Business as usual



Most of our sponsors are still open for business, with precautions all in place,   you may not be able to visit, however why not follow them on Facebook or check out their websites?

They have some wonderful ideas and you can see what they are getting up to during these very trying times and help support them by giving them a like or sending through a cheery comment.

I have touched base with the following shops, however you can view a full list of all our sponsors here:

If you are a WAQA sponsor and want our readers of this blog to know what your business is up to during these unprecedented times, please email me here :-

All of our sponsors have either a website or a Facebook page/Instagram,  it is a great idea to follow them, you will then know first hand:-

  • When classes will resume again
  • What events in the future they will be hosting
  • What stock they carry
  • Sales or promotions
  • Crafty suggestions  for self isolation


Handcrafters House – Midland

Website & Facebook page

Michelle and team will continue to trade until they are told not too.  All precautions in place and order are still being fulfilled.  They also have a great segment on their fb page, called, “Whats in the box” I love to watch this.

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Burnells/Bernina Australia – Inspiration Drive, Wangara. 

Website & Facebook page

I had to visit Perth on Monday and check on my mum in law, she lives very close to Bernina /Burnells in Wangara.  It was great to visit and chat with Tracey,  and again they are open for business and will continue to post orders whilst Aussie Post remains open.

Brad &Tracey also enjoyed seeing lots of people at the closing of WAQA Shop Hop.

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Craft Collections – Bunbury 

Website & Facebook page

They have the he new Tula Pink fabric range in store and also the  Tula Pink limited edition Bernina sewing machine.  Lots of  new stocks still arriving nearly every day,  They are keeping  regular business hours until told otherwise.

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Whether you need a $5 zip, a cotton reel or two, our stores can  assist you.  If you don’t want to shop online, then they are more than happy to talk to you via a phone call.

Sewing/quilting may be the last thing on your mind, or you may be sewing up a storm, you may be feeling very anxious or if perhaps if you are lucky you may still be earning a salary, if you can work from home.

What every situation you are in, do a few deep BREATHS every day.

We are all in the same boat, if you feel like sharing, a story or a photo with our readers- quilting or otherwise ( nature, your dog, something that is making you happy!!) then send to me here-

Thank you .



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Community Quilts Message

Hello Everyone

How is everyone going? We hope you are having fun with your sewing machines.

I toddled off and did the shop hop last week and the thing I have noticed the most about shop hopping is the ever so helpful ladies that run all the quilt shops! I garnered lots of helpful tips, spent too much money ate too much nice food, drank too much coffee and signed up to all the face book pages of our sponsors. I haven’t had time to fully check out the pages and what they are all sewing but I know there is some wonderful work being done. Have a look – you may find some great company while we are all self- isolating.

I would like to bring you up to date on the Community Quilts Busy Bees. We won’t be having any more bees until who knows when but I will let you know as soon as I know.

In the meantime- If you are making any quilts for CQ, We are and will be desperately in need of the following sizes and types:-

Teenage males 50” x 70” single bed quilts

Teenage female 50” x 70” single bed quilts

Children’s all ages 50” x 70” single bed quilts

Children 0 to 3 year old 40” x 50“cot quilts

Play mats for SCGH 40” x 40” children’s fabrics only please

Adult single bed quilts 50” x 70” or a bit larger is fine

Can you please put your finished quilts in to a plastic bag and seal the bag, we don’t know how long we will be unable to gather as a group and this will protect your beautiful quilt.

Pinning day (1) 24-01-2020I would also like to remind everyone that when we do get back together and you bring your quilted quilts in – please remind us to give you a raffle ticket to go in the lucky draw for the $150.00 vouchers prize.

In the meantime, please stay safe and take some photos and send them in to the blog so we can see what everyone is doing 🙂

words & image provided by Cathy & Andrea. -WAQA Community quilts.

and a mercy shout out from our QQ Editorial team –

QQ editors are panicking. No meetings to list in the next QQ, no QuiltWest results. So, HELP! Send a photo of that Community Quilt you are making while being ‘socially isolated’.

We would like to make a mosaic of Community Quilt photos to fill a page (or two!) in the June QQ. Photos of finished or partly finished quilts would be great!

Email the photos to  PLEASE!




