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Hello <<First Name>>, lots to share with you in this July issue.

I love the way that quilters like spending time together. They chat, share projects and help each other.  I was lucky to spend a delightful morning, as a guest, with one of the new small groups formed by Lynnette Ferguson and friends called South of the River Community Sewers. They were formed to help make Community Quilts but South of the River! Some of us were making Boomerang Bags. These lovely free bags, an alternative to plastic, are available in some places for people who forget their shopping bags. Part of Plastic Free July. It is a borrow and return system that seems to work really well already in Fremantle.
The group meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month in Melville. If you're South of the River and want to be involved in Community Sewing Contact Lynnette 64602875  for more details.

Another delightful group always willing to chat was seen at sewing day recently. Kerry Moore and friends enjoying each others company.

I also had the opportunity to try out Marie Mitchell's New York Beauty De-mystified. After learning from her while she beta tested her workshop I was able to go home and make three more blocks all with perfect points! Highly recommend her workshop even if you've never tried paper piecing! She makes it so easy to understand. Book now before places run out.

A really good piece of news I heard recently was that Australia's own Lisa Walton (from Dyed and Gone to Heaven) is the new President of SAQA (Studio Art Quilters Associates).I'm sure many of you have met Lisa at quilt shows across Australia. SAQA is a prestigious organisation with over 3,500 members world wide. They have big plans for our region as well. There is a discount of 10% off the membership if you quote ART in the code box online and mention Lisa's name in the referred by section (on the second page)

I would love to share what other groups are doing. Why not drop me a line or grab me for a photo at sewing day/night? The QNews is all about members news.
SEWING DAY: Tuesday 18th July
10am - 3pm
Hostesses: Chatterboxes
Shops: Handcrafters House
            The Strawberry Thief
SEWING NIGHT: Wed 19th July
7pm - 9.45pm
Hostesses: Bimbi - Wendy Gerich
Shops: Handcrafters House
            The Strawberry Thief


Southlands Fabric and Sewing Centre, at 26 Yampi Way Willeton, is a proud sponsor of WAQA. They have just moved premises and now offer their friendly services in even bigger spaces! Southlands has over 30 years experience in bringing all things Fabric to Perth sewers. Helen and her staff of highly skilled sewers can help you with all your quilting and sewing needs. An enormous choice is available in fabric and haberdashery and they also offer sewing machines, tables and repairs. There are workshops and sewing days - really they have something for everyone. Does your small group need a place to meet? Talk to Helen. Why not click on the link and see what a great job Helen's daughter does on the website! Everyday is sewing with a friend day at Southlands Fabric and Sewing Centre! 
Hi <<First Name>>,
There are  12 WAQA  Management Committee positions that are up for nomination with elections at the October AGM. We have 8 nominees and need 4 more. Contact Lesley or Gwen to discuss the roles of President, Vice-President, Association Secretary and Education Officer. With our new restructuring these roles are manageable, achievable and enjoyable.
Our General Committee requires more volunteers as well. These are not elected positions so if you want one of those the job is yours.
General Committee Positions:
  • Workshop Convenor
  • Pop up Organiser
  • QQ editorial staff
  • IT Helpdesk
  • Retreat Convenor
  • Assistant Librarian
If you are interested and want to learn more, you can have the chance to work beside the current volunteer and see what the job is all about. Talk to Lesley or Gwen.

Don't forget to come and see our display at the Claremont Wood and Craft fair from 4th to 6th August. Our theme this year will be "Everything Old is new again"....bringing out our Antique quilts from storage and showing them with modern versions of the same patterns.

THE BUS IS FULL!!!! with a few people on a wait list. Thank you to all for your quick response.

The General meeting will coincide with the Tentmakers display at Stirling Adriatic Centre. The meeting will be held after the Tentmakers display and sale is finished and will be in the boardroom or the dining area. An announcement will be made on the night.
Our  annual members' bazaar will be on at September sewing day/ night! If you would like to book  a table to sell your surplus to requirements of  books, magazines, fabric & notions or handcrafted goodies, please contact  Dreda at 

Remember this is the opportunity  members eagerly  anticipate  to grab a bargain  and to do their Christmas shopping. Book early as places are limited.

There are just two weeks to go till the Tentmakers are here. I have been very busy with the
preparations so you will thoroughly enjoy the workshops and perhaps even more so the
exhibition and sale of their work. There are still some places left on Sunday 30th for the
workshop, and one place left on Monday 31st. It is not too late to book in and I will have a
couple of spare kits if you would like one. Please see Lesley at sewing day or night for an
application form. You can of course go online to apply. Next week I will be in Adelaide
meeting the men and seeing some of their work so will be absent from the sewing meetings.
At the very least, do try to come to the exhibition and sale of work on Wednesday 2nd
August.It will be a wonderful sight.

Hot on the heels of the Tentmakers will be Marie’s workshop – New York Beauty de-
This workshop will go ahead but there are still plenty of places if you would like to
join her. This pattern and its variation lend itself to a contemporary interpretation as well as
the traditional look so do come and learn from Marie how to put these together.

