Sunday, 8 April 2012

AQC - Australasian Quilt Convention

This week I am heading to Melbourne is be an exhibitor at AQC, I've learn't from past years that quilters attending AQC are just nuts about fabric, as opposed to tools and accesseries you tend to find at the other shows. For this reason, this year on the Tulis Textiles stand I will only be selling fabric. At the other shows I only stock fat quarters but because of the classes at AQC I will also be stocking half metre, and metre pieces.

For those of you who haven't been to AQC before, it is Australasia's biggest quilting event. It's four days of classes with the best tutors from around the world and of course an exhibition of shopping and a quilt show comprised of the best quilts from around Australia and New Zealand. Although classes need to be booked and paid for months in advance, just to get a space, the exhibition is open to the general public from Thursday 12th - Sunday 15th of April.
The convention is held in The Royal Exhibition Buliding, in Melbourne's Botantical Gardens. It is a truely beautiful location. Here are some photo's taken from last year.

The building stands across from the Melbourne Muesuem, the mix of the old style architecture of the Exhibiton Building with the new style architecture of the Muesuem is always worth a look.
AQC is one of my highlights of working the quilt shows around Australia and New Zealand. There is some bias there, I absolutely love Melbourne. My family and I moved there for four years in 2000, for my husband's work. The Royal Exhibition Building is located in the suburb of Carlton, known for Lygon Street. The street is lined with restaurants and eateries, specialising in all things Italian.

Restaurants, Gelati Shops and Patisseries
Old and new quilters a like travel from New Zealand and all around Australia to be part of the annual convention. I always see friendly faces, that I've met at other shows.

For any quilting enthusiasts out there that haven't been, whether you're from Australia, New Zealand or another part of the world, it should be on your bucket list.

For more information Click Here, the link will take you to the AQC website.

Here is the link to my Flickr account to check out some more photos from last year Click Here

Hope to see many of you there

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