How time flies! This time last month I was frantically packing threads into the van to drive to the Australian Machine Quilting Festival in Adelaide.
Ten hours, and 800 km, later it was time to set up the vendor stand in association with Hettie’s Patch, one of the Aurifil retail outlets in Adelaide.
It is the third time Lorraine, the owner of Hettie’s Patch, & I have collaborated to take Aurifil threads to the Australian Machine Quilting Festival and it is always a fun weekend helping people choose threads for their classes.
This year, the highlight class was a two day workshop learning to thread paint with Pam Holland and, at the Hettie’s Patch stand, we took great pleasure in helping students colour match the Cotton Mako’ 50 threads to their images in order to reproduce them in stitches.
It was great to see the projects developing over the two days and I was sorry to miss seeing them all at completion but Jill W did bring her finished stitching back to show us how well the threads worked on the photo of her pet.
And a close up view of Jill’s dog to show the realistic light & dark, 3D effect, that she achieved with the stitching, I keep expecting him to bark.
AMQF was a wonderful experience as, as the wholesaler/distributor of Aurifil in Australia, I don’t always have an opportunity to be so closely involved in helping textile artists match their thread choices to a particular project.
If you missed the Australian Machine Quilting Festival in 2014 be sure to watch for the next event in 2016.
As to our next venture into collaborative marketing with a local Aurifil retailer, we are just waiting for the invitation. So come on retailers contact us.