The theme for the 2018 WAQA Challenge is:

A Curiosity / Curiosity



You may draw inspiration from any idea or thing that you find interesting, unusual, intriguing, weird, paranormal, or mind-bending.

Some possible suggestions are:

an antique oddity that you own or have seen,

an optical illusion,

a ghost story,

an obsolete tool,

an abstract concept (what are gravity waves?).

Please include with your submitted quilt a few lines about your inspiration or techniques, as viewers are always very interested in these details.

One of the privileges of WAQA membership is free entry into the annual Challenge.

In January, 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. It should have a label on the back including your name, the title of your quilt and a contact detail (address, phone number, or email).  A 7cm (3”) hanging sleeve that is 5cm (2”) narrower than the width of your quilt at each end, to accommodate the hanging hooks, is preferred

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.

We encourage quilters of all levels of skill 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.

Exhibition Loan

The exhibition can be loaned to groups or associations within Australia for short periods. WAQA pays the postage both ways within WA and one-way interstate.

If your group would like to arrange to borrow the challenge quilts bookings can be made by contacting our Challenge Convenor – email:

The Challenge Quilts – Members’ Choice Award 2017

Thank you to 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.

To Be or Not to Be


The runner up is Don’t Count Your Chickens by Sue Mobilia from Dongara.

Don't count your chickens

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.

The quilts will be displayed at various times throughout the year and at QuiltWest.