July Sewing Day and Sewing Night

This month’s Sewing meetings were very popular with lots of members braving the weather to attend. There was a lot going on even without a shop in attendance.

A major attraction was the display of some fabulous quilts from the Blackboy Hill Quilters group. There was plenty of opportunity to admire the quilts and it was wonderful to have so many of the quilters in attendance.

The Blackboy Hill Quilters also supplied the lovely morning tea and evening supper. With Cathie’s guidance the members of the group ran a very enjoyable show ‘n’ tell that featured many of their quilts in addition to those from other WAQA members. Hearing a few tidbits about the friendship and challenge quilts from the quilters themselves was great. A big thankyou to the Blackboy Hill Quilters for a lovely time.

It was also lovely to see the finished President’s quilt made up from all the members’ blocks. Can you spot yours?

Leonè Formentin’s President’s Quilt
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Quilt Displays at WAQA Meetings

WAQA is required to hold a number of General Meetings in order to provide an update to members on the status of the Association and allow for questions by the members on the workings of the Association.

At the general meeting held in the first week in June, in addition to the update from the President, the new WAQA constitution was made available for members’ scrutiny and comment.

Members were also treated to a presentation on some of the Anniversary Quilts from the WAQA Collection which were on show.

At the general meeting held in July (under COVID restrictions), the President provided an update on the status of the Association and then called for a vote on the new WAQA constitution. Thanks to the 50 members for attending and happily for the WAQA committee the new constitution was passed unanimously. Next step is for the Commissioner to approve the constitution.

A feature of the evening was a presentation by Pat Forster on the QuiltWest Best of Show Quilts, with many of them on display for viewing up close. Look out for the article in the next QQ for more information and pictures of these quilts.

The last general meeting for 2021 will be on 21 September at Sewing day, in the boardroom from 11:30am to 12:00pm. No special quilt display for that meeting, but plenty of quilts to see at the regular Show and Tell.

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BYO Machine Night – Additional Information

Just to let you know the first rule of BYO Machine Night is that you do NOT have to bring a Machine. If you like doing handwork, whether it is applique, piecing, quilting or sewing, you are very welcome to attend.

If you would like to bring your machine, then please do so, as there will be power cords available and plenty of tables (set up in a different manner to Sewing Day and Sewing Night).

If neither of those options work for you, but you have a quilt to sandwich, then bring that along, as the table tennis table will be available to use and provides a large flat surface.

As an added bonus for this event Phil (WAQA Beginners’ Convenor) will be on hand to give help and advice to any newbies to patchwork and quilting, plus anyone else who wants to improve their skills. The beginners’ daytime group have recently been working on their straight line quilting and some free motion basics which is producing great results…Any questions contact Phil: waqabegs@gmail.com

Bring your own mug, as tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own dinner, especially if you are coming straight from work. Cost is $6 cash or card.

So come along and join fellow members on Wednesday night 4 August and 1 September for 3 hours at Stirling Adriatic Centre starting at 6:30pm.

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BYO Machine Night – 4 August

Join fellow members for 3 hours of uninterrupted machining or hand sewing! 

4 August, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Stirling Adriatic Centre
78 Jones Street, Stirling

$6 entry

Power cords, irons and ironing boards will be provided.

Because of the timing, you are welcome to bring your own dinner, especially if you are coming straight from work!

Tea, coffee and biscuits will also be provided, but bring your own mug.

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Special General Meeting Wednesday 7 July at 7pm

Special General Meeting 7 July 2021, 7pm
Stirling Adriatic Centre
78 Jones Street, Stirling

With the recent government announcement, the eased transitional restrictions from 12:01am Tuesday 6 July allow WAQA to proceed with the Special General Meeting as planned with

  • Use of the SafeWA App or sign in sheets
  • Wearing of masks
  • 150 person limit and 2 square metre rule enforced
  • seated / served supper (No self serve)

The Purpose of the Special General Meeting is to accept the publicised Draft Constitution 2021 in order that we comply with the Associations Incorporations Act 2015.

We need

members present to form a quorum. 

A feature of the evening will be a display of many past QuiltWest Best of Show Quilts for your enjoyment.

This is a free event for Members and our Sponsors, but guests will be asked for a $5 donation.

A light supper is available, served to you with coffee/tea, so remember to bring your own mug.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Lesley Clugston

WAQA President

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Soup for the Quilters at Judging Weekend

Whilst having a bowl of soup for lunch today, I realised that this time last week I was heading to SAC to help out with setting up for the QuiltWest Judging Weekend. It was an incredibly busy weekend, with members braving the cold weather to turn up and help out with getting approximately 170 quilts photographed and judged.

