Beginners Group Email Address – Correction

The email address for the Beginners Group was in error when recently posted. The contact for the Beginners group is

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Sewing and Sandwiching Night – 3 March

Images sourced from public domain

Power available for machining.

Irons and ironing boards provided.

Improved tables for batting.

Brainstorming: Binding & Facing

Share your secrets and learn some!

3 March 6:30 to 9:30 pm

$6 entry

Adriatic Centre, 78 Jones Street, Stirling

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Thanks for a successful Bazaar

For those that attended Sewing Day or Sewing Night earlier in the week, and added to their stash by purchasing fabric at the Bazaar, Community Quilts wishes to say THANK YOU. The Bazaar was a great success in terms of fund raising for the purchase of wadding, and even more so in terms of the buzz in the room.

There were plenty of bargains found amongst the notions, patterns and other bits and pieces. Some ladies returned to the tables multiple times, and running out of cash was not a problem, as we had the Square on hand, so it was tap and go.

Special thanks goes to the ladies that helped in preparing for the Bazaar, Cathy G, Pauline, Prue, Gwen, Anne T, Ann E and Shirley, by selecting fabric, sorting and packaging the other items donated to Community Quilts. Thanks also to Robyn, Prue, Sandra, Nicola and Helen who helped with weighing the fabric, negotiating acceptable offers on items, and taking payment at Sewing Day/Sewing Night. I also need to extend a special thank you to the ladies that stayed to help at the end of the night with packing away all the unsold items: Cathy, Pauline, Gwen, Lesley, Shirley, Kate, Helen, Phil with apologies to anyone I missed. The Bazaar would not have been the success it was without help from all these wonderful ladies. Iris Potter CQ Convenor

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Beginner’s Group Quilts

I joined the WAQA beginners’ group last year and just love the group, everyone has been so friendly and helpful as I work on improving my quilting skills.

I have been impressed by the work produced by some very new quilters as well as inspired by the quilts completed by those that have been attending for quite awhile. I’m sharing a few photos I took of the quilts displayed last Monday.

The meetings are held at Alexander Park Craft House, Clyde Rd, Menora on the first and third Monday of each month, 12pm to 3pm (except public holidays). Please contact Phil if you are interested in this group –

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Community Quilts Bazaar

At this month’s Sewing Day 16th and Sewing Night 17th, Community Quilts will be holding a Bazaar with all sorts of items for sale.

There will be some beautiful quilting fabrics to choose from in all sorts of sizes, colours and prints. So if you have been looking for something to fill a gap in your stash, or want to start a new project come and see what we have.

For those that really ‘do not need, nor want, shouldn’t buy’ any more fabric, then instead look through the wool, thread, templates, patterns, notions and other craft items as there is plenty of other items to attract your interest.

If your bookshelf is looking a little empty, then you will definitely want to check out the many books and magazines that will also be for sale.

So, come along to Sewing Day (10am-3pm) or Sewing Night (7pm-9:45pm) and check out the Community Quilts Bazaar, with all proceeds going to purchase wadding and backing fabric to make up more quilts to donate to the community.

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Special Announcement – General Meeting Cancelled

The General Meeting scheduled for Wednesday February 3 is cancelled due to the current COVID lockdown.


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Quilts by Robynne Vallence – February 3rd

There will be a display of 29 quilts by Robynne Vallence at the WAQA General Meeting this coming Wednesday, 3 February.

Robynne is an accomplished, award-winning quilter and a long term WAQA member.

She makes quilts in both traditional and modern styles.  The display is something not to be missed.

Venue: Stirling Adriatic Centre, 78 Jones St, Stirling

Time: Doors open at 7pm, short meeting at 7.30pm, followed by discussion with Melodie Symes, and light supper.

WAQA members free entry, guests by donation.

Feel welcome to bring a friend and remember to bring your mug along for a cuppa.


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At last week’s sewing day and night Rosalie Sutton gave a superb pop up demonstration for members.

She demonstrated simple and effective ways of finishing the edges of quilts, that she uses when teaching her junior quiltmakers at the Young Sew and Sews sessions.

It quickly became apparent that what she was showing was useful to everyone (not only to juniors) and we all came away with lots of handy information.

If any member has a technique they would like to share as a pop up at our sewing meetings, please contact Phil at

Popups are short (10 – 20 minutes) and very informal. Don’t be shy…


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January – Sewing Day

Whilst I am enjoying some slow stitching and some time off work, and discovering the joys of the South West, others have been attending Sewing Day. Thanks to Pat Forster for words and quilt image.

The first Sewing Day of the year on January 19 was a buzz. Eventbrite registration was out, but supplying a phone number when signing in was required.

The day was spent catching up with friends and showing quilting that had been progressed during the break.

Community quilts had two eye-catching stands of block of the month quilts from 2020 (see one of the stands in the photo).   

Show and Tell was great, with a wide variety of quilts, including one of an unestablished age, that had been loaned to Cecilia Dihalu, as a result of WAQA Challenge Quilts being displayed in Stirling Seniors Centre and Library.

I also attach some images of Elephant Rocks and Green Pool at Denmark. To escape the crowds, we were on the beach today at 8am, a very much cooler and overcast day, so not as many people, a truly beautiful part of WA. On next to Albany, where I believe there is an excellent patchwork shop!!

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Save the date!

All members are invited to the Mock Judging

When – 28th March 2021 – 9.30am – 3.00pm

Where – Alexander Park Craft House  Clyde Rd, Menora, Western Australia

Why you may ask.? Participating in a Mock Judging will give you an insight into how the judges come to their conclusions.

It is part of the WAQA education for the membership. It’s not about looking at the negatives of your quilt, it’s about how can we all improve and help each other. 

Many times at a judging the team will have two or three quilts that are equal in many areas but the hard part is finding the quilt that has just a little bit more and can take off a prize.

It’s not about lecturing but more about sharing knowledge.  We, the Judging team, would love to have you come along and join the fun.

Entry $5  

Please bring your own mug and lunch.

Bring along two quilts of any description.

During the day we will divide into teams and  have a chance to take part in the mock judging.

It is a chance to dispel the fear of judging as well as have fun.

Book by contacting Cathie Gamble at  


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