Monthly meeting temporary venue change

The Mt Waverley Community Centre is being renovated starting in March 2018. While it will be lovely to have a new look and feel to our venue, we have to vacate for four months or more.

Starting with the meeting on Monday March 26 Waverley Patchworkers will meet at the Glen Waverley Community Centre, 700 Waverley Road Glen Waverley. It is near the corner of Waverley Rd and Springvale Rd. As usual doors will open at 7.15pm.

Check your Newsletter and this website for news of our return to Mt Waverley.

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Quilt Show 2018 Raffle Quilt

Raffle tickets are now on sale for the beautiful quilt created especially for our show. Proceeds go to the Waverley Benevolent Society. Tickets are $2 each, contact a Waverley Patchworkers member or buy your tickets at  Quilt Show 2018, 2 – 3 June 2018.

Floral Flight

Floral Flight puts a modern spin on the traditional broderie perse quilt, with a bright frame of triangles surrounding the gorgeous parrot and basket. Once again quilting is by Naomi Hynes of the Elegant Stitch and it is done beautifully. Valued at $1650

Floral Flight – detail

Second prize is just for quilters; a fabulous kit which includes all patterns and the fabric for A Tribute to Mrs Williams. Conveniently packaged with the fabric for each block with each pattern. Value $400.

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March Meeting

Remember we will be at the temporary venue, Glen Waverley Community Centre, 700 Waverley Road Glen Waverley, for the meeting on Monday March 26. 

Guest Speaker is Jan Frazer who will be talking on Colour by Design.

Jan is an award winning quilter whose work has been successful in many international exhibitions.

  • Visions Arts Museum  San Diego USA
  • Road to California LA USA
  • American Quilters Society Paducah USA
  • St Marie Aux Mines – Alsace France
  • The Houston Quilt Festival USA

Jan takes inspiration for her quilts from the natural beauty of her beachside suburb, from architecture, gardens and even art pieces in a gallery. Jan utilises a number of techniques in her quilt making, often incorporating machine embroidery and thread work into her projects.

Floral Flashback

Describing her style as contemporary, Jan admits to still loving the traditional designs. ‘I love strong colours,and this is manifest in many of my quilts. Recently, I challenged myself to make a few pieces using more neutral colours. Nature is my main inspiration for colour. In nature almost anything goes and I try to apply this approach to my use of colour in quilts.’

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Coming up in February

The guest speaker at our next meeting, on Monday February 26, is Leslie Edwards of Quilting Fabrications.

Leslie was born in California and following her major in African History travelled to that continent. There she was blown away with the vibrantly coloured textiles. She also met her Australian husband and took up quilting after relocating to Melbourne 25 years ago.

More recently she has taken to creating her own fabrics using a host of techniques.  
“In some ways my style has changed and in some ways it is still the same. The thing that drew me to quilting – African fabric – has remained a passion and I use a lot of colour in my quilts. I have, however, become much more intuitive and improvisational in my technique. I am also passionate about creating my own textiles through various types of dyeing, painting, printing, etc,” 

Leslie will be bringing her pop up shop selling African, Malaysian batik and hand dyed fabric plus her quilt patterns.

Library News This will be the last opportunity to borrow from the library before it is put into storage for the duration of the building renovation. Please borrow lots of books!

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January Meeting

Our Sit and Sew meeting in January is always a good start to the year. Plenty of time to catch up on all the holiday news and to admire new projects or cheer on those who making progress on their never ending hand piecing.

We also saw the unveiling of the raffle quilt for Quilt Show 2018. It was designed and largely made by Suzanne and quilted by Naomi Hynes of the Elegant Stitch.

Floral Flight – Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show raffle quilt

More details later on how to purchase tickets so you can win this beauty.

Show and Tell

The first of these was shown at the November meeting but the photo was misplaced.

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

Plenty of Gift Quilts have been finished over the break – here are a few of them.

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Birds of a Feather Flock Together

The dates, venue and theme for our 2018 Quilt Show has been announced. A few changes have been made, so make sure you make a note on your calendar and in your diary.

Look at Me – Mariya Waters

The Birds of a Feather Quilt Show will be held on the weekend, June 2 and 3, 2018 at the Mulgrave Community Centre, 355 Wellington Road Mulgrave. This is a great venue where we held our Quilt In last year.

The theme for the challenge should get the creative juices flowing, it lends itself to all styles of quilts, modern, traditional, innovative even 3D. To encourage creativity there is no shape stipulation, the size restriction is that the finished piece must fit inside the confines of an A3 piece of paper (42 cm x 29.7 cm). 

Members, now is the time to get all your quilt entries planned, you have five months fun months of stitching ahead.

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End of Year Celebrations

Our last Monthly Meeting for the year was held on 27 November, but this early date did not stop us getting into the seasonal spirit.

It was a full house, with everyone enjoying a relaxed evening with shared supper and lively conversation. We donated a huge quantity of festive grocery items to the Waverley Benevolent Society, and as usual Pat Green was on hand to receive them.

Show and Tell

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

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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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