneven stitches or sore shoulders and back. After this session you will be running home to get into quilting. 83img911.30am: Piece and Quilt with Lightweight Threads. Jennifer Moore, Wonderfil Threads, Stand 168
Discover crisper lines, sharper corners and less bulk when piecing – see and feel the difference lightweight threads can make. 12noon: Diamonds are Forever. Sue Bennett, Miss Sampson’s Drapery, Stand 53
See how many wonderful designs that can be made from this one simple shape – a 60deg diamond or rhombus of you prefer! 83img101pm: Quilt-As-You-Go. Pauline Rogers, Pauline’s Quilters World, Stand 122
Learn to make stunning quilts using Pauline’s essential secrets; add some amazing pizazz to your quilts. Quilt your blocks first! Who said we should quilt last? Learn to transform any sashed quilt pattern into quilt-as-you-go. 1.30pm: Traditional Bags of Japan Made Modern. Alison Yamazaki, WabiSabi Designs, Stand 15
Japan has an extraordinary wrapping and carrying culture with beautiful, ingenious bags for every purpose. Clever construction methods and unique shapes delight modern users. We look at original, vintage and antique examples from Japan and how the contemporary crafter can recreate and adopt them. Free traditional wallet pattern giveaway! 83img112.30pm: Quilt-As-You-Go Technique for Pieced Blocks and How to Complete Unquilted Quilt Tops. Pauline’s Quilters World, Stand 122
 Add some amazing pizazz to your pieced quilts using Pauline’s amazing sashing techniques with simple, effective ways to finish your unquilted quilt tops easily with your domestic sewing machine and Pauline’s unique Quilt-As-You-Go technique.

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