A New Committee

This time last year we thought it would just be the one time that we would have to hold our AGM remotely. But here we go again.

A good attendance once again as the group has really embraced virtual meetings. The very smoothly run meeting resulted in the election of a new President, Jenny who was Vice President and Heather is now our immediate Past President and Vice President. A very orderly transition. We also welcome Ann back to the committee, this is her second time as Membership Secretary. If you join Waverley Patchworkers she is the first person who will help you get to know how you can become involved in our activities.

Speaker on the night was Waverley Patchworkers member Denise Muschamp who is a long arm quilter. She spoke of the pathway that lead her from passionate sewer and knitter to maestro of the long arm machine. Her business is The Quilt House located in Narre Warren.

Denise explained the various quilting options using her own quilts.
Kaffe and Co is an example of a carefully chosen and sized “edge to edge design” enhancing a busy pieced quilt.

On the other hand Strawberries and Cream has custom quilted blocks and borders to enhance this very pretty border print. Accurate piecing is the key to success here.

Denise also explained why it is important to have batting and backing larger than the quilt top.

Other tips for preparing your quilt for professional quilting included

  • Press very carefully, generally to the dark side.
  • Measure border size from your quilt top, do not rely on pattern dimensions.
  • Leave embellishments until after the quilt is quilted.

If all her clients followed her advice Denise would be a very happy quilter, so she has provided a comprehensive list of suggestions, many applicable even if you are doing your own quilting.

A most enjoyable and informative meeting.

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A Virtual Celebration

Each September Waverley Patchworkers celebrates its birthday. This year we turned 40, a fantastic achievement. We were not going to let a lockdown prevent us marking the occasion.

For the first time we conducted a Sit and Sew meeting via Zoom. A big attendance, lots of chatter including breaking off into smaller “rooms” and individual cakes with candles made for a great night.

Members had sent in photos of their Show and Tell and here they are. As you can see some people have been very busy finishing off UFOs or working steadily through their stash. Many of these quilts are destined for our gift quilt program

The next meeting in October is our AGM again conducted online as we are still unable to meet in person. Fortunately 2022 is not far away now and we can have a really special Ruby Celebration.

A big thank you to our President and committee for keeping the group going in the world’s most locked down city!

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August Obsession

What a fantastic response we had to the virtual visit from Kathy Doughty from Material Obsession in Sydney. Her presentation was from her studio and we felt right at home, particularly when she turned the camera to her design wall to explain her design process.

Kathy is known for her love of bright colours and large prints. This caused quite a stir when she first opened the shop. As a self taught quilter she was not into following others, instead she created what she liked herself.

Kathy’s fabric choices, which have flowed into her own fabric collections, are a mix of traditional and contemporary fabrics, larges prints, spots and stripes and directional prints which are great for large borders.

Her first appliqué quilt is composed of very simple shapes and is of the view from her window.

A design breakthrough came when Kathy met Kaffe Fassett and was taught to look at value rather than colour.

As well as the shop Kathy has written a number of books, first with Sarah Fielke and then on her own. In Making Quilts the simple patterns focus on fabric selection, the importance of the background and making the most of what you have.

According to Kathy inspiration can come from anywhere including fabric and pattern. The Turkish Quilt has large areas to showcase fabric. The flying geese and the blocks are deliberately not perfectly formed.

The next one she showed was inspired by the Gees Bend quilts and uses the scraps that were under the cutting table. The black and white are important as they tie it all together “…otherwise it would be moosh”.

Finally Kathy showed was an example of just how far you can push the fabric. It utilises fussy cutting and finding shapes within large print fabrics.

Over her career Kathy has been influenced by many quilt designers and in the process has created her own distinctive look.

The seventy six member and visitors who attended the August virtual meeting left totally inspired and quite exhausted, thrilled with the opportunity to experience such an enthusiastic speaker.

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July Virtual Meeting

Over 40 members and a few guests attended this month’s meeting. On a cold night all appreciated that was from the comfort of our own homes. We welcomed speaker Lisa Walton beaming in from her studio in Sydney and she took us around the world looking at her quilt inspirations.

First stop was Barcelona, home to the organic architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Lisa is a big fan of his work and used motifs found on tiles to create stamps for her hexagon quilt.

Lisa finds textures and patterns everywhere. She uses rubbings, stamp carving and screen printing to transfer images to the fabrics in her quilts. Quilting motifs too come from her close observation of architectural features.

Our trip included Japan, Italy, Morocco, Guatemala, the United Kingdom and proved that inspiration can be found anywhere. A most inspiring meeting.

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Back to online

Planning in the time of COVID is very challenging because rules change month by month. We are in lockdown again, however this month we have been able to book a guest speaker who is well prepared to deliver online.

The Zoom meeting on July 26 will feature Lisa Walton, a NSW based textile artist. Well known to Waverley members, we are looking forward to her talk Travelling Textile Inspirations.

I am who I am

Our well travelled members are sure to be inspired to dig out the photos and get going with their own travelled inspired creations. Details of the Zoom meeting have been distributed by email.

