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Welcome to the new look QNEWS! something new and exciting for our members. I will be working on it over the coming months so stay tuned. You might be asked to subscribe to this newsletter. Don't be shy just click the link to guarantee delivery of the QNews each month.

Note the cool blue buttons. Click on those and find out more information about anything you find interesting. I'm excited. The Contemporary Quilt Group have a fabulous newsletter and a roundup of what's happening in the arts scene. Workshops are there to tempt you. Stitched and Bound has oodles of helpful advice. Community Quilts is always busy and our Community Liaison, Marie has been extremely busy of late.

How about you? What has your group been doing? I'd love to hear about it and let others know.
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til next month


What a great turnout! 120 ladies attended a fun night at Stirling with Christmas Carols, Decorations, Quilts and photos!!!!  There was dancing to a fabulous duet – the G Men – although Meg Byrne joined them for a trio extravaganza!!.  Gwen had organised a special gift for each attendee and tree decorations were available for swapping!  If you would like your photos emailed please see Lesley at sewing day or night this month. 
Thanks to all involved in set up, take down, donations and joining in the fun.  We raised $135 during a Heads and Tails game which has been donated to “12 Buckets” supporting schoolchildren going through tough times….for which we thank you.  115 placemats were collected by Meals on Wheels in Armadale for their Christmas Day deliveries with a presentation from their representative.

Real Coffee      
Do you know that you are able to buy “proper” coffee from the bar after 1pm?
From next month we are hoping to have a coffee van on site from 10am to 1pm….
General Meeting          
General Meeting on Wednesday 1st February at Stirling from 7.30pm.
Our guest speaker is Judith Wilton from Augusta and she will be showing quilts from their Leeuwin Lighthouse Quilt Show in 2016.
Grandies Day – Sunday 5th February – 2pm to 5pm at APCH
Grandchildren are special and spending individual time with them is precious.
We have organised a “Grandies Day” for just that purpose – any age grandchild is welcome – we will tailor the projects to suit.
We do, however, need registration NOW or we will need to cancel this workshop.  Please contact Lesley Warren on 0407991047 or  We need the sex and age of the child please.  There will be a $5.00 cover charge per person and a small cost for kits dependent upon age.  Afternoon tea will be included.
Wanted - Website Author. I will be standing down this year after five years on the job and would love to work with my replacement over the next few months. No website or IT experience needed other than a love of playing on the computer. Our Wordpress site and Facebook page are very simple to manage. Contact Phil -
Welcome back to another year of exciting making and learning with fabric and other bits and pieces. There are places in all workshops still available and I welcome your applications as soon as you are able to send them. I will not be at sewing day or night in January so please, if you can, email applications to me. Otherwise call and put your name on the list and then post it to me. I will send some show and tell for you to enjoy at sewing day and night. These are examples of what you could achieve if you come to the 3 stars workshops. This series is definitely going ahead so don’t hesitate if you think you might learn from these. You will. I promise. 
I look forward to seeing you at a workshop soon.
Community quilts for 2017 is off to a flying start with quilts distributed to Pat Giles Centre and Sarana Women and Children Program.  Cathy and I had a handover mid December and since then I have been working at coming to terms with all that is involved in the program.  I am looking forward to meeting new members and I am seeking your support during 2017 in any way you can manage.
In order to spread the work load the Community Quilt Program has been divided in sections to make the task more manageable. Sharon Norquay has kindly agreed to be assistant coordinator and to provide continuity between 2016 and 2017.  Sharon will be coordinating the block of the month.  Liz Houghton will be running the working bees at APCH on the 4th Sunday of alternate month with the first bee scheduled for Sunday 22 February at APCH.  Love to meet as many helpers as available on that day.  I will attend the first bee to assist in starting off 2017. A sheet to register interest in attending will be at sewing day/night. Morning tea will be provided as in the past.  Please bring some lunch and any show and tell community quilts you may be making.
I am on the lookout for a member willing to take charge of community quilts at Quiltwest, as I work on contract that month and I am not available, except on the Sunday.  Please email or come and talk to me at sewing day/night if you are interested.
Proudly sponsored by

Got an idea for a pop up information session? Know a trick or two to help other members. Contact Megan to volunteer or if you have suggestions. 

