Quilters from around the world come to AQC. In addition to our tutors and exhibitors,
here is a quick glimpse of some of the people who you’ll see there.


Carolyn Sullivan: Hand stitching is at the core of Carolyn’s textile work. Indian kanthas and the tradition of close, straight stitches formed the majority of the work she does. She is also interested in finding other ways of stitching that express what she sees. Carolyn covers her own plant dyed cloth with stitching that expresses the vastness of the Australian landscape.

Photo by Tony Sheffield, Highlife

Catch Carolyn’s floortalk at 10.30am on Thursday and Friday, and 12.30pm Saturday and Sunday at her Retrospective display at the quilt show.


Kelly Ashton: Kelly is a Handi Quilter ambassador and has been a Handi Quilter USA national educator since 2013. As a previous quilt shop owner, Kelly acquired extensive experience teaching appliqué, piecing, and longarm quilting classes in her shop and at local quilt guilds. See Kelly at the Handi Quilter stand and take a 45-minute test drive on the Simply Sixteen.

Classes at 11am and 1.30pm daily. Class cost: $10. Book at Stand 101.


Riane Menardi Morrison: Riane is a writer, designer and modern quilter from Des Moines, Iowa, USA and the communications manager for the Modern Quilt Guild. She is coauthor of the book Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century, and her work and writing is frequently featured in quilting magazines like Modern Patchwork and Simply Moderne. Riane is a lover of linen, straight lines and hand quilting.

Catch Riane’s floortalk at 1pm daily at the QuiltCon display.


Chris O’Brien: Chris is an award-winning quilter who will be demonstrating her amazing machine-quilting skills on the Bernina Q20 every day at the expo. Quilting has been a passion of Chris’s for as long as she can remember so make sure you drop by, see her in action and admire her wonderful new assortment of new quilts – made especially for AQC.


Darren Denning: As Chief Executive Officer, Handi Quilter Inc., Darren oversees all aspects of the business. You can meet him at the Handi Quilter, Stand 10


Brian Jordan from Martelli Notions, USA, will be at the Punch with Judy Stand, 93. He will demonstrate ergonomic rotary cutters, Reversible Cutting Mats, RoundAbout System of rotary cutting mats, Gripper Strip Rulers and templates, and the Advantage electric adjustable tables.



Jen Wulff: Jen is an academic who has written Towns and Trailblazers. Her book will be for sale at the show and includes stories of trailblazing women, some renowned and others unknown. Each trailblazer and her town have inspired a quilt block which combine to create an Australian inspired textile providing a tangible connection to places and the women remembered here. Each block remembers an Australian town and a local woman from the 18th, 19th or early 20th century.

Join Jen for a free floortalk at 11.30am Thursday and Friday and 1.30pm Saturday and Sunday.