Continuous lines – June 2016

umping June the deadlines are getting close!!!!!!

How are your quilts going?
Have you started, I have but they are not ready yet.

Did you know you can enter your quilt and send us the pictures later, as long as we get them before the show.  This is what I’ll be doing as I have not got them actually finished but I’m planning to enter them.

Dates are all listed in a box next in this email.  Please get your entries in, we have so much talent to show off in Australia.  Let’s see your quilts everyone.

Lets talk Showbiz!



Show Things you need to know.– AMQA Show dates 25-28th August inclusive. Any quilt entered need to be available for the entire show.
– Entries are to be in by July 15th 2016.
– Quilts are to be received by or postmarked 8th August 2016.
– After the show quilts can be collected from the desk from 5pm onward with your paperwork.
– Judging Day is Wednesday 24th August 2016.
– Set Up and Hanging Day is Thursday 25th 2016.
– Show opens evening Thursday 25th 2016.

More info as it becomes available.  See other articles in the newsletter as well.


Are you a Novice Quilter?Novice Award – This is an additional award given to a quilter who has begun quilting since October 2014, either on a Domestic Sewing Machine, Short or Long arm and have NOT entered any other AMQA Inc exhibition.  This award is applicable to a quilt entered into any of the above categories. Please indicate on entry form if you wish to be considered for this award.

We need your help!

How can you help?  our show doesn’t happen without you.
– Sponsorship is in the process of being sought and we appreciate any ideas and suggestions for businesses or companies who you think might sponsor our show.
– If you can help with the show organisation and running please let us know, we’d love to hear from you.
– We need members to be involved in the show coordination, every little bit helps.  Please contact the committee with your ability for tasks to make the show fantastic.
– Volunteers are needed for various duties before, during, and after the show. Judging day, set up and hanging, white gloves, information stand, take down and hand over of quilts.
– Volunteers registration form can be found here
– many hands make light work!
Let’s make 2016 a terrific show.
Contact Raylee on 0416 462 615 to be involved.


Quilt Show Categories1.     INNOVATIVE CUSTOM Large: Minimum of 240”, maximum of 480” perimeter. Heirloom/Show quilts have been specifically designed as quilt show entries and/or not intended to be used as functional bed quilts. Fibers, fringe, crystals and embellishments of any other kind are permitted.

2.     INNOVATIVE CUSTOM Small: Minimum 60”, maximum 240” perimeter. Heirloom/Show quilts have been specifically designed as quilt show entries and/or not intended to be used as functional quilts. Fibers, fringe, crystals and embellishments of any other kind are permitted.

3.     WHOLECLOTH: Minimum of 100” perimeter, maximum of 480” perimeter. The entry must be a single piece of fabric or minimally pieced from the same fabric to increase size only. The Wholecloth piece should be designed to highlight the many quilting techniques of today’s machine quilters, including, meandering or background quilting, straight lines, feathers, continuous line and non-continuous line designs. The quilting must be the dominant feature of the Wholecloth and the quilting should encompass the entire quilt. Painting or other embellishments are not permitted in this category.

4.     TRADITIONAL CUSTOM LARGE: Minimum of 240” perimeter, maximum of 480” perimeter. This category is for those functional bed quilts that we do for ourselves or for our customers that are meant for daily use but have been machine quilted with high quality custom quilting techniques. No embellishments, metallic threads or thread painting of any kind are permitted in this category.

5.     TRADITIONAL CUSTOM SMALL: Minimum 60”, maximum 240” perimeter. This category is for those functional quilts that we do for ourselves or for our customers that are meant for daily use but have been machine quilted with high quality custom quilting techniques. No embellishments, metallic threads or thread painting of any kind are permitted in this category.

6.     THREAD ART /PICTORIAL: Minimum of 100” perimeter, maximum of 280” perimeter. Involving thread play and/or a mixture of mediums and embellishments.  All embellishments must be firmly attached and quilt must be able to be hung conventionally and with minimal care required.  All quilts entered in this category must be the original design of the quilt maker and not made under the direction of another person in a workshop/course situation.

7.     MACHINE EMBROIDERY: Minimum of 240” perimeter and maximum of 480” perimeter. The quilt must incorporate machine executed embroidered blocks or machine embroidered appliqués or motifs as a significant design element. Hand embroidery is not allowed in this category. Specialty threads and embellishments are allowed. The quilt will be judged equally on the quilting and machine embroidery.

8.     EDGE-TO-EDGE: Minimum of 240” perimeter, maximum of 480” perimeter. An all-over-the-quilt pattern which is continuous-line derived from a pantograph or freehand quilting. The quilting design must cover the quilt completely from one edge to the other. Painting on fabric is permitted in this category.

9.     MODERN: Maximum of 480” perimeter.This category is for those quilts which encompass the Modern Quilting style. Modern quilts are functional and can display features such as solid &/or bold colours, simplicity, minimalism or improvisational piecing. Features can include asymmetry, the use of reinterpreted traditional blocks, the use of modern prints and negative spaces. No embellishments permitted.