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Quiltwest Postponed

The WAQA Quiltwest committee, have announced that Quiltwest 2020 is now postponed, due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Please note if you are thinking of entering then please do!!  QuiltWest Entries are still “OPEN” and we will continue to accept entries and our deadlines are likely to be extended.
WAQA and the Quiltwest committee will continue and plan for the postponed exhibition.
Many different dates are being “bandied around”, but in truth no one really knows when the Craft show and Quiltwest exhibition will be on again at the Convention Centre in 2020.
Please continue to follow us on social media and our WAQA page and blog post for updates regarding classes, sewing day & nights, and of course events.
  • Remain positive
  • Check on your friends/family, quilting or otherwise.
  • Great opportunity to clean out your sewing room / and yee ha maybe work on your “stash”
  • Watch a comedy
  • Follow what our health officials are telling us all to do.
  • Check out the many online tutorials for sewing and quilting on Youtube.
  • Join a virtual sewing/knitting/crochet /embroidery/ group – there are hundreds of them popping up
  • You can still garden or go for a solo walk – enjoy nature, it will help ground you
  • Set up face time, so you can see your family and say G’day!!
Check out all the previous blog posts that have been posted over the years, of which there are many and enjoy looking at all the beautiful quilts and people we have featured.
Stay safe and as healthy as you can.
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Last but not least, our AMAZING Quiltwest team, along with volunteers who make it all happen for us to enjoy!!

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Shop Hop Country bus trip


How things can change in a week.  It is indeed fortunate that our wonderful quilters boarded the Shop Hop bus last weekend and headed out of Perth for the journey south, to explore three great quilt shops,  get their passports stamped and no doubt spend a few dollars.

First stop, just an hour south of Perth was a visit to Terri’s shop, “Classic Stitches  in her new premises at Erskine.  Lots of room to move about and it was great to see all that Terri had to offer.  A great sewing space out the back, with time for some light refreshments.



Our next shop was Craft Collections in Bunbury, and boy did they roll out the red carpet.  Beautiful things to purchase and some wonderful quilts on display.shophop7



Our last stop was the gorgeous, ‘Cotton Rose” quilt shop in Vasse run by Tanya.  Cotton Rose has also just moved into brand new premises and we were made to feel very welcome.  Tanya below being kept very busy by our quilters.




A great day that was enjoyed by all, and if you are ever in the vicinity of Mandurah, Bunbury and Vasse, go and support these great quilt shops.

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Cancelled- March sewing day & night

Hi everyone, we are playing it safe and cancelling March sewing day & night on March 17th & 18th at the Stirling Adriatic Centre in Stirling, Western Australia.

Please stay tuned to WAQA fb page, instagram and also our web page in the coming weeks for any further cancellations of planned events.

Perhaps a good time to stay inside, if you can,  and tackle some ufo’s.



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Machine & Sandwiching Night

What a great night we had.  What an amazing array of quilts!



Seven quilts sandwich and so much learnt from each other.  One very large Liberty pieced quilt was hand basted for hand quilting, a learning experience for many of those present.

Only 2 machines were in use, but many paper-piecing blocks were completed and blocks put together for the center of quilt in progress.

The quilt conversation flowed all night!  Excited catch phrase was “ I have learnt something new”







I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, so much, that we will repeat the event on the first Wednesday of the month in April.  So get those quilts, backing and wadding ready and come & join us!

Wednesday, 1st April 7pm-9.45pm

Stirling Adriatic Centre

78 Jones Street, Stirling

$5 Entry

This is NOT an April fool’s joke!

Words and images provided by Lesley Clugston.





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No sleep retreat- save the date!

A no sleep retreat will be held from 10am – 10pm on 13th June at Manning Community Hall., situated at Manning Community Hall, 2 Conochie Crescent in Manning.

The venue is well lit and plenty of space for parking.  A lift will ensure you don’t have to do much climbing of stairs.

There are plenty of power points and space for machine sewing or you may like to bring along your hand stitching or knitting/crochet.

Morning and afternoon tea will be provided and coffee and tea will be available all day.  Cups are available, but please bring along your favourite mug, if you prefer.

BYO LUNCH – there will be a microwave available, if you need to heat something up.

We will provide the evening meal – possibly a Red Rooster dinner or pizza , so if you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.

We would love to see some show and tell, of something you have made prior,  or if you have been super quick, at the retreat, we would love to see what you have made.

