This year the QuiltWest 2017 exhibition will have an amazing display of quilts organised by the West Australian Quilters’ Association – with the theme ‘A New Heart’

One of the many highlights will be the
extraordinary raffle quilt ‘Mercy Flight’ donated
and pieced by Di Mansfield. Quilted by Debbie
Barrett Quilting, fabric and wadding donated by
Handcrafters House and labelling by Labelled
and Bound.

All proceeds from the raffle will go to The Royal
Flying Doctor Services, to show gratitude for the
hard work they do in saving lives.

Sit N Sew demonstration
Join the Sit N Sew table daily between
10am and 3pm and see demonstrations
of patchwork and quilting and try
your hand too! Specialist groups
within the West Australian Quilters’
Association Guild will also be showing
and demonstrating their techniques
and activities. These include Contemporary
Quilters, Hexagon and Crazy Patchwork
as well as Community Quilts.

Exotica
This group of quilts is the result of evenings
spent exploring the potential of unusual – and
often exotic – fabrics not often considered in
the making of quilts.

Among these are furnishing fabric samples,
woollen fabrics and glamorous sheers, silks
and satins. The initial brief was to work within
a chevron design, but to play within this as the
fabrics would allow. The majority of work was
quilt as you go as the nature of many of the
textiles was not conducive to heavy seams or
over-quilting. Striking and visually appealing
quilts have resulted from these explorations,
often surprising quiltmakers used to working with
traditional cotton fabric.

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Above: Mercy Flight by Di Mansfield; Below: Yoko Saito design from WAQA members

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Yoko Saito Inspiration

Enjoy a selection of quilts made from the designs and patterns of Yoko Saito using a variety of Japanese yarn dyed fabrics.