Tuesday, May 19, 2009

CQ News May

Constantine Quilts is proud to be a sponsor of the inaugural Australian Machine Quilting Association Show

AMQAS 2009

The committee, are making good progress towards their first show. They need you to help to make it a show to remember.

Where - Eventide Auditorium, Brighton Qld 

When - 26 & 27 September 2009


- Show Stopper Quilting

1. Custom - Heirloom/Traditional

2. Master Quilter

3. Art/Pictorial

- Bread & Butter Quilting

4. Functional Custom

5. Edge to Edge

Prizes - Each category will be awarded prizes for first, second and third. We are well on our way to achieving our goals of $500 for first, $300 for second and $150 for third in each category. Prizes may be cash and/or goods.

Unlimited entries, no entry fee for current AMQA Individual members

Quilts must have been completed within the previous5 years

Entry forms must be in by 31 July 2009.

Please check the amqa website for more details or for a copy of the entry form. It will be updated as changes occur. Conditions of entry, including quilt categories, can be accessed here: Entry Form

I am madly getting organised to have the wonderful Sharon Schamber here for longarm workshops and her amazing lecture and trunk show this coming weekend. There are a couple of tickets left for the Saturday night lecture if any of you are still thinking about it! Click here to book now.

Don’t forget my classes in New Zealand in July as well…dates are all confirmed now, so please contact John to make your booking!

Attention All Longarmers in NZ - You need to register now!

We hope you are ready for some fun and lots of learning.....

Tracey Browning from Constantine Quilts, Australia ( http://www.constantinequilts.com/ ) will be visiting us at Baylys Beach, Dargaville,

and we are offering two, possible three days of Longarm workshops.

The workshops are demo style and run over 6 hours, and there will be a limit to 15 people per day.

Cost per workshop per day will be NZ$130.00pp - and includes morning/afternoon teas, as well as lunch.

Dinner is "a la carte" at the Funky Fish restaurant - or we may decide to improvise and have a shared buffet at home one night!

1. Fancy Feather Fiasco - Friday 10th July

A full day drawing and stitching heirloom style feathers in borders, sashings, blocks in unending variations! Participants will be required to bring pencils/pens for drawing and one of those $2- large drawing pads. Other notes provided. (Later at night you will start dreaming feathers!)

2. Tempting Templates - Saturday 11th July

Time to dust of those templates and learn easy, efficient ways to use your templates to create original designs on customer's quilts. Participants will be required to bring pencils or pens for drawing.  Extensive class notes will be provided.

3. Use your IQ to your best advantage! (Offered Tentatively) - Sunday 12th July

This is (mainly) for the people with an IQ Computer system, and will start off question-based, then going over the latest upgrades, like no-sew zones, echo-quilting, - as well as introducing "Pre-Design Studio"  - a stand-alone drawing software, which can also be used to make dxf files for IQ, or to make paper-patterns for block and pantographs designs.

To Register:

You will need to send your details, and preferred day(s), along with a $60.00 deposit per workshop to:

John Nielsen, 17 Coates Ave, Baylys Beach, RD 7, Dargaville 0377.  (Ph 09-439-5700)

Bank details for internet bank payments: John Nielsen, ASB Bank Ac 12-3098-0278230-00.
(John is away in Europe and America from 24th of May to 24th of June - but will still be contact-able by email!)

Lastly but definitely not least! is the latest government announcement about tax breaks for small business’s.


The Government has announced an investment tax break for business. The Bill has been passed by Parliament and is awaiting Royal Assent.

The tax break, in the form of an investment allowance, will provide:

Small business entities (turnover of less than $2 million a year):

An additional tax deduction of 50 per cent of the cost of eligible new tangible depreciating assets where the business commits to investing in the asset between 13 December 2008 and 31 December 2009 and first uses the asset, or installs it ready for use, or (in the case of new investment in an existing asset) brings the asset to its modified or improved state on or before 31 December 2010.


To find out more details please visit their website


Latest News!! The Intelliquilter is now available for Prodigy & Proto quilting machines....

If anyone is even contemplating purchasing an A1 Longarm quilting machine or an IntelliQuilter computerised system that will go on nearly 'any' brand longarm machine, then don't hesitate to contact me!! Prices are subject to exchange rates at all times. We will be attending Quilt & Craft Expo in Sydney in June 2009, so come along & have a play on the A1 and see how simple & easy it is to use the IntelliQuilter! I will also be teaching  a class on the features of the Intelliquilter at the Longarm Symposium at this event as well.


                                         member of AMQA logo final

Tracey Browning

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