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April Meeting and Show and Tell

Waverley Members enjoyed an industrious “sit and sew” night interrupted only by regular trips to the visiting shop and a munch on an Anzac biscuit or two. Therese, who closed her shop Patchwork Pumpkin in 2015, had plenty of variety in the fat quarters and meter cuts so there was something for everyone.

The highlight of the evening was Show and Tell, more on display than we have had for a long time. So please enjoy this second viewing.

Casein batting mentioned in some of the Show and Tell quilts is also called Milk Fibre Batting. It is made from milk protein fibre and has antibacterial properties. It feels light and silky. The following article contains detailed research into the origins and current production of this fibre. What is Milk Fibre?

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Best of the Best

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.

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AQC Challenge Finalists

Two members of Waverley Patchworkers have quilts in the finals of the 2017 AQC Challenge. Congratulations to Mariya Waters and Eileen Campbell. Both quilts feature birds in their makers response to the theme Made in Australia: Fauna and Flora.

Mariya’s larger than life portrait of an Eclectus Parrot was seen at our February meeting but had to be kept under wraps until now. Eileen has placed the familiar Rainbow Lorikeets in one of her favourite plants, the Bushy Yate.

Winners of the challenge will be announced on April 19 and we wish both of these talented ladies the very best.

All quilts can be seen at the Australasian Quilt Convention, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne from Thursday April 20 to Sunday April 23 where you can vote for your favourite.

You can preview the 31 challenge entries here.

 

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Shibori Workshop

Our first workshop for 2017 was led by Leanne O’Sullivan of Kimono House. Leanne has extensive experience in using indigo dye and with shibori techniques and shared three processes with an enthusiastic group of 11 ladies and one gentleman.

Kimono House is located in the Nicholas Building, Swanston Street Melbourne. The current exhibition My Blue Heaven is from Leanne’s personal collection of indigo textiles and continues until April 22.

Shibori involves resist dying, using stitching, wrapping, knotting and clamping. Careful preparation is the key to a successful result, although we learned that it is an organic process so the unexpected may happen.

The dying process began with the careful mixing of the indigo and chemicals in buckets of water. As the dye reacts to both fibre and oxygen it was important to work slowly and avoid bubbles. The mix was left to brew all morning, by afternoon the indigo flower on the surface indicated that the dye vat was ready.

The pieces came out green at first then, as they were exposed to the air, the deep indigo colour appeared. The clamped pieces were carefully unwrapped to reveal symmetrical patterns. The stitched pieces were allowed to dry and then painstakingly unpicked to reveal the delicate lines.

By packup time everyone had completed three pieces of gorgeous indigo in cotton and silk. It is easy to see that we are very pleased with our work and appreciate the time and energy given to the class by our teacher Leanne.

Workshops are an important part of the Waverley Patchworker’s year, you can find a listing of the full program under the Workshops Tab at the top of the page. Details of the next workshop, Bag Making with Leesa Chandler are in your member Newsletter.

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March Show and Tell

Maybe the weather has been far too hot to do any quilting, or it might be that everyone is working on really large projects. Whatever the reason there were only three quilts for show and tell at our March Monthly Meeting, fortunately they were all stunning.

The Gift Quilt team was busy planning the sewing day on the 5th Wednesday in March. Here are some of the recently finished quilts.

 

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The Journey

Guest Speakers at our March Monthly meeting were Waverley members Liz and Heather who are also members of the Lions Club of Quilters. They have been involved in The Journey project from its inception and told of the dream to establish a Quilt and Textile Museum here in Victoria.

This dream began after a 2011 trip organised by Annette Blake to various textile museums in the United States. The question on everyone’s lips was “Why can’t we have a museum like these ones in Australia?” The first answer was that we don’t have the strong tradition of philanthropy that is behind the American quilting museums. Undaunted a group of quilters decided that Lions International may be the organisation to assist. And so the Lions Club of Quilters was established.

With the centennial of Lions in 2017, they decided to make a quilt, to celebrate this occasion and to raise awareness of quilting and funds to go towards the dreamed of museum. Not ones to dither about, the quilt was designed by Maree Marr and work commenced in October 2015. It was finished in May 2016. The Journey will go to the Centennial Celebration in Chicago and maybe attract a significant sponsor. It will be accompanied by four panels of leaves, each leaf sponsored by an individual or a group in the manner of the Red Cross signature quilts. At the same time the Lions Club of Quilters are researching possibilities of a home for the museum, or for a museum without walls. It was quite clear from the enthusiasm and commitment exhibited by Liz and Heather that this dream will become a reality.

The quilt was made in four sections by a total of 25 quilters doing the appliqué. To give an idea of how enormous this task was, one white magnolia flower took four hours to appliqué. Each flower and leaf was then embroidered by Kirsty Beckett and it was quilted by Kerrie Thomas. In all it is estimated that 2000 hours work went into its creation.

Some of the symbolism embedded into the quilt was explained by Liz. As well as the foliage representing where Lions Clubs work, the language of flowers tell of the organisation’s attributes. The year 1917 can be found in the Olive leaves, 2017 in the Eucalyptus, the vine makes 100 and a message in braille along the trunk can be seen near the oak leaves. Butterflies found in the Sala and the Eucalypt are the symbols of the Deafness Foundation and Beyond Blue. The embroidered shapes in the flowers relate to sight, mobility and other areas of Lions work. The full story is available in booklet form and also detailed on the reverse along with all the makers names.

Attending the Monthly Meeting is always an opportunity to learn, this time it was about a new group of quilters with a very specific goal. We wish them every success.

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March Guest Speaker

Our next Monthly Meeting will be held at Mt Waverley Community Centre on Monday 27 March. The guest speaker is Ruth Nunn from Lions Australia. She will be explaining a project that started in 2014 and culminates in a quilt representing Australia and the Oceania area in the Centennial celebrations of Lions International to be held in Chicago this year.

The quilt “The Journey” was designed by Maree Marr and is based on the tree of life motif, in this instance the trees flowers represent the areas where Lions are active all over the world.

Ruth Nunn speaking at a Ballarat Quilt In earlier in March

Ruth will be telling us all about this project and the larger aim of establishing a museum of Australian quilts and textiles. Members and visitors on Monday evening will have the opportunity to view this quilt and of course ask lots of questions.

To whet your appetite here are a two sections of the work.

  

The Lions Club of Quilters Victoria have a Facebook page where you can keep in touch with The Journey.

A reminder to members: the library will not operate at the April meeting, so what you borrow in March is not due until May.

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Waverley Art Quilters Summer Challenge

At the end of 2016 members of the Art Quilters were given a brown paper bag. Inside were the instructions to make anything using the enclosed fabric and the idea of focal point. 

For many the first reaction on seeing the fabric was the paper bag would be easier to use. From the picture it doesn’t look so bad. But the silver fabric is woven from a heavy cotton in the warp and metal strips and finer thread in the weft. So it felt awful too. There is nothing good that can be said about the metallic lace.

 

But a challenge is supposed to be challenging. At the reveals in February and March it was obvious that the Art Quilters are up to it. An amazing array of pieces came back. Most used the given fabric as a background, some used very little and it was almost totally obliterated by paint in one case.

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February Show and Tell

We had many lovely quilts on show at the February Monthly Meeting, quite a few are original designs. You will not see all of them here as our photographer was not able to capture one and one is entered in a competitive challenge – all the best Mariya for the next selection round.

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