Like a well oiled machine, the trailer arrives and is unloaded, the crew under Roger’s able supervision swing into action and in no time at all the stands are ready to receive the quilts.
With all the stands in place it is time for lunch.
Then back to work hanging all the quilts. To see the fabulous final result come to the Mount Waverley Community Centre, Miller Crescent Mount Waverley. Doors open at 9.00am, Official opening and announcement of award winners at 10.00. Entry $8.00
With Di Ford-Hall and Karen Styles both Past Presidents of Waverley Patchworkers, it will come as no surprise that there are quite a few quilts designed by these ladies at the Quilt Show. Their shops, classes and publications have contributed to a great interest in Reproduction style quilts within Waverley. So if you love this style, you will see quite a few big quilts – no two the same.
Floral Fussy-cut Farrago – original design by Rivka – photo taken before quilting
Other designers represented in the work on show are recent teachers Lessa Siegele, Michelle Yeo, Margaret McDonald and Amanda Daly. Judy Niemeyer is another designer making an impact.
But what is most exciting is that over 30% of the quilts at the Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show 2016 are designed by the maker. Through its many activities the group stimulates and encourages members to create original quilts, be it a gift for a much loved family member, a work that represents a passion or experience or a design that will showcase favourite shapes and fabrics. Then there are those that are challenged by scraps!
Traditionalists do not miss out, there are plenty of quilts using blocks favoured by quilters for over a century. Some in very new and exciting ways.
Supersize Me! – original design by Katrina
Recent works by the Art Quilters group will form a special display at the Waverley Quilt Show this weekend. The group meets once a month to discuss a particular artist they have all researched or a design technique. This then leads to the development by each member of a small quilt piece in response to their exploration of the topic.
At the show the works will be from the topics of Industrial, Jeffrey Smart, Flinders Street Station, Sydney Long and Hundertwasser.
Here is just a glimpse of what you will see.
June Wilson has spent a life time in the fabric business and her shop Lilly Patches in Boronia stocks a wide range of products to meet the needs of quilters of all persuasions. June is a very generous supporter of Waverley Patchworkers, she has even encouraged her daughter to join her in the group and be our talented Newsletter Editor.
At this year’s show she will have:
- Revendable Collection patterns
- A newly published Liz Willing pattern – Mrs Miller
- Book bargains
- Aboriginal fabrics
- Cot panel kits
- Reproduction fabrics
- Fat 1/4 packs
- 5″ strips
- Sewline products
Well that’s the end of the Merchant Mall preview, over the next three days we will preview some of the quilts and exhibits at the Quilt Show which opens on Saturday.
Whatever the weather, make sure you come to the
Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show 2016
Saturday 28 May 9.00 – 5..00
Sunday 29 May 9.00 – 4.00
Mount Waverley Community Centre
Miller Crescent, Mount Waverley
Jo Lawrence has been a Waverley member for over a decade and this is her first time in the Merchant’s Mall. She started quilting in 1991 and now runs the online and studio quilting business Made Studio Textiles. Specialising in English Paper Piecing and needle turn appliqué, Jo’s techniques and products aim to minimise preparation time so you can spend more time sewing. No more tacking, glueing or starching of seam allowances.
Nothing is better than seeing the finished article, so there will be samples and quilts to demonstrate what can be achieved and how to do it. At the show Jo will have pre-cut heat-sensitive paper templates and paper packs for cutting your own shapes; acrylic fussy cutting templates; threads and notions.
Show Special Offer – Every purchase over $60 receives a free ‘Shape Pack’ of appliqué hearts.
Many a quilter and scone lover shed a quiet tear when they heard Marilyn and Gary were closing the doors at their delightful shop. Things brightened up again at the news that their business The Patchwork Tea House continues, online and at shows. (Gary’s scone recipe is on their Facebook page.)
Marilyn is a ten year plus member of Waverley and despite just finishing the packing after the big sale in Warburton, she will be bringing lots of new goodies and specials to her shop at the show. Keen to promote local talent, she has recently added Yarra Valley stitcher Katrina Webber to her stable of designers. The beautiful patterns and kits will be at the shop and hopefully a new sample – orders will be taken.
If you are still missing the scones, the freshly made ones at Quilt Show Cafe are every bit as good.
Karen enjoyed being a part of Waverley for the first time at our last show that she is back again this year. Her cute shop in Emerald reflects her love off all thing fabric and stitching.
Mrs Martin’s Quilt Shop stocks a range of patterns from designers such as Max and Louise Pattern Co, Fig n Berry Creations, Petals and Patches, Jennifer Knol Designs and many more. Their designs incorporate stitchery, paper piecing, appliqué, and or machine piecing. So there is something for everyone.
At the Quilt Show there will be a selection of the yummy reproduction fabrics, mainly small prints and a variety of background fabrics and of course other fabrics that Karen just loves. You’ll be able to rummage through a large basket of fat 16ths, popular for appliqué projects and there will also be fabric booklets of mixed 4″, 5″ and 6″ squares. You can choose from the popular haberdashery items ideal for your sewing day kit i.e. small cutting mats, glue pens and the lovely to use Karen Kay Buckley scissors and of course crushed walnut shells.
Maureen has clocked up 10 years as a member of Waverley Patchworkers, Her shop Palm Beach Quilting in Carrum Downs is enormous and it is also a long arm quilting service, perhaps that is why there is such a big range of wide backs. Maureen will be bringing a wide variety of products reflecting the diversity of the patterns, fabrics and notions she stocks.
For example, there will be Judy Niemeyer Quiltworx patterns and kits, Sashiko Panels and the gorgeous Colour by Numbers Kits by Batik Australia.
You will also find a selection of Aurifil Threads on the stand.
Long time Waverley member Carol Nicholls turned her passion into a thriving business Sewn and Quilted in Blackburn and her shop will be at the Quilt Show this year.
Carol plans to bring many must have patterns, products and fabrics including:
- A selection of Wendy Williams patterns, plus the “Oh Christmas Tree” quilt and kits
- Sue Spargo Eleganza Threads
- Special price on “Bobbini” for the show – Bobbini are the best way to keep your threads and bobbins organised
- The newest of the Tilda ranges “Candy Bloom” in fabric packs
- Special prices on fabric packs, including 1930’s, Tula Pink, Denise Schmit and American Jane
- Karen Kay Buckley products, including her new pull apart rulers – perfect for travel and retreats!
Threadbear Quilting of Castlemaine is a long time supporter of Waverley Patchworkers. Corliss has been a member of our group for over 20 years and regularly brings her shop to our show.
At her stall in the Merchant’s Mall will be her popular fabric packs, a great starting off point for a new project, lots of delicious fabric cuts, patterns and must have tools, particularly for appliqué. The shop specialises in 19th century reproduction fabric and patterns, many of these have been made by members and exhibited at our shows. Corliss’s eagerly awaited Celebrating Mary Brown will be on display this year, it will be great to see it completely made up.