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Australasian Quilt Convention 2017

Australasian Quilt Convention
APRIL 20 – 23, 2017
Royal Exhibition Building
Carlton Gardens, Melbourne
Thursday –– Sunday • 10am –– 4.30pm

The Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC) is Australia's largest event dedicated specifically to quilting. This annual gathering presents quilters with opportunities to be involved on a number of levels.

Buy tickets online at any time, or at the door when you arrive on the day

Australasian Quilt Convention

See Australia’s best quilts

Melbourne Shop in the Expo
Melbourne Discover great ideas & inspiration
Melbourne Learn in free seminars
Melbourne Find treasures to buy
Melbourne Buy tickets now
Melbourne Meet international artists and see their work
Melbourne Be tempted by a range of latest designs and new releases
Melbourne Vote for your favourite in the Viewers’ Choice


It’s a quilt show with a hand-picked selection of unique quilts; this special collection will not be seen anywhere else so don’t miss it! Here are some highlights:

Best of the Best

Quilts from state guild shows around Australia are shown together – so you can see what’s happening around the country, all under one roof.

QuiltCon display at AQC

An Australian first: At AQC this year, we’re delighted to show a travelling display, the Best of QuiltCon 2017, which comes direct from the recent QuiltCon 2017 in the USA, the premier event of the Modern Quilt Guild.

Year 60 Diary Quilt

Making a block a day in her 60th year, Norma Slabbert’s quilt is about the everyday and the daily practice of quilting. The finished piece is an 11 metre length 7of fascinating work. Norma is a quilt maker and writer from Hamilton, New Zealand.

Pulling Strings

An exhibition with an environmental theme by members of Taiwan Art Quilt Society, comes to AQC from the Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition via the Quilt Festival in Houston.Read more…

AQC 2017 Challenge: Made in Australia: Flora & Fauna

Our challenge this year celebrates our distinctive animals and plants. Glorious florals and our strange and unique wildlife are depicted in a myriad of styles. Have your say and vote for Viewer’s Choice. Read more…

Quilts from Mexico

In a quilt exchange with the Quilters of Mexico this year, we welcome them with their display of Flora & Fauna of Mexico which premiered at their annual event in Mexico City.

Beth Miller: Rajah Award Winner 2016

Enjoy a display of quilts by Rajah winner Beth Miller, who is a resident of the ACT and is well known for her striking quilts depicting iconic Australian images. Read more…

AQC Past Class Quilts

A selection of works created by AQC delegates who have attended classes in previous years; a varied selection of traditional and contemporary work.

Constants & Variables

International art quilts from a group of nine quilters from five countries.The group has explored two themes: Reinterpreting Tradition and Text.HIGHLIGHT: Floortalk by Sue Dennis, 1.30pm daily.

Thinking Big

Spectacular largescale works by Velda Newman, from California, feature natural subjects such as flowers, fish, shells and fruit. Velda is one of our 2017 tutors.Read more… Right: Zinnia by Velda Newman

Best of Australia

One of the highlights of the quilting year is the judging of the Best of Australia quilts, submitted from state guild shows around the country in order to determine who will win the National Quilt Award. Read more… Sponsored by 21

Luke Haynes’ Quilts

Luke Haynes’ art explores the transformation of the comfortably familiar into the visually evocative. Luke was born and raised across the American South and with a formal training in art and architecture he continues to experiment with quilting while exploring art and architecture across the globe. Read more…

Take an Element

This display by Margaret Sampson George features the bright, colourful designs from her new book, Take An Element, which evidence her passion for fabrics, a quirky sense of design, and her ability to be original even while using traditional techniques. Read more…

Angela Walters’ Quilts (and Tula’s too!)

Angela Walters is world renowned as one of the hottest quilting personalities on the circuit at present, known for her love of machine quilting and expertise using her long arm quilting machine. A frequent collaborator with Tula Pink, this display includes work by both Angela and Tula. Read more…

Collage to Stitch Textile Art

Presented by Four X Four, textile artworks will be displayed with the collages which were used as the original design concepts. Artists include Maxine Fry, Ruth Galpin, Suzanne Gummow and Sandra Obst. Meet some of the artists at their display.

Bags of Style!

Clever textile artists have entered the Great Australian Bag Challenge and the result is a fabulous collection of original and creative handbags, all Australian themed. Every bag is the same shape but the size could vary – and a range of techniques have been explored. Sponsored by:23

Teach Me

See amazing quilts by all our talented tutors: Saffron Craig; Julie Haddrick; Luke Haynes; Andi Herman; Emma Jansen; Christine Lethlean; Gloria Loughman; Michelle Marvig; Alicia Merrett; Velda Newman; Wendy Nutt; Sonya Prchal; Margaret Sampson-George; Melissa Sobotka; Paula Storm.

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