One month to go

It is only a month before the doors open for the Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show. Entries are in and over the next month you will be able to have a sneak peek of what is on offer here.

One of the special displays is from the Appliqué Special Interest Group which meets on the  first Thursday afternoon each month. The ladies have a passion for appliqué in its many forms and for the Quilt Show they have completed a challenge. This was to make an appliqué piece incorporating a fabric print donated by June Wilson of Lilly Patches in Boronia. They were also given a Jinny Beyer blender to use if they liked. Here is a sample of what you will see at the show.


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March Meeting

We had a very relaxed meeting this month, perhaps it was all the feel good endorphins released with the little chocolate eggs that accompanied the usual cuppa before the meeting. Our guest speaker and April Workshop tutor Irene Blanck was so laid back she let us into a lot of secrets about her quilts. Her trunk show was thoroughly inspiring.

March Show and Tell

The Gift Quilts displayed at the meeting came with stories. The first one was quilted by Margaret who has become so skilled with machine quilting that she needed a challenge. The middle one was a donation of eight blocks, so the hearts in the middle were created to finish the quilt.

The April Meeting also falls on a public holiday. It will be a Sit and Sew providing ample opportunity for members to make the finishing touches to their quilts for our Quilt Show.

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Monthly meeting

Waverley Patchworkers meet on the 4th Monday of the Month, from January to November. We meet even when there is a public holiday, and there are a few of these this year. The meetings start officially at 8.00pm with doors opening about 7.15 to give time to return and borrow library books, check the trading table for must have bargins and catch up with members over a cuppa.

Information on all our regular activities can be found under the Activities tab, including location and cost.

Our March meeting will be during the Easter break, however we still expect a big turn out to hear our guest speaker Irene Blanck of Focus on Quilts and see her quilts. Irene is also our workshop tutor at the end of April.


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A Visit with Morna Sturrock AM

Morna 3 March 2016The Patron of Waverley Patchworkers has recently celebrated her birthday and members Lois and Jeanette paid her a visit as she is no longer able to come to our meetings, much as she would love to. Morna was presented with a bouquet of flowers from the group to mark the occasion.

When we arrived Morna was busy with her knitting in her front room surrounded by books, framed embroideries, layer upon layer of stitched work, sewing boxes, and of course flowers. The knitting she explained is a scarf for a girl which will go on a gift stall. It is made of smalls skeins of yarn, even just a length, nothing gets wasted. However it is not without a plan. Morna designs as she goes, doing a double thickness at the ends to give the scarf some body; then the she showed us where she will insert a row of bobble yarn. On the couch she had a collection of similar scarves, each made of beautifully toning colours and full of texture. Nearby is a cape she made some years ago, still in regular use. It is a knitted patchwork made from an amazing number of wools and stitches and embellished with knitted rosettes and buttons. Morna now knits rather than sews as she has found recently it is a bit hard to see to thread a fine needle.

The heart quilt given to Morna by Waverley Patchworkers in 2010 is kept on a stool next the couch ready for afternoon naps. Moran asked for help sorting the contents of a large hat box. Out came amazing Goldwork samplers and Lace pieces mainly made by Ethel Oates, Morna’s mother and sometime teacher. A book cover worked by Morna in silver and gold was not very well made according to her mother, the fabric was too slippery, not suitable for the task.

In the early 1950s Morna went to London for work, she was a journalist, and she and her mother shared digs. Morna attended night classes a the Royal School of Needlework for four years and her mother was so interested in the exercises she enrolled as a day student. According to Morna it was a most interesting time to be a the school, the King had died and all the regalia for the new Queen was being made. It was here she developed her passion for Jacobean Embroidery. While most of the work on her walls is by other embroiderers, right next to the front door is this favourite piece worked by Morna.

Jacobean Embroidery 03-03-2016

Morna takes a keen interest in the activities of Waverley Patchworkers, she is proud and amazed by the all work we do both creatively and for the community. Her words of encouragement are that “If you have something to do, then you have a future”. This may become my justification for all those UFOs lurking in my sewing room!

I hope you have enjoyed this visit as much as I did,


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Respecting the Fabric

JTwitchett-Hyland-8429Jennifer Hyland from a Piece of Cloth spoke at our February Monthly Meeting. This was Jennifer’s second visit to our group and she again brought her great enthusiasm for vintage textiles. Her talked ranged from the origin of fabric, through the historic processes for dying cloth and the interesting language of the dyers that has come into common usage, to why fabric is important. She spoke with passion about the need to value textiles, something she fears has been lost in modern society.

