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Anita Ellis

My life hasn’t been the same since I had my first patchwork top professionally quilted ten years ago. I remember the excitement as if it was yesterday, I just loved the quilting patterns. I soon had my own A1 quilting machine and Hillside Quilting was born.
Moving forward a decade, I still love quilting designs in such a way that the secondary patterns appear like magic.
Now an accomplished teacher travelling around Australia to teach and mentor students in the art of free motion and quilting with rulers, I have a sense of great joy when passing on my skills to fellow quilters. Delivering a suite of classes at the last five Australian Machine Quilting Festivals (AMQF) has given me the opportunity to increase the skills of a whole new group of professional long arm quilters and domestic machine users. I am confident that my teaching has resulted in many more quilters truly ‘thinking outside the box’.
When teaching, I draw on all my previous experience of quilting hundreds of quiltsthrough my business so that I am able to share fresh and innovative ideas with my students. As well as participating in the AMQFs, I provide classes through shops, guilds, and individual tutoring.
I have been working with Bill and Leonie West from Westalee Designsince 2008 and am an accredited teacher of the Westalee rulers and templates.I have significant experience in using their piecing and quilting templates in my own quilts, many customer quilts and now, thanks to the Westalee Design ruler foot and templates, the technique is able to be applied bythe many domestic machine users.
I believe my contribution to our industry of patchwork and quilting is to mentor beginner quilters and encourage more established quilters to stay fresh and push their limits.

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