Colours and Crafts of India
Our speaker at our meeting on Monday 24 July is Jill Abery who will talk about the crafts of India.
Jill has visited India a number of times and more recently taken a particular interest in their crafts and textiles.
India has a long and rich tradition in crafts; many techniques which we use today have been used for centuries in India. The detailed carvings and designs found in many places are also a wonderful inspiration for quilt designs.
Jill will be showing some colourful photos and is bringing lots of crafts and textile items.
In August last year our guest speaker was Cathy Barbagallo from the Melbourne Modern Quilting Guild. Her talk inspired one Waverley member to get together with others interested in exploring Modern Quilting. Darelle approached the committee who thought a new group was a great idea if there was sufficient interest. There was.
Waverley Moderns began meeting on the fourth Sunday of the month at Wadham House, Mount Waverley.
Darelle spoke about this new venture at the June meeting and showed a few of her quilts and many of her tops. She really likes the piecing side of quilting! Her work shows a love of colour, often from a restricted palette, and the patterns that can be made from a simple block structure. The first of these is a year quilt made in 2000.
While most of the regulars are just dipping a toe into this new style, we look forward to seeing their work at out next Quilt Show.
Our guest speaker on Monday 26 June will be Michelle Gates the Victorian Coordinator of Days for Girls. This international organisation began in 2008 when the founder Celeste Mergens learned that the girls at the orphanage she was visiting in Nairobi isolated themselves for several days each month as they could not leave their rooms during their period.
These lost days of education would inevitably lead to dropping out of school and continued poverty. It was happening all around the world where women and girls did not have access to feminine hygiene supplies. Celeste saw this as a problem that could be solved.
Days for Girls puts freedom and opportunity back into the hands of women and girls. They do this through providing sustainable hygiene solutions, and through creating an environment for narrative change at critical junctures in a woman or girl’s life.
Chapters and teams make kits and partner with organisations that distribute the kits for free. So far over 640,000 women and girls in over 100 countries have been reached.
Waverley members have been asked to donate any dark coloured flannelette they may have.
Over 100 members and visitors enjoyed a cosy Winter Wonderland at the Mulgrave Community Centre. After a foggy start to the day, the sun came out and streamed in through the large windows. Coats and scarves were shed and the real business of sewing, chatting, shopping and tea sipping began.
The four shops in attendance had a constant stream of browsers and customers. Lots of scissors and other tools got a good sharpening.
The Quilt In team had organised a raffle with multiple prizes which proved very popular, over $500 was raised for the Waverley Patchworkers Gift Quilt Program. There was a small welcome gift and lucky door prizes as well. Everyone who came had a wonderful time, “it was like a big warm hug” was one comment. Our grateful thanks to Rhondda and her group for all their work.
The block challenge on the theme of Winter proved to be a little too challenging. Those who did give it a go produced some lovely blocks. Lyn was the winner with her Umbrella Girl feeding the ducks.
Tables were given a mini challenge of knitting up the longest piece during the day using the wool and needles provided. Obviously there are some very fast knitters out there.
You will have to wait until 2019 for our next Quilt In, but we have just as much fun at all our activities. If you live in Melbourne, why not join with us.
We are very fortunate to have Bronwyn van’t Hof teaching two one day workshops on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September. You can register for the workshops using the form in your Newsletter.
To give your a better idea of what will be taught in these two classes Browyn has sent these pictures as examples.
An Unlikely Pair – Choose from one of these two quilts, both use pre-cut 2½” strips often described as a “jelly roll”.
Jelly – Jam Donut
Geese on the Fly – A ‘no waste’ flying geese technique will be taught as well as a method for calculating cutting sizes for various sized finished blocks. Students will then be able to design their own project using the Flying Geese block. The following are examples only.
Out of the Blue
After all the Show and Tell last month, only two quilts this time. One of the quilts is from Megan a new member and it is her first quilt. Let’s hope everyone is using the colder weather to stay indoors and finish off lots of quilts so there will be lots to see next month.
Megan’s first quilt
Marlene our Vice President brought a number of her quilts to the meeting so that members could get to know her a little better. She loves colour! She is also the force behind our Beginner Quilter classes which Megan attended last year.
Two quilts sponsored by Waverley Patchworkers into the 2016 Quilt Showcase are hanging in the Best of the Best display at the Australasian Quilt Convention. Congratulations to Darelle for The Pleasure of Patchwork and Suzanne for Water Lilies.
Not only are these ladies talented members of Waverley Patchworkers, they have both recently taken on co-ordination roles in the group. I was asked by a visitor when doing White Glove duty at AQC “How do I get to have my quilt hanging in this exhibition?” The answer I gave was to join your local guild, get active in the group and display your quilts at the local show. This is exactly what Darelle and Suzanne have done – and look how far they have come.