Brother International (Australia)


Brother Australia Launches the 15th International Quilting Contest

Continuing from their #BrotherInspires campaign, Brother Australia recently launched the 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 contest is open until the 31st of October 2015 and there are over $2,400 worth of Brother quilting products to be won.

Sydney, Australia – 3 August 2015

Brother Australia; a leading manufacturer in home sewing machines, has recently launched the 15th Brother International Quilting Contest. This is a creative initiative from Brother Industries Japan for the Asia Pacific region and is designed to encourage participants to create an Eco themed quilt.



The theme 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. The competition runs for 5 months, from June 1 to October 31 2015. Quilts will be judged based on creativity only by a nominated panel of judges. There are over $2,400 in prizes to be awarded to the winning Australian entry, including the new Innov-is NV1800Q sewing and quilting machine (RRP $1,799) and the revolutionary ScanNCut CM550DX (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 $3,500 USD. Quilts may be used at Brother Events throughout 2016 and 2017 including the Brother booth at the famous Tokyo Quilt Show in January 2016.

“Brother wants to continue to inspire the sewing and quilting community, our International Quilting Contest is a great platform for Australian talent to be inspired and recognised for their creations. This is the third consecutive year that Brother Australia has participated and the results have been phenomenal. Last year, 6 out of the 10 quilts that Australia sent received a prize; Julie Ann Evans with “Forever Young, Forever Ancient” and “Bad Moon Rising”, Julie Harding with “Save the Bilby”, Susan McGrory with “Mum’s Coming” and “The Octopus Garden”, as well as Merlynn Harrison with “Hands of Change”. These beautiful quilts were displayed at the Tokyo Quilt Show earlier in the year and will be travelling around Asia Pacific for the remainder of the year. We hope that many other Australian quilt-makers get excited and participate in this year’s contest” stated Laura Penuela, Marketing Manager, Home Sewing Machines at Brother International Australia.

This year, Brother has joined forces with the very talented Angie Wilson from the blog Gnome Angel. This partnership aims to encourage more Australians to participate while Angie shares her journey and inspires fellow quilters to enter the contest. Angie said "As an Australian quilter, the Brother International Quilting Contest provides an exciting opportunity to share my creative talents on both a national and international level. The challenge theme of “Eco" not only provides endless creative possibilities, but it reminds us all of our responsibility to our planet, something that Brother champions through their Brother Earth initiative. The Brother International Quilt Contest is a shining example of Brother's commitment to supporting, encouraging, showcasing and inspiring the creative community within Australia”.

 A competition package; including application form, conditions of entry, copyright compliance and list of awards is now available for download on Brother Australia website

Applications will close on October 31 with all enquiries can be directed to

About the prizes

Innov-is NV1800Q

RRP $1,799

  1. Sewing and quilting machine
  2. 290 built-in stitches including 58 combinable stitches, 10 one-step buttonhole styles and 5 sewing fonts
  3. 8.3" from needle to arm
  4. 14% larger workspace and included wide table for large projects such as quilts (versus previous model without extension table: 36% larger with extension table)
  5. Sideways sewing
  6. Automatic Height Adjuster (AHA) feature
  7. Pivot Function for fast and easy fabric manipulation
  8. My Custom Stitch feature allows the creation of personalised stitches
  9. Improved sewing with longer feed dogs and zigzag foot
  10. Reinforcement stitch button to automatically sew a tie-off stitch and to easily sew a row of decorative stitches
  11. Advanced needle threading system and automatic thread tension
  12. Jam-resistant Quick-Set drop-in top bobbin
  13. Hard case included
  14. Wide range of included accessories

ScanNCut CM550DX

RRP $699

  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. Large 3.7” colour LCD touch screen with on-screen editing capabilities such as rotating, welding, resizing and organizing.
  4. 11.7” wide scanning and cutting area to accommodate large projects
  5. Easy to use right out of the box with a limited set up time and user-friendly interface


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   

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