Calling all quilters!

Ballaarat Quilters Inc., and Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) are proud to announce a national quilters’ challenge for 2015. The theme for the challenge is ‘Songs of Freedom – Celebrating Democracy’.

The theme is based on one of M.A.D.E’s permanent exhibits ‘The Power of Numbers’ which demonstrates the power voices using five different songs of protest. Entries must reflect the theme and one or more of the songs used in the exhibit. Lyrics of the songs and more information can be accessed at:

Entry forms must be received by 28 August, 2015.


Left to right: Suzanne Lyle and Sally Wellard of Ballaarat Quilters, and Fiona Crawford, in front of the Democracy Machine exhibit in M.A.D.E’s foyer.

Posted by quilterscompanion, 0 comments

Launch of the Brother Under 35s Quilt Competition for 2015

The past decade has seen a huge revival in home sewing, in the areas of both garment making and home décor. Quilt making has also enjoyed a rise in popularity among young people as they discover the joys of this age-old craft.

Brother Australia, together with Quilters Companion magazine, aim to encourage and nurture young quilters and so for the third time they have joined forces to launch the 2015 Brother Under 35s Quilt Competition. Nation-wide there are many quilt competitions, but this is the only one dedicated to young quilt makers.

Clare Mooney, Editor of Quilters Companion magazine said, “We are very excited to be working with Brother again on this terrific initiative to encourage and nurture young quiltmakers. Quilting is a great social activity and a wonderful creative outlet for both women and men. Just ask any quiltmaker and they’ll say that after they made their first quilt they were hooked. We want to help build the next generation of quiltmakers.”

“Inspiring a younger audience to sew and bring their creative projects to life is part of Brother’s commitment. Our wide range of innovative products; like the revolutionary ScanNCut, can truly make it easy for young talent to create. The Brother Under 35s Quilt Competition is not only a great platform for young quilters to be recognised, but it also rewards them with fantastic products that will inspire them to achieve their next sewing and quilting projects” stated Laura Penuela, Marketing Manager, Home Sewing Machines at Brother International Australia.


Leigh Davenport Jurd with her winning quilt Light in the Darkness

Leigh Davenport Jurd placed second in the 25-35 age group in last year’s Brother Under 35s Competition and is looking forward to entering again this year. “I saw the competition advertised last year and as I was already 32, I figured I should have a go before I’m too old to try!” Leigh explained. “I decided I would make something based on the theme, see how it looked, and if I was happy with it I’d submit it. I really enjoyed seeing my work hanging in a public exhibition. I trained as a printmaker at university, but since having kids it’s been too challenging to work with acid etching and the printing process. Sewing is much more flexible as I can stop and walk away if I’m needed. But I do miss exhibiting, especially the social side of it.” Leigh is looking forward to entering this year’s competition.

The theme for the 2015 Brother Under 35s Quilt Competition is My State. Entrants are encouraged to use their imagination to interpret the theme however they like. “We expect that entrants will have widely differing ways of interpreting the theme” said Clare Mooney. “My State could mean the state they live in or even a state of mind or feeling. We are eagerly anticipating the entries we will receive.” Entries will be accepted into five categories: K-6 primary school, 7-9 secondary school, 10-12 secondary school, 18-24 years and 25-35 years.

There is more than $10,000 in prizes on offer over the five categories, including five brand-new Brother ScanNCut machines and five brand-new Brother NS35 computerised sewing machines. These prizes alone are worth a total of $7500. There are also book and fabric packs and Quilters Companion packs to be won.

Quilts must be received by Friday 27th November. For full terms and conditions and to enter, please visit


Brother ScanNCut


Brother NS35

Posted by quilterscompanion, 0 comments

14th Annual Brother International Quilting Contest

Did you hear the announcement of the winner of the 14 Annual Brother International Quilting Contest for Australia last month?

The Australian entries were judged late last year in Sydney, and I was thrilled to be asked to be part of the judging panel. There was an amazing array of quality artworks which made the decision all the harder. In the end we awarded first prize to Dale Robson of West Wollongong, NSW for her quilt Black Tide. The work was inspired by the sight of black oil spilling across the Great Barrier Reef, creating the contrast between beauty and destruction.

Black Tide

               Black Tide by Dale Robson

Dale said, “There are a number of ecological threats to the wide variety of life supported by the Great Barrier Reef; this quilt represents just one. Over the last 3 decades there have been 283 oil spills in its waters, damaging the delicate ecosystem of the reef. Let’s protect our precious reef against the “black tide” so we can enjoy its beauty well into the future. Black Tide is a whole cloth quilt constructed on hand painted cotton sateen with a collage of fabrics, textiles and yarns. The oil spill is represented by black vinyl and metallic thread.”

