Special guest lectures are part of AQC. Come and enjoy a presentation on Thursday and Friday evening and be inspired! Lectures are included in some of the Delegate Convention Packages or can be booked separately by visitors.

TO BOOK YOUR TICKET: From April 19, 2017: There are still tickets available for Lectures by Angela Walters (Thursday) and Luke Haynes (Friday). Tickets are $49 each. You can book a seat ‘in person’ at AQC by visiting the show Help Desk (located in the foyer area of the Royal Exhibition Building) before entering the show.

LOCATION: Mezzanine Level, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Melbourne

Please note: AQC lecture tickets are non-refundable.

Thursday Evening Lecture with Angela Walters:

5.30pm Thursday, April 20


Quilting Is My Therapy

Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘Even a blind squirrel gets a nut sometimes’? That phrase perfectly sums up Angela Walters’ career. From fast food employee to professional machine quilter, she uses her quilts to share the story of how she found her passion for quilting. Leave inspired, knowing that if she can do it, anyone can do it! Angela is the author of numerous books including her recent publication Quilt with Tula and Angela, co-authored with Tula Pink. Read more about Angela…

Tickets: $49

Friday Evening Lecture with Luke Haynes:

5.30pm Friday, April 21


My Quilts and My Influences

A fascinating insight in the work and techniques of Luke Haynes. Known for his portrait quilts which combine familiar patchwork backgrounds with striking portraits, Luke’s work is at home in fine art galleries but has firm roots in traditional quilting designs. His work has been featured in many gallery exhibitions, and is held by numerous museums including the New York Folk Art Museum, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and in private collections. Read more about Luke…

Tickets: $49


About Our Lecturers:


Angela Walters: I love all things related to quilting! I started my quilting career over 10 years ago at the side of my husband’s grandpa. He patiently taught me the art of quilting by helping me make my first quilt, a 9 patch quilt that is still on my bed today. I can’t believe how much has changed since that first quilt! I am still a quilter, of course, but now I can add Author, Quilting Teacher, and Fabric Designer to my resume. I am still so amazed by that! I have written several books, including Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters, In the Studio with Angela Walters and the Free-motion Quilting Workbook. If there is one thing that I love as much as quilting, it’s talking about quilting. I love to give lectures and teach quilting classes. And, I also design fabric. I have quilted for several books, magazines and publications, and I feel that I am so fortunate to have the best customers!

But, no matter what accomplishments I list on my bio, it pales in comparison to the titles I hold in my personal life: Mother to three adorable children, Wife to my awesome husband for over 13 years, and confirmed coffee addict. And of course, Grandpa’s Girl.



Luke Haynes: Trained as an architect but works as a professional quilter; Luke Haynes’ art explores the transformation of the comfortably familiar into the visually evocative. Luke was born and raised across the American South. With a formal training in art and architecture at Cooper Union, New York, Haynes continues to experiment with quilting art while exploring art and architecture across the globe.

A chance encounter with a box of fabric remnants sparked Luke Haynes’ imagination. His first quilt, measuring more than 2 x 3 metres, led him through years of experimentation and improvements over the years that he has been quilting. Further honing his style, Luke developed a system to piece manageable parts into a larger whole, applying a modern design sense to a familiar process. He uses reclaimed materials from the communities he works with in his projects to speak with the textile language of the area.

Luke often combines recycled fabrics from clothing with new fabrics. In his classes, Luke is interested in encouraging quiltmakers to think differently and to approach their quiltmaking with fresh eyes.