Call for Entries

2018 AQC Version

All quilters are invited to enter our 2018 AQC Challenge. The theme will be  Borders & Bridges (and your entry must include both aspects).

The closing date for online entries is February 2, 2018 and quilts must be completed between May 2017 and the closing date. Once again the size is 90cm square and the competition carries a cash prize pool of $5500. Entries will be judged on interpretation of theme, design and workmanship.

For more information and to read the AQC Challenge Rules visit

The 2017 theme was Made in Australia: Flora & Fauna and a selection of the quilts from this year will travel to Mexico to be displayed at the Quilters of Mexico annual expo. The winner was Linden Lancaster with her entry Kangaroo & Wattle. To see all finalists, click here.

Kangaroo & Wattle by Linden Lancaster
Kangaroo & Wattle by Linden Lancaster

The 2016 theme Tradition with a Twist was interpreted in a number of creative and diverse ways. Traditional patchwork patterns were given a spin, contemporary celebrities appeared in classic quilts, seams were turned out and techniques were tossed, and many of the 35 quilts are not what they seem at first glance. 

A Happy Place

2016 Challenge First Prize winner was: A Happy Place by Alison Withers, Victoria

Statement: Lillian developed a passion for patchwork after learning the art with her mother many years ago. She knows all about Irish Chain, Evening Star, Log Cabin and Prickly Pear. Early in her patchworking career, Lillian made a Flying Geese jacket she still wears on crisp spring mornings while tending to her ever expanding garden. When she goes inside and hangs up her jacket, Lillian can’t wait to get into her fabric stash! Rummaging through different patterns and colours, she draws inspiration from the traditional skills and knowledge of generations of masterful quilters to create artworks with her own personal twist. Life is good!


Runner Up: Twist’n by Christine Dowell, Queensland

Statement: Change comes by breaking tradition or making small changes. The Twist was a change to dance traditions, machine quilting a change from traditional hand quilting, curved flying geese a change from traditional straight piecing. Innovation and change brings about new traditions often with a twist.


Viewers’ Choice: Blue Willow Becomes White Lace by Jennifer Horsford, Queensland

The Willow pattern emerged around 1780, portraying the love story of a rich merchant, his daughter Koong-se and the rich merchant’s secretary Chang.  Originally, the Willow Pattern is blue on white china, my tradition with a twist is white fabrics and lace on a blue background. In ‘White Lace’, Koong-se stands framed in her window while Chang sails in his boat to rescue her.  Later, the father chases them both over the bridge where they safely escape to their island hideaway in the upper left hand corner. When they are both slain by a jealous third party their souls are forever represented by the kissing doves.


The dates for AQC 2018are:

April 5 – 8, 2018; Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne.

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