Slow Stitching & a great day out

My Friday was filled with so much inspiration.  I headed off to my first Contemporary group meeting and it was fantastic.  I wondered if this group would get through everything by 2.30pm!!

Their special guest was the very talented WAQA teacher Kerry Moore, who introduced us into the wonderful world of hand stitching, who knew there were so many different ways of attaching thread, ribbon, or wool to a piece of fabric.  Kerry also had lots of her work on show and gave us lots of helpful hints and tips, as well as many ways that you can recycle what is in your stash and make the most of what you have.  kerry moore


Show and Tell was AMAZING!  A few of the ladies had been to the Australian Quilt convention in Melbourne and had attended classes whilst there.  Lesley Clugston was so excited as she had taken part in a raffle and was the winner of a gold class ticket to the show.  She said she was treated like a Queen the whole time she was there and also had the opportunity to take part in a class or two.

Lesley pictured below and also part of her quilt that she made in a Joe Cunningham class.



Marilyn showed us the beginnings of her Lion quilt, with skills she had learnt in a Susan Carlson class at AQC.


More quilts on show from Jillian Travis/Jo Cunningham classes.




A gentleman called Ross also attends Contemporary group, this is one talented man!!  He showed us some coats he had been working on and had also made a few hats from a previous wool felt demonstration.



I look forward to attending again, and it was great to meet people that I had only previously “met” via email contact.  I came home feeling very inspired and keen to start some new projects!  Remember all of our small groups will also be a part of our open night on June 5th at the Stirling Adriatic Centre at 7pm, with special guest Lisa Walton.

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Phil talking about the CQG Letter challenge. These small quilts will be on show at Quiltwest.

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Stitched & Bound Important Info

44I Love a Sunburnt Country AFull

I love a Sunburnt Country by Taryn Blight.

stitched and bound 2019

The online entry that was planned is not available. As a result, entries will have to be emailed or mailed–the Conditions of Entry have been revised to include the appropriate addresses.

Attached conditions please click on the link

2019 Sand B Conditions of Entry 

and amended entry form here:-

2019 SandB Entry Form Document (3)

Thank you and apologies for the inconvenience.

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Leap and the net will appear

We are so excited that our annual open night will be held on June 5 at the Stirling Adriatic Centre, Jones Street,  Stirling (Western Australia) at 7pm.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see what WAQA is all about, as well as meet the Co-Ordinators of our small groups, for whom teaching and quilting are their passions!!


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Pictured some of the wonderful teachers at last years Open night.


We are also excited that our special guest speaker at this event will be Lisa Walton, this is how Lisa describes herself:-

Creating art with beautiful textiles has been my life for over 25 years…

Starting with traditional quilt techniques over 25 years ago,  I quite quickly developed the urge to break the rules.

My fascinations with dyeing started about 18 years ago and I now share the dyeing with my husband Peter who enjoys the precision of formula based dyeing while I am able to concentrate on more serendipitous and experimental pieces.

I have a passion for sharing my knowledge and teaching and in 2010 I was awarded the Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship for Quilting Teachers by the International Quilt Association in Houston USA.

I am honoured to be the current President of Studio Art Quilts Association and encourage all textile artists to join this wonderful organisation of like minded souls.

Lisa has an online shop, Dyed and gone to heaven and she also has have a wonderful range of fabrics, paints and tools as well as her gallery store on her website.

Lisa loves quilting and also food, this has opened up lots of doors for her and at the moment is in the middle of organising a textile and food tour to Morocco and Spain.

Lisa’s  talk on the open night is called Leap and the Net will Appear and it is about my creative journey and how I needed to make difficult decisions along the way to get to where I am now.

You can read more about Lisa on her website, Lisa Walton textile artist.

What are you waiting for quilters, can’t wait to see you at Open night.

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Quiltwest Q & A

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear some of our fabulous teachers speak about what they love doing most.  See you at Quiltwest 2019.



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It’s in the bag!

These days you  need to have your bags in hand, when grocery shopping.  Whilst  not a quilting project, these bags are just too good not to share with the quilting community.

