Birthday Meeting

Waverley Celebrated 37 years with a Sit and Sew meeting, lots of chatter and certificates for members who had reached 10, 20 and 30 year milestones.

The present went to Waverley Benevolent Society in the form of a cheque for $5,000 from our recent Quilt Show. Waverley Patchworkers have a very long history in supporting local agencies. Pat Green from the society  told us of the big impact our donation will make in the lives of families struggling to make ends meet.There were cupcakes for all and the candle was blown out by Jacie and Lorna, both celebrating 30 years of membership.

Show and Tell

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Membership reminders

It’s our Birthday month and members have been enjoying free entry to all activities. We also celebrate with cupcakes at our Sit and Sew meeting on Monday September 24. 

It is also time to renew your membership. The renewal form has been sent to all members, but if you cannot find it, download from our Forms page.

If you want to join Waverley Patchworkers, the form and all details are on the Join page.

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August Show and Tell

We had a most interesting return to the Mount Waverley Community Centre in August. Members were very keen to see the renovations and inspected all areas thoroughly. 

It was a very cold evening and it was noted that the heating system was not completely operational.

Even our guest speaker Christine Lethlean stayed rugged up while telling her fascinating story of growing up on a farm in Western Australia. It was here that she learned to value every scrap of fabric. She has transformed this ethos into beautiful textile art.

Christine now lives in Clunes where she has her studio. This, we learned, is named after her parents Margie and Bert  She is currently working with machine appliqué creating mainly framed works.

Show and Tell

The hall has been changed dramatically and as the stage has gone displaying quilts for show and tell was difficult. A portable stage is part of the promised equipment, but it is not yet ready. So apologies for not being able to show the large quilts in their entirety.

Hamish at 11 years, is our youngest member and had to be at school when awards were presented at Victorian Quilters Showcase in July. He won Runner Up in the Student Quilts – Primary category for Rainbow Ladders. 

We can now update our photographic record with a photo of Hamish and his ribbon. Congratulations Hamish for this terrific original design.

Our other award winners are here.


Wool felt hanging – Denise

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Back to Mount Waverley

The renovations to Mount Waverley Community Centre are almost complete and we will be back there for our August meeting on Monday 27. The set up will be a little different, and still no library, but we will still have a fantastic meeting.

Our guest speaker is Christine Lethlean, originally from Western Australia but now a studio artist in Clunes, central Victoria. Christine has a distinctive collage style of working in fabric and includes a lot of preloved and discarded elements as well as embroidery, thread painting and printing. The Margie and Bert Studio is her work space and Christine is also the driving force behind the annual Textile Palette Exhibition in Clunes.

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Showcase 2018

The skills, creativity and hard work of our quilters was on display at Victorian Quilters Showcase. Many were fortunate to have been awarded ribbons in their category or for an individual award. Congratulations to all members of Waverley Patchworkers who had a quilt in this annual show.

 Anne Andrews –Narelle Grieve Award for Excellence in Hand Quilting Amateur for New York Double Dresden.






Krista Black – Best Contemporary Quilt Award and Highly Commended in the Modern Quilts category for  Slashed with Red






Linda Steele – Excellence in Use of Colour and First in the Miniature Quilts Traditional category for Autumn Dance.






Desley Maisano – Matilda’s Own Longer Machine Quilting Award for Version 3 – Black.



  Jan Smart – First in the Traditional – 2 Person Amateur and Professional category for Okehampton. Desley Maisano was the quilter.




Anne Andrews – First in the Mainly Applique- Amateur  category for A Circle a Day.







Hamish Kerle – Runner Up in the Student Quilts – Primary category for Rainbow Ladders. 






 Naomi Hynes – quilter of Bloom by Julie Fenn, First in the Wall Quilts – 2 person category







  Linda Crouch – Highly Commended in the Wall Quilts – Professional Category for Feathers and Pearls.






Linda Crouch – Highly Commended in the Pictorial Quilts category for Early Bird.







 Naomi HynesHighly Commended in the Miniature Quilts – Contemporary category for That Chick!



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July Meeting

We had the full multimedia experience when Neroli Henderson spoke at our July Meeting. Her quilts are not overly large but she was able to show us the detail on screen as well as seeing the quilt ably held by her assistant, Taylor.


Neroli is an artist who has come to working in textiles from a painting background.

She has a lot of experience in painting on fabric and then stitching and this will be the approach taken in her workshop in August. Her most recent work uses her photography, particularly of the human form. She has it printed on silk then quilts densely with machine stitching, often including text, as these pieces contain a message about the human experience.

At the end of the meeting members were keen to see these small works up close. 

Profiled Member

We learn a little more about one of our members each meeting and this month Margaret bought a selection of her quilts.


Margaret does her own quilting and shared a few tips she has learned at various workshops. The first is to draw the quilting design on to lunch wrap, pin it to the quilt sandwich and stitch through. The second is how to create a quilting design to fit perfectly along a border. Cut a strip of paper the size of the border, fold in half and repeat until it is the size of the element you want to use. Draw the design, stitch through all the layers with no thread in the needle. When opened you have a pattern that will fit your border exactly.

Show and Tell





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June Meeting

We had a most interesting presentation at our meeting from Sisterworks. This is a not-for-profit that exists to help women migrants, asylum seekers and refugees become financially independent and happily settled in Australia. Luz Restrepo told us how when she arrived as a political refugee in 2010 with her life in tatters and no English she felt frightened, isolated and disempowered. She realised that she was not alone and worked to found the organisation that has as its main premise Work Empowers Women.

There was a sample of the products made by some of the 171 women from 55 countries that are supported by Sisterworks. These proved to be very popular and members were very pleased to see what amazing use would be made of the fabric they had brought to the meeting to donate.


Show and Tell


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Talent on display

A comment heard over and over again at the Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show was ‘what a talented group’. One of our very talented members has had great success at the Sydney Quilt Show.

Congratulations to Linda Crouch for your beautiful quilt Feathers and Pearls which we first saw at our own show. The quilt received the Excellence in Quilting Award, Stationary Machine (Professional) and also First Prize in the Professional, Other Techniques category. 

It will be no surprise to those who came to our May Meeting to hear that our speaker Julie Adamson was awarded First Prize in the Professional, Appliqué Quilt category and also the Excellence in Quilting, Hand Quilting Award for Victorian Lace.

Thanks to Linda Steele for providing the photos of these two very happy winners.

The full list of Sydney Quilt Show 2018 Prize Winners can be viewed here 

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Beginner patchwork classes

Want to learn the basics of patchwork and quilting or know someone who does? We are running a series of four classes in July for just $10.

Participants will learn how to construct a nine patch block and will be shown examples of half square triangles, chain piecing and the use of tools. This leads on to a discussion of the varieties of batting, making a quilt sandwich and attaching the binding.

Fabric and basic equipment will be provided. BYO needle and small scissors. 

The classes are on Saturday mornings at Bellfield House, Glen Waverley.

Email to register or for more information.

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Special offer for new members

A reminder to everyone who picked up one of our brochures at Quilt Show 2018. 

Join now and receive four extra months membership.

Our membership year ends in September, but if you join now your first year will not end until 30 September 2019.

That gives you plenty of time to get to know the group and find out all the benefits membership brings.

Didn’t pick up a brochure? Download a membership form MembershipForm

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