Community Engagement

From its very beginnings thirty five years ago Waverley Patchworkers has taken its place in the community seriously. Tens of thousands of dollars have been raised, thousands of quilts gifted and countless hours of time donated, all given with millions of smiles.

This month the Heartbeat volunteers at Cabrini Hospital are raising money for a new heart-lung machine. First prize in their raffle is a quilt donated by Waverley Patchworkers. Last year a similar raffle raised over $10,000 and we are very pleased that our work can be used in this way.




We also get out and about to promote quilting, as it is a passion we want to share with as many people as possible.

This weekend we will be stitching at Better Homes and Gardens Live held in the Melbourne Exhibition and Conventions Centre (Jeff’s Shed). Drop by and say hello.


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Anniversary Quilts

To celebrate our Silver Anniversary in 2006, 25 quilts were made for that year’s Quilt Show Challenge. After careful study of photos taken at various Waverley Patchworkers activities, a list of the quilt style most popular in each of the 25 years was drawn up. Twenty five members then nominated a year they would like to represent and so we had our “Twenty five quilts in Twenty five years”.

Here is the first decade. In later posts you will see the rest as well as the five added for our 30th birthday and the newest additions made for our 35th birthday this year.

All of these little quilts will be on display at the Victorian Quilters Spring Gathering which we are hosting on Saturday November 12, 2016 from 9.30 to 4.00. Entry is $5.00 and the venue is Mulgrave Community Centre, 355 Wellington Road, Mulgrave.

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Quilt fans form group

founding-article In late September 1981 the Waverley Council sponsored Intercraft newsletter and the local paper carried articles calling for patchwork and quilting enthusiasts to join a new group “Patchworkers of Waverley”.

The group was the brainchild of Dawn Burrows, who with the support of Morna Sturrock, a local embroiderer and Alycia Watson, the then Community Arts Co-ordinator of Waverley Council, undertook  the organisation of the original meeting.

Quoted in the press article Dawn explained the drive for the formation of the group. “Quilting is almost a way of life in America and we can see the influence of the craft growing here in Waverley. I’ve always been inundated with people wanting to learn patchwork and quilting.”

Thirty five years later the group formed by 30 ladies in 1981 is still going strong. Waverley Patchworkers will celebrate the occasion at our September Monthly Meeting.

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August Meeting

There was a big turnout for our Monthly Meeting where Cathy Barbagallo from the Melbourne Modern Quilting Guild gave us her take on this strand of quilting. Her slide presentation, “Modern Quilting, What is It? How do I know it?” stepped us through the origins of the style, the relationship to both traditional and art quilting and showed lots of quilts from inspirational practitioners and guild members. From the questions and after meeting discussion Cathy certainly encouraged our members to explore Modern Quilting.

Cathy Barbagallo

Cathy Barbagallo

Show and Tell

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Skills Day and Children’s Workshop

Once a year Waverley members volunteer their skills to run short tutorials for both beginner and experienced quilters. There are so many talents within our group, it a great way to pass on tips and to ask questions. While this happens all the time on an informal basis, the skill’s day gives the tutors get a chance to really think about how they do things, plan a short presentation and then teach a small group. Many of our newer members got to know a few more members as of course it was a very social occasion.

This year the topics were Felt Medallions, Embellishing with Embroidery, Quilt Borders and Quilt-As-You-Go Hexagons.

The tutors Julia, Christine, Naomi and Joyce had as much fun as the participants and it was a challenge to move everyone on to their next session.



Fun with Felt

On the Sunday  we ran a half day children’s workshop, the participants had to come with an adult and so there were also 8 grandmothers and 12 children ranged in age from 6 to 12, four were boys and the rest girls.

The class discussed the properties of felt, made some felt with wet felt process, added embellishments and more wet felting and then sewing with commercial synthetic felt.

First we made small felt pieces using merino slivers inside a sandwich bag.  The photo shows the card that was covered in wool at the start, and the finished piece after felting and fulling. They were quite amazed at how much their piece shrunk.

