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 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

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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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Annual General Meeting

Morna Sturrock

It was wonderful to have our Patron Morna Sturrock attend our AGM, Morna has been a big supporter of Waverley Patchworkers from the very beginning thirty-three years ago. She spoke of the importance of stitching and community and encouraged us all, particularly by saying that she continues to  sew and will do so while she can still thread a needle.

A new committee was elected to look after things for the next twelve months and we welcomed a new President, Debbie.2014_10_27_IMG_0008

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Birthday Meeting

We turned 33 and celebrated with delicious cupcakes, honoured three members for their great contribution and made lots of poppies. Lynn Berry from the 5000 Poppies project our guest speaker walked away with another 358 poppies for the display to take place on Anzac Day 2015 in Federation Square.

Lynn Berry speaks at Waverley Patchworkers

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Amanda Daly workshop

This year our special June Lyons tutor was Amanda Daly from NSW. The Ocean Jewels project involved lots of 3D fabric manipulation and cathedral windows that seemed impossibly tiny until we saw Amanda’s miniature quilts. Thanks to a very patient teacher and some wonderful fabric palettes lots of beautiful quilts were well underway by the end of the weekend.

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Watch our new website grow

Waverley Patchworkers Inc is in the process of creating a new website. While you wait, you can contact the group by email.

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