The very talented Kerry Moore shared with me, and I now share with you.

“I attend  a Hexagon and Crazy Quilt club  and a member brought along the neatest bags she had made for using when shopping for veggies. I know it’s not quilting as such but it is still pretty important in the scheme of things nowadays.

 The fabric is air flow and if you live in Western Australia, the fabric was purchased from Homecraft Textiles, there is one store in Victoria Park and a new one in Joondalup.  The internet being what it is these days, I am sure it would only take a “google” search to find something similar, in order to begin this great project. 

The member made bags long enough to hold celery and leeks, small enough for snow peas, wide enough for cabbage and such, and brown for potatoes. The yellow one is for capsicums of all colours”

Why not give it a go!  Thank you Kerry and your Hexagon club for sharing this idea.


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How to make:-



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Rockingham Exhibit opens Monday


WA Inspired quilters invite you to come and  enjoy quilts with poetry. An example that compares ‘what was’ with ‘what is now’,  and an example to make you smile follow.


Opening 10am  May 2, rsvp

Presentation 6pm May 16,  rsvp


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Black Boy Beauties

The Blackboy Hill Quilts enjoyed a very relaxing Retreat in the
Chittering Valley over the weekend. The setting was very peaceful. It
had amazing views of the surrounding hills and valley’s. Morning tea is
served on the veranda where you can relax and watch the scarlet robin
come to bath in the bird bath while is friends the Willie
Wagtail,Silver-eye, Brown Honey eater and White cheeked Honey eater
enjoy a feed of nectar from the native vegetation.

Our Yearly Challenge was unveiled and we have small sample for you. We
were given 3 random coloured paint swatches. We were asked make what
ever we liked but it must be those 3 colours.

Thanks Cathie for sharing.





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How to enter “Stitched & Bound”

A friendly reminder that the Stitched and Bound exhibition is to be held at Zig
Zag Gallery, William Street, Kalamunda, October 11 – 27 2019
This exhibition offers an opportunity for you to have your original and different
creations displayed in a beautiful art gallery.
On line entries open on May 15 and close June 30

This is a juried exhibition, please read the conditions of entry carefully.
Help articles include suggestions for photography, writing artists
statements and importantly when is a work original ?
CQG is running a workshop on writing an artist’s statement at their April
meeting. If you miss this then examples will be available from the CQG


In 2017 Jannette (Jan) Campbell entered this work.

A Natural Canopy
Interpreting the colours and markings of the natural canopy formed
by the trees and foliage in a dense forest.
Jan loves the Kantha style of uneven stitching and finds it both
rythmic and absorbing.
Avocado, raspberries, pomegranate, geranium and eucalyptus,
were used to dye recycled silk which was then stitched with a
variety of silk and cotton threads, creating an original and innovative work

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Who is Caitlin Stewart?

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Cailtin, was the winner of the WAQA FibreWest scholarship, and we share a little bit about her here, thank you Caitlin.
Growing up around quilts and quilters, I couldn’t help but be drawn to fabric and thread. I entered WAQA’s Quiltwest in 1992 and 2000 in the junior category. Since then I have continued to quilt and to create fibre art works with free-motion stitching. Luckily my sewing machine is (mostly) very forgiving – I really enjoy playing with stitch, layers and shadow and seeing what interesting materials i can sew with.

I am very excited to be going to FibresWest and would like to thank WAQA and the committee for this opportunity. I currently live in the wheatbelt town of Narrogin and am most looking forward to getting to Muresk in July and being surrounded by like-minded textile lovers for a whole week of stitching!!

Thank you very much for offering this opportunity to members. It is wonderful to see such a connection being made between quilting and the broader textile/fibre arts community.
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Congrats Pat!

Pat Forster was very surprised when her ‘Colour, Shape and Movement’ scrap quilt was selected for the Colour Challenge of the International Festival of Quilts Chicago which opened yesterday, and then included in a two year travelling exhibition including Houston. It’s a mathematical production which used random numbers generated in Excel to decide colour placement and orientation of the blocks.


Well done Pat!

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