IMG_3483IMG_3484  IMG_3485Some QC readers might recall Dale’s name – she was actually the overall Asia Pacific winner of the same contest in 2013 for her quilt Cradle of Life. We featured an article on this quilt in QC#68.

The top 10 Australian quilts were chosen to join Asia Pacific entries in Tokyo and be part of the International Quilting Contest.The overall winner of the competition will be announced by Brother shortly.

The Brother International Quilting Contest is a creative initiative from Brother HQ in Japan for the Asia Pacific region designed to encourage participants to create an Eco themed quilt; the theme is inspired by Brother Earth which is Brother’s commitment to build a sustainable future.


Posted by quilterscompanion, 0 comments

Handi Quilter Academy 2015


Proudly presented by Blessington, is the Handi Quilter Academy 2015!

If you own a Sweet Sixteen, ProStitcher or a Longarm Machine and Frame, or if you dream of owning one of all of them, this event is for you! There are exciting international tutors attending just to show you all sorts of hints and tips about your Handi Quilter machine.

AccuQuilt is also coming to the academy, with wonderful classes to choose from and you can try out the new GO! Big Electric Cutter and make some fabulous projects to take home.

Just click here to find out more.

WHEN: 1.15PM Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th April

WHERE: Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains NSW

EARLY BIRD BOOKING:  a reduced price is available until 5pm, 10th February, where you can save $300!

Posted by ebradstock, 0 comments

Quilters Companion #71 DVD preview now available!

A new year and a new issue of Quilters Companion is about to hit shelves! Issue #71 is full of fantastic projects and our DVD features the one and only Deborah Louie who will show you a really clever and easy way to do trapunto. We have a preview for the DVD up on YouTube. We know you can’t wait to get your hands on this issue, and we don’t blame you! Quilters Companion #71 will be available in newsagents and patchwork shops nationally on January 22.


Posted by ebradstock, 0 comments

Brother Australia is turning pink for Christmas!


Brother Australia has recently launched their Christmas campaign in celebration of their partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This exciting campaign is all about your crafty creativity and of course, turning Christmas pink!


Brother Australia is giving you the chance to win more than $7000 in prizes, all part of the 12 Days of Pink Christmas where you can create one of the many Pink Christmas projects from the Brother Australia website, to be part of their 12 giveaways for Christmas.

Find your favourite “Pink Christmas” project at and recreate it within the four week timeframe, with entries closing by December 8, 2014. Of course, your project will need to be pink, but a personal touch to the project is encouraged. The projects will be judged by a selected panel, with the 12 best creations winning the prizes and winner announcements are rolled out from December 14, 2014. Prizes include Brother sewing machines, Scan N Cuts and Eftpos cards.

To view the competition Terms & Conditions, go to
To find Brother Australia’s social channels, go to or

Good luck!

Brother is also offering an exciting $100 cash back or donate to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, when purchasing selected Brother sewing and craft machines.
To find out more, go to

*Terms and conditions apply

Posted by ebradstock, 0 comments

Michelle Marvig talk to us about her USA trip

Michelle Marvig just returned this week from hosting the QC/Travelrite USA tour. She filled us in on some of the highlights.

  1. What was your favourite place you visited this trip?
    Chicago. It is a gorgeous city with so much to offer. And, because we stay right in town near The Magnificent Mile, there is so much to see on foot. The Art InsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAtitute, stunning architecture, autumn colours in the trees, Millenium Park, artworks by famous artists dotted throughout the streets, shopping, restaurants, boats on the lake. And we took a trip to the outskirts to visit Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and Modern Quilt Studio, where Bill Kerr gave us an impromptu quilt show while we were shopping.
  2. What was the most amazing quilt you saw?
    I cant pick just one…………….however if I must choose, then I pick the exhibition called Earth Stories by members of SAQA that was on display at Michigan State


    Latte Landfill by Lynn Krawczyk part of the Earth Stories exhibition by SAQA

    University. There was a diverse range of quilters and techniques, but it was the inspiration behind the quilts that was most moving. To read through their workbooks and find out sometimes scary information really made me think. Do you know how many take away coffee cups go into landfill each year? Or, how many items you have in your house? Or, that solar cookers exist and can change the life of a family? I would encourage anybody that has the chance to this exhibit , to take the time to read the workbook/journals that accompany the exhibition.


    Reading the workbooks at the Earth Stories exhibition.

