Quilt In 2015

What is a Quilt In? It’s an event when quilters gather together to share a relaxing day of sewing, friendship and indulging in delicious food. Waverley Patchworkers have a Quilt In every alternate year.

Join us at this great event, entry is just $10.2013_quiltin_1

Saturday 30 May
10.00am to 4.00pm

Monash Community Centre
355 Wellington Road, Mulgrave

The theme for this year is Weddings! Quilts, dresses and accessories associated with weddings. So much work goes into one big day, here is a chance to have a closer look at these special textile items, some from quite some time ago.

There will be a number of shops in attendance, so bring your pin money.

We have a block challenge each Quilt In. Here is a sample from 2013 when the theme was playing with colour. Can you spot the common fabric? The blocks are made into quilts which we donate as part of our Gift Quilt program after the event.2013_quiltin_2


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March Workshop Gallery

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Collages constructed in Lisa Walton’s Permission to Play workshop.

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Event this weekend

At the Monday meeting, notice was given of the  Mad Quilters/Crafters sale for Ovarian Cancer Research. If you missed the details, here they are.

Saturday 28 March from 10am at 24 Olive Road Devon Meadows (at the no through road end)

Gold coin or more donation. Sale of unwanted items by quilters, crafters, knitters etc.

Sausage sizzle, tea and coffee, lucky dip.

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Playing with Permission

Day 1 of Lisa Walton’s workshop involved lots of playing. Fortunately it was a lovely sunny day so tables went outside and there was no worry about spilled buckets or dripping brushes. The breeze was a small challenge, but once fabrics were wet they stayed in place. Lots of beautiful colour was painted on, then the fabric was manipulated using folding, salt and sun printing with foliage from the garden. After lunch it was time to carve stamps, do rubbing with Shiva sticks and stencilling. Having everything supplied, including a huge selection of stencils, made for a very relaxing day. Everyone is looking forward to tomorrow when we put the pieces together in a collage. Lisa was so impressed with our work she was spotted snapping some of the masterpieces at the end of the day.


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Lisa Walton is coming to Waverley

Everyone who has done a workshop with 542785_444488005628008_1481701311_nLisa agrees that she is inspirational. Not only that she is makes sure everyone has fun, and that is what workshops are for, to have fun. We are very lucky to have Lisa teach her two day Permission to Play workshop on the weekend of March 21 and 22.

There are still a couple of places, so if you are not a Waverley member you get a chance to do this workshop. The cost is $120 plus a $35 materials fee to Lisa. Just email info@waverleypatchworkers.com.au for more details

Here is what Lisa says about the workshop.fabrics 500

This is a workshop where we play with all sorts of surface design techniques such as fabric paintings, stamping, sun printing, fabric manipulation, rubbing, oil sticks, leaf printing, screen printing and anything else we can fit in during the two days. I supply all the fabrics and equipment so you don’t need to buy anything and it’s a great opportunity to just play and become comfortable with lots of great techniques with no stress.

See more of Lisa’s work at her website Dyed and Gone to Heaven

Lisa will also be our guest speaker at our Monday 23 March meeting.


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Emma Jean Jansen our February speaker

The delightful Emma from Ballarat started with a sweet cushion she had put together as a child and quickly moved on to her quilts made with fabric of her own design.2015_02_23_IMG_0003

Having completed a studies in Textile Design at RMIT,  Emma has the skills as well as the talent to produce fabrics perfect for quilting.

We loved the fresh colours and crisp white backgrounds of her Terra Australis and Linen Cupboard ranges. Members will be on the look out for her new range coming soon. We also heard a book is on the way.

Read more about Emma at her website and blog emmajeanjansen.com.au

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Saturday’s class

Lessa Siegele’s two day workshop with Waverley Patchworkers is a choice of either  New York Beauty or Twisted Log Cabin. Both involve lots of carefully graduated colour and paper piecing producing precise points. By lunchtime on Saturday the first blocks were coming together and everyone said they were having a good time although lots of concentration was needed. Notes and sheets provided by Lessa made a really complex task quite doable. Her friendly manner and clear explanation of each step calmed even the most nervous student.

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Lessa Siegele

How exciting! Lessa Siegele, the lovely quilter from SA who is the driving force behind the Bedford Mystery quilt, is teaching at Waverley Patchworkers this weekend. If you are not able to do the foundation piecing workshop you don’t miss out because Lessa will be speaking at our November Monthly Meeting on Nov 24 and she has promised to bring lots of quilts.

Read more about Lessa here and see some of her quilts.

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Sewing day for gift quilts

Waverley Patchworkers make and donate hundreds of quilts each year. Our sewing day on 29 October saw lots of new quilts started, and many more finished. It is amazing what can be made from the odd blocks, partly finished tops and left over fabric that is managed by the Gift Quilt team. Willing workers came with sewing machines, needles and thread and were fuelled by many cups of tea.

sewing day   sewing day  sewing daysewing dayThe Seam Sisters friendship group brought a huge pile of quilts they have made for the Monash Children’s Hospital. The group’s personal experiences motivated them to contribute to the play therapy program. More children’s quilts will be collected at the Quilters on High December meeting.

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October Meeting


After the business of our AGM members enjoyed viewing the huge number of quilts brought by our guest speaker, Neil Chisholm.

Neil spoke of his introduction to quilting seven years ago ‘by mistake. He had been a gardener and a painter, but due to a back injury could not pursue either of these activities. He tried making a quilt and was hooked.

Self taught, Neil claims to have broken all the rules and defied the quilt police to become a prizewinner at Quilt Showcase with his machine applique and quilting. He also teaches at his studio in Bunningyong and writes regularly for a quilting magazine.

Neil really had a great time at Waverley Patchworkers, you can read his comments here.

Enjoy just a few of the quilts that were shown from the various styles he prefers – Civil War and Regency being among his favourites.

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