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Cause for Celebration

Appliqué quilts can take quite a long time to complete. When one is finished at the Appliqué Special Interest Group it is an achievement that is applauded by all. We have usually watched its progress over months or even years.

One such quilt was displayed this month by Wendy. It is Garden Party designed by Laura Heine, a big quilt at 66″ by 87 1/2″. Wendy used hand needle turn appliqué using HugsnKisses semi water soluble fusible to ensure a smooth line. There is also some embroidery. She then quilted individual blocks using the Monica Poole Quilt as you go method.

Wendy loved choosing the colours for this bright quilt. The large 20 1/5 inch blocks were too large to handle without the appropriate square ruler and the final hand stitching of the sashing strip towards the centre of the quilt was a challenge.

It is a wedding present. No doubt the lucky recipients will have many years of joy with this beauty.

Another cause for celebration is Waverley Patchworkers 40th Anniversary this year. You can read all about the planned activities here.

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June Monthly Meeting Cancelled

The meeting that was scheduled for Monday 28 June has been cancelled. We have been advised by Monash Council that due to the current COVID restrictions we can only have 50 people in the hall. We have been greatly exceeding this number at meetings in 2021.

Other group meetings over the next two weeks may be going ahead, check with your convenor – details in your Newsletter.

Remember to wear a mask, check in with the venue QR code, hand sanitise and maintain social distancing when out and about.

The Gift Quilt Sewing Day date is now changed to Wednesday 7 July due to a tennis tournament.

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April Sit and Sew

Over 60 members came together for an evening of stitching and chatting. There was also a great opportunity to enhance personal libraries with a sale of books and magazines from the library collection and donations.

A catalogue in the form of lists sorted by title, author and subject can be found here and these will be updated now that the library has been refreshed.

We are back to our more usual format in May with guest speaker Alyce Blyth of Blossom Heart Quilts.

You can also read about her approach to quilt design and her recent free motion quilting adventures on her blog.

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March Meeting 2021

It remains a bit of a novelty and certainly a pleasure to be meeting regularly again. Free from masks this month, we were not relying on name tags to greet friends.

Featured member of the month Val Jackson, said she had only a few quilts, then proceeded to show an amazing array of family and art quilts created over the decades.

Andrea Taylor of Bittern by the Bug explained her passion for Japanese textiles, particularly her love of indigo.

Show and Tell

The time of lockdown in 2020 continues to be featured in our members quilts. Some have completed a very impressive number in the past year.

Karen – County Clare
A Double Irish Chain begun in a class in 2018 using the same fabrics as the sample because they were the appeal of the quilt, especially the border fabric. Number 17 of 19 quilts completed during in the June 2020 lockdown.
Karen – Mosaic Magic
The kit reminded me of the cathedral floors I saw in Europe. A repeat block using lots of tones of blue. Pieced in 2019 and quilt number 19 in my COVID19 collection.
Val – Yet another baby quilt using up more bits!
Jenny – A Liberty Country Garden
Blocks of the Month by Cottage Garden Threads. A thoroughly enjoyable project.
Val – A puzzle design she just had to try during lockdown.
Jenny – An Austro-Hungarian Lockdown Quilt.
Fabrics purchased in Vienna and Budapest in 2006, the pattern from Quilters Companion magazine was originally in Christmas colours.
Jenny – No 3 Floral Mandela by Sonya Else
Raw edge appliqué and machine quilting. First attempt at this method, but it has been a success due to the love of the Sturt Desert Pea and the encouragement of June Wilson
Ronnie – My Sashiko Quilt
An appropriate quilt to show given the interest of our guest speaker. All hand sewn and hand quilted. The arm has finally recovered from too much quilting and the finished result makes all the pain worthwhile.
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February 2021 Show and Tell

Baby’s Quilt with Owls – Margaret
When President Heather sent me a get well card I wondered if it was also a challenge to use it as a quilt pattern. I decided to take up the challenge anyway.
Winding Ways – Linda
Made for my friend’s first grandchild.
Leaves of Blue – Marion
Finished just in time for a family friend’s wedding. The pattern is Adwill Leaves by Julie Wallace. The couple love blue and loved this quilt and you go quilt.
Sailing Home – Dianne
Made for my great nephew Zac. The pattern is by Effie Karavitis and I have hand pieced and hand quilted it. The top flags spell out his name and the bottom ones are his date of birth.
Lockdown block of the month – Jenny
Pattern is by Jane McDonald of Be Be Bold and features Sashiko and Boro stitching
Quilting with Rulers Challenge – Norma
A preprinted panel was used for Angela Waters seven week challenge using a different ruler and freemotion quilting technique each week.
Online Quilting Course – Linda
Using rulers, templates and freemotion quilting, a fun class with Rachel Denneny.
Bohemian Caravan – Norma
Started at the Waverley Retreat in 2019 and finished in lockdowns. The pattern by Moira de Carvalho is perfect for my stash of Art Gallery fabric.
Isolation Quilt – Norma
Made in a quilt-along organised by Rachelle Denneny, a fund raiser which raised $13,000 for Backpacks4kids SA.
Lockdown Quilt – Jenny
Machine pieced and hand quilted using a sushi roll purchased 10 years ago. Pattern by Jane McDonald
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