One of the privileges of WAQA membership is free entry into the annual Challenge.
At the beginning of each new year, the Challenge Theme for the year is announced. The deadline to complete your quilt is the end of October for voting for Members’ Choice at the November sewing day and evening meetings. The quilts are available for loan to quilting and textile groups in Australia. Usually there are several WAQA events where the quilts are shown, including a featured display at QuiltWest.
The only requirement for your quilt to be entered in the challenge is that you be a current member of WAQA and that the quilt is no greater than 50cm x 70cm.
There is no restriction on the style of your quilt. It is an opportunity for you to use a favourite technique or experiment with something new on a small scale. Your quilt may be traditional, contemporary, modern, or avant-guard. The quilt can be hand and/or machine worked and can include: piecing, appliqué, embroidery, and embellishments.
WAAQA members of all skill levels are encouraged to enter, as the quilts are not formally judged and it is wonderful to see how many different interpretations we can get from a single theme. We are very proud to have a display of work that represents the full range of our membership.
The theme for the 2017 WAQA Challenge was:-
Inspired by a Quotation
The quotation my be a book title, lyric from a song or poem, a proverb, cliché, or even a family saying.
Needless to say, we had some wonderful entries and we thank everyone who voted for their favourite Challenge quilt at the November sewing meetings.
The votes were fairly spread out, with many quilts receiving one to three votes. Two quilts stood out from the others, with only one vote between them, and both of the quilters are country members.
The winner is To Be or Not to Be by Judith Wilton. Judith is from Augusta.
The runner up is Don’t Count Your Chickens by Sue Mobilia from Dongara.
Other place winners were
third: Tough as Old Boots by Hilary Arber,
fourth: A Woman is Like a Tea Bag by Lesley Warren, and
fifth: Are You Breathing? Thank a Tree by Linda O’Toole.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Challenge, and especially Judith and Sue.
Watch the WAQA page in January, to see what the challenge will be for 2018!
I might make 2018 the year, I try new things and stretch my creativity a little bit!
Enjoy the end of 2017 and may 2018 bring you peace, happiness, good health and wonderful stitching & quilting opportunities.