We will have some spot prizes and also some door prizes on the day.  We don’t have a theme, but if you love to sew in your pj’s then wear them!!

For all enquiries and to register your place please contact:-

Donna -Retreats Co-Ordinator

 on email:-

or you can call Donna on 0407 888 755

The cost of this event is $45.00 and will need to be paid by Thursday 11th June into the WAQA account.

BSB  306 044
a/c  4198213
Please put your name and no sleep in the description.

No monies will be accepted at the event or accepted after the cut off date.- thank you.

Look forward to seeing you all.


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I Spy a WA Quilter

It is always a thrill when I look through quilting blogs, Facebook, instagram and quilting magazines and see lots of gorgeous quilts.  I am even more excited when I see it is the work of a Western Australian quilter.  Well done ladies, here are some things I have spotted of late.

In the latest edition of Quilters Companion,  No 101 there are pictures galore from last years Quiltwest exhibition , you can also read an article called Pathfinders which again features WA quilters, who focused their creativity on the Drunkards Path block.








Also instructions for ‘Dubai, Old Soak’ designed by Jenny Critchley, made by Jennifer and Greg, and also exhibited at QuiltWest 2019.

Quiltwest 2020 will run from 13th-17th May, a little earlier than normal. Save the date.

Also in case you didn’t know, if you are a current member of any WA Public library, this magazine and many many more, can be downloaded for free.  Contact your local library for full details, as how to set up an account.  It is very very easy.  Not only are there Australian quilt publications, but UK and USA ones as well.

The Textile Fibre Forum magazine, Issue 137, which is hot of the press, has an article on the Mount Magnet Quilt Project 2019, a WAQA group initiative, and another by the WAQA group ‘WA Inspired Art Quilters’ on exhibiting in non-traditional venues.

I always read the Fat Quarter blog, and was excited to see that Meg Byrne had entered a quilt into the Quilt Con exhibition , and one of the staff members from the Fat Quarter shop had listed it as one of her favourite quilts at the exhibition.  You can read the blog post here:-

Also a great honour for Michelle at Handcrafters House ( WAQA Diamond Sponsor) who has been selected to teach classes on long arm quilting at the International Quilt Show at Houston this year.  Well deserved,  Michelle, they are all going to love you!



Finally today, the lovely Silke Steuxner announced that her beautiful quilt had won 1st place at the Dubai International Quilt Show.  I spoke to Silke today, and she told me a little bit about her winning quilt.  Well done, Silke.

United we stand- Quilt

The idea for this Quilt came to me during a vision/dream one night, like most of my Art Quilts do. I created it during the height of the Australian bushfires. It had such an urgency to it to be created that I could barely stop or sleep. It took days to assemble it as all the animals wanted to come and be in this Quilt. It took over 60 hrs of quilting alone. The message of this Quilt – United we Stand- holds profound meaning for me and the recent events here in Australia have shown me that it is possible that this world can come together as One, that there is hope that we all can live peacefully as one people which includes animals, nature and people alike. We are one Universe, one nation and one people – United we Stand! 







If you would like to read more about Silke then head here to a blog post I did a few years ago:-

Well done WA Quilters and remember if you ever want to share your quilting journey, or any achievements, with me I would love to hear from you.

email me at

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Community Quilts Busy Bee

Community Quilts had the first busy bee for 2020 and what a day ! 28 ladies came along to donate their time and expertise to make quilts for the cause!
We had a wonderful day, got so much done, getting fabrics done for BOM, making tops , and sandwiching.
We had two demonstrations, Prue demonstrated how to widen your backing fabric on the diagonal and Pauline demonstrated how to machine bind your quilt on both sides!
There was lots of chatter and laughing and old acquaintances catching up!
Of course we had show and tell at lunch time .. check out the photos of a few of our quilts and our ladies working away …
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Content & photos courtesy of Andre & Cathy
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Thanks from Community Quilters

Congratulations Sue Bathols ! She won the Community quilt raffle held on February sewing  day & Sewing night! She loves it.
Community Quilts would like to thank everyone for their support on the day !
Believe it or not , Sue also one the Lucky Draw prize of $150.00. She tells me that she never wins anything ! Congratulations Sue. And thank you for quilting for us !!!
Content & photos from Catherine Gregg. ( Community Quilts Group) 
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