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Hi <<First Name>>,

Such a lot happening within the Association. We are still looking for more members to step up and take on some of the jobs that keep our Association going. Did you know that WAQA is the biggest and most active Quilting Association in Australia? Yes indeed, we are also the most talented as shown at our fabulous QuiltWest this year. It is the show where we as members of WAQA can show off what we do. Thanks to Jenni and her team, it was another extremely successful event! 

Open Night was another success story this month with many new and not so new quilters getting to see what we have to offer. Check out the blog for some great photos!

Carol Brady of The Quilting Cottage has begun an excellent tutorial series on her blog. Go over and have a look. Thanks Carol.

Our Contemporary Quilt Group is going from strength to strength with its vibrant leadership. If you have ever wanted to mix and mingle with the artistic crowd, then you must go to one of their meetings.So welcoming and so interesting.

I love to listen to podcasts, talking books and radio. Abby Glassenberg has some of the most interesting podcasts. Her interviews with the movers and shakers of the creative business world are great. Have a listen while you sew.

Don't forget to add us to your address book. There's a link at the end of the newsletter!

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10 - 3P.M.
Hostesses: Chatterboxes
Shops: Quirky Stitch 
            Quilt Fairy
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Hostesses: Night Owls: Maria Ikier
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Sue Drill owns and operates Quintessential Quilts at 1/8 Dewar Street, Morley, Sue's goal is to spread the joy of quilting. Quintessential Quilts provides professional sewing lessons, lots of patterns and a large range of fabrics.You will also find all kinds of notions and accessories to make your quilting even easier.

In 2008, Quintessential Quilts won the prestigious Most Professional Quilt Shop award!

Whether you're a fan of machine quilting, hand quilting, collecting or framing, you'll benefit from the supportive community atmosphere at Quintessential Quilts. Sue invites members to drop in for a chat and a cuppa. There is lots to explore in her store, many workshops and classes on offer and loads of advice to be had.
Those we love don't go away
they walk beside us every day
unseen, unheard but always near
still loved, still missed and very dear.

 <<First Name>>, In case you missed the blog post last week, we would like to share with you the sad news that two long time members of WAQA and very active Management Committee members have suddenly passed away; Moya Streek and Kris Skeffington.
Moya Streek passed away suddenly but peacefully on June 3rd. She was much loved and will be missed by all her quilting friends. Our sympathies and condolences go out to her sister, Roberta Chandler, her daughter, Fiona,son-in-law Tony and her two grandchildren, Charlotte and Joseph. Moya loved to talk to people and she filled whatever gap was needed to keep things running. We will miss her.

Kris Skeffington lost her battle with cancer on June 10th. Another long time member she was President from 2003-2005. Although She had left the Association,  it was Kris who started the "Loose Threads" table, hoping to make entry into our Association easier for newcomers. Her friendly, fun and welcoming nature inspired me to join WAQA. We offer Kris' family and friends our deepest sympathies.

Patch and Paint, in Narrogin is now refurbished and renewed and open for business. The rumours of its closure were greatly exaggerated.


Our Management Committee is still looking for people to fill current and soon to be vacancies. We have restructured things so that jobs are now shared and it is easier than ever to help in some capacity. Ask Lesley or myself at sewing day or night how you can help. It is the only way our Association can keep going. The following positions need filling:
President and Vice-President
Membership Secretary
Newsletter Editor
Web Boss
Retreats Convenor
Workshop Convenor


If you need a little time for quilting why not try one of our  Retreats. The website has all the application forms.


What a fantastic QuiltWest we had this year! Congratulations to all the winners. Jenni Anning and her team did a fantastic job of organising and running our members show. Read all about it further on in the newsletter.


Our Members Bazaar is coming up in September so time to work out if you want to have a stall. Expressions of interest will be taken in JULY.



This is a REMINDER that Entry Forms need to be received at the Showgrounds. Claremont by 28th July 2017 and items to be delivered in mid-September.

All work must be the bona fide work of the Exhibitor.

Categories this year;



Predominantly Appliqué

Modern Quilt

Quilt Hand Quilted

Wall-Hanging or Small Quilt

Patchwork/Quilted article  


The Theme category for 2017 is CHICKEN - a bag featuring anything to do with CHICKEN is the description for the Patchwork/Quilting section.

Further information and entry forms are available from .


Do you know where the right side of your brain is? Do you know why it is significant? Even if you do, you will gain more insight into it and its location when you come to Jan Rowe’s workshop on 24th June. There are still a few places available for this one and you are welcome to come even at short notice. Most of what you need can be gathered from home in a flash. Jan will also bring supplies for your excitement. Do come along and be inspired.

The Tentmakers from Cairo are still coming in July/August. Don’t you just love seeing their beautiful appliqued works?! Their techniques are vastly different from anything you will experience in our modern world. Even if you are a modern or contemporary quilter, you will still gain ideas of how to manage fabric and put designs in place when you are not at home and if you need to use different things. There are just a few places in both workshops for you to snap up soon.

If you can’t make it to the workshops then do come along to the Exhibition and Sale of work on August 2nd. This is our normal Wednesday evening meeting time, though a bit earlier timewise to enjoy the quilts. You will see these amazingly skilled men working there too.

Can I enlist your help? We need to promote this evening a lot. It helps to cover the costs of the international airfares. I will bring to sewing day and night some of our flyers for this event. Would you take one or two and put it up in your local library, council office, shopping centre or meeting hall? That would be a great help in getting the message out there. Thank you in advance for your help with this.

Looking further ahead, take a look at Marie Mitchell’s 2 part workshop coming up in August. Don’t you love the beautiful designs she has put together for this? Do book into this one if you like things in circles. I must tell you that the points are exceptional too!

