Community Quilt Bee dates for 2019



Our WAQA Community quilters are an amazing bunch of people.  Why not come and join them if you have a few spare hours, you will be spending time with like minded people and assisting them with the cutting, sewing, binding and quilting of gorgeous baby, lap,single or double quilts, that are dontated to many different groups in the community who need them most.  Don’t be shy, you will be made to feel so welcome, you will wonder why you have never attended a Community quilt day before.  If you regularly attend, why not bring along a friend.  These are the dates for 2019.

Sunday 24 March, 28 April, 23 June, 25 August, 22 September, 27 October & 24 November 2019

                     10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The next Community Quilt Bee will be held at Alexander Park Craft House, Clyde Street, Menora on Sunday 24 March 2019 from 10:00 am- 3:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing our regular attendees and lots of new faces in 2019. There is always plenty of work, fun and frivolity to go around. Everyone is welcome – why not introduce a friend to patchwork – just bring them along. Come for as long or as short as you are available. Everyone is welcome.
Morning tea provided. Entry $5.00. Please bring your mug, machine, sewing equipment and your lunch and community quilts for Show and Tell.
Register by replying to this advertisement or on the registration sheet at sewing day/evening. (

Any questions or queries to:
Cathy Gregg 0406 227 682
Andrea Gilbert 0417 336 588




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Wetlands Series on display at AQC




Whats for DinnerThese sixteen art quilts, the fourth set by the group, depict aspects of Wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain; swamps, estuaries and rivers, and native plants and animals. Accompanying text describes what is depicted on the quilts in terms of relevance to traditional Noongar culture. Noongar people were first custodians of the Swan Coastal Plain.

The quilt set has been created in the spirit of reconciliation with the Noongar community, and for educative purposes. The set follows the group’s ‘Balbuk’s Country’ quilts which they believe achieved these same purposes.

The Wetlands quilt set has conducted the following Noongar consultation:

• Viewing and appraisal of quilt set by the Shire of Cockburn Aboriginal Reference Group, Perth

• Exclusive viewing of quilt suite for Noongar Elder Women, arranged by the City of Perth

wetland-2About the group: WA Inspired is a group of eight quilters in Perth, Western Australia whose purpose is making art quilts for exhibition. We agree on sizes and themes, then work individually initially, to ensure variety in what we create. We have made, exhibited and sold three series of quilts which can be seen on our website

Our fourth set ‘Noongar Country, Wetland Glimpses’ was launched in Albany, WA and will be seen at AQC where members of the group will be available during the day to discuss.

Pat Forster, ‘likes making quilts with mathematical designs’. For the Noongar Country quilt project, she read widely about Noongar culture in order to inform the quilts. She has won many prizes and had quilts juried into National and International exhibitions, most recently Quilt National 19.

Meg Cowey, ‘enjoys the challenge of technical piecing, especially non-tessellating shapes, informed by a foundation in traditional techniques’. She creates abstract designs, often with ambiguous architectural themes, leaving interpretation to the viewer. Meg is a multiple prize-winner.

Stella King, ‘is enjoying the journey of being a fledging textile artist’. She produces novel designs that encompass the historical and natural heritage of Western Australia. She brings to bear a wide range of techniques to problem-solve the making of her quilts.

Denise Mallon, ‘is enjoying a new direction with quilts since moving to Western Australia’. After initial inspiration she allows her quilts to evolve in the construction, bringing to bear her expertise with many hand and machine techniques.

Elizabeth Humphreys, ‘likes making quilts that are uniquely Australian and that reflect her extensive travels by road across the country’. Her award winning quilts resonate the colours of the native flora of the outback. She has made many quilts for Australian Veterans and bereaved families.

Stephanie Knudsen, has a long history of working and teaching with textiles and ‘leans toward the abstract and innovative’. Currently she mainly uses hand dyed cotton and silk, heavily stitched and manipulated, to create landscapes and aerial views of the land. She has a long list of prizes.

Thanks to Pat Forster for the wonderful information provided.
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Pure Radiance

With thanks to Meg Cowey from Our House Quilts blog for sharing this information.

