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.

About Waverley

Waverley Patchworkers Inc is a group of about 300 patchwork and quilting enthusiasts located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. We meet regularly to share our passion for all things textile.
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