Then we have Phil Thomas showing how to do portraits on fabric in September. This one is already proving to be popular so don’t hesitate if you want to do this.

Thank you to the teachers who provided their beautiful samples for the Open Night. We had a lot of interest in what we offer and it will be interesting to see who joins us to take advantage of these workshops.

I look forward to seeing you at a workshop near you.

For sale at Sewing day/night at CG table  a range of dressing making fabrics which came in a donation of fabrics recently and are not suitable for quilting.

Approximately 50 quilts ready for binding if any members can see their way clear to taking one home to complete for Community Quilt Program.

Expression of Interest in Sweet Sixteen Machine

Members interested in learning to use the Sweet Sixteen Machine which was donated to Community Quits in 2016, please email Gail Bayly @

Training sessions will be organized once numbers are known.  Machine is currently housed in Trigg.

Community Quilt Bee
 Sunday 25 June 2017
 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The next Community Quilt Bee will be held at Alexander Park Craft House, Clyde Street, Menora on Sunday 25 June 2017 from 10:00 am- 3:00 pm.
Everyone is welcome – why not introduce a friend to patchwork – just bring them along.  Come for as long or as short as you are available.
Plenty of borders, backing and binding to be done.  Block of the Month quilts to assemble. UFOs to complete.  Tasks for all comers.
Register by replying to this advertisement or on the registration sheet at sewing day/evening. (
Morning tea provided.  Please bring your mug, machine, sewing equipment and your lunch and community quilts for Show and Tell.
Any questions or queries to:
Liz Houghton  0407 374 990, or
Gail Bayly 0438 275446


Another successful QuiltWest this year. A lot of positive feedback was provided both on the whole feel of the exhibition and the standard of the quilts.  We had 112 member entries as well as the following special displays:

  • Best of Australia

  • AQC Challenge – Flora and Fauna

  • Salt – Inner Journeys

  • Exotica

  • Yoko Sato Designs

  • WAQA Ruby Challenge

  • Contemporary and Hexagon challenges

With the floor plan changes to include the use of high bench counters rather than tables we were able to catch most people entering the show and provide them with the opportunity to enter the Viewer’s Choice.  This has given us a feel for the actual number of people entering QuiltWest with over 1000 people coming through.  The use of the smaller display stands for the small quilts was also effective.  Gwen and Lesley worked tirelessly engaging with visitors near the Best of Show quilts and Yoko Saito display – both of which provided them with an opening for conversation.  

Best of Show was won by Tracey Bareli for her quilt ‘Bird is the Word’ with Meg Byrne’s  ‘Gorgeous Girl’ being Runner Up.

Almost 7000 tickets were sold for the raffle with proceeds of $12,814.79 to be donated to the Royal Flying Doctor.  

The transition to online entry forms resulted in less errors of quilter information as well as providing a major time saving for the entry clerk. The decision to forgo a catalogue in favour of information being provided on the quilts was also well received for the most part. As always there are areas for improvement and the committee will review this year’s event in this regard.  Feedback from members is welcome.

Thank you to everyone who contributed, either through entries, sponsorship or at the exhibition.  I am especially appreciative of the members and their partners who helped with set up and take down as this is the most physically challenging area and it keeps running smoothly.

There will be some changes to the QuiltWest committee with Cassie Collins taking over as Convenor for 2018.  We are looking for new committee members as some of our members will be stepping down have worked hard over the last few years. If you are interested please email me at or phone on 0419 272772.


Jenni Anning

QuiltWest Convenor




Charm Square Challenge Raffle  

Open to current financial WAQA members only. Non-WAQA members who participated in the Shop Hop and have subsequently joined WAQA by June 2017 are eligible to enter. To enter this raffle, you must complete your choice of project using charm squares collected during the Shop Hop (Theme: Jewels). The completed item must contain 75% Shop Hop Charm Squares in the piecing. This does not include the backing, borders or sashing for the item which may be fabrics of your choice.

All entries must be fully completed and shown at the August Sewing Day or Night where each entrants name will be entered into the draw. One entry per person. The prizes will be drawn at the following Sewing Day in September.

1st Prize –  Single/Lap quilt measuring 170cm x 160cm donated by WAQA – (estimated worth $175)

2nd Prize – Lap quilt measuring 133cm x 144cm donated by WAQA – (estimated worth $125)

3rd Prize - Liberty hexie pre-cuts pack donated by The Strawberry Thief – (rrp $37.50)

WANTED - New Website Author

Our facebook and website author is stepping down after five happy years on the job and needs to find a replacement.

You do not need to be an IT expert. If you enjoy playing around on the internet and with social media you will have enough skills to manage the waqa website. Phil is happy to work with the new author over a transitional period.

If interested contact Phil on waqacoevents@gmail .com

WANTED: Membership Secretary
I will not be seeking re-election at the AGM in October, so WAQA will need a new person for the membership job.
It has been an enjoyable position. I have talked with and learnt the names of many of our members. I have met lots of lovely quilters and been privileged to work with many of them on the Management Committee.
It can be quite a demanding position with some busy periods during the year, especially when membership renewals are due.
Call me on 0438941517 to discuss this exciting position or email me.
Helen Perlman
Membership Secretary
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

Meet once a month at Our Lady of Fatima Church Hall, Foss St, Palmyra
Start at 6 p.m. please bring a plate
Contact Virginia O'Keeffe 0497 373 681

.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.

Young Quilters
Generation X or younger are all welcome
Contact Cherie Mincherton 0407 470 151 for night time information or 
Carla Morris 0415 593 065 for daytime information

Young Sew-N-Sews
This group welcomes all young school age sewers
First Saturday of month from 1 - 4
Alexander Park Craft House, $5 entry
Contact Rosalie Sutton 9458 6996
Fran Schifferli 9457 7549
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