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Jenny Boylan is the owner of The Teddy Tree, located at 226 Scarborough Beach Rd in Mt Hawthorn. Look for the teddy foot prints on the building. She is ready with a welcome and a smile when you visit her shop.  The Teddy Tree has an extensive range of bear making, patchwork and yarn supplies and kits for your creative needs.  You will find a treasure trove of fabric including an excellent selection of batik, modern and traditional fabrics. There you will find regular classes and project based workshops by local, interstate and internationally recognised bear artists. Classes are suitable for all levels from beginner to the more advanced. They also hold classes in Knitting, Crochet, Patchwork and Quilting.

Jenny and her staff are happy to answer questions or give advice on your craft project and would love to see what you have made.

The Teddy Tree is a comfy, safe place. Have a browse and see some of the incredible creations of our local artists.  At The Teddy Tree creating is meant to be relaxing and fun!     

Happy Easter to you all. Such glorious weather for being out and about in Perth.

Such a lot has been happening within the Association and so much more is in store for you, <<First Name>>. It's a big newsletter so grab a coffee and scroll through the many happenings.Our sewing days and night are next week and we have our shops available for you to peruse.

Anzac Day is fast approaching.


Shops: Layered Creations and Care 2 Create

Shops: Layered Creations and Care 2 Create

Hostess: Port in a storm - Sandra Schulberg

Some of our shops take debit cards but it might be better if you bring cash to meetings, to save disappointment.


Last VALUATION DAY MAY 6TH Contact Robynne 0405067976 for details.

Check out Meg Cowey's blog, Our House Quilts, there is a fabulous gallery to drool over, techniques to try and all the happenings around Perth. Well worth a visit.

I hope you had fun on the Shop Hop. I know I did. I met so many new people, visited every shop on the tour (thank you to all the shops!) and found many new things I didn't even know I needed!

The Central Park Exhibition was a huge success!
This is the band of volunteers who put up the exhibition ready for over 3000 visitors!
We have so much talent in WA. I hope we have the chance to do more exhibitions in fabulous art spaces.

From the Editor
Hello to all. There are quite a few positions that need to be filled before the AGM this year. Lots of opportunities to join the management team and help the Association through the next couple of years. Our volunteers are what keeps the Association going, providing all the benefits that members enjoy. Why not ask what you can do!
Opportunities include:
Web Boss
QNEWS editor
POP UP coordinator
Membership secretary
PR And Marketing
Night Time Hostess Coordinator 
Workshop Convener
Talk to us at sewing day or sewing night to find out more.
Still some places open for our Members Retreat at Shoalwater, from Friday 23 June til Sunday 25th June. Come for 2 nights $240, 1 night $120 or come for the day for $50.
Bookings can be made using the form from your QQ and paying a deposit. Book your place before they all go. Charmian Lees is our Retreat Convener contact here.

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


The Accessories workshop was very successful. Participants took home 2 or 3 completed projects and then asked for another workshop with more projects to make!

Thank you to all those who responded to my plea last month. I am pleased to say that Carolyn Konig Workshops are now going ahead with the exception of the appliqué class which needs a few more people to make it viable. If you like appliqué this is definitely a workshop you would benefit from and I welcome your application for another couple of weeks. This is a skill building workshop as well as an historical piece being reproduced. Do join us and enjoy this marvellous opportunity. There are still a couple more places in the other two workshops as well.

Jan Rowe’s ‘Quilting on the Right Side of the Brain’ workshop on 24th June is still open for you to join us. It will be a wonderful opportunity to find out just how your brain ticks when it comes to creating. Jan showed samples last month and unfortunately won’t be able to show them again as she is away now, but it is a case of anything goes, with direction from her.

I hate to tell you this but I am going to leave this position in October at the AGM. If you as a prospective workshop convenor would like to work with me for a while to see how I do things and what I look for in suitable classes for you, please come on board now and it will make the transition to another workshop convenor much easier. If you have any queries about the position please ask.

That’s all for now. Don’t forget to send me your application for the workshop of your choice.


The Tentmakers of Cairo

are coming to Perth as guests of the West Australian Quilters Association.

Who are they? – In a nutshell, men who are also master appliqué artists. They are Egyptians who are attempting to maintain their centuries old craft of appliquéd panels which lined the insides of their tents. (See more on the website).