She backed this up by displaying an amazing crumb quilt top she has recently acquired. Crumb quilt is a term that has been given to a quilt made from the smallest possible scraps of fabric; in other words nothing is wasted. In this example the fabrics appear to cover a number of eras, and with the many curved shapes may be the leftovers from garment making. The tiny scraps are joined by hand stitching into squares or rectangles which are then made into long rows. The back was of as much interest as the front to those who had a close look after the talk.

February Show and Tell and Gift Quilts

A very small showing this month. With our Quilt Show coming up at the end of May, members recent works are being kept under wraps.

Also shown at the meeting were some of the amazing quilts that have been completed by members as part of the Gift Quilt program. Each quilt passes through many hands in the process of making beautiful items out of what was once rejected and given away -fortunately to our talented team. Definitely respecting the fabric.

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Learn from an Expert

The first workshop in 2016 will be on Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May. We are very fortunate to have Irene Blanck as our tutor . There are two class options, Clamshells or Miz Kelly. You can do one day or two, Irene is very flexible in her teaching, the aim is to have a fun time learning a new technique or perfecting techniques where there is some prior experience. For more information, contact the Judith, the Workshops Coordinator –  details in your newsletter.

bookIrene’s book Focus on Appliqué was published by Quiltmania in 2015. It features many of her original designs inspired by traditional quilts and her love of needle turn appliqué. She went on a month long road trip to the US at the end of that year speaking to guilds and teaching her designs to enthusiastic students in many different states and at the Houston festival.

You can read all about this trip on Irene’s Blog.

Or spend some time viewing the gallery of her quilts. Certainly a lot of inspiration there.

Irene will be our speaker at the Monthly Meeting in March, so you will be able to see her quilts in real life.

Taking a workshop does not have to mean starting a big project. Many quilters use the class to try something new, like the fine stems and multilayer flowers in the Miz Kelly quilt or an efficient  approach to Clamshells. The sample block may then become a cushion, or a bag, or a reference for another quilt of your own design. Enrolling in a workshop is not a commitment to making a whole quilt, but of course it can be. It is however an opportunity to spend time with an expert in these areas, to pick her brain, pick up lots of tips, get advice on colour and fabric choices. She is a sounding board for your ideas and you can get the benefit of her years of experience.

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Life on the Reef

Life on the Reef by Linda

Life on the Reef by Linda

Congratulations to our President, Linda Steele on the acceptance of her quilt Life on the Reef into the Brenda Gael Smith curated exhibition Time – Exploring the 4th Dimension. Linda is one of 32 artists selected. You can find the full list at Brenda’s blog Serendipity and the art of the quilt.

This exhibition is the third travelling exhibition organised by Brenda Gael Smith, the first two Beneath the Southern Sky 2011 – 2013 and Living Colour! 2013 – 2015 were enormously successful. This new exhibition will be seen in Sydney, Brisbane, the Australian Quilt Convention in Melbourne, then off to New Zealand and other far off places.

Linda made this piece in just three weeks, although she tells us she did little else in that time.

Linda has explained her creation process on her blog. Read about it here


Take a closer look at this stunning art work.



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January Show and Tell

Many of our members are still on holiday, so there was a very brief Show and Tell at our monthly meeting. This does not mean quality was lacking, you will find quite the opposite. Some recently made gift quilts that were shown at the meeting have been included in the gallery.


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Waverley Quilt Show Raffle Quilt

The grand unveiling of the quilt to be raffled in conjunction with our Show on 28 and 29 May took place at our January meeting. Naomi, Karen, Linda and Joy have made a glorious quilt called Carnival Constellation using some beautiful batiks and with lots of white space to show off the superb quilting. This was done by Naomi of the Elegant Stitch. We are very fortunate to have such talented ladies who are willing to donate their time and skills.

Once the quilt is valued, tickets will be printed and you will be able to purchase a chance to own this quilt which would be pride of place in any home.

Carnival Constellation

Carnival Constellation

quilting detail


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What’s happening in 2016?

All our usual activities continue this year, you can find descriptions and locations on the Activities page.

If you want to check an actual date, the calendar for the year here, or can be found on the Forms page.

carnival clowncarnivalThe big event is of course our
Quilt Show on 28 – 29 May
Keep up to date with all the plans for the show by reading this blog regularly.
Put the dates in your diary now.

The theme for the challenge is Carnival

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