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!


12noon: 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.


12.30pm: 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.


2pm: What’s New at Flip la K and Fiskars. Brenda Burgess, Flip la K, Stand 44

Explore machine stitchable hexagons, triangles, diamonds and kites – all made with one tool. Plus Pineapple blocks with no 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.


11.30am: 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.


12.30pm: 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.


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.


1.30pm: 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.


2pm: 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.


11.30am: 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!


1pm: Quilt-As-You-Go. Pauline Rogers, Pauline’s Quilters World, Stand 122

Learn to make stunning quilts using Pauline’s essential secrets. 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, Wabi-Sabi Designs, Stand 15

Japan has an extraordinary wrapping and carrying culture with beautiful, bags for every purpose. Clever construction methods and unique shapes delight modern users. We look at original, vintage examples and how to recreate and adopt them.

2.30pm: 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 Pauline’s unique Quilt-As-You-Go technique. Free traditional wallet pattern giveaway!

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