Australian Machine Quilting Festival​ 2016

Adelaide SA

Aug 25 - 28, 2016

We are celebrating and educating quilters, patchworkers and stitchers of all disciplines!  There is something at Australian Machine Quilting Festival for everyone that uses a sewing machine!


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Anitaj Ellis

Machine Quilting Teacher And Accredited Westalee Design Educator , Hillside Quilting

Bio: DOMESTIC MACHINE AND LONG ARM QUILTING TEACHER Accredited Westalee Design Quilting Teacher Are you making the most out of your quilting tools? • Tired of always quilting in the same way? • Need Inspiration for yourself or your customers? • Are you a quilter looking to turn your hobby into a business? I can come to your Quilting Group, Guild or Quilt Shop. I can help you out with all of this, with Professional and Patient teaching. Check out the website and sign up for the newsletter so you don’t miss out on new classes and inspiration from fellow students. Or email me on Or phone me on 0430 135281 Or just stop me when you see me and say hi!! A BIT ABOUT ME... My life hasn’t been the same since I had my first patchwork quilt professionally quilted eight years ago. I remember the excitement as if it was yesterday, I just loved the quilting patterns. I soon had my own A1 quilting machine and Hillside Quilting was born. I still love quilting designs in such a way that the secondary patterns appear like magic. I am known for my custom quilting and organic fluid style. Also known for working closely with my clients, be they fabric and pattern designers or beginner patchworkers, to ensure harmony and balance between the piecing and the quilting. Teaching became a natural progression as I realised the pleasure it gave me to pass on my skills to fellow quilters. Delivering a suite of classes at the last two Australian Machine Quilting Festivals gave me the opportunity to give confidence, along with many quilting and design skills, to a whole new group of professional long arm quilters. Teaching on domestic machines, both free motion and with rulers, has opened up many more opportunities to ensure that quilting is well and truly alive, now and into the future.I believe my contribution to our industry of patchwork and quilting is to mentor beginner quilters and encourage more established quilters to stay fresh and push their limits. The next step in this journey is a whole new set of classes designed for AMQF 2016

Helen Stubbings

Owner, Hugs n Kisses

Bio: Designer-Hugs n Kisses Fabric designer -P&Btextiles Author Teacher Quilt shop owner President Tas modern quilt guild Applique, embroidery, English paper piecing patterns and books Applique paper and Epp ironons Mum

Lee Vause

Owner, Threads and Tangles

Bio: Holding qualifications in nursing, quality and business management and after many years working as a Health Administrator I retired from full time work to focus my endeavors’ into the creative world of fabric art. I had a clear goal of establishing a small business that was creative, characteristic and of a contemporary nature with the main focus being excellence in teaching and the provision of a productive long arm quilting service. As such in November 2011 Threads and Tangles was formed. I am a member of a range of Quilters Guilds and am a Victorian Quilters Accredited and Specialist Techniques Teacher, a Certified Zentangle Teacher, a Jenny Haskins Accredited Tutor and a Accredited Paverpol Workshop Trainer. Since first showing my quilts in 2012 I have been fortunate to have my quilts place well to include Excellence in Domestic Machine Quilting. I have also had number of my quilts to include some zentangle inspired art quilts published in books and magazines. In summarizing I embrace a contemporary art design focus and mix zentangle inspired art; thread painting, fabric painting with inks, crayons and pencils along with domestic free motion quilting and long arm quilting to create innovative fabric art works under the banner of Threads and Tangles.

Raylee Bielenberg

Self Employed, Sunflower Quilting

Bio: Raylee has been a professional longarm quilter for 6 years starting Sunflower Quilting in 2009 while her boys were still growing. Raylee has grown her business slowly over the years as her children grew older and her skills expanded. Raylee is a wife and mother to four great boys who also have sewing and quilting skills, winning prizes in their own right. Raylee has been awarded prizes for quilting at state and national level shows. In 2013 Raylee became an A1 Quilting Machine Dealer for part of Australia and has taught new quilters to use their machine and has been available for basic business advice. From 2013 Raylee has been a business partner with her Mum as the designers and pattern writers of Sunflower Stitcheries, a place to find pretty and useful design that include hand embroidery and sewing or patchwork. This business is operated long distance as they both live in different states. Teaching is a new area that Raylee is keen to explore and hopes to share her knowledge gained from operating a home based business.