  3. What was the coolest thing you had in a hotel (service, facility or food)?
    The Magnolia Hotel where we stay in Houston has Happy Hour, with free drinks, from 5.30pm – 6.30pm everyday. Now, while the drinks may be a draw card, it brings everyone together at the end of the day for show and tell. And, that includes the quilters from other countries that are also staying in the hotel. Quilting is definitely an international language.
  4. How much shopping was done by the travelers?
    LOADS!!!! Fabrics, books, quilt kits, clothing, gifts, jigsaw puzzles, vintage quilts, vintage quilt tops, vintage blocks and I may have even purchased two pair of boots! In my defence, I had tried to buy them at home, but had not been able to find any that fitted my calf.
  5. How many post offices were visited to post home purchases?
    Actually, none on this trip. As postage has gone up from the US, we opted to try and carry everything home. So this trip it was how many extra suitcases came home? Almost double what we left with!
  6. Did you celebrate Halloween?
    Not officially, but we did have our farewell dinner that night. But we did enjoy the Halloween decorations in the hotels, streets and shops. I took so many pumpkin photos! We were in Houston for Halloween and there was a bike ride through the city at night. And, walking home from Quilt Festival that afternoon it was a little strange to see pirates, witches, kings and even Buzz Lightyear driving cars and buses around!
  7. Where would you like to go back to and spend more time?
    Vermont and the other New England states during Autumn. I would love to drive though this area when the leaves are at the peak of their colour. And, there are a few quilt shops and museums in this area as well. And, The Shelburne Museum now has a fabulous new building for exhibits, which allows it to open year round.
  8. How many quilt shops did you visit?
    Eleven shops in total on this tour. Any wonder our bags were so heavy. And, each was so different in their stock lines.
  9. Did you or the group have a favourite shop that was visited?
    I think it would have to have been Mercantile on Maine in Coshocton, Ohio. It was surprise visit for the girls and not listed in the official itinerary. It was a recent BHG Quilt Sampler featured shop and was gorgeous. It had a bit of everything, even vacuum cleaners! After our visit we then went up and had lunch at The English Ivy, a restaurant in an old house with great food. And a yard full of golden, fallen leaves to play in.
  10. What was the first thing you did when you got home?
    Even though I travel with Vegemite, the first thing I do whenever I get home from tour it to have a large cup of Earl grey tea and toast with vegemite. Heaven!

Stained glass from the Frank Lloyd Wright house.

Posted by quilterscompanion, 0 comments

Beautiful new book: Inspired by Vintage Quilts

This special publication is a selection of 15 stunning quilt projects from the pages of Quilters Companion magazine. The quilts fall into three categories; pieced, appliqué and medallion. The large format and thick glossy pages makes this a stunning quilting book you will happily have adorn your coffee table – that is, when you are not making all the beautiful quilts found inside! Quilt makers include Chris Jurd, Robyn Falloon, Lynne Alchin, Anne Sommerlad and Michelle Yeo.

Vintage Quilts Cover

The projects offer a variety of techniques such as foundation piecing, templates and rotary-cut pieces that can be stitched together by hand or machine. Some designs also feature appliqué.  But the quilts all have one thing in common – they are all inspired by vintage quilts. A pattern sheet is included with all designs at 100%, so no scaling and photocopying required.


Civil War Cot Quilt by Susan Smith


Hexagon Sampler by Chris Jurd

Vintage Quilts_DEAUVILLE

Deauville by Chris Jurd




















Inspired By Vintage Quilts is on sale from 2 November at newsagents nationally. If you have trouble finding it, you can purchase a copy by calling 1300 303 414 (international call +61 2 9887 0317), emailing or visiting

This special publication would make a beautiful gift for any quilting enthusiast.

Posted by ebradstock, 3 comments

Preview of QC#71 DVD with Kim Bradley now available!

If you can’t wait until November when the next issue of Quilters Companion is on sale then you can check out the preview of the QC#70 DVD with Kim Bradley on our YouTube channel.

Kim designed a beautiful quilt-as-you-go project to demonstrate on the DVD. We are sure you will be just as in awe of her quilting ability as we are! Being able to see Kim’s quilts in the flesh at the DVD shoot was simply inspiring. On the DVD, Kim shares some great machine quilting and quilt-as-you-go tips. And she is a complete character! The day of filming was filled with giggles and laughs.


QC#70 is due on sale in mid-November.

Quilters Companion issues and special issues can be purchased either by calling 1300 303 414 (international call +61 2 9887 0317), emailing or visiting

Remember as well, you can subscribe to our YouTube channel to be the first to know when the next promos are available.

Posted by quilterscompanion, 0 comments