Patchwork at the Lilydale Show

Agricultural and Horticultural Shows have a long tradition in demonstrating and supporting the rural way of life through competitions involving farm animals, rural skills, produce and arts and craft. The Lilydale Show Society was formed in 1953 and holds an annual show on the third Saturday and Sunday in November.  The following report on the Patchwork section is from Waverley member Cheryl Lowe.

The Lilydale Show is over for another year and what a great success it was. The entries in Patchwork was down on previous years but the quality was amazing. We had mainly large Quilts.  The winning quilt was a wonderful butterfly quilt by Ann Burrows. The runner up was won by Sue Moss with a very different butterfly quilt. Mavis Bell entered a beautiful white knitted rug.  Waverley Patchworkers very generously sponsors the show which is spread over all the winners in Patchwork.

Waverley Patchworkers sponsors the prizes each year to encourage patchwork and quilting in this community which is half town, half country and one where a number of our members reside. 

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October Speaker and Show and Tell

Following our Annual General Meeting in October, our new President, Jill Abery introduced Rose Lewis the guest speaker who is a Waverley Member even though she lives some distance away.

Rose told us of her early interest in creating in fabric, first as a sewer of clothes despite some family opposition and then as a quilter once she had a home of her own and children to make quilts for. The first class she attended was not pattern based, it focused instead on making original designs and she has worked that way ever since.

Rose has completed some large appliqué quilts that have received awards at our show and around Australia. She brought them with her to display as she told her story. All her appliqué is done by machine and she quilts heavily using a monofilament thread. Her love of trapunto is in evidence in both quilts.

Rose runs her quilting business through her website, she is a very busy lady always trying something new.

A Caterpillar’s Dream

Through the Garden Gate

The ladies who participated in the June Lyons Scholarship weekend of workshops have made impressive progress. The two day appliqué class with Grace Errea got them started and there were many tops finished or well on the way at the meeting.

Two day workshop pieces

Show and Tell 

Remember to click on the picture to have a closer look and read about the making of the quilt.

Jill has been back to India since she spoke on the Colours and Crafts of India at our meeting in July. This trip she purchased an absolutely beautiful dowry purse or bag made in Gujarat. It is an exquisite example of Kutch embroidery and is heavily embellished with mirrors. The textile piece was bought from a collector who sources work for museums and is thought to be about 45 years old.

Dowry Purse from Gujarat

Gift Quilts

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Worthy winner

Congratulations to Linda Crouch. A worthy winner in the Miniature Category at the International Quilt Festival in Houston with her quilt Whirligig. This has been one of the most popular quilts viewed on our blog and everyone at Waverley is very proud.

Here are all the winning quilts.

 

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A visit from Grace Errea

Members of Waverley Patchworkers have the opportunity to learn from an international tutor every second year thanks to the June Lyons Scholarship Fund. June was a founding member of Waverley and proceeds from the sale of her fabrics were donated to the group by her family in her memory. 

This year Grace Errea from California presented a lecture and taught two workshops. Grace has a love of appliqué and a dislike of piecing and she is known for her exceptional use of colour in her quilts.At her Thursday evening lecture ‘The Value of Value” Grace described the steps she takes when designing a quilt. Her focus is on value and she has created a fabric table of eight values from lightest to darkest of the primary and secondary colours. This enables her to focus on the values in a shape she has photographed rather than the colour.

In an example of how value can be used to highlight a focal point, on a dark background the cone flower is the focus but on a light ground the same image needed a darker focal point, the butterfly.

Grace dislikes piecing so much that she even makes her backgrounds with this technique rather than piece it. In the Breakfast of Champions  the random edge was not planned but looked so good it was totally faced. Usually Grace makes a wide binding with a narrow flange to frame her quilts.

A neat summary of her attitude is found in the statement, “Colour gets all the credit but value does all the work.”

 

Everyone was very keen to get a closer look at the quilts after this very informative lecture.

Friday Workshop – Reverse or Take Away Appliqué

 

 

 

 

 

A new technique of heat setting was demonstrated and then tried in a sample piece.

Then it was onto using this process to make a stained glass like image. It involved tracing, painting on the mixture, cutting with surgical precision and then heat setting the image and removing the freezer paper.

    

Everything then needs to be stitched and lots of people made a start on their machines.

 

Saturday and Sunday Workshop – Heat Set Appliqué

This workshop involved some very detailed patterns and a new appliqué technique using a glue that is dabbed on, dried and then heat set in place.

