Claire Turpin – February workshop

If you had the opportunity to view the gorgeous quilts from Claire Turpin and were inspired by Claire’s “trunk show” at the November AGM, then why not treat yourself to a Christmas present and go along to our first workshop for 2018, where Claire will be demonstrating her techniques of machine applique and will be showing off her yet to be released Aussie Animal templates.

Claire will bring her range of templates for you to choose from to make your own design.  There may be a charge for some of the templates.

All details can be found on the WAQA page under workshops or you can complete a form in the December QQ magazine.  The workshop will be held on Saturday, 17th February from 9.30-4.30pm at Our Lady of Fatima Church Hall in Palmyra.  The cost is $50 members, $80 non members.

Remember our workshops can fill very quickly, so have a think about making 2018 the year of “You”- or drop a big hint to your loved ones that you would love to do this workshop!!

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A very contemporary Christmas

The Contemporary group held their annual  Christmas lunch on Friday and as usual we had a full day…

Show and tell included lots of different techniques that we shared with each other, with plenty of ideas for work over the holidays. We also had another chance to view the WAQA Challenge quilts and were happy to hear that CQG member Judith Wilton was this year’s winner. Congratulations, Judith!

Phil Thomas also gave a quick demonstration of how to make Kimekomi Christmas balls, if you have  some fabric scraps then you just need a few other bits and pieces to make these balls in time for Christmas.  Phil has some instructions on her blog, “The Guilty Quilter” or alternatively google away, there is a plethora of information and creativity on Kimekomi balls/ornaments on the web.

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Brace your elves… part 2

More elves having fun at WAQA.  Enjoy these photos.

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Brace your elves!! .. Part 1

We all enjoyed a very happy Christmas Party at the SAC Club last night. Mother Christmas and her elves organized games and competitions. The bunting competition was won by the Wanneroo Quilters.
Thank you to those that entered it was great to see such a variety on a very simple theme. One of the competitions was to decorate a member from your table with the contents from a paper bag which had 10 items of which they had to use all of them, and crafty inspiration was in full swing.
Our President,  Kinnie was the judge and number 14 won.
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to be continued….
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English Paper Piecing

In the quilting world, English Paper Piecing is currently undergoing a real resurgence in popularity;  it is portable, is very useful for all that scraps that you have ( not that we quilters have many of those !) and there is so much information and wonderful patterns available, you would be crazy not to give this technique a go….. and these days it is not all about hexagons!!

Demonstrating this technique at our Sewing night was our own WAQA member, Meg, who I am told loves to sew by hand and is extremely talented.  With supplies  provided by The Strawberry Thief, one of WAQA’s diamond sponsors, Meg gave a very detailed explanation about preparing your pieces, using the glue sparingly and deftly demonstrated how to do the “knicker knot” an important element to know for this technique.

Meg is our Shop hop co-ordinator for 2018,  and is an integral part of the team helping to organise our Pop up Shops at sewing day and nights and also helps to organise the many demonstrations that happen at sewing day and nights.
In fact, if you or a friend have a sewing /quilting technique that you would love to share with other like minded people, Meg would love to hear from you, you can email her at:-  waqaweb@gmail.com.
Remember too if you are a WAQA regional member and can’t attend the Perth meetings, , you are also able to borrow some great books on English paper piecing from the WAQA library.
Also check out your local library, many of them have some great quilting books and if you have been extra good this year, you might be able to pop a few quilt books on your Christmas wish list!!

How to do English paper piecing.

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Welcome SewMondo!

WAQA proudly welcome SewMondo to our sponsorship programme.  We hope we have a long and fruitful relationship.

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Welcome from all of us at WAQA!

 

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