Educational and entertaining lectures, a cocktail party and the legendary Gala Dinner are all part of the AQC experience and everyone is welcome. 

LATEST UPDATE: March 28, 2018:Online bookings have now closed for Social Events & Lectures.

However, places are still available! To book a place, please attend the show Help Desk/Gift Shop ‘in person’ to register. Help Desk Hours: From 4.30pm Wednesday April 4. Then daily from 7.30am Thursday April 5 – Sunday April 8.


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An Art Quilter’s Odyssey with Meri Vahl

5.30pm, Thursday April 5

Join Meri on her slideshow adventure from rebellious young rejecter of all things sewing to award-winning art quilter. Along the way, she’ll discuss her fabric collage techniques and tell how she created the people she adds to her projects.

Tickets: $49 each.


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Mapping Narratives Using Fabric, Paint and Thread with Valerie S Goodwin

5.30pm, Friday April 6

A map is an abstract conception of a place. The person who made it had to make choices about what to include as well as what to leave out. Thus each map is a reflection of its maker. This lecture will describe how Valerie evokes stories of a place using fabric, paint and thread. It will focus on three approaches to mapping the description of a place – the personal narrative, fictional map narratives, and the political/sociological narrative.

Tickets: $49 each. 


Welcome Cocktail Party:

6pm Wednesday, April 4

Join the fun and be there when the winner of the 2018 AQC Challenge – Borders and Bridges – is announced, and have a celebratory drink and finger food. Meet the 2018 tutors, be entertained and catch up with old friends and make new ones too.

Tickets: $70 each. 


Gala Dinner:

7pm Saturday, April 7

Enjoy a fabulous evening of entertainment, food and wine in the company of like-minded quilters – all food and beverages are included! There will be some fabulous entertainment, and you will be there when the special Awards are announced during the event.

Tickets: $129 each. 



This year BERNINA is commemorating the 1893 founding of their family company by Karl Friedrich Gegauf, great-great grandfather ofthe current owner, Hanspeter Ueltschi. As part of the celebrations, one lucky gala dinner delegate will win this special one-off 125 year Anniversary skinned BERNINA 215. The BERNINA 215 is a uniquely user-friendly machine with Swiss precision that is compact, lightweight and perfect for taking to class.