February Meeting – Family Stories and Concept Development with Louise Wells

For the first meeting of 2019 we looked at inspiration and design with our guest speaker, Louise Wells.

Louise talked about the concepts she used when preparing for her recent exhibition, “Of Our Time – Ordinary Lives” at the Midland Junction Arts Centre. What appealed to everyone listening to Louise’s talk were the family stories that led to her work and the very personal connections that tied her family to the area.

The following activity on Concept Development had us thinking more closely about our design choices and will be useful when planning our ‘stitched and bound’ entries!

Margaret Regan gave us a blast from the past by bringing along her collection of 12″ x 12″ CQG samples from a few years ago, and who will ever forget Ross’s tale of felting his alpaca hat! Something went wrong somewhere…

Finally, after a suggestion last month on future planning, we tested out a new CQG feature, ‘Bring it Before You Bin It, where members asked for advice and suggestions on how to finish a tricky or disliked project. This was very successful, with plenty of audience participation and an agreement to have this as an ongoing part of show and tell. Looks like at least Susan’s project can be modified – nice skirt Robin!

Looking forward to a creative 2019!


February Meeting – with Louise Wells

A belated Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the Contemporary Quilt Group for 2019.

Many of you will have visited Louise Wells’ recent exhibition “Of Our Time – Ordinary Lives” at the Midland Junction Arts Centre. We are delighted to say that Louise will be with us in February to, firstly, talk about the inspiration for and practicalities of her exhibition and, secondly, to lead us in an activity exploring the techniques she uses to develop ideas and concepts for her work. This will be useful to all and is particularly timely for those working towards “stitched and bound” or any other 2019 exhibition submissions.

Requirements for the Concept Development session
Participants to bring pens or pencils and paper/notebook/ journal.

In a slight change to our normal routine Louise’s talk and activity will be first up followed by Show and Tell as always.
Then we want to pick up on a suggestion from December; what might be termed a ‘show and ask session’ – Bring It Before You Bin It. Please bring your failures or anything that has got completely stuck so that the group can offer suggestions before you write it off as a WOMBAT. It was also suggested that we might take over each other’s work if we see
possibilities where the originator is just ‘over it’, but we’ll leave that to individuals to negotiate. As it follows Louise’s session this might be a good place to apply some of her concept development techniques.
We look forward to seeing everyone on 8th February to kick off CQG 2019!


CQG Christmas Party

We began the celebrations this month by looking at the WAQA Challenge quilts, especially those entered by CQG members. As always it was interesting to hear the planning and techniques that went into each work.

Our short demos were on the art of wrapping…

Phil and Meg showed how to wrap a wine bottle, books and boxes using fabric in the Japanese Furoshki style (for more links and info about Furoshki go to the ‘How to’s page)

Marilyn showed how to make fabric boxes and Sheila demonstrated two simple napkin folds to grace our Christmas tables

Of course the main event was our traditional buffet lunch which was enjoyed by all, as the following photos indicate. Note the punch was non – alcoholic and the super sized bowl is actually an optical illusion!

Have a Happy Contemporary Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all at our next meeting in February!




Christmas Meeting – December 14th

December is of course our Christmas party. Come along and celebrate another successful contemporary year…

Remember to bring a plate of food to share and a small handmade Christmas decoration (wrapped up) for a gift exchange. Please don’t feel pressurized into having to make something – if you don’t contribute a gift, you simply won’t be able to receive one!

Apart from the normal show and tell, the WAQA challenge ‘Curiosity Quilts’ will be displayed and there will be short demonstrations on ‘wrapping’ ideas by the CQG convenor team

We will be planning the programme for 2019 in the next few weeks, so please bring along any suggestions for what you would like included next year.

Happy Christmas from the convenors!

November Meeting with Martien van Zuilen

Our November meeting saw the return to CQG of felt maker, Martien van Zuilen, who gave a great introduction into the colourful world of Nuno felting

Nuno felting is a fabric felting technique developed by Polly Stirling, a fiber artist from New South Wales, Australia, around 1992. The name is derived from the Japanese word “nuno” meaning cloth. The technique bonds loose fibres, usually wool, into a sheer fabric such as silk gauze, creating a lightweight felt.