What will they do here? – They will present 2 one day interactive sessions where we can see how they work and experience their techniques that are centuries old by recreating one of their designs in the same way they do it.

When will this happen? – 30th and 31st July for the interactive sessions. More information on these will be in the next issue of the Quilters Quarterly.

2nd August: There will also be an evening of hearing their interpreter talk about their skills, their need to keep this tradition alive, and how they have managed to keep their incomes from disappearing due to modern copies. At the same time see them working as well as viewing an exhibition of their work which will also be for sale.

There will be more details on this in the Quilters Quarterly, including your invitation to attend the evening event.

Please mark your diaries now.

Kerry Moore.
In a recent donation I received a range of teddy bear making materials - filling, beads, fur and suade,etc. These will be for sale on sewing day/evening for those interested. 

Please remember to return Block of the Month squares. Sharon is busily making the quilts ready for display at QuiltWest in the Community Quilts area. 

We still have a few spots to fill for Community Quilts at QuiltWest. Please see me at sewing day/evening if you can help.


The next Community Quilt Bee will be held at Alexander Park Craft House on 23 April 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.  Tasks for all comers.

Register by replying to this advertisement or on the registration sheet at sewing day/evening. 





Thank You to everyone who has put their entries in.  Our online entry process has provided a huge benefit to the team and although may have created some challenges for some people it has gone relatively smoothly.  We are anticipating another great exhibition this year.  



QuiltWest is a huge undertaking and we need lots of volunteers to make it successful.  I am particularly needful of people who can help in the following areas

Monday 22nd May – Help set up the quilt frames between 11.00am and 2.00pm.  Able bodied men are particularly helpful so if any partners are available it would be appreciated.

Tuesday 23rd May – Help with the hanging of the quilts and various set up needs from 9.00am onwards

Thursday to Sunday 25th to 28th May – Help on general rosters particularly with white glove assistance.

Sunday 28th May – Take down of quilt frames from 4.30pm

If you are able to help in any of these areas and have not already let us know please complete the volunteering form which can be found at and then either email to me at or hand in at Sewing Day or Night.  I will also be putting a Word document format of the form on the website to avoid having to print the form to complete it.


23rd September - 30th September 2017

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 .




WA Inspired has an exhibition that shouldn't be missed. It's at the Perth Library April 18- May 17, and the talented quilters have outdone themselves this time. Get some gal pals together and go see it. This exhibition of Heirisson Island/Balbuk quilts is part of the National Trust Heritage Festival.

The quilts will be to the right of the inquiry counter on the ground floor.
Above the counter, there will be a slide show of us sewing!
While in the library, go upstairs to see the sewing box of Captains Stirling’s wife – it is usually on display in a glass cabinet.
Also cross St Georges Terrace to Council House to see one or two large floral arrangements in sympathy with our quilts, and Aboriginal art pieces.

They also have another exhibition  at the Mundaring Arts Centre which runs from May 6 to June 18. They will give floor talks to groups. Contact them at if your group is interested.
Marie Mitchell PR and Marketing


A couple of comments to share:
A hearty congratulations to Marie Mitchell and everyone associated with the recent Shop Hop. Three days of shopping for fabric, a quilters dream. Did we need more fabric? Most of us didn't but we gained so much more by participating. People who did not necessarily know each other were caught up in the 'hunt' and shared experiences. People talked to each other, which is not always the case with strangers but we recognized the common 'thread' and shared the experience. Thanks to the shop owners and all their wonderful staff who just went the extra mile to give us all a great three days. Am I poorer in the pocket? I sure am but I got so much in return in the camaraderie of the occasion. Oh and just by the way, today I found out that I had won the First Place Door prize from Quintessential Quilts in the form of a $100 Store Voucher. Be still my beating heart, more fabric! Helen Owens.......

