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Australian Quilt Maker is granted 1st Prize in Quilting Contest


Australian Quilt Maker is granted 1st Prize in the International component of the 13th Annual Brother Quilting Contest

Sydney, Australia - 19 February 2014 – Brother Australia is delighted to announce that an Australian quilt has been chosen as the overall winner -Brother 1st Prize Award- of the 13th Annual Brother International Quilting Contest.

The Asia Pacific overall winner is Dale Robson of West Wollongong, NSW, with her impressive artwork “Cradle of Life”

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The Brother International Quilting Contest is a creative initiative from Brother Japan for the Asia Pacific region designed to encourage participants to create an Eco themed quilt; the theme is inspired by Brother Earth which is Brother’s commitment to play a part in building a society with better sustainable development.

Prizes included a brand new Brother DreamWeaver VQ3000 valued at $4,499 for the Australian component of the competition, plus a collective prize pool in excess of $3,500 USD for the Asia Pacific winners. Dale Robson is the overall winner with her impressive artwork “Cradle of Life”. The quilt portrays the nurturing nature of local NSW rainforests.  

Dale said, “The Theme "Eco" made me think of our precious and beautiful rainforests. I wanted to portray the nurturing that we can provide to protect them. This theme extends to represent the nurture of creative energy. There are 36 creatures hiding in the quilt that are found in local NSW rainforests. Many of these are endangered and in the need of our "Cradle of Life". "Cradle of Life" is a hand painted whole cloth with free motion quilting, raw-edged applique and dimensional quilted elements. It is embellished with hardened fabric pieces and various yarns, then finished with coloured pencil and painted details”.

Laura Penuela, Marketing Manager, Home Sewing Machines at Brother International Australia said “There were a total of 101 participating artworks from different Asia Pacific countries including Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea and Australia; this is the first time that Brother Australia participated in this competition so it represents a huge achievement for Australian Quilt makers and for us”.

There were also 3 Australian quilts that won other important awards - Outstanding Performance Award to Julie Harding for her artwork “Habitat”, Outstanding Performance Award to Judy Rook for her artwork “Contemplating Organic Necessities” and Prize Winner to Heather Bingham for her artwork “Kimberley Dreaming”-. The winning quilts were displayed in the Tokyo International Quilting Festival 2014 and will continue to travel around Asia Pacific countries in 2014.

For more information on Brother Sewing Machines please visit the Brother Australia website ( Enquiries related to the Quilting Contest can be directed to


About the Brother Dreamweaver VQ3000

The popular Dreamweaver VQ3000, a combination quilting and sewing machine within the V-Series line-up, is packed with Brother-exclusive and industry-first features. A new fifth-generation chassis offers an oversized 56 square inches of workspace, the largest ever from Brother.

Additional industry-first features on the Dreamweaver VQ3000 include:

·         Sew Straight Laser Vision Guide –a built-in laser that helps ensure straight sewing.

·         Muvit  Digital Dual Feed system –uses a digitally-controlled dual feed foot to help provide virtually perfect stitching when using difficult to sew fabrics like leather, faux fur and silk.

·         V-Sonic Pen for sewing – allows users to use a sensor pen to control sewing functions right on the bed of the machine, instead of on-screen.

·         Optional Multi-function Foot Controller –replaces traditional one-pedal controls and allows the user to control up to three sewing functions, hands-free.

·         A bright, technologically advanced seven-inch LCD touch screen display, which displays more than 260,000 colours and allows operators to select features quickly and easily.

·         Sewing speeds of up to 1,050 stitches per minute, which makes V-Series the fastest line ever from Brother.

For more information about the Brother Dreamweaver VQ3000 click here


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 Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

Brother Earth

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