Stop the presses…… exciting news!

Tonight at sewing night we had a bit of fun and decided to raffle the President and  Vice President badges.  Luckily for Lesley and I,   and all  WAQA members, the two ladies who won have decided they would like to keep the badges and take on the roles!!.
Congratulations to Kinnie Patterson for taking on  WAQA President and Carla Smales for  WAQA Vice President.
We are all  VERY  excited . Both ladies are enthusiastic, vibrant, personable and bring a range of skills and talents. They  are going to bring  a breath of fresh air to our Association.
 Please make them feel welcome, especially Kinnie who has only recently moved to Perth from Karratha ,and offer your support wherever possible .
I was excited to hear that Kinnie has stepped up to be  President,  as having known her e for quite a few years in Karratha, I know she will be a wonderful addition to the WAQA committee.
 A  warm and wonderful friend, great organisational skills and on a personal note very good at mathematical skills when helping me work out measurements!  She is also pretty handy with her long arm quilting skills.
We also had the pleasure at Show and tell of viewing the Lions Club Memorial quilt, pictured below.
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President and vice president 2017 to 2018

A very warm welcome to Kinnie ( President) and Carla ( Vice President)

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Afternoon tea photos

Following on from our last post, some photos from our afternoon tea.  A beautiful afternoon to thank all of our outgoing committee members of 2017.afternoon tea

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A big thank you!

The spring weather was prefect for a thank you afternoon tea for the WAQA  2017 Management and General committees  . Gwen and Lesley wanted to treat the hardworking committee for a job very well done. Unfortunately due to sickness and travel not everyone could be there but it has been a great year , a great team and everyone’s efforts have been greatly appreciated. Thank you each and everyone of you!
 Best wishes  too to the incoming  committee for the exciting  year ahead  .
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Gwen  Parry and Lesley Warren
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Beautiful beads- a new learning curve

The WAQA Contemporary quilt group had the pleasure of hosting Raelene Vinciullo and Wendy Myles of the Embroiderers’ Guild of WA at their October Meeting.

Raelene began by giving us an insight into the history of beads and how they have been made out of almost every material through the ages.

Later Raelene showed us hand beading techniques used in embroidery, whilst Wendy demonstrated beading using a domestic sewing machine. Members were able to have a go at both methods and also take a kit to try at home.  We are very much looking forward to our next Show and Tell, where we are hoping lots of “bling” will be incorporated into our projects.

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Our thanks to Raelene and Wendy, it’s always great to learn new techniques!


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Quilters share, Quilters care.

If you are involved with social media, you know that some days you are going to have to put on your “big girl undies” and deal with brickbats as well as the bouquets, that come your way.   Today is not that day….. to all the quilters out there, that give up their time to make charity/community quilts,  to the ones who give/donate fabric, sew quilts and blocks, donate batting, quilt the quilt, bind the quilts  and deliver the quilts to their destinations this wonderful post is for you.

I had the most wonderful private message sent to me via the WAQA facebook page , earlier this week and with  her permission, I am sharing her heartfelt words.  For privacy reasons,  I have not included her name.   If you a big softie like me, you might need a tissue handy!!  Keep up the great work, there are so many people out in the community who appreciate the gift of a quilt.

“Tonight my 4 children and I were gifted with a beautiful quilt each, donated to the refuge we are staying in, by your association. I would like to personally thank you and express how something seemingly insignificant as a quilt can in fact mean so much in times like this. I had 15 minutes to grab what I could from our home before we were taken into care at the refuge due to domestic violence. As the risk is too great, we won’t be able to go back to the house to get anything more and will starting pretty much from scratch. These quilts will serve as a reminder that beautiful things can be made from small pieces. Tonight, each of my children have gone to sleep wrapped in one of your quilts. They have gone to sleep happy they have something special of their own. Wrapped up in hug from a stranger that might not have known just how much that was needed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart” .

Enjoy your weekend and know that your kindness and generosity are valued.

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No sleep at this retreat!

Our no sleep retreat was was not only productive but also lots of fun.  Feast your eyes on some of the wonderful quilts and blocks that were proudly displayed by their makers on the day.

We would love to see you at the next one!

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Annual General Meeting – 2017

First the good news from the meeting …

We looked back on an action packed year full of fun and creativity. Our finances are in good order and we can look forward to another busy coming year. A huge thankyou went to Gwen Parry and Lesley Warren for the fantastic job they have done over the past two years as President and Vice-President, with thanks going to the committee who have also worked tirelessly for the association. There was also a BIG welcome to the incoming committee.

Gwen was presented with a zillion selvedge blocks to sew together for her ‘President’s Quilt’ and Lesley received a surprise packet of liberty fabrics given by the members.

Life membership was awarded to the very deserving Cathie Gamble. The description of her long and incredibly full list of service to the association will be in the next QQ.

Outgoing Membership Secretary Helen Perlman was caught on camera (at last!) with Cathie Gamble

Following tea the guest speaker was Claire Turpin of claire turpin design who brought along a trunk show of her colourful quilts and told us about the background to her successful WA business.

Now for the ‘not-so-good news from the meeting…
There were no nominations for the President and Vice-President positions. So, although the association can continue to be run by the ten Management Committee Officers, there is no President or Vice-President.

Please consider volunteering for either of these positions. Gwen and lesley have left the association in excellent order and both positions will be supported by a committed and hardworking team…

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