Tiuu is your pop up presenter for January
Join her for "Using up your left over jelly rolls"
STITCHED and BOUND with Pat Forster and Lesley Clugson
The s and b committee is ready for a lot of entries for the exhibition (July 14 – 30)! The key date when entries close is April 7.
Entry conditions and forms are available at
If you can’t access the internet and would like the forms, ring Pat Forster on 9364 5523.
Professional photography has been arranged with
  • Churchill Imaging ($65 per quilt for one full and one detail shot), on or before March 28 
  • Josh Wells ($60 per quilt, one full and one detail shot, $40 for each additional quilt), on or before March 30.
Booking details and forms are on the web and will be in the March Quilters Quarterly.
The s and b website now also offers HELP, with information on
  • writing artist statements
  • taking your own photographs
  • the jury process.
Other good news is that the online entry form has been updated so you can upload your photos. Entry can also be by the paper and email means originally announced.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email  or ring Pat.
Your Community Liaison Officer has been busy working for you. WAQA now has an impressive list of sponsors who are providing the organisation with much needed financial support through QuiltWest prizes, advertising in the QQ,  a Shop Hop, discounts to WAQA members and much more! Most of these businesses have been long time supporters of WAQA, so you may not notice a big difference, but the up-front support to the balance sheet is a huge change!

Our terrific sponsors are: Handcrafters House, The Strawberry Thief, Kraft Daze Sewing World, Austech Sewing Machines, Quirky Stitch, Quintessential Quilts, Southlands Fabric & Sewing Centre, Just One More Stitch, Layered Creations, The Quilting Cottage, Care2Create, Bizzy Bee Patchwork, The Quilt Fairy, Ocean Keys Sewing Centre, Northam Craft Centre, Craft Collection, 2 Crafty Ladies, Patchwork@Homespun, Debbie Barrett Quilting, Cotton Rose.

QNews will feature profiles of some of these sponsors in future issues.

Check your March QQ for the WAQA Preferred Supplier List (will also be on the website)

Shops of Month - all set for the year!

January - Two Crafty Ladies and Bizzy Bee Patchwork

Shop Hop 
With the help of our sponsors, we are organising a Shop Hop to celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day (18th March, 2017). The Shop Hop will run from 16-18 March, 2017 and Passports will be available for sale from the beginning of February. Get yours early so you don't miss out on all the fun.

Help Needed: With all these new activities and programs, the Community Liaison position is too much for one person. I'm looking to create a small team to share the load. I'm happy to coordinate everything and go to WAQA management meetings. If you are comfortable with tabulating information, typing, email, helping get raffle prize donations and making phone calls, please contact Marie Mitchell 0418 287 692 to discuss it.

That's all for now folks!
Dear Jane Group – for lovers of small blocks
3rd Sunday of month 1 - 5pm
Alexander Park Craft House,
Clyde Street, Menora. $5 entry
Contact Jan 0402425911
Hexagon/Crazy Quilt Club.
4th Friday of month 11am - 3pm
Wembley Downs Uniting Church
Corner Minibah Street and Calais Road Wembley Downs $5 entry.
Contact Jean 93060213 or Lesley 93305991
Foothill Friendship Quilters
2nd Wednesday of month  
10am - 2.30pm
Frye Park Pavilion, Clifton Street, Kelmscott. $5 entry.
 Contact:  Shelagh Fitzpatrick 9397 6892

Contemporary Quilt Group.
Second Friday of every month
 10am - 3pm, Alexander Park Craft House, Clyde Street, Menora. $4 entry for WAQA members.
Phil: 0434034276

Primarily Patchwork for machine or hand quilters
2nd and 4th MONDAY every month 10 – 3.30 p.m.
Alexander Park Craft House, Clyde St, Menora. $7 entry. Bring own cup and lunch. Contact: Beverley McDonnell 93442176
Beginners Group – DAY
2nd and 4th MONDAY of the month 1-4pm Alexander Park Craft House, Clyde St Menora.
MEETINGS - Stirling Adriatic Club, Jones St, Stirling

SEWING DAY                                                          SEWING NIGHT
TUESDAY 17TH JANUARY                                     WEDNESDAY 18TH JANUARY
10 - 3PM                                                                 7PM
Hostesses: Quilt Divas                                             Hostesses: 3 Blind Mice
Two Crafty Ladies
Bizzy Bee Patchwork

Management Committee Meeting

Alexander Park Craft House
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