Exhibition Excellence – Part 1

Wow, what a wonderful weekend and such a joy to see so many beautiful quilts on display.  The exhibition was a lot smaller than then the usual big space of the Convention centre, but this did not detract from them in any way.

Our committee worked tirelessly to ensure Covid guidelines, were met, the white gloved volunteers did a fabulous job and the refreshments provided by our WAQA quilting group volunteers were delicious.

It was a real buzz to see so many people come through the door and who were very excited that an exhibition was happening. Our sponsor retailers were kept very busy and it was a great opportunity to talk to them,  spend some time with the people who had made the quilts and in general just soak up a great atmosphere. 

So without further ado, grab yourself a beverage and relax and enjoy the picture show.

As always I have done my very best to ensure I have the correct details of who made the quilt and also acknowledge if the quilt was made from a pattern.  Please feel free to email me if you do notice any mistakes, which are unintentional and I will update the information.  If you made a quilt pictured , and your name is not with the photo, send me your details, as I would love to acknowledge you, the maker.

Likewise if you would like others to see a photo of your quilt that was on display at the exhibition, and it is not pictured here, then please send me a photo, I have notes relating to a few quilts, in my notebook, but I cannot locate photos.  I think I was just, “quilt dizzy” at the time!!

Any queries can be emailed to me here:- waqablog@gmail.com and of course WAQA would love you to leave a comment or share our post.

Well done everyone.


A very excited Lily Beer with her quilt, “Ladybird Ladybird, fly away home” First prize in the Junior section. (8 years old)


9 year old Heidi Beer, won 2nd prize with her quilt titled, “They are not flying geese”. Heidi loves the colour pink and also collects flamingoes

Both of these young ladies have been learning sewing and quilting skills from their grandmother from a very young age. Their Grandma also had an amazing quilt on display, that drew a huge crowd. I have been asked not to publish a photo of her quilt, titled, “Cost of a sheep” as it may be used in a article/magazine publication down the track. Grandma is Frances Schifferli and it was also a pleasure to talk to her and Heidi and Lily’s mum, who told me that her quilting skills are nil and the girls learnt it all from their grandma, Frances.


It was a pleasure to meet Katy Jarman, who came in 3rd place. Katy comes from Busselton and loves the ocean. Pictured with her quilt, “Oceans -Sand to Sea”. The quilt pattern used was by Elizabeth Hartman. Katy is 13 years old.


Best of show was, “Family Boabs” by Judith Wilton. My photo does not do it justice. It was stunning.

Keep your eye out in a few days, as Judith has provided me with some further information about the making of this quilt, sure to make interesting reading.


“Dogwood Daisies” by Robyn Fahey. First place, “Traditional quilts professional”. Machine trapunto and also embellished with Swarovski Cabochan pearls and crystals. Quilted on hand guided Gammill




“Kyoto Garden: by Meg Cowey. 3rd place, Traditional Quilts Professional. Meg used improv crazy piecing and stash busted her Japanese floral fabrics to create this wonderful quilt.


Exhibitions Co-Ordinator and now our new WAQA President, pictured here with her quilt, “Carbon”. First place- Amateur.


The very clever Philipa Thomas with one of her many quilts entered into the exhibition, many of them winning prizes. This one titled, “Bowled over” First prize – Mainly applique.


It was great to finally meet Tracey Bareli in person, after doing a blog post on her. Her quilt titled. “Aborescent” one first place in the category, Art Quilts – open



Chloe Buchanan, another young and upcoming quiltmaker made this quilt during Covid Lockdown. Her quilt titled “Covid Blues” took out second prize in the Student section ( ages 14-18 years). Great work Chloe.


“Autumn” by Tilly Fisher. 1st place Student quilts Senior. A challenge with her Aunty Lana, despite living 800kms apart. I am guessing her Aunty is Lana LeFroy. This is part of a quadtych of the four seasons.


“Rondo” by Susan Sheath. Copyright – Willyne Hammerstein.


“A lot of bias” by Natalia Tasovac.


This quilt also made by Natalia.

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3 Responses to Exhibition Excellence – Part 1

  1. Penny says:

    Congratulations to Lesley and her committee. The show was an absolute delight, excellent presentation of everything, great atmosphere. Looking forward to more. Good article and photos

  2. Vireya says:

    Beautiful quilts! It was lovely to see the work of the young quilters, too.

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