Social functions and lectures are part of the AQC. Come and listen to a lecture by one of our international tutors, enjoy the company of quilters at our cocktail party or celebrate in style at the gala dinner. Events are included in some of the Convention Packages or can be booked separately by visitors.
Please note: All AQC social function tickets are non-refundable.
6pm Wednesday, April 10
Kick off this year’s AQC with a celebratory cocktail and the announcement of the winner of the 2018 AQC Challenge, with the theme this year of Magic. Also meet our 2019 tutors. There will be some amazing entertainment and a great time for all is guaranteed!
Joe Cunningham (USA):
5.30pm Thursday, April 11
Joe presents My Life in Quilts:
In Joe’s words: “People always want to know how and why I got started making quilts. In this talk I explain how it happened to me, and how it could happen to anybody! I’ll bring my guitar and play some quilt-related songs, and I’ll bring a whole bunch of my latest quilts to show and tell stories about.”
Joe started quilting in 1979 and has been teaching, writing and talking about quilts ever since. Of his 12 books on the subject the most recent is ‘Men and the Art of Quiltmaking’. Having been immersed in the study of traditional quilts and techniques when he began, his style now is eccentric, unique and personal. Joe’s quilts are in the collections of major museums and corporations.
Gillian Travis (UK):
5.30pm Friday, April 12
Join Gillian in Journeys in Stitch. Gillian’s quilts and the photos that inspired them. During this talk Gillian leads viewers around the world, illustrated with her photos and images of her quilts. Many of these places are familiar with students who travel. When travelling Gillian continues her research into ethnic embroidery, which often leads to new Journal quilts. Returning to her studio Gillian uses her photos and observations to create new quilts using fabric, paint and stitch. As Gillian is a frequent traveller, the lecture is constantly updated with new work and travel stories.
7pm Saturday, April 13
Join us for an evening of entertainment, food and wine in the company of fellow quilters. All drinks and food are included and you will be dancing and laughing the night away and talking about this event for years to come! Several awards will also be announced during the evening.