Over 40 members and a few guests attended this month’s meeting. On a cold night all appreciated that was from the comfort of our own homes. We welcomed speaker Lisa Walton beaming in from her studio in Sydney and she took us around the world looking at her quilt inspirations.
First stop was Barcelona, home to the organic architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Lisa is a big fan of his work and used motifs found on tiles to create stamps for her hexagon quilt.
Lisa finds textures and patterns everywhere. She uses rubbings, stamp carving and screen printing to transfer images to the fabrics in her quilts. Quilting motifs too come from her close observation of architectural features.
Our trip included Japan, Italy, Morocco, Guatemala, the United Kingdom and proved that inspiration can be found anywhere. A most inspiring meeting.
Planning in the time of COVID is very challenging because rules change month by month. We are in lockdown again, however this month we have been able to book a guest speaker who is well prepared to deliver online.
The Zoom meeting on July 26 will feature Lisa Walton, a NSW based textile artist. Well known to Waverley members, we are looking forward to her talk Travelling Textile Inspirations.
I am who I am
Our well travelled members are sure to be inspired to dig out the photos and get going with their own travelled inspired creations. Details of the Zoom meeting have been distributed by email.
Appliqué quilts can take quite a long time to complete. When one is finished at the Appliqué Special Interest Group it is an achievement that is applauded by all. We have usually watched its progress over months or even years.
One such quilt was displayed this month by Wendy. It is Garden Party designed by Laura Heine, a big quilt at 66″ by 87 1/2″. Wendy used hand needle turn appliqué using HugsnKisses semi water soluble fusible to ensure a smooth line. There is also some embroidery. She then quilted individual blocks using the Monica Poole Quilt as you go method.
Wendy loved choosing the colours for this bright quilt. The large 20 1/5 inch blocks were too large to handle without the appropriate square ruler and the final hand stitching of the sashing strip towards the centre of the quilt was a challenge.
It is a wedding present. No doubt the lucky recipients will have many years of joy with this beauty.
Another cause for celebration is Waverley Patchworkers 40th Anniversary this year. You can read all about the planned activities here.
The meeting that was scheduled for Monday 28 June has been cancelled. We have been advised by Monash Council that due to the current COVID restrictions we can only have 50 people in the hall. We have been greatly exceeding this number at meetings in 2021.
Other group meetings over the next two weeks may be going ahead, check with your convenor – details in your Newsletter.
Remember to wear a mask, check in with the venue QR code, hand sanitise and maintain social distancing when out and about.
The Gift Quilt Sewing Day date is now changed to Wednesday 7 July due to a tennis tournament.
Over 60 members came together for an evening of stitching and chatting. There was also a great opportunity to enhance personal libraries with a sale of books and magazines from the library collection and donations.
A catalogue in the form of lists sorted by title, author and subject can be found here and these will be updated now that the library has been refreshed.
It has been a long time coming. Commencing in February 2021 Waverley Patchworkers are again able to meet in person.
At the AGM in October 2020 a new Committee was elected, as this was a virtual meeting it was not possible to meet them in person. Here instead is each Committee member’s favourite quilt. The selections reflect the wide range of quilting interest and amazing talent found at Waverley Patchworkers.
As Melbourne emerges from its very long lockdown, Waverley Patchworkers has resumed its Monthly Meetings. We still cannot meet in person, but tonight we are having the second of our virtual meetings.
We are delighted to have Veronique Diligent as our guest speaker. Swiss born Veronique was introduced to quilting when she moved to Melbourne. She fell in love with the appliqué technique and was soon designing her own quilts.
Returning to Europe with her French husband and young child she sought out a quilting circle like she had enjoyed in Melbourne. With none to be found in her village she started teaching and now back in Melbourne she has expanded both her quilt designing and teaching.
Veronique’s love of the garden is evident in her work, as is an interest in the French boutis and her growing skill in embroidery.
Veronique is featured in the latest issue of Quilters Companion magazine and her designs can be found on her website wattlebird.com.au
Some of the friendship groups associated with Waverley Patchworkers have stayed in touch during lock down by meeting on Zoom. Crosstown Quilters were the first to do this, encouraged by the husband of one of the members.
They decided that each month one member would send out a piece of fabric and everyone would use it as the start of a 12″ block. These would then be put together to make gift quilts. On the one occasion they could meet in person there was already a sizeable collection of blocks.
The project has continued for longer than anyone would have thought and thanks to Waverley now having a Zoom account their screen chats can go on for a few hours each month.
The Committee is also meeting via Zoom, a bit of a bonus over the winter months as no one had to leave their warm home on a cold evening. It was decided that because members had not been able to have full use of their membership in 2020 that there would be no renewal fee for 2021. We ask that members do complete the renewal form found here as there is information that needs to be collected.
Our first attempt at a large online meeting will be the Annual General Meeting to be held on 26 October – details in the Newsletter.