Double Dose

I have been receiving lots of photos and information from the lovely WAQA members in Perth so without further ado, it is time for another blog post.

I apologise in advance for not always having the names of people who make the quilts, but know that you all love to see lovely quilts and sometimes our photographers are madly snapping away at show and tell, that it is sometimes hard to catch someones name. Rest assured though, that we do always check for permission with the owner before we click away and send the image into the blogosphere for everyone to see!


Not sure who made this quilt, but they said that needle turn applique and hand quilting were perfect partners.

This magnificent quilt is made by the Tentmakers of Egypt and is owned by Kerry Moore.

Four of the quilts pictured were made by  Kerry Moore.  Kerry’s name may sound familiar as she  attends the Rajah quilt group and is  our country liaison contact person for WAQA. Gorgeous work, Kerry.

Yellow star stripe quilt  by Kerry Moore.

Hexagon quilt by Kerry, made at the Hexagon group

I believe that Kerry has made this quilt pattern four times.

Christmas quilt by Kerry Moore

Our community quilters have also been busy making incubator and humidicrib covers, many of these  small quilts were made by quilters who are just learning to quilt  at the Glyde Inn.  We also have quilters helping to quilt tops on their long arm machines and donating their time and talent for others.

Hope you enjoy these images and I always love to hear from people about their quilting journey, so if one of these quilts is yours let me know at

Enjoy your weekend and I am sure these quilts will give you lots of inspiration,  or if you can spare a few hours, at any time,  you may like to help our community quilters.  Go to our facebook page to see more photos of community quilts.





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Challenge quilts visit Kalgoorlie

In February, the WAQA Challenge quilts Inspired by a Quotation and the Contemporary Quilt Group (CQG) Self-Portrait quilts were displayed in Kalgoorlie at the primary school. In addition, the CQG challenge was displayed at the William Grunt Memorial Library.

Margie McIntosh, a primary school art teacher, borrows the quilts each year. This year, she is using self-portraits as a theme for her own students. So the CQG challenge fitted perfectly.

By coincidence, the self-portraits that Margie’s students chose in this photograph are Phil Thomas (left) and Susan Sheath (right) both are co-convenors of CQG. On display on the wall behind are Sheila Pye (top left), Julie McAllister and a glimpse of Wendy Gerich (bottom left). Unfortunately, the top right portrait is anonymous.

Several of the portraits were created in a WAQA workshop, almost two years ago, conducted by Phil Thomas: Foto to Fabric.

Margie wrote to me of her appreciation.

“What a wonderful lot of discussion and learning sprang from both sets of quilts in my school art lessons. The kids are fascinated by the different interpretations of the themes.
The portrait quilts were a hit at the town library display with many locals visiting especially.
Thank you for providing this service to country people.”

EPSON MFP imageA brief article appeared in the Kalgoorlie Miner Friday 16 February, including this photograph.

Its really wonderful when quilts of all different shapes and sizes make their way to regional areas of Western Australia.  For young students it is also an excellent way to showcase how “art” can be interpreted in so many different ways and forms.

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What is a Rajah quilt?

Do you sometimes hear the names of quilts or quilt blocks and wonder how they got their name?  Kerry Moore who attends the Rajah quilt group, kindly sent me some photos and provided me with some information, about the Rajah Quilt.  Thank you Kerry.

This quilt was sewn by women convicts on board the ship Rajah which left England in April 1841 and arrived in Van Diemans Land (Tasmania) on 19 July the same year. The women had been provided with sewing packages containing fabrics, needles, threads and scissors by women who looked after them before the ship left and taught them to sew. They sent the quilt back to England on the ships return voyage to show the ladies of the committee that they had not forgotten their assistance and had been industrious. The original quilt was 325 cms x 337 cms. The reproduction is 170 cms square. It was not seen or heard of again till 1987, when it was found in a private collection in Scotland. It was purchased by the National Gallery of Australia and can now be seen on display there.

There is also a Rajah award and each year, Expertise Events recognises Australian quilters with three special awards, presented at the AQC Gala Dinner. The awards are designed to acknowledge people who have made an outstanding contribution or achievement in the area of quilting.
In 2007, Lessa  Siegele, received the coveted Rajah Award, which prompted her to make her own version of the iconic Australian quilt. Whilst the original  is held in the National Gallery of Canberra and is 126” square,  Lessa’s quilt is 63” square, and after many requests she wrote to the gallery and with permission has written a pattern. The pattern, which she still sells, has been very popular both here and in the USA. (2sewtextiles) and is pictured below.
Raja quilt


 The Rajah group had its second meeting today and it seems some Rajah followers have done a lot of inspired work with their blocks.  Within the group, we  have a huge variety of styles that are being made in this quilt reproduction.   Kerry has also been giving small demonstrations in the making of lots of half square triangles quickly.