Each year at QuiltWest, the West Australian Quilters Association quilt exhibition, there is a raffle to support the Royal Flying Doctor service. First prize is an ‘exceptional’ quit. Last year, the Quirky Quilters were invited to create the first prize.

With some trepidation, six of the Quirky Quilters took on the task. It took us a couple of months to settle on a design. Six quilters – there was a huge range in preferred styles! After visiting AQC in April, the quilt Antelope Canyon  caught our attention. The pattern was purchased and permission granted by the designer for us to use it for the raffle quilt


Julie did a lot of preparation, sorting Kaffe Fassett jelly rolls into colour grade. Then we were all set for three days of hyper-productivity. We met at  Quirky Quilts central and  set up cutting stations and sewing machines.




The whole thing went very smoothly and we were all finished by lunchtime on Day 3.

Susan and Meg holding up the finished quilt.

The quilting was completed by Carol Brady, a professional quilter, who is a member of WAQA.


Phil added the binding

radiance 5

We settled on Sheila’s  suggestion for the title RadianceJulie purchased a pillowcase to use as a quilt bag and Sheila made a beautiful label for the quilt and bag. We had a lot of fun making this top and we are all proud of the finished quilt.

Raffle tickets are on sale at Handcrafters House,  WAQA meetings, and QuiltWest


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Twice as Nice at AQC

I had a lovely email during the week from Lana Lefroy,   Lana and her twin sister Jan Fisher, who is a WAQA member have had their entries juried into the Mini Challenge Self Portrait .  I know many of our members are heading over to Melbourne for the show this year, so please keep an eye out for these very eye catching mini quilts.

Here is the story about their quilts.

I made up two backgrounds of photos of us and challenged my twin Jan to do it with me.

First Twin by Lana Lefroy

I had to lead the way as she was too scared to go first. She says she had to kick me out as I was too scared to go first (both born breach). We were always dressed the same and received the same things, otherwise we argued. If things weren’t the same colour, I received the blue one and she got the red. She is my other half, so half of me is depicted in blue and she is represented as part of me, in red. How lucky we are to be twins.

Eleven Minutes Later by Jan Fisher

My twin is awesome! She taught me to quilt which has allowed us to make quilts together. We have always been told we have beautiful eyes, however I think it is because we are kind, balanced people. We have much to give, which we do through our work as nurses. Our passion though, is using quilts as a voice for nature that is being negatively impacted. Our quilts are unique; they aim to engage, raise awareness of our environmental plight and to provoke thought about the future of our children and generations to come.

Thank you for sharing your story, Lana .  I love the quilts that you and Jan have made.

First twin by Lana Lefroy

Eleven minutes later by Jan Fisher

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Shop Hop 2019-all the info!

We are excited to present the 3rd Annual WAQA ShopHop

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7 -13 March 2019 Country Week and 14 – 17 March Metropolitan Perth

What a better way to support the quilting industry in Western Australia than to visit all the unique and different 2019 participating quilt shops.

For the last 3 years quilters, sewers, crafters and fabric enthusiasts have been participating in the annual WAQA Shop Hop. This year will be even more spectacular.  Join us for 2 fun filled weeks packed with informative demos, unique quilt samples, fabulous fabrics, threads, raffles, specials and so much more!!

ShopHop Passports are available for purchase at all participating patchwork shops. $10 will entitle you to a passport of fun, adventure and many many great prizes.

shop hop passports 2019

As you travel the State, each shop will stamp your passport and give you a free 5” fabric square (exclusive to individual shop, a chosen fabric that represents them).  The passport owner must always be present to receive stamp and charm.  The more stamps you receive, the higher chance of prizes.

Continue visiting any and all participating shops to fill up your passport!  ‘You make it what it is – do as much or as little of the hop as you choose’. We suggest traveling with a loved-one, family or friends, plan a few day trips, jump on the Country Bus (SOLD OUT) and enjoy the inspiration you’ll find while visiting WA’s Finest Quilt Shops!