It started again with a small learning piece and everyone was happy with their progress. Again it was a process of pattern tracing, numbering pieces, cutting templates and finally choosing fabric before dabbing and heat setting. Although it will be quite some time before these quilts are finished, everyone was well on the way and having a good time.

    

The use of value was the secret to fabric choice and much was learned over the two days.

 

“I learned to be braver with my fabric choices” “How to cut up little bits.”

“I learned to be very careful not to do things the wrong way round.”

“A whole new way of how to stick things on”

“I learned about the value of colour.”  “About having value as a priority.”

“The Value Matching Tool has been very useful to choose the value of fabrics.”

“I need to raise some cash to increase my stash!”

 

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A wonderful weekend away

Perfect weather and a perfect location made for another very successful retreat.  Quilting tasks were tackled with great gusto by some or in a more leisurely fashion by others. Saturday evening is the time for dressing up and this year’s theme was Blue and White which was not really challenging at all.

We will all be back again same time next year and look forward to lots of other members joining this happy group. Mark it on your calendar now!

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September Show and Tell

September is our birthday and after last year’s big celebration of 35 years it was a much quieter Sit and Sew meeting this time.

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What goes on, on Retreat …

So you are thinking about coming away with Waverley Patchworkers this year, but you haven’t been on a camp since high school. You have visions of sleeping under canvas, taking the zip line to breakfast and less than civilised bathroom arrangements. Riding the rapids in a rubber tyre might be fun, but probably not.

    

Then there are the organised activities. You plan your excuses for not traversing the rope course and all those other fun things.

Relax.

A Quilting Retreat is not a camp. It is an opportunity to put life’s cares to one side and enjoy three days in a beautiful location with a very friendly group of like minded friends.

Forest Edge is in a quiet valley on the banks of the LaTrobe River, a perfect place to get away from it all.

Two large sewing rooms, one for machines and the other for hand sewing have perfect light and ample room.

It is easy to find a comfortable corner in the sun, inside or out and if you need some advice on how to lay out your blocks, there is plenty on offer.

We are always well fed, possibly too well fed. The short walk from the dining room to the main rooms and accommodation wings is necessary exercise.

You can challenge your brain, or take a leisurely walk on either side of the river if you are wanting some visual inspiration. There are plenty of birds to spot as well.

 

The rooms are warm and cosy. We use the lower beds only and bringing your own quilt adds colour. The bathrooms are ensuite and have the highly desirable double vanity!

Surely you are not going to say no to this wonderful weekend from 6 – 8 October 2017. The Booking Form is in your Newsletter – send it off now!  If you have misplaced it email info@waverleypatchworkers.com.au for a replacement.

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The Plain Needlewoman

We were very fortunate to have Janette McInnes show a large selection of antique and vintage quilts and tops from her collection at our August Meeting. Here they are again, with Janette’s kind permission. There are 24 quilts in the slide show.

Read about Janette’s collection, the research she has done on each new acquisition and how she restores her quilts at her website The Plain Needlewoman.

Show and Tell

Only three to show this month, but each one worth a look, please click on the small image to read what the maker had to say.

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August Meeting

Our guest speaker on Monday 28 August will be Janette McInnes, The Plain Needlewoman with her vintage quilt collection.

The collection features quilts from the 1840s to the present day and includes Signature Quilts, Red Work, Postage Stamp and Depression Era quilts.

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Tropic Island Quilting

The theme for the 2017 Children’s Workshop was Tivaevae, the style of quilts unique to the Cook Islands. This textile art is just over 100 years old and the workshop started with a bit of geography and then history of the Pacific. Fortunately most of the ten participants had seen the film Moana and knew a little about Polynesian life prior to European influence. The children next learned about how tivaevae are made and their importance in the community.

Then on to the tricky process of designing using paper folding. It took a few tries before some really good patterns emerged from the folds. The next step was thinking about colour contrast and again coloured paper was used to try lots of options.

Finally everyone was ready to work with fabric. Each child made a paper pattern of their own design. Then traced it onto a folded square of fabric that was a good contrast to their background piece. The fabric had been prepared with a fusible webbing, so after cutting, it was easily fused. For many of the children this was their first lesson in pressing. They handled it most competently.

These brilliantly coloured designs are destined to become cushion covers. That is after either machine or hand stitching in bright threads around the edges.

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