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Brother Australia announces the launch of the 16th International Quilting Contest Seeking the next Australian quilting champion

The Eco theme, which has been consistent year on year, is inspired by Brother Earth; Brother’s commitment to build a sustainable future.


Sydney, Australia – 26th September 2016 - This spring, Brother Australia is proud to announce the launch of its 16th International Quilting Contest, a fantastic opportunity for Australian quilt-makers to be inspired, create an “Eco” themed quilt and in return be recognised at a national and international level.

The search is on for the next quilting champion after Australian quilters received high accolades earlier this year following Australian Julie Harding’s 1st Prize win for “Koalas” and a total of six out of eighteen international prize wins were again awarded to local Australian quilters.

The Eco theme, which has been consistent year on year, is inspired by Brother Earth; Brother’s commitment to build a sustainable future. The contest is open to all quilt-makers in Asia Pacific with participants required to create a 70cm x 70cm original quilt using different methods of construction such as decoration or embroidery and showcase creative, original work. There are over $2,400 AUD in prizes to be awarded to the winning Australian entry, a Brother Innov-is NV1800Q sewing and quilting machine (RRP $1,799) and the revolutionary ScanNCut CM900 (RRP $699).

In addition, the top 10 quilts will join Asia Pacific entries in Tokyo and be part of the International Quilting Contest. A panel of Fashion College and Magazine Experts will judge all entries and award a collective prize pool in excess of $3,700 USD. Quilts may be used at Brother Events throughout 2016 and 2017 including the Brother booth at the famous Tokyo Quilt Show in 2017.

“Brother wants to encourage our talented quilting community to showcase their passion in an artwork that will resonate with the public and prompt thoughtful consideration around the topic of environmental sustainability. Personal interpretations of the theme in previous years has resulted in many outstanding works, with each work resonating its own unique message. Throughout 2016 all current international award winning quilts are being exhibited at Craft & Quilt shows around the nation, bringing further acclaim to our Australian prize winners and helping to inspire our local quilting and craft community,” stated Sherene Grace, Marketing Manager, Home Sewing Machines at Brother International Australia.

This year, Brother hopes local chapters of quilting guilds get behind the contest and help encourage their members to enter and showcase Australia’s formidable quilting talent on the international stage.

A competition package including application form and conditions of entry is now available for download on Brother Australia websitewww.brother.com.au/quiltingcontest.

Applications will close on 14th November 2016.

About the Brother International Quilt Contest Australian Winner Pack

Innov-is NV1800Q
RRP $1,799

•    Sewing and quilting machine
•    290 built-in stitches including 58 combinable stitches, 10 one-step buttonhole styles and 5 sewing fonts
•    8.3" from needle to arm
•    14% larger workspace and included wide table for large projects such as quilts (versus previous model without extension table: 36% larger with extension table)
•    Sideways sewing
•    Automatic Height Adjuster (AHA) feature
•    Pivot Function for fast and easy fabric manipulation
•    My Custom Stitch feature allows the creation of personalised stitches
•    Improved sewing with longer feed dogs and zigzag foot
•    Reinforcement stitch button to automatically sew a tie-off stitch and to easily sew a row of decorative stitches
•    Advanced needle threading system and automatic thread tension
•    Jam-resistant quick-set drop-in top bobbin
•    Hard case included
•    Wide range of included accessories
ScanNCut CM900
RRP $699

•    World’s first home and hobby cutting machine with a 300 DPI built-in scanner. Scan virtually anything - from a handmade drawing to your most cherished family photo
•    No design cartridges or PC required. With over 840 built-in designs and the ability to scan virtually anything, your creative freedom is no longer limited!
•    Large 3.7” colour LCD touch screen with on-screen editing capabilities such as rotating, welding, resizing and organizing
•    11.7” wide scanning and cutting area to accommodate large projects
•    Easy to use right out of the box with a limited set up time and user-friendly interface
•    WiFi compatible –  easy access and editing from the machine with Brother’s ScanNCut Canvas cloud based creative tool
•    Now available with 12”x 24” scanning for larger projects

About Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd
With over 100 years in operation, Brother International is a leading global manufacturer of laser printers, label printers, Multi-Function Centres®, fax machines, P-touch electronic labellers, typewriters and sewing machines. A specialist in its product lines, Brother combines customer satisfaction and comprehensive measures for environmental conservation, to manufacture innovative, reliable and practical products to enhance the consumer's lifestyle.

Brother Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brother Industries, which was founded in 1908 in Japan. Brother Australia was established in 1977, with a head office located in Sydney and State offices located in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Brother Earth
Brother Earth is Brother’s commitment to play a part in building a society with better sustainable development. By clicking on the Brother Earth site you can determine how funds are allocated and play a part in contributing to a variety of global environmental protection activities.  Visit www.brotherearth.com