The Rajah group meets at the George Burnett Leisure Centre, once a month on the fourth Thursday of each month, 12-3 pm.  It is for members who are interested in the historical Rajah quilt. We are reproducing the quilt in our own way, following the design of the original but using our own choice of fabrics and ideas.
Contact Glenda Olesen for more details. Her number is: 93975543. You are welcome to join any time.

Last week we had the first meeting of the newly formed Night Rajah group. They are doing much the same as the day group but it looks like we will have some very modern quilts from this group. This group meets at the business home of the Strawberry Thief on the third Friday evening of each month.
You can also join this group if you can’t make the daytime one. Contact Meg Hutchinson for more details: 0408448554.


I wonder what will go in the centre of this one?



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Meet a quilter – Sue Mobilia

If you think this quilter’s name rings a bell, you are right!  Sue was our second place winner for the 2017 challenge quilt with her small quilt, “Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched. ( pictured below).

Via the wonderful small world of the internet, I put some questions to Sue, which she was more than happy to answer for our blog.  Thank you Sue.

Don't count your chickens

One of the first questions I put to Sue was, Do you keep chickens, or did you like the quote and worked it all out from there?

Sue’s reply was, “I don’t have any chooks at the moment but we have done and some of them were Light Sussex, lovely white chickens with black lacy shawls around their necks. Just perfect inspiration for practicing my “feather quilting”.
I could not decide whether to call my quilt “Birds of a Feather”, “Don’t put all your Eggs in One Basket” or “Don’t count your Chickens” so I asked my Facebook friends and most of them preferred the last so there it is!
Where in Western Australia do you call home”?
We have lived in coastal Dongara,  for 15 years in a lovely 1880’s home that is filled with character.  Dongara is an approximate  45 minutes drive south of Geraldton . I love my house and Dongara,  but do feel it’s time to move back to the city and the grandchildren now.
Do you have a favourite place to eat, drink or meet with friends in your town?
Every Sunday morning you will find me with a group of wonderful friends enjoying breakfast at The Starfish Cafe right on South Beach, Port Denison. I’ll certainly miss that when we move
Do you quilt with a group in your local area?
I was an active member of the Dongara Patchwork Club (The Patch) for years, doing several stints on the committee over that time which highlighted in 2013 as I led the club through our first Public Hanging at the local Rec. Centre. It was a big decision moving from our previous venue at the old Priory with all the charm and history it has, into the large, shiny new building but it was a good move and the Triennial Quilt Hanging has now become well known as the place for quilters to travel bush every 3 years to see some wonderful work. It was always held the day after Northampton’s Annual Airing of the Quilts but unfortunately that show is no longer held at all. Maybe just staging it every 3 years like Dongara does is enough to manage. The next Public Hanging in Dongara is in October 2019.

Please tell us a little more about your quilting/sewing/craft journey?

I made my very first quilt in 1972, a little dolly’s quilt for my first born. Over the next 30 years I busily raised my babies and then trained and worked as an interior designer into the new millennium but I was always sewing as I went and totally self taught. Then my bloke and I made our Sea Change to Dongara where I joined the Patch Club. 
Well, I’d been doing it all wrong! I soon learnt I needed to measure, use patterns, follow rules, sew straight, oh my goodness, I needed to come up to speed, so I learnt the rules and achieved some success in making quilts to please the Grandies and family. I now know how to make real quilts but I was bored out of my brain.
So I decided to enter challenges and in 2016 I sent a quilt to WAQA for the Ruby Challenge, a portrait of my daughter’s dog Ruby. That was fun and I got a kick out of seeing it displayed at Quiltwest, now I’m hooked on making Art Quilts. 
How many quilts do you think you have made over the years?
I have no idea how many quilts I’ve made over the years, probably 100s, some tiny 6 inch samples, some a lot bigger. I’ve sold some, gifted some, used some and even cut up and recycled some. I work quickly and my mind is always planning the next piece.
I enjoy photography, drawing, eco dyeing and my busy retirement.
Lastly, are your nearest and dearest impressed or supportive of your quilting hobby?
I have no idea. My kids like their quilts well enough, my Grandies love theirs and some can now make quilts themselves, my bloke doesn’t want one “because we have plenty” and I just like to go out to my studio and play so I guess we are happy with it just like that.
Enjoy some more of Sue’s work below, and once again Sue thank you for sharing!

Me with my AQC Challenge “Pause for Paws” I was thrilled to have my quilt selected for judging and participation in the display in Mexico.


Progress photo of my 2018 AQC Challenge “Borders & Bridges”. It has been chosen for prejudging but it may be returned shortly or hopefully selected for final judging and exhibition. Wish me me luck please.

Indigo Shibori dyeing for my Boro quilt, 45,000 hand stitches, 11,000 done so far!


Ruby, photo and quilt.

 You can also view more of Sue’s work on fb.  Sue Mobilia textiles.
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Small group quilters lend a hand.

