We are very excited to welcome our amazing teachers to Adelaide next Festival!
Please check back often as these will be updated as contracts are returned & information is loaded.
Lizzy Allen is an award winning professional longarm quilter from Central Victoria. She is an enthusiastic teacher that loves to quilt and all things sewing, she also loves to teach and can’t wait to share a bit of creative passion with her students. Lizzy is a National Educator for Grace Q’nique, Quilters Creative Touch – Quilt automation software and Nolting Quilting machines in Australia. She is also generous to share stories, tips and ideas that inspire her students to gain skills and confidence as quilters and business owners.
Janet has had a passion for all things quilty since she started learning nearly 30 years ago. She grew up with a needle in her hand and was always making something. Janet was the first Westalee Design Accredited Teacher in the world, being personally mentored by Leonie West. In 2015 Janet published and launched her first book using Westalee Templates at the Houston Quilt Market and Festival specifically for beginners on quilting with Rulers and Templates. Two more books were then launched at Houston Quilt Market and Festival in 2017 to help and encourage Ruler quilters everywhere.
Has been piecing quilts for over 16 years, machine quilting for 12½ years, and longarm quilting for 9 years. Very early in her quilting journey she realised that she preferred to make subtle changes to commercial patterns to make them her own. Soon she was designing all her own quilts, no longer purchasing Quilting Magazines but rather drawing inspiration from the Internet and her ever increasing personal library, taking classes at every opportunity with local, National and International tutors.
As the owner, operator, stock controller, teacher and chief salesperson, I am involved in administration with running of Habit Patch- my quilt shop in Millicent, SA. I am a proud mother of two boys, but our family has expanded to include two gorgeous fiance’s and a very precious grandson, and my husband is involved in football and I am his number one support officer. Life is full, but wow wee I’m having fun!
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 2018
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, WildflowerQuilting.com, 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.
Hi there! I’m Leanne Harvey of Mount Vincent Quilts. I hang out with my Hubby and 3 boys in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia.
I am a professional machine quilter with about 15 years experience quilting for customers. I quilt on a Bernina Q24 Q-matic Longarm and a Gammill freehand longarm. I love bringing quilt tops to life by adding texture with my quilting.
I am the Australian Bernina Longarm Guru working with the Bernina family at quilt shows, training Bernina dealers on the Q-matic computerised system and teaching Bernina Q customers how to get the best from their machines.
At the end of 2017 I opened my studio to students. I teach sewing classes and quilting classes. Sharing my love of quilts !!!!
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.
Angela Huffman lives in Louisville, KY where she owns and operates her quilting studio, training center and APQS dealership. She learned to quilt when her triplets were born and enjoys stitching with them. She is a blue ribbon quilter and is a regular guest on the Fons & Porter, Love of Quilting television program. Her instructional videos can also be found on CraftOnlineUniversity.com, CraftDaily.com, APQS.com and a her DVDs.
Angela has been featured in a variety of magazines including Love of Quilting, Quilter’s Newsletter, Machine Quilting Unlimited, and On Track. A former nominee for US Machine Quilter Teacher of the Year, Angela is committed to teaching others as she travels both nationally and internationally to guilds, studios and quilt shows teaching techniques on both domestic and longarm quilting machines all while developing patterns and tools to make longarm quilting easier.
Prior to having triplets, she was an Emmy award-winning television producer and she can still be found behind the microphone as a voice-over artist for television and radio. Angela owns QuiltedJoy.com where she oversees a gaggle of happy renters who come in to finish their quilts on her many longarm quilting machines under her careful guidance. www.QuiltedJoy.com
Katherine, or Kat as she likes to be called is an award winning modern quilter from Tasmania. Although Kat is best known for her Quiltcon 2017 best of show quilt Bling, most of Kat’s work focuses on bias tape appliqué techniques. Kat teaches these techniques and FMQ at her local quilt shop in Hobart, Quarter Inch. Having served as secretary of Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild for the past two years, Kat remains a member of the committee. Having purchased a long arm quilting machine over a year ago Kat has recently started custom quilting for others.
Hi! I’m Jo Northcott and I have been professionally machine quilting for nearly 15 years (where has that 15 years gone?!). I love my Gammill quilting machine which also has an Intelliquilter. I live in Albany, Western Australia and have huge support from my husband Dan, and my two girls. I am extremely lucky to quilt for 3 Australian Designers – Sue Daley, Leonie Bateman and Michelle Yeo. Plus I have a number of customers who have supported my business for 10 years or more. Known for my traditional quilting style, I have won several awards over the years.
Cant wait to see you all at AMQF!
Major national teaching engagements thru 2016 include Houston International Quilt Festival; Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar; Road to California; Sisters Quilt Show; multiple AQS shows; Machine Quilting Expo; Australian Machine Quilting Festival; Rose City Quilters in New Zealand; Dubai; Abu Dhabi, Doha and various engagements in Canada.
I have two very popular classes on Craftsy~Design It/Quilt It and Wholecloth Quilts and have filmed two episodes for The Quilt Show.
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.
Helen hails from Hobart, at the very bottom of Tasmania, which is an Island state at the very bottom of Australia. Growing up on a farm near a very small country town, Helen learned to entertain herself from a young age. Learning to use her hands to achieve her ideas was a necessity. Hence, with a dressmaker and embroiderer for a Grandmother, a mother as a pianist and florist, and a father who could make anything from wood or metal, it was nearly pre-determined that she was going to be creative!
Christa Watson is an award winning quilter from fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada who loves to perform all of her own “stunts” on a regular home sewing machine. She’s a fabric designer for Benartex, and author of three books on machine quilting. Although she started out making traditional quilts, she’s recently found her voice in the modern quilting community, and she loves to embrace “perfectly imperfect” quilting techniques.
Social media handles: @christaquilts www.christaquilts.com Quilt with Christa on Facebook
Ricky Tims is an internationally renowned quilting celebrity, award-winning quilter, fabric designer, multi-talented artist, creative internet TV show co-host, enthusiastic and inspirational teacher, engaging motivational speaker, best-selling author, musician, and photographer. His innovative and entertaining presentations, feature enlightening in-depth quilting methods and techniques combined with inspirational and motivational messages. His quilts have been displayed worldwide and are highly regarded as excellent examples of contemporary quilts with traditional appeal.
He was named as one of The Thirty Most Distinguished Quilters in the World. He was selected (in a three-way tie) by the readers of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine as The Most Influential Person in the Quilting Industry. He has been profiled and featured on the popular national television news show, CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.
He has taught on six continents in places that have included Australia, Japan, Russia, Spain, Germany, Ireland, England, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Ecuador, and more. Ricky has successfully combined his artistic passions into one very unique and interesting career. For more information, visit www.RickyTims.com and www.thequiltshow.com