WAQA Challenge 2019

The theme for 2019 will be a little bit different. Instead of a topic/title, all participants will receive a fabric swatch (approximately 25cm x 25cm) to spark their inspiration. It is then up to the quilter to choose how to use the fabric: traditional, modern, contemporary or any combination. There will not be a minimum amount of fabric required to be incorporated into the quit, but there is an expectation that the fabric will be visible. Thanks to Paperbark Woman for the generous donation of the fabric. For further details regarding the Challenge rules, please read the rules below or phone Meg Cowey on 93357119.

Fabric swatches will be available in February 2019


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 2018

Thank you to everyone who voted for their favourite Challenge quilt at the November sewing meetings.

Bravo to everyone who participated, and special congratulations to the winner Glenda Woods for her quilt Why? .

In equal second place was Believe It or Not by Kaye Watson and In Black and White by Theresa Jennings. Fourth was Black and White or White and Black by Lesley Warren and fifth was Clementine’s a Curiosity by Val York.

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

“Why” by Glenda Woods


In black and white by Theresa Jennings

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“Believe it or Not” Kaye Watson


Black and white? or White and black? by Lesley Warren


Clementines Curiosity by Val York