Lots of WAQA members belong to smaller groups who stitch at each other’s homes or venues all over Western Australia.

One of our small group members is Pippa,  and her group work mostly in the American Civil war quilt patterns and materials, as below.

pippa quilt2

Pippa was at the final day of shop hop last year at Handcrafters house,  where Michele the owner, demonstrated a quilt block.  Pippa asked if she could copy the block and Michele said yes.

Pippa brought the red/pink fabric  and then tried to use up her lime greens but she didn’t have enough. The rest of the group brought their greens along and she was able to finish the quilt which she has made for community quilts. She machine quilted animal shapes in the center of the blocks…… she is hoping it will go to a needy child.

This years shop hop will also finish at Handcrafters House in Midland, where our final Shop Hop event raffle will be drawn on Sunday afternoon, March 11th.


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Quilt inspiration – look no further!


I feel so inspired by the quilt photos that come my way, via our members who attend sewing days and sewing nights.  Hope you have some time this weekend to enjoy some stitching time and maybe have a play with a few new techniques or start attacking your fabric stash!  Wherever you are, enjoy a wonderful weekend.


Drunkards Path- a  great use of pre-cuts!

Deb is kept busy by her grandchildren and also doing the minutes at the WAQA meetings. She also likes playing with her Sweet 16 machine. I think one of her grand daughters may be the recipient of this “Beauty and the Beast’ panel.


Not sure where our effervescent Vice President, Carla finds the time, this is her completed quilt from an Elizabeth Hartman pattern, “Fancy Foxes”. I bet all the boys in her house love it!!


Sally makes the most of her Kaffe leftovers, adds some raspberry and voila…. another stunning quilt!

Double wedding ring quilt. Simply beautiful, all the colours of the rainbow, made with scraps and hand quilted.

Green 9patch

This would be a great St.Patricks day quilt, loving all the greens in this disappearing 9 patch.

Bird of Paradise

Kathy’s bird of paradise wall hanging. This is all paper pieced.

Lesley Warren’s Feather Bed quilt -an Ana Maria Horner design.


Cathy’s convergence quilt made for her dad’s cancer journey

shabby chic

There is nothing “shabby” about this gorgeous quilt.  Made by Marie and titled, “Shabby Chic roses”


Look at the work in this spectacular quilt.  I believe that Barbara has been working on this quilt for a number of years.

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Are you utilising the WAQA library and your local library collection?

If you are a WAQA member, and live either in the metropolitan area or in regional Western Australia did you know that you can borrow books from the extensive collection that is held by the quilting association.

With over 2000 titles you are bound to find a title that will appeal to you, everything from paper-piecing, applique,  bargello, scrap quilts, baby quilts, pre- cuts and modern quilts,dyeing fabrics, making bags, the list is endless and is always being added too.  There is also a large collection of both Australian, American, New Zealand and British magazines for loan.  There are also other items that can be loaned out to individuals or groups.

If you live locally, you can access the library on Sewing days and sewing nights, ask any member to help you with the process.  Members may request a library card and this card must be presented when borrowing items. All members may borrow 20 items, with a maximum of 10 books and 10 magazines at one time.

If you are a country member, you don’t miss out,  WAQA pick up the postage costs and you are able to borrow up to 6 items at a time.    If you do not already take advantage of this wonderful service, drop our friendly country librarian, Thea Williams an email and she will be more than happy to assist you.

Thea can be contacted at  You will  need to be a current member to utilise this service.

With the catalogue being online, it is very easy to search for a title or your favourite technique.  The catalogue can be accessed in the library room on Sewing days and nights and also via the WAQA webpage, under Library.

Remember too in every issue of the Quilters Quarterly, you can read our library book reviews, and see what members thought of a particular title.

Are you a member of your local library?  Many metropolitan and regional libraries carry a vast amount of art and craft books and magazines.  If you a current member of any WA public library,  ask your local library staff how you can start accessing magazines  via your electronic device in the comfort of your own home, there are many, many magazines that can be downloaded via Eresources ( State Library of WA).

Some of the quilting titles available are:- Homespun, Quilters Companion,  Quilting Arts., Paper Cloth and Scissors, American Patchwork and Quilting, Modern Patchwork and Quilting , and Love Patchwork and Quilting and THESE are just the quilting ones!!  These magazines are free to download, you can obtain the latest issues and also back issues.

Aside from the quilting magazines, there are many other titles to choose from:-, health, sport, knitting,crochet and women’s interest, gardening, entertainment.  The magazines featured come from Australia, USA and England, Germany, Italy, France  and New Zealand.

The best thing is they don’t need to be returned and can be just deleted from your device when you have finished with them, or better still left on your device, and you can return to them when you need to.

What are you waiting for……………..start your borrowing, or you inquiries today! and remember what you “save” on magazine and book buying, you will have a few more dollars for fabric and notion buying!!



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