After the demonstration we were able to get our hands on Martien’s gorgeous wool supplies and have a go at making our own pieces.

Also on the programme was a short introduction to Microwave Dyeing by Phil, who has been dabbling in shibori folding and stitching and using ‘Rit’ dye to imitate indigo dyeing. More on this simple technique next year…

November 9th Meeting

The November meeting will be another good day. Phil Thomas has been experimenting with shibori and microwave dyeing, she’ll give us a short presentation on her results. This may be a taster for further exploration by all of us next year.

Our main talk/demo and activity will be on nuno felting. Martien van Zuilen will talk about how sheer fabric and fibres can be used to produce wonderful light-weight, textured pieces. Then we all get to have a go!

Martien/CQG will supply all the fabric, fibres and felting equipment but materials that participants are asked to bring are:
• medium size towel
• plastic container (volume-size about 2 litre content; an old ice-cream container or similar is ideal)
• sharp, fine pointed scissors
• general fabric scissors
• optional: any threads, woollen yarns, and or scraps of cheesecloth, sheer open weave silk fabrics, etc.

Martien will also be setting up shop with her gorgeous wool fibres, silk fabrics etc. for sale.
See you on 9 November, please bring Show and Tell, particularly your pieces from Judy Campbell’s activity (unfinished is fine…)

October Meeting – Part 2 ‘Honouring the Odd Bits’

The activity this month was led by Judy Campbell and involved playing with a huge pile of shared fabric.

But first Judy showed some of her ‘waggas’ – quilts made from just about any sort of recycled fabric such as wool blankets and old clothes, plus some of her other wool coverlets and quilts

After lunch there was a scramble to select pieces of fabric to use in our own contemporary style wagga. Fortunately Judy was on hand to guide us in our choices and help with the placement and stitching.

Thanks to Judy for her infinite fabric wisdom and for making the day so creative and fun…


October Meeting – part 1 ‘Monarchs of Fabric Repurposing’

This month we looked at fabric, colour and stitching, all from different perspectives.

In our ‘Shorts’ segment, Lesley Clugston talked about two of her quilting ‘monarchs’ – Victoria Findlay Wolfe, who takes a different approach to traditional patterns  and Luke Haynes, who is definitely an outside-of-the-box quilter. Lesley took classes with both these teachers in New Zealand recently

From Victoria’s workshop


From Luke’s workshop

Follow the links to find out more about these inspirational teachers…

Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Luke Haynes

‘Show and Tell’ was varied as always and included quilts shown at The Royal Show (congratulations to the winners!)

October Meeting – Friday 12th

For our next meeting Lesley Clugston will be speaking about ‘Monarchs of Fabric Repurposing’ following her trip to New Zealand earlier this year. Sounds intriguing!

We are also excited to have Judy Campbell as our invited textile artist this month. She will oversee the activity titled ‘Honouring the Odd Bits’ and will be bringing along some of her quilts made from unusual scraps and recycled fabrics. She will guide us through selecting fabrics and stitching our own unique piece using those ‘Odd Bits’.


  • An A3 sized (approx.) piece of fabric for a background This can be any type of fabric, maybe something you love but have never known what to do with
  • 1 grey supermarket plastic bag full of Scraps/small pieces of fabric that you are prepared to share with the group – can be any type, new or recycled. The idea is that all the fabric will be thrown in a heap and our fabric choices will be made from this shared pile (yes, I know we don’t have those grey bags anymore but you get the size idea…)
  • Needle, interesting threads, scissors in case we get on to doing some actual stitching!

Warrick Finn will be here again. Bring any scissors and knives you would like sharpening (Warrick also sharpens pinking shears…)

Finally, we remind members to bring along anything they have worked on recently and anything you may have entered in the Perth Royal Show.