Volunteering at 2016 AMQA Quilt ShowMost of you will be aware that we are holding our AMQA Quilt Show at the end of August this year, in conjunction with AMQ Festival in Adelaide. Will you be coming along to attend some classes? Do you think you will enter a Quilt or two? If the answer to the above is “Yes, I am coming”, then I ask that you please consider the following….

As members of AMQA, when making your travel & accommodation arrangements, the Committee would like to extend to you an invitation to join us on Judging Day. Not everyone has this opportunity (that’s a bonus of being a member), so we wanted to give you the earliest opportunity to become involved with this. Judging Day will be held on Wednesday 24th August at a venue not too far from the city, location TBA in the next week or so. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other quilter’s & see just what goes on behind the scenes. Just think of all that eye candy, checking out all those quilts up close & personal!! We will need around 20 people for this to run smoothly, so your participation will be vitally important to the Association.

We will be looking for many Volunteers not just for this day but over the whole event. There will be a Volunteer Form available on the AMQA website soon with various time slots where you can tick the boxes when you are available. This can be submitted in different ways, details are at the bottom of the form. If you are entering a quilt or two & attending the Quilt Show & Festival, it would be expected for you to make some time available for volunteering, just like most of the state guilds do with their major shows. As the class timetable will soon become available, we ask that you consider some time to volunteer when selecting your classes. If you are able to help out at the quilt show, if you’re a few minutes late or need to leave a little earlier then that’s okay, anytime spent helping out is most appreciated.

There are many areas in which you can help other than Judging Day of course…we will be setting up the quilt frames & hanging the quilts on Thursday 25th, so many hands will make light work. Is your husband or partner coming with you? We can always use some ‘man’ power to set up those quilt frames…it’s a big job with some kneeling & use of step ladders being involved. I am in process of trying to find extra people to help with this, so if you know of anyone involved with community groups, sporting clubs, etc in or near the Adelaide city area who would be available, please get in touch with me.  White Glove duty is quite simple, just watching out for anyone so they don’t touch the quilts & answer questions as needed. We would also like someone to ‘greet’ everyone as they come into the Show area, a new position this year if we have enough volunteers… Then there is taking down the quilts & frames at the end of the show, packing them back into their bags & helping to get them out to the front doors for everyone to collect & take home with them. More details on this will be made available as the Show draws nearer.

Updates with any necessary information will be posted to our Member’s Facebook page as the event draws near. Once the Volunteer forms start to come in I will allocate people to their positions & advise by email during July & early August. I hope to see many of our members stand up for Volunteering, to those of you who have helped us in the past, this has been most appreciated. There is often a great feeling of self satisfaction when volunteering, making the time most worthwhile. See you in Adelaide in August!!

Val Towill
2016 Quilt Show Volunteer Coordinator  (retiring asap)


Quilt Show Volunteer Coordinator – Urgently NeededOur association has been blessed by many years of commitment from Val Towill of Bluegum Quilting Services.
Val now needs to hand over her show tasks.  The committee can use all the help you can offer.
Can you plan the volunteer component of the show, can you communicate the roles to the volunteers, can you plan the schedule for the volunteers?  Do you and a friend want to take this on together?  Talk to the committee or call Raylee on 0416 462 615.

This is a vital role and without volunteers the show does not happen.


Member’s Challenge 2015
No not a misprint! If you entered the member’s challenge last year we would love to include your quilt/s in the display of the challenge that we usually have at our show.If your quilt is available we would love to include in the display later this year.Your quilt does not need to be at the show early, if you are attending please bring it with you, or you can send it to the Quilt Show coordinator as per the address on the entry form.


To send us your entry from with pictures, please read through in case you need to resize your pictures.  If they are too large they will not upload via the online entry form.

To resize a picture using Paint

1.     Open Paint by clicking the Start button , clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, and then clicking Paint.

2.     Click the Paint button , click Open, click the picture you want to resize, and then click Open.

3.     On the Home tab, in the Image group, click Resize.

4.     In the Resize and Skew dialog box, select the Maintain aspect ratio check box so that the resized picture will have the same aspect ratio as the original picture.

If the Maintain aspect ratio check box is selected, you only need to enter the horizontal value (width) or vertical value (height). The other box in the Resize area is updated automatically.

5.     Do one of the following in the Resize area, and then click OK:

o    To resize your picture by a certain percentage, click Percentage, and then enter a percentage to reduce the width by in the Horizontal box or a percentage to reduce the height by in the Vertical box.

o    To resize the picture so it’s a specific size, click Pixels, and then enter a new width in the Horizontal box or new height in the Vertical box.

6.     Click the Paint button , point to Save as, and then click the picture file type for the resized image.

7.     Type a new file name in the File name box, and then click Save.

Do you have some quilty win’s to share?  Let us all celebrate with you, send me a picture and some details to include in forthcoming newsletters.
Let’s support each other and share the joy. 

Next Committee meeting happens on the 5th July.  7.30pm via conference call.  Please contact Raylee for the phone number to attend.  All members are able to attend a meeting.

Committee Notice – After the show is completed we will be heading into our AGM. The association always runs better when there is a full committee. What have you got to offer and help us take the association to the next level?

May your thread be strong and your quilts well made.
Happy Quilting,


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