As our way of saying thank you for shop hopping with us we have this year some amazing prizes:

Shop Incentives

Shops are offering discounts / fun & games / demonstrations / morning teas

Note: each shop has their own planned activity, get in early to see.

Opening Event

Kennedy’s Creative Sewing Centre, Wangara (bookings are essential)

9303 2635

Closing Event

HandCrafters House (bookings are essential)

9274 4955

To be eligible for the Shop Hop Prizes your Passport must be handed in by 2pm on Sunday, 17 March.


  • AccuCutter
  • Scan n Cut
  • Horn Cutting Table
  • Sewing Machines
  • & much more

You do not need to be a WAQA member, this event is for our quilting community and all are welcome.

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Young Sew & Sews


The 2nd Annual Young Sew ‘N Sews’ Holiday Quilting Fest, which takes place every Monday in January, was a great success.   The four weeks gave an opportunity for the older members of Young Sew ‘N Sews to complete items and learn new skills. The teachers, Rosalie Sutton and Fran Schifferli and helper Sandy Sutton-Mattocks were impressed not only with the standard of items produced but also with the work ethic, good behaviour of the students and the developing comradeship.

It was a joy to see that so many of the girls had been given much loved sewing gifts for Christmas that would enable them to continue to pursue their hobbies of both hand sewing and machine sewing. There were sewing notions and containers, fabric, a quilting foot, rotary cutters, and even trolleys to make it easy to transport their sewing machines. They all put them to good use.

The venue at the Function Room of a Riverside Apartment made the quilting fest comfortable and fun with the students having an hour of swimming at the resort-like pool at the end of each day under the watchful eye of sewing supervisors and parents. The kitchen facilities with fridge and microwave made it easy for lunch and morning tea refreshments.  Large tables with plenty of power points for machines and iron, plus large open areas for pinning quilts made it easy to create both an individual work station and a general area to negotiate and share.

Even though there was a good deal of preparation from the teachers for the quilt fest in setting up the room, providing tuition materials and teaching new skills, as well as for the parents and the students to be organised and ready with lunches and sewing equipment, it was very rewarding to see every student make real progress with their projects.  Some were prolific with many items completed. Others worked on larger quilts or larger embroidery projects. All the girls learnt half square triangles, 2 at a time and 8 at a time and flying geese blocks. Many other techniques were reviewed so that they could make these into blocks.

On Saturday 2nd February we had 15 girls reviewing setting up a sandwich and straight-line quilting. This was done on the large (15 inch) courthouse steps block made the previous meeting. Those who didn’t make the January meeting worked on post and rail blocks.

It was also very unexpected at our first February meeting when the  Young Sew ‘N Sews presented Rosalie, Fran and Sandy  with gifts of potted herbs and  a beautiful thank you card signed by all the students of the Quilt Fest.  A lovely touch and much appreciated.

We also say thank you to our two parent helpers and  Joan Shaw, and Madeleine Innes.


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Beginners are blooming

The WAQA beginners’ group has grown over time and we’ve just moved out of the studio and into the main hall at Alexander Park Craft House, so it seems like a good time to post some photographs showing the busy beginners at work…

The skill levels vary (some have been coming to the group for a number of years and some are completely new), so that throws up a few challenges. This year the attendees have three choices –

  • To get the basic skills while working on a ‘Strip Tease’ quilt  – each strip uses a different technique. Good for complete beginners
  • To make a number of blocks and units using more advanced techniques to make an improvisational style quilt
  • To work on their own project with some assistance if required.

Of course this is very fluid, with a lot of overlapping, but as the photos show everyone just gets stuck into whatever they want to do.

It’s a great group!

Meetings at Alexander Park Craft House, Clyde Rd, Menora on the first and third Monday of each month, 12pm to 3pm (except public holidays).