Rick Haggerty

Director, Elizabeth Machines

Bio: Rick Haggerty of Elizabeth Machines Co, has been attending and supporting AMQ Festival since our inception. We are very proud of our association with both Rick and Elizabeth Machines Co. Rick provides support to all Gammill/Statler owners at Festival with both a booth and by supplying a Gammill/Statler machine in a classroom for teachers to share their knowledge and skills to students.

Sue Patten

I am proud to be part of the Canadian, US, and International team., Handi Quilter

Bio: Sue Patten is an award-winning longarm quilter. She travels throughout Canada, the US, Europe and the UK teaching her unique and innovative quilting styles to longarm, domestic and hand quilters. Sue is always filled with high energy, humor, stories and tips, ensuring her classes are non-stop education and fun. Sue is the author of Quilting Possibilities and Adaptable Quilting Designs published by AQS. She willingly shares her talents and has designed fabric, thread and stencils; machine, hand and redwork embroidery patterns; machine, hand and computerized quilting designs; innovative whole cloth designs; and a full range of training videos. Over the last decade, Sue's work has been featured in dozens of magazines. She has appeared on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims; America Sews with Sue Hausmann; Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show by QNNtv; and Linda Taylor's Longarm Quilting Show. A mother of three, Sue resides in Canada when she is not teaching at shows, guilds and retailers.

Bethanne Nemesh


Bio: Bethanne is a classically trained artist and self-taught quilter. She runs a successful long arm quilting business in the United States where she focuses on a time efficient mid custom market to meet her client's budgets while providing them with unique customized quilting. In addition, Bethanne creates a number of art quilts for show each year quilted with detailed elaborate natural scenery in a style she calls "pictographic quilting". These quilts feature high end detail work, such as Bethanne's signature beaded piping. Her quilts have won many major national awards, including Best Machine quilting at AQS Paducah, Best of Show at Machine Quilter’s Exhibition and Machine Quilters Showcase, as well as the high honor of being named Master Quilter by the National Quilting Association in 2015. To see all of Bethanne's quilts, books, awards, and publications please visit her website at

Chris O'Brien


Bio: Quilting has been a passion of Chris’s for as long as she can remember and over the decades she has explored a range of quilting techniques and styles. Predominantly a hand quilter, Chris realised about 8 years ago that machine quilting her quilts was a logical progression in her journey as a quilter, beginning a wonderful and exciting learning experience with some of Australia’s and America’s most awesome machine quilting tutors. When she retired from secondary teaching 4 years ago one of Chris’s prime goals was to become a much more skilled and confident sit down machine quilter. At the 2015 Adelaide Festival of Quilts one of her entries was awarded the Special Award for Domestic Machine Quilting. She hopes that her experiences can inspire and motivate others to become confident domestic machine quilters too.

Claudia Pfeil


Bio: Claudia is addicted to the world of quilts.She runs a quiltshop and the APQS Showroom in Krtefeld/ Germany and is willing to fly across the ocean to teach interested students in freemotion quilting. Her award winning quilts are wellknown for her opulent quilting style and her love for embellishments.Her classes are filled with new ideas, encouragement and enthusiasm and a lot of fun- for all student´s level!!

Heather Hopkins

-Adelaide Sewing Centre

Bio: Heather lives in Adelaide with her Husband & 2 young children, she has been teaching her foot loose & fancy free style of quilting for 6 years. She have been fortunate enough to grow up in the sewing industry and has develop an extensive background in dressmaking, machine embroidery & overlocking until she finally discovered quilting and hasn't looked back! As a first generation quilter she has developed her own modern “anything goes” style of quilting with a unique and quirky approach to teaching allowing her students to build confidence and achieve success with their free motion quilting without any pressure to perform. With a huge amount of product knowledge up her sleeve Heather has secured her position as the HQ educator for Adelaide Sewing Centre providing on going education, support & classes for Sweet Sixteen sit down machines as well as Longarm stand up machines - both hand guided & computerised (ProStitcher) systems. Visit: Heather Hopkins Quilts on facebook.

Helen Baczynski


Bio: Helen bought her Gammill Premier in 1997 and started quilting for customers after being asked to do so by other members of the quilting group she belonged to at that time. They had seen her work at group meetings and must have liked it enough to ask Helen to quilt for them. "In 2002 I added the IntelliStitch stitch regulator and my husband and I began our association with KasaWorks. We travelled widely in the U.S.A. installing I/S on machines. When KasaWorks introduced IntelliQuilter in 2006, I added it to my machine and we became installers and support for iQ." In 2007 she started teaching iQ classes at the major machine quilting shows in the U.S.A. She have also taught smaller, private classes in the U.S and England. Her short, instructional videos demonstrating iQ’s features can be found on Youtube and at "I was honoured to be invited to teach at the first AMQF and am happy to be returning in 2016."

