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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Michelle Hill visits Waverley

Known for her passion for all things William Morris, Michele Hill will be speaking on different topics when she visits Waverley Patchworkers for our  Monthly Meeting on Monday 27 June.

It is always interesting to have an insight into how a quilter develops her ideas and Michele will be sharing her approach to making a new quilt and also where things happen in her space at home. She will be taking us through the process of working on a special commission for the Thorngrove Manor Hotel, from first drawings to final stitch.

Thorngrove Manor Quilt

Michele has been working on a Beatrix Potter book and nearly put it to one side when she saw the special exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of this much loved author at the Tokyo Quilt Festival early this year. Fortunately she came away even more inspired than ever to celebrate Peter Rabbit and friends. She will be sharing this story with us as well.
Peter Rabbit         Mrs Rabbit

So come prepared for an evening of awe and inspiration.

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New Membership Offer

Waverley membership formsThinking of joining Waverley Patchworkers? Did you pick up one of our brochures at our show?

Here is some good news. If you join now your membership is valid up to the end of September 2017. That is an extra 4 months membership. So don’t delay, send in your form and joining fee now.

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All Creatures Great and Small

How many of these creatures do you remember seeing at the Quilt Show? Click on the image for the answer.

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Viewers’ Choice, Challenge and Raffle Winners

Visitors to the Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show were invited to vote for their favourite quilt from all on display. Votes were also cast for the small quilt challenge on the show theme, Carnival.

The count for Viewers’ Choice was extremely close and it was decided to also award a Runner Up as it was obvious that both quilts were favourites. They are both original designs and reflect the diversity of styles on display at the show.

Viewers Choice “Windmills of Your Mind” Desley Maisano

IMG_3011Speaking with Desley she said that the design idea started with the border quilting element that she had used on a customer’s quilt and wanted to use again. She loves the Michelle Yeo Dahlia templates and asked her to make a middle size and small set. The overlapping elements reminded her of fireworks and these bursts influenced the rest of the quilting design. It is quilted by Desley on a hand controlled track mounted long arm machine. The dark fabric on the back was chosen to show off the quilting.

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Runner Up “My Floral Fussy-cut Farrago” Rivka Waxman


All appliqued motifs and the pieced and appliqued border are fussy cut. I couldn’t stop! I have lost count of the fabrics used in this original design quilt.

Quilted by Leanne Kaufman of Leanne’s Quilting Service. Rivka was thrilled with the way Leanne enhanced the design with her quilting.


Challenge Winner  Number C16 “Masquerade” Naomi Hynes


Raffle Winner Ticket No 1693

IMG_3007 It doesn’t often happen that the winner of the raffle quilt is in the building. In this case Wendy was not in the room – she was still working in the kitchen. But it did not take her long to claim her prize and thank Naomi the designer of the quilt.

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Scenes from the Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show

Saturday May 28

9.00am          First visitors come in the door ….there is so much to see

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 10.00am     The foyer is packed for the Official Opening and Award Presentation … always a lovely surprise for the recipient

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11.00am    Time for morning tea


2.00pm After viewing rooms of stunning quilts …. into the Merchant Mall where the demonstrators from the gift quilt team are hard at work.



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