Contact Phil –

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Sunburnt Country


Feel inspired by Taryn Blight’s quilt ‘Love from a Sunburnt Country’ which was exhibited in stitched and bound 2017? Taryn depicted the sunburnt country which she lives in and loves, near Wagin. Maybe your entry for stitched and bound 2019 is shaping up to depict something close to your heart, like Taryn’s did. Maybe it is purely geometric because that does turn some people on. Whatever your choice, you will need a good photograph. Some suggestions are available at :-

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Contemporary Group WAQA

With permission from Phil Thomas and the contemporary group ladies, I am sharing their latest blog post.  A new year and new beginnings;  if you have thought about joining WAQA and attending one of our groups- perhaps this is the one for you.

I hope you enjoy the post and if you want to be a part of the contemporary group, then please contact Phil or another member of the group who will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.  Or click on this link for further details about where our contemporary members meet and when.


A little peak at some of our fabulous Contemporary quilt group ladies.

A belated Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the Contemporary Quilt Group for 2019.

Many of you will have visited Louise Wells’ recent exhibition “Of Our Time – Ordinary Lives” at the Midland Junction Arts Centre. We are delighted to say that Louise will be with us in February to, firstly, talk about the inspiration for and practicalities of her exhibition and, secondly, to lead us in an activity exploring the techniques she uses to develop ideas and concepts for her work. This will be useful to all and is particularly timely for those working towards “stitched and bound” or any other 2019 exhibition submissions.

Requirements for the Concept Development session
Participants to bring pens or pencils and paper/notebook/ journal.

In a slight change to our normal routine Louise’s talk and activity will be first up followed by Show and Tell as always.
Then we want to pick up on a suggestion from December; what might be termed a ‘show and ask session’ – Bring It Before You Bin It. Please bring your failures or anything that has got completely stuck so that the group can offer suggestions before you write it off as a WOMBAT. It was also suggested that we might take over each other’s work if we see
possibilities where the originator is just ‘over it’, but we’ll leave that to individuals to negotiate. As it follows Louise’s session this might be a good place to apply some of her concept development techniques.
We look forward to seeing everyone on 8th February to kick off CQG 2019!

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Sewing Night

It is always a pleasure to be in the vicinity of Perth and be able to attend Sewing night at the Stirling Adriatic Centre.  I never cease to be amazed by what is on offer.  I witnessed lots of people signing up for their Shop hop passports, people being enticed by the fabric on offer from our Community quilters who were holding a sale, loving the fabric that was on sale from Two Crafty ladies and then very much enjoying a wonderful show and tell and wandering around the room and saying hello to all the quilters and seeing what wonderful work they were producing.

It was also a great opportunity to say hello to Thea, who does such a wonderful job of coordinating the WAQA library.  Did you know that even if you live regionally, Thea is able to send you many books and magazines ?  Why not avail yourself of this wonderful benefit of being a WAQA regional member? and if you do live in the metropolitan area and attend sewing days and nights, then please do go and say hello to Thea and check out the wonderful selection of books and magazines that you can borrow.

In my  15 years, of living regionally,  I have thoroughly enjoyed the selection of books and magazines that have been sent to me, so well done all our WAQA country librarians.  You can read more about this here:-

I also do apologise,  as so caught up in the moment, of show and tell , I am unable to share  the names of the people who made the quilts.  As always,  if your quilt is featured here and you wish to be recognised as the maker, then please let me know ,as always happy to share further details.  The candlewick quilt was spectacular , there were some community bandanna quilts on show and our raffle quilt was also on show.  The raffle quilt is currently on display at Handcrafters House in Midland and will be moved around different venues in the lead up to Quiltwest 2019.  So as Molly Meldrum says, “do yourself a favour” and do go  and check out this quilt and grab some raffle tickets, it is a truly beautiful quilt.

There are many exciting things happening this year, so be sure to stay tuned to all our social media updates.

The wonderful Thea, our WAQA librarian and  a selection of books that our members can borrow.





A Wagga quilt in the making, some beautiful crocheted squares and and a gorgeous embroidery, I am feeling very inspired.


Deb Costarella, always on hand to make you feel welcome and in charge of WAQA PR and marketing.



Remember we have the very talented Jemima Flendt from Tied with a Ribbon at our general meeting on Feb 6th.  We have Shop Hop happening in March over two weekends to include both our metro and regional shops , and many more wonderful things in 2019, so stay tuned in.

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