National Quilt Register

We are pleased that our 16 piece ‘Noongar Country, Wetland Glimpses’ quilt set has been accepted for the National Quilt Register

Liz Humphreys’ quilt  ‘Balbuk’s Country, Looking Easr’  from our previous set is now also on the register.



Two announcements

We invite you to a talk about our new quilt set Nyoongar Country: Wetland Glimpses.

Thu Sep 27th 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

City of Perth Library auditorium, first floor, 573 Hay St, Perth

Free but register at:

Our other news is that the November issue of Down Under textiles will contain  an article on the Noongar Country quilt set and has Hilary Arber’s quilt What’s for dinner? on the cover. Hilary’s quilt shows a Great Egret ready to pounce.


City of Perth Exhibit

Noongar Country, Wetland Glimpses

Venue: City of Perth Library, Hay St, just inside the library-counter entrance

Dates: August 21 – November 8

Talks: Library auditorium

September 27     12noon-1pm, free, bookings open Aug 18, Library Events

October 20          2pm-3pm, free, book Heritage Perth website 

At the preview for Noongar Elders



Wetland gems for sale!

The gems are in quilt form of course, including cards with quilted embellishment.

The link below takes you to the sales list.

For sale items related to the Wetland Quilt set

We are regretting not having taken more photos at the Albany exhibition but here is one to keep you happy, quilts by Roberta Chantler (1) and Hilary Arber (2). The workmanship is exquisite seen closeup – come and see for yourself in the City of Perth Library August 21 – November 8. Email if you would like to get together a small group and have one of our group meet you for a floor talk.DSC08086


Exhibition fever

Albany welcomed us with fine weather for the opening of our ‘Whadjuk Noongar Country: Wetlands Glimpses’ exhibition. Stella King and Liz Humphreys traveled down first to hang the quilts. They complemented the quilt display with dried specimens of banksia and other plants and fresh native flowers, and made the slide show prepared by Meg Cowey play continuously. The exhibit fitted well with other NAIDOC week events. It remains in Albany till July 29, then will be in the City of Perth library, near the entrance, August 21-November 8.

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Excitement is building!

WA Inspired are off to Albany for our exhibition opening of ‘Whadjuk Noongar Country, Wetland Glimpses’ on Monday, at the Museum of the Great Southern, 2pm. The museum is using our quilt exhibit, and Aboriginal wooden art works, to launch NAIDOC week.  Come if you are down there! Stella and Liz are already at the museum for the installation. It has been a busy time organising labelling, gathering artifacts to complement the display, and promoting our work. We had a nice feature in the recent Great Southern Weekender.  Stella’s ‘Maali (Swan)’ quilt and Meg’s frogs on her ‘Djeran (Autumn) Abundance’ quilt (see below) have been attracting ‘likes’ on social media.

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Exhibition Announcement!

We are excited about our new quilt set ‘Noongar Country: Wetland Glimpses’, comprising 16 small art quilts. The set has attracted attention even before being exhibited – so far we have negotiated four display spaces.

We will launch the set in July in Albany. Why then and there? July includes NAIDOC week so our celebration of Aboriginal culture through the quilts is apposite; and Albany is Noongar country and has lots of wetlands. So if you are in Albany visit:

Museum of the Great Southern, Regency Rd, Albany, July 8-29.

Our other exhibition spaces are:

City of Perth Library, Hay St, in the display cabinets at the entrance, August 21 – November 19.

World Wetlands Day Conference, Cockburn Wetlands Centre, February 2019

Australasian Quilt Convention, March 2019.

We will be offering floor talks and/or presentations at each venue: watch this space for details! The luscious colours in the new heading of this blog are an indication of what is in store – the image is the lower part of a wetlands quilt by Meg Cowey.

Rotary breakfast talk

This morning (March 14) we had another opportunity to display our Balbuk quilts–this time with Powerpoint slides, but never-the-less the quilts seemed to be appreciated by the Matilda Bay Rotary Group. Also the educational and reconciliation outcomes of the Balbuk project.

We are winding up now for the launch of our new quilt set on Wetlands with Noongar connections. Will advertise where you will be able to see them once the venues are finalised!

Fun at Wireless Hill

WA Inspired Art Quilters had fun ‘animating’ the Machines and Makers Exhibition at Wireless Hill Museum last Sunday (January 7). We organised machine and hand sewing demonstrations, and a sun dying workshop. Visitors were interested and we enjoyed talking with them. The sun dying was a real success!

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wireless hill 2 Sewing inside the museum


What’s next?

We are on a new project making art quilts with a wetlands theme.  We are looking for venues to display  them so if you have any ideas please respond to this post with a comment! We had a lot of fun in 2017, and hope to sustain this! In summary we exhibited our:

  • Balbuk’s Country quilts in the City of Perth library as part of the National Trust Heritage Festival
  • Balbuk’s Country quilts in the small quilts category at QuiltWest
  • Primary Production, and Salt, Scheme, Strata and Sand quilts at Mundaring Arts Centre
  • Salt and Strata quilts in a special groups display at the NZ Quilt Symposium

We also had luck with magazine articles:

  • Down Under Textiles, Issue 28, pp. 65-67, Balbuk’s Country, feature article.
  • Down Under Textiles, Issue 29, pp. 62-66, Contemporary Artistry, feature article, Primary Production Series
  • Australian Patchwork and Quilting Vol 27, no 2, pp. 46-47, Themed Quilts by WA Inspired (Goldfields pipeline), feature article
  • Australian Patchwork and Quilting, Bush Tucker, Vol 27, no 12, pp. 78-79, showcase article, in press.
  • Australian Patchwork and Quilting, How Would You Interpret ‘Strata’? feature article, Vol 28, no 3, in press.
  • Textile Fibre Forum, Interpreting Sand as a Quilt Theme, feature article, Issue 129 in press.

First off in 2018, we will be at Wireless Hill Museum, ‘animating’ the Machines and Makers’ exhibition on January 7, 12-4. The animation will comprise  sun-dying and stitching. Come and talk to us if you are over that way–Wireless Hill is a nice place for a picnic.