The Australian Winner of the 17th Annual Brother International Quilting Contest has been announced!

Brother Australia has announced Lisa Alexander as the Australian Winner of the 17th Annual Brother International Quilting Contest with her entry “Nature’s Way”.
The Australian Winner of the 17th Annual Brother International Quilting Contest has been announced!

Press Release ( - Sydney, Australia - Nov 26, 2017 - Brother International Australia, a leading manufacturer in home sewing machines, is proud to announce the Australian winner of its 17th Annual Brother International Quilting Contest.

The Brother International Quilting Contest is a creative initiative from Brother HQ in 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 build a sustainable future.

The prize for this year’s contest was the incredible once in a lifetime opportunity on board a luxurious quilting cruise ship to Singapore with craft expert and Brother machine user, Michelle Marvig. Valued at over $7,020 AUD, the 16-night cruise on the renowned Ovation of the Seas will include sightseeing tours of Brisbane, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore all whilst learning quilting techniques from Australia’s finest craft experts.

Julia Springbett, Marketing Manager, Home Sewing Machines at Brother International Australia said “It is a thrill to see the entries come in, and this year, with more entries than ever, the standard of quilts submitted was through the roof. Each quilt told its own story, with many different subject matters and interpretations of the Eco theme represented.”

The winner of the Australian component of the contest was Lisa Alexander of Bentley, Western Australia, with her stunning artwork inspired by the bee and the vital part they play in the ecosystem and our survival. The quilt is titled “Nature’s Way”.

Lisa said, “The quilt depicts the Queen Bee, who plays a vital part in the ecosystem and our survival. The depicts the queen bee watching over the busy worker bees pollinating flowers and working on the honeycomb. It is made up of approximately 120 flower petals, 90 leaves and 60 wings embroidered on washaway, cut back individually using a burning tool and sewn into place to give a 3D effect.”

The top 10 Australian quilts have also been sent to Japan to 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 USD 3,500. The quilts will be judged during December and January; an overall winner will then be announced late January on the Brother Australia Facebook page ( Enquiries can be directed to

About Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd

With over 100 years in operation, Brother International is globally recognised as a brand synonymous with delivering product innovation and customer satisfaction. A specialist in its product lines, Brother is always ‘At Your Side,’ with its customer first approach in all aspects of business. Brother combines this customer satisfaction and its strong commitment to environmental conservation to manufacture innovative, reliable and practical products in the printing, sewing, imaging and labelling markets

Brother International Australia was established in 1977 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Brother Industries, which was founded in 1908 in Japan. With a head office located in Sydney and State offices nationally throughout Australia, Brother has grown from humble beginnings to a diversified multinational corporation.

About Brother Earth

Brother has made a commitment to sustainability and making a positive difference to the environment. Brother Earth is a Brother initiative and aims to build a society that achieves sustainable development by taking responsibility and considering the environmental impact of all aspects of business operations. At Brother Earth, visitors can choose how funds are allocated and see how Brother is contributing to environmental sustainability on a global level. ‘Click for the Earth’ at and Brother will contribute to an environmental conservation project on a consumer’s behalf.



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