Brother International (Australia)


Brother Announces the Australian Winner of the 13th Annual Brother International Quilting Contest

Quilt Makers from all over Australia were invited to The 13th Annual Brother International Quilting Contest to create an Eco themed quilt and compete for a new Dreamweaver VQ3000 valued at $4,499


Sydney, Australia - 25 November 2013–Brother, a leading manufacturer in home sewing machines, has recently announced the Australian winner of their 13th Annual Brother International Quilting Contest.

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 on 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 entry judged best, plus a collective prize pool in excess of USD3,500 for the Asia Pacific winners.

Laura Penuela, Marketing Manager, Home Sewing Machines at Brother International Australia says “It was incredible to see the outstanding and highly creative artworks that entered the Quilting Contest, this was Australia’s first year to participate in this magnificent Asia-Pacific event and we are very pleased with the terrific response we received. As a leading sewing machine manufacturer, Brother is proud to make this event possible”.

The winner of the Australian component of the contest was Julie Harding of Toormina, NSW, with her stunning quilt inspired in the background view of a pond with its water plants and a magnified section of a frog, the artwork is called “Habitat”.

Julie said, “Frog populations in an area can be used as an indication of that areas eco health. They often go unnoticed, hiding in the vegetation. This quilt shows a background view of a pond with its water plants and a magnified section of a frog, one of the inhabitants, in the foreground. Raw edged applique has been used in the background with curved piecing used for the magnified frog section. Freehand machine quilting has been used throughout quilt. Hand dyed and commercial cottons, cotton wadding and poly/cotton threads have been used in the construction of the quilt”.

Julie was encouraged to enter by her Brother Dealer; Graham and Paula Roder at Creative Home Sewing in Coffs Harbour, she was very overwhelmed and excited as this is the first time that she enters a quilting competition.

The top 8 Australian quilts were also chosen to 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 Asia Pacific entries and award a collective prize pool in excess of USD3, 500, the quilts will be judged during December and an overall winner will be then announced in January on the Brother Australia website ( Enquiries 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 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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