Dear Gwen and sidekick Lesley and organiser extraordinaire Marie,
Thanks to you all and everyone else involved for an amazing event. I went to all venues and had a lovely time.
Particular thanks to Kraft Daze for hosting the opening, to Handcrafters House for hosting the closing Anya at Quirky Quilts for her fabulous activity and to the Quilt Fairy and group in Midland for showing me how to paper piece with glue.
I especially liked the charm squares at each stop, the lucky dips at some stops, goody bags at some stops and numerous raffles.
I trust it was a rewarding exercise for all participants. Very best wishes to all, Annette Simper

Congratulations to All Shop Hop Raffle Winners


15-17 points

Karen Wasley - 1st prize - Brother Scan & Cut CM 990 donated by Brother Australia (rrp $699) -

Isobel Pearson  - 2nd prize – Diamond Quilt donated by WAQA (measuring 180cm x 135cm) –(estimated worth $275)

Francine Doyle - 3rd prize - $50 voucher for The Teddy Tree + Riley Blake Fat ¼ Bundle donated by Kraft Daze (rrp $72) + a discount voucher for all-over quilting by the Quilting Cottage – (approximate prize value $150)

Fay Coburn  - 4th prize – Moda Desert Bloom Layer Cake & Jelly Roll from Craft Collections – (rrp $110)

Dreda Clark  - 5th prize –Liberty hexie pre-cut pack donated by The Strawberry Thief (rrp $50) + -  $50 voucher for The Quilt Fairy - (total prize value $100)


12-14 points

Sharon Norquay - 1st prize -–Janome DC4030 donated by AusTech Sewing Machines & Janome Australia (rrp $699)

Chris Slack - 2nd prize – Japanese themed quilt donated by WAQA measuring 198cm x 150cm – (estimated worth $250)

Bev Wolzko - 3rd prize - $20 voucher for The Quirky Stitch + a Moda Frivol Tin from Bizzy Bee Patchwork- (rrp $75) a discount voucher for all-over quilting by the Quilting Cottage – (approximate prize value $115)

Janice Fairhurst - 4th prize - Panel quilt kit from Two Crafty Ladies (rrp $40) + a Wonderfil thread box + box of pre-filled bobbins from Wonderfil Specialty Threads (rrp $41) – (total prize value $81)

Jasmine Forrest - 5th Prize - Liberty hexie pre-cuts pack donated by The Strawberry Thief – (rrp $50)


8 – 11 points

Pauline O’Brien  - 1st prize- Snowglobe Village Pattern and full kit from Care2Create (rrp $340) –

Wendy Whitford - 2nd prize- I Spy quilt donated by WAQA measuring 175cm x 159cm- (estimated worth $175)

Kath Balfour  - 3rd prize - Moda Grow! Layer Cake from Layered Creations (rrp $70) + a discount voucher for all-over quilting by the Quilting Cottage – (approximate total prize value $95)

Michelle Blakistan - 4th prize- Panel quilt kit from Two Crafty Ladies (rrp $40)

Dawn Trainor  - 5th Prize - Liberty hexie pre-cuts pack donated by The Strawberry Thief – (rrp $50)

These raffles rewarded shop hoppers for making the effort to explore many of Perth’s quilt shops that they may not have been to before.


And there’s one more Raffle opportunity

available to all WAQA Shop Hop Participants


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 $50)

Raffle winner Norma Nielson

Raffle winner Sharon Norquay.

Raffle winner Karen Wasley

Ruby Challenge, Rain and Rockpools by Lana Lefroy  - “40 rocks for 40 years. Inspired by managing to see the headwaters of the creek coming down over the red rocks of the creek bed, after a thunderstorm.”

Challenge Theme 2017 – Inspired by a Quotation
Many of our members will have their eyes fixed firmly on the QuiltWest deadline (31 March) and perhaps the stitched & bound deadline (7 April), but others will have the time to begin planning your challenge quilt.
It is up to you how you interpret the theme Inspired by a Quotation and the techniques you use – anything goes! The only requirement is the size, maximum 50cm x 70cm. The deadline is a comfortable 31 October.
For more information, contact Meg Cowey at or phone 93357119.
Night Time Hostess Organiser Trish Yensch
Members please remember to bring raffle butts and money to the April 2017 Sewing Day and Sewing Night, or return same via “snail mail” to Maria Ikier by May 12th.
I have had the role of Night Hostess Organiser for 5 years and I am stepping down. Not a very onerous position and I will walk you through it.  If someone is willing to “shadow me” for April and May, please contact me at sewing night. I also need someone to assist  in June July (clearing up, and assisting the hostess groups) as I am not there those night please contact me at Sewing Night, April.

The Canning Show is on again. Why not exhibit one of your quilts. Entries for the show  are now open. Kerry Moore has kindly said she will collect any quilts members wish to enter and take them to the show. Contact Kerry for more information.
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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