When we meet…

A calendar of Meeting dates is located under the drop down box Diary Dates.

Management Committee Meetings – last Thursday of the month at 7pm. All members of WAQA are given access to the monthly minutes.

Members enjoying a sewing day
Members enjoying a sewing day

Sewing Day – Third Tuesday of the month, 10am – 3pm; Stirling Adriatic Club – Entry fee $6

Sewing Night – Third Wednesday of the month, 7.00pm – 9.45pm; Stirling Adriatic Club – Entry fee $6

General Meetings – Held 3 times a year on 1st Wednesday of the month, 7.00 – 9.30pm; Stirling Adriatic Club. The president provides a report to the members which is followed by a guest speaker.

About Sewing Meetings…

These include Show and Tell, tips and demos, blocks of the month, fun and lots of laughter. Bring along some hand sewing, knitting or other hand craft.

At sewing meetings, the Community Quilts Convenor has a table set up with fabrics, kits and wadding ready for members to take and make up into quilts that will then go to the groups we support.  You’ll find more about this great program on the Community Quilts page.

Norma with her stall at a members' bazaar
Norma with her stall at a members’ bazaar

Twice a year we also have a Members’ Bazaar where members bring along goods to sell with a part of the proceeds going to charity.

Faye Peskett of Ocean Keys Sewing Centre
Faye Peskett of Ocean Keys Sewing Centre

At both sewing days and nights we usually have one of the quilt shops in attendance with fabrics, patterns and notions for sale . Check the Diary dates for  exact dates and for which shops will be at the meeting and then please give them your support. We appreciate the effort they make in bringing their shops to us.

We have an extensive library which is open at both sewing days and nights . See library for more information.

What to expect at a meeting on your first visit to a Sewing Day or Sewing Night…

On Sewing Days and Sewing Nights a Hostess Group greets everyone at the Hostess Desk. If the Hostesses don’t recognize straight away that you are a Visitor please just let them know you are new and they will ask you to sign the Visitor’s Book.

Hostess at the sign-in table
Hostess at the sign-in table

After you have signed the Visitor’s Book, look for the Hostess Table (known as the “Loose Threads”) just inside the main room. You can leave your belongings there while you investigate the rest of the room. A Hostess should be there to help you settle in. We understand that walking into a room full of unfamiliar faces can be daunting, but the following tips may make things easier.

If you are on your own, you can stay at the Loose Threads Table if you wish. However, feel free to wander and see what others are doing. Most of us are happy to explain what we are doing. Visit the Library and help yourself to a cup of tea or coffee. At tea breaks you wash your own cup, at lunchtimes the Hostess Group washes up to save congestion in the kitchen.

Come early if possible, before the crowd gets too large and intimidating.

Mention to the Hostess which suburb you’re from. The Hostess may then introduce you to people from “your neck of the woods”. We have small sewing groups which meet separately in various suburbs and you may find there’s a group near you that has room for a new member. (Alternatively, you may like to start your own group with other new members!)

Members viewing a display of challenge quiltlets
Members viewing a display of challenge quiltlets

Bring some hand sewing and some lunch. You may bring something for Show and Tell if you’d like to. Tea/coffee and a raffle ticket is provided as part of the $6 entry fee for members. Tea/coffee is free for visitors but it is helpful if you bring your own cup.

Be prepared to stay for Show and Tell (approximately 1pm for Sewing Days and 9pm for Sewing Nights), it’s the best part of the meeting.  There are often displays for you to look at as well.

Your first visit to a General Meeting…

We don’t have a hostess desk at a general meeting. Just introduce yourself to the closest person wearing a name badge. That person will usually offer to look after you or will find someone to be your “buddy” for the evening. Grab a cup of tea or coffee. There is an attendance book with a section for visitors to sign. We don’t have Show and Tell but there is usually a quilt-related talk by a guest speaker after business issues have been dealt with and many members bring their sewing to work on while listening.

We look forward to seeing you at WA Quilter’s meetings in the future.