Phil’s workshop Foto to Fabric is already fully subscribed.

I look forward to seeing you at a workshop soon.
I will be leaving this position at the AGM in October. It has been a very full and rewarding
couple of years sourcing and presenting an amazing array of learning experiences for you to
take part in. I am looking forward to expanding my own skills (and relaxing) after October,
but it would be very good if someone were to take over the reins while there is still a
workshop happening so you can see how it goes. Do call me if you are at all interested in
this position. I have some potential workshops ready to go for next year so you will have an
easy start.
Till next time,
Kerry Moore.


  • There were twenty two ladies who toiled away at the June Bee.  Their efforts contributed significantly to lessening the UFOs in the Community Quilt stash.  Thank you very much for your time and work.  It is greatly appreciated.  A special thank you to Liz Houghton for her efficient organization towards the success of the day.

  • The next bee is at APCH on Sunday 27 August at 10:00 am.  Jobs for everyone – the usual borders, backing and bindings, UFOs that need sorting and kitting, pinning and ironing.

  • The CQ stock of male quilts tends to always be low.  We could use male quilts – boys, teenagers and adults if you can help.

  • More donations of fabrics have been received – these have been sorted and added to the stocks at APGH.

  • A new sewing group, making community quilts, has been formed south of the river.  Check at the CQ table on sewing day/night and we will put you in contact with the group’s organizer.

  • The Sweet Sixteen machine is set up and ready for use.  Megan Byrne will provide initial tuition.  Please email me or see me on sewing day/evening to arrange.  Once members have had training from Megan the machine is available for use in member’s home, in one month blocks, in exchange for quilting some community quilts as well as some of your own.  A bond of $100 is required.

  • We have three new quilt recipients – Kalamunda Hospital Palliative Care, FSH Oncology and Shalom House in the Swan Valley.

  • I will have labelling and binding needing sewing at sewing day/night.  It would lighten the load if you could help.

  • Now that cold weather is upon us the knitting patterns from Neo-Natal at KMH are on the web – in the Community Quilt pattern area; if you are interested in knitting.  Finished garments can be handed in at the CQ table on Sewing day/night or given to Gladys on sewing days.



Church of Christ, Ellersdale Rd, Warwick
10am til 2pm

$5 entry gets you tea, coffee, plate of cake etc.
Quilts on  display and for sale
Lucky Dip, Quilt Raffle
Book Stall and fantastic plant stall,
Xmas stall, Nik Nak stall, Handmade
Something for everyone.

APPRAISALS (formerly Valuations)
There are two Appraisals available for the year
Our NEW system 
Dates are Saturday 9th September
                  Saturday 25th November 

Want to get to know your way around our amazing website and facebook page? 
Phil will be on hand at the August sewing day and night with her trusty laptop to give you a guided tour! Learn how to access the library catalogue, calendar, membership only pages and much more.

Don't be's easier than you think!
as they share the wonderful world of miniatures!
Not to be missed!



Where: Stirling Adriatic Centre, 78 Jones St, Balcatta
When:   Saturday 9 September, 2017
Time:     10am to 10pm
Cost:      $35.00 for WAQA members. Includes morning and afternoon tea and light dinner.
Come for a day retreat from 10 am -10 pm for a twelve hour day of friendship and sewing with no interruptions from phone, children, husbands etc.
You can set up your machine or just bring hand projects.
Bring your own lunch and cup.
RSVP by 16 August 2017 with payment option to Charmian Lees.
Email: or ring 0401 522 019 if you have any questions

As Charmian will be away in mid-July, Tiiu Stojanovic will be collecting enrolment forms at the July Sewing Day and Night.
You will find Tiiu sitting at The Loose Threads table.

Ruby Challenge 2016     Looking for the Heart by Karen Langham 

Challenge 2017 - Theme- Inspired by a Quotation

You have nearly four months to complete a challenge quilt. The only restriction is size: NO BIGGER THAN 50 cm X 70cm so that your quilt can fit comfortably in the travelling suitcase.
The style of quilt is entirely up to you: traditional, modern contemporary.........
Interpretation of the theme is also up to you. For example the quotation may be from a song/book/movie title, a proverb, a literary quote or from a speech or even a family joke.

The deadline is END OF OCTOBER, with voting for Member's Choice at the November sewing day and evening meetings.

Give it a go, have fun, try a new technique or colour scheme out of your comfort zone.

Contact Meg Cowey or phone 93357119 for more information

QuiltWest with Jenni Anning


We are still seeking a few more people to help on the QuiltWest committee for next year.

It is a fun team and we try to pair everyone up so they are not doing a job alone.  If you are able to help and want more information on what areas we are seeking help for, please give me a call on 0419 27277 or email me at

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

South of the River
Community Sewers
Meet 2nd & 4th Monday of month

9.30am - 1pm
Gold coin entry
Holy Cross Church Hall, Melville
Contact Lynnette 64602875


.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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