The soup provided by Lesley Warren and Gwen Parry for lunch on Saturday was just what everyone needed to warm up on a very very cold day.

There was not one, but three choices of soup available, with some people having a cup of each of the soups, and others going for second helpings. Recipes were requested and are listed below (I’ve made the Moroccan Tomato & Red Lentil Soup – so easy and just love it)

Potato and Leek Soup Recipe

Moroccan Tomato & Red Lentil Soup Recipe

Sweet Potato and Pear Soup Recipe

A very big thankyou to Lesley and Gwen for providing the hot soup on the day.

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Biggest Morning Tea/Evening Supper Fundraiser

Last week the Great Expectations quilting group held a Biggest Morning Tea and Biggest Evening Supper at Sewing Day/Sewing Night as a Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Care WA. $1713.60 was raised which was an amazing amount from both events. 

The members of the quilting group, Great Expectations and myself would like to say a very big thankyou to everyone who helped make this a success. 

In particular, Lesley Warren & Gwen Parry for running the lucky dips,

Cathy Gregg for coordinating the kitchen, all the ladies who donated food for the morning tea and

the owners of the tea cosy to bring a little cheer.  Also a big thankyou to Jocelyne Leath who came up with the tea cosy idea.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Robyn Freeman

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QuiltWest Postponement New Dates – Here we go again!

Expertise Events announced new dates for QuiltWest yesterday following the update of Covid restrictions and border closures in NSW.

New Dates are November 3rd – 7th .

Quilt Drop off will go ahead as planned today.

Judging will begin on Saturday 26th June and will be over 2 days.

Change of plan – all entrants have been emailed and asked to collect their quilts between 3pm – 5pm on Sunday 27th June. We cannot store quilts for nearly 4 months. All country members will be contacted personally.

We understand this change is at very short notice, so we please ask you to get a friend to collect your quilt/s on your behalf on Sunday if you are unable to do so.

Please contact either Phil or me if you are unable to collect your quilts or make alternative arrangements.

Prizes and presentation of prizes:

  • Prize winners will be notified in the usual manner after the Judging weekend.
  • Prizes will be awarded at the presentation ceremony at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre  on November 3rd


  • Expertise Events will honour all tickets purchases that have be made for the postponed May and July exhibitions


  • Our rosters administrator will contact you very soon regarding rosters for the November exhibition.

Please contact either Phil or me if you are unable to collect your quilts or make alternative arrangements.

We will do our best to help all our entrants and WAQA members and ask that you be  patient as we deal with this situation.

Further updates about the changes of circumstances will be emailed after the judging weekend.

If you have any queries, please contact Phil or myself.

Sheila Pye quiltwa@gmail.com

Phil Thomas waqaeducation@gmail.com

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Follow ups to Pop-Ups

One of the activities available for members at the Sewing Meetings are Pop-Ups. A pop-up is a short 10-20 minute demonstration by a WAQA member of a technique, product or item to make. Sometimes instructions are provided so members can try out the technique or make the item.

At the May meetings, Gwen did a demonstration on how to make a book cover. There was a lot of interest from the members attending and so it was just wonderful at the June Sewing Day to see the six completed book covers that Helen Smith made.

At the April meetings, Phil did a demonstration on easy sew squares. Everyone attending was amazed at the accuracy that could be achieved in sewing squares together. Chris Walsh tried out this technique for the quilt top she brought to the Beginners Group (I just loved it, especially the colour)

The pop-up at the June meeting was presented by Gwen Parry and she demonstrated how to make a Breast Pillow. The pattern for the pillow is included here and I’m looking forward to seeing how many pillows turn up next month.

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Highlights from Sewing Day and Sewing Night

There was a lot going on at both Sewing Day and Sewing Night this week, so I’ll post separately about some of the activities. It was great to see all the regulars, as well as some members that had not been for awhile. There were also some new members and even a visitor or two.

The BOM presentation was as popular as ever, with many members collecting a couple of kits to make up into a Scrappy Split Nine-Patch using squares and half square triangles cut using the Accuquilt Go! Fabric Cutter!.

The show and tell was also well received by all members. I’m lucky to be right up close to the quilts that are displayed as part of show and tell so I can clearly see the detailed work that goes into these wonderful quilts made by talented quilters. I hope these photos allow you to also enjoy the display.

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