Helen Godden

-Handi Quilter

Bio: Helen is Handi Quilter International Ambassador and has worked with the company since 2007. Helen was instrumental in launching Sweet Sixteens into Australia and the machine has had a huge welcome into our quilting market. Helen combines her teaching degree and her Art experience, and teaches from a slightly different angle and enjoys helping even the most traditional of machine sewers to find new direction in free-motion machine quilting and opening up new avenues for their creativity.

Janet Collins


Bio: I have had a passion for all things quilty since I started learning nearly 30 years ago. I grew up with a needle in my hand and was always making something. I met Leonie and Bill from Westalee Design in 2009, whilst working in a Patchwork Shop in Perth W.A.. The rest as they say is history. Leonie and I just clicked. I became extremely proficient using Westalee Designs Piecing Rulers and Templates. However, quilting my quilts, apart from ditch stitching, was my nemesis. Then along came the Westalee Ruler Foot and Templates for domestic sewing machines. Now, I love to machine quilt. I was the first Teacher to be accredited by Westalee Design to teach their product range. In 2015, I travelled with Leonie and Bill to Houston Quilt Market and Festival to teach and demonstrate there. I want my students to learn and more importantly I want my students to leave with a feeling of accomplishment and I hope that I can impart to them a freedom in their own ability to move on further. I know that I have done my job when I see my students helping and encouraging each other. The greatest joy in teaching is seeing people succeed. I now work closely with Leonie West of Westalee Design in the design and testing of new templates which has given me and my student’s new wings to fly.

Karen Farnsworth

Wildflower Quilting

Bio: As a long-time Statler Stitcher owner, Karen’s passion is helping other quilters love the process of longarm quilting. Karen is a CreativeStudio Beta tester, a Gammill Certified Instructor, and has worked for Gammill Quilting Inc. creating education materials, teaching Statler and CreativeStudio classes, and providing phone and on-site support to Statler owners. Karen has been sewing most of her life and bought her first quilting machine in 2006. She has been designing and selling digital quilting patterns through her website,, since 2007. She now lives in rural Northeast Missouri where she and her husband ranch and raise their three kids. Karen also finds time to own a quilt shop, quilt for customers, and pursue many of her other interests.

Kathleen Riggins


Bio: I started free motion quilting when I was 14, and long arming at 24. I got my first long arm a year later. In April 2015 I began a sponsorship with APQS Canada & Sparrow Studioz during which I have an APQS Lucey to use in my living room! I do all my quilting hand guided, as I do not have a computer on my longarm. I love sewing, quilting, machine embroidery, and pretty much anything to do with a sewing machine. I will do almost anything to avoid doing anything by hand. When I’m not in front of my sewing machine, I can usually be found snowboarding, reading, or dreaming of what to sew next.

Narelle Morris

-Handi Quilter

Bio: Narelle has been an avid quilter for the past six years since moving from sales and education with domestic sewing machines to Product Manager for Handi Quilter Australia. Her extensive background as a TAFE Fashion Teacher specialising in all forms of dressmaking related teaching is essential to her role with HandiQuilter. Prior to employment in the sewing machine industry she owned and managed a successful fabric store for many years where she conducted a wide variety of sewing classes. Narelle enjoys her role with Handi Quilter especially using her skills to motivate and educate quilters of all abilities as they begin their wonderful journey with Handi Quilter Longarm systems.

Sharon Parkinson

-Patchwork on Parade

Bio: Sharon was born and raised in South Australia. She has 3 children, Shontelle, Adam & Sally and 2 grandchildren, Scarlett and Ethan. Recently she has become the proud parents of a “furbaby” named Ava. Sharon has always been surrounded by sewing and craft and having retired from the corporate world she wanted to pursue her dream of owning her own business. In 2006 she purchased her first longarm quilting machine and Patchwork on Parade was established. This has become a very successful business, so much so that an Intelliquilter was added. Patchwork on Parade is in demand for machine quilting and also runs workshops, retreats and an online store. Sharon was the co-founder of the Australian Machine Quilting Festival which she retired from a year ago to concentrate on her own business, family and travel. She looks forward to sharing her ideas and successes with you at AMQF 2016.

Tonia Brooks

Owner, BROOKSTON DESIGNS at Malanda Quilting & A1 Longarm Quilting Machines

Susan Cleveland

Pieces Be With You

Helen Rhodes

Helen Rhodes Textile Art

Leanne Harvey

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