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A fun Melbourne weekend for the Australian Quilt Market!

Nov 26, 2014 | Blog, FFF News

Last year I set up the AustralianSewingPattern.com, a collective of Australian designers so we could band together and get to the the Australian Quilt Market in Melbourne. This year I was joined by Michelle Long of Lemon Jellie Stitches.

Pauline McArthur, Michelle Long - Australian Sewing Patterns

A.Q.M is a cool place to catch up with other designers like Nicole Mallalieu (You Sew Girl), Tammy Green (Buddies Corner and Studio T Green!) Jodie Carleton (Vintage Ric Rac) and  Emma Jean Jansen

here we are

posing for a ‘selfie’


designers conference

And I got to meet one of Australia’s most respected softie designers, and someone I have been in awe of for many years, Melanie McNiece of Melly & Me!  Her softies are sooooooooooooooo cute and

she is just THE nicest person too!

Melanie McNiece Melly & Me and Pauline McArthur Funky Friends Factory

After 4 fun-filled days in Melbourne it was time to go home…



Don’t forget – if you’re an Indie Australian designer keen to join the AustralianSewingPattern.com collective – please get in touch! 🙂

Hope to see you all next year!

Pauline McArthur - Funky Friends Factory. .

Till next time…

Happy Sewing,




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