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WA Quilters Open Night

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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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For sew and sews of all ages
It's surprising sometimes what happens behind closed doors and next month, the West Australian Quilters' Association will be opening their doors to showcase their craft for anyone interested in knowing more about this Artform.

Disclosure: I should be upfront and say that my mum is a quilter, and over the twenty or so years I have watched her work and heard about the WAQA. I have been constantly amazed at the range of styles and techniques used by quilters, as well as the sheer artistry of what they can achieve with needle and thread.

WAQA Open Night
Image supplied courtesy WAQA


Men, women and children are welcome to attend the Open Night, and you should be prepared to have your stereotypes challenged, in particular about the 'typical' quilter, as you will be able to meet the young 'sew'n'sews' (members aged 9 to 15) as well as the 'Under 40s mums'. They even have a gentleman quilter.

The WA Quilters Open Night on June 7th will give you the chance to meet all of the special interest groups and view a range of fascinating quilts in the traditional, modern and art styles. You can learn about hexagons and crazy patchwork, free motion quilting and contemporary work with a range of demonstrations and displays from the various sub-groups as well as a tour of the premises and a chance to see the enormous library of over 2,000 books.

WAQA Open Night
Image supplied courtesy WAQA


The West Australian Quilters' Association has a large group of over 750 members, with varying degrees of experience, some of whom have been with the Association for up to 40 years. They are committed to harnessing this knowledge and experience and passing it on to new members through workshops, community days and general sewing days or nights.

The Association meets twice a month in Stirling, on the third Tuesday of the month (10am to 3pm) and Wednesday evenings (7pm to 10pm) as well as additional meetings for special interest groups. A very social and friendly group, they typically see around 200 members attending sewing day and another 60 people join in sewing night. WAQA often have guest speakers, shops, book borrowing as well as members quilt 'show and tell'.

The Association are also proud to run outreach classes as well as block-of-the-month programs, where members learn a new technique every month and the practice blocks are then used to create quilts that are donated to the community, with more than 900 items distributed last year alone.

WAQA Open Night
Image supplied courtesy WAQA


If you are curious to learn more or plan on visiting the West Australian Quilt show, Quiltwest from 24th May, then consider heading to the Open Night and learn more about joining a group, and how to create heirlooms, artworks or loving gifts for family and friends.
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Why? Learn more about this eclectic group of artisans
When: 7th June 7pm to 9pm
Where: 78 Jones Street Stirling
Cost: Free
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