The past decade has seen a huge revival in home sewing, in the areas of both garment making and home décor. Quilt making has also enjoyed a rise in popularity among young people as they discover the joys of this age-old craft.
Brother Australia, together with Quilters Companion magazine, aim to encourage and nurture young quilters and so for the third time they have joined forces to launch the 2015 Brother Under 35s Quilt Competition. Nation-wide there are many quilt competitions, but this is the only one dedicated to young quilt makers.
Clare Mooney, Editor of Quilters Companion magazine said, “We are very excited to be working with Brother again on this terrific initiative to encourage and nurture young quiltmakers. Quilting is a great social activity and a wonderful creative outlet for both women and men. Just ask any quiltmaker and they’ll say that after they made their first quilt they were hooked. We want to help build the next generation of quiltmakers.”
“Inspiring a younger audience to sew and bring their creative projects to life is part of Brother’s commitment. Our wide range of innovative products; like the revolutionary ScanNCut, can truly make it easy for young talent to create. The Brother Under 35s Quilt Competition is not only a great platform for young quilters to be recognised, but it also rewards them with fantastic products that will inspire them to achieve their next sewing and quilting projects” stated Laura Penuela, Marketing Manager, Home Sewing Machines at Brother International Australia.
Leigh Davenport Jurd with her winning quilt Light in the Darkness
Leigh Davenport Jurd placed second in the 25-35 age group in last year’s Brother Under 35s Competition and is looking forward to entering again this year. “I saw the competition advertised last year and as I was already 32, I figured I should have a go before I’m too old to try!” Leigh explained. “I decided I would make something based on the theme, see how it looked, and if I was happy with it I’d submit it. I really enjoyed seeing my work hanging in a public exhibition. I trained as a printmaker at university, but since having kids it’s been too challenging to work with acid etching and the printing process. Sewing is much more flexible as I can stop and walk away if I’m needed. But I do miss exhibiting, especially the social side of it.” Leigh is looking forward to entering this year’s competition.
The theme for the 2015 Brother Under 35s Quilt Competition is My State. Entrants are encouraged to use their imagination to interpret the theme however they like. “We expect that entrants will have widely differing ways of interpreting the theme” said Clare Mooney. “My State could mean the state they live in or even a state of mind or feeling. We are eagerly anticipating the entries we will receive.” Entries will be accepted into five categories: K-6 primary school, 7-9 secondary school, 10-12 secondary school, 18-24 years and 25-35 years.
There is more than $10,000 in prizes on offer over the five categories, including five brand-new Brother ScanNCut machines and five brand-new Brother NS35 computerised sewing machines. These prizes alone are worth a total of $7500. There are also book and fabric packs and Quilters Companion packs to be won.
Quilts must be received by Friday 27th November. For full terms and conditions and to enter, please visit under35quiltcomp.com.au