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Then one big piece was created on a sheet of prefect with wool slivers, silk and other bits and pieces. Then it was all hands in to massage the wet felt. They took turns at the rolling stage while they worked on their sewn piece.

The sewing choices were two styles of pencil case or a brooch. With the assistance of a grandparent they all quickly got on with pattern cutting, adding decorations and stitching. Many quickly they got up to speed with blanket stitch. Notice that some of them are fully lined as well. The little flower brooch is an original design as is the truck on the yellow case.



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Visitor to the Appliqué Special Interest Group

Waverley’s Applique SIG meets once a month and in August we were very fortunate to have Veronique Diligent of Wattlebird Designs visit us.


Veronique started quilting about 10 years ago and has developed a passion for needle turn appliqué. She has many original designs and loves dots, so lots of tiny circles appear in her patterns. During the visit Veronique showed us so many beautiful quilts and happily talked about her design process, fabric choices, colour layering and trapunto.

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It was wonderful to get up close to such beautiful work and Veronique was also very interested in the members work.





Lyn and Veronique inspect Jan’s machine applique blocks started in the Michele Hill workshop.


IMG_3244 Le Jardin The centre is inspired by a trivit and the border by the back of a kangaroo chair.

IMG_3261Isabelle inspired by an antique quilt


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Ribbons for Waverley Members

While we know that every quilt is special, some quilts receive extra recognition and quite a few of the winners at Victorian Quilters Quilt Showcase are Waverley Members.

IMG_3223Runner Up to Best of Show is A Time for All Seasons by our President, Linda Steele. This quilt also received the Excellence in Embroidery and Embellishment award.

IMG_3228The Janet O’Dell Award – Retaining the Tradition was given to Sandrannie by Anne Andrews.

Category Winners

IMG_3193Runner-up Traditional Amateur Texas Star also by Anne Andrews

IMG_3273Highly Commended Tradational Professional Star Medallion by Desley Maisano

IMG_3257Highly Commended Traditional Two Person Amateur-Professional The Pleasure of Patchwork pieced by Darelle Castelow

IMG_3233Runner-up Mainly Appliqué Amateur Water Lilies by Suzanne Moore

IMG_3255First Mainly Appliqué Professional Please Find My Home by Eileen Campbell

IMG_3315Encouragement Awards in Student Quilt – Primary to both quilts entered by our youngest member Hamish. My Car Park is designed to keep his cars in line on the shelf.

IMG_3224First Anything Goes category A Time for All Seasons by Linda Steele (detail shown)

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Waverley sponsored prize

We are very pleased to be category sponsors at Quilt Showcase. Our category is Mainly Appliqué Two Person Amateur.IMG_3190

This year the award went to Marjorie Bell for her version of the Conway Album Quilt. Marjorie was quite overcome with her win, she is a first time entrant to Quilt Showcase and has been working on the quilt for about nine years.IMG_3215

Congratulations Marjorie we wish you many years more of happy appliquéing.

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July Meeting

Margaret Rowe entertained us in July with tales of her adventures in book publishing. Margaret is the author of five novels which reflect her love of history and quilting. She also brought along her quilts which were made as part of the process of writing the novels,  as they centre on a quilting friendship group and their regular challenges.


To find out more about the books and perhaps order your own visit Margaret’s website.

Our library also holds a copy of each book.



If you missed the June meeting where Michele Hill told us all about her visit to the Yoko Saito special exhibition at the Tokyo Quilt Festival 2016, “The World of Peter Rabbit”,  you can see photos of these amazing quilts on Michele’s blog.

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Introductory Patchwork Classes

At our recent Quilt Show we offered very low cost classes for people new to patchwork and quilting. There were four classes run on Saturday mornings immediately after the show. Twelve ladies signed up for the classes and eight members assisted the three teachers by bringing their own quilts and sharing their enthusiasm for quilting.beginnerclass1Topics covered were making a nine patch block, half square triangles, chain piecing and using basic tools. Then the group moved on to a discussion of types of batting, making the quilt sandwich and binding. In the final classes three types of appliqué were taught and then English paper piecing.beginnerclass2

The classes were a great success and some of the participants have now joined our group.

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