What’s happening in 2019

The complete calendar of events was distributed to members in their Newsletter last year. If you cannot find your copy or just want to check some dates you can download a copy from the Forms Page.

Or just click here then you can download it as a pdf onto your device. Never miss a Chat and Sew Group again!

First up is our January Meeting on Monday May 28. Yes it is a public holiday but that won’t stop us.

As an extra bonus the Library will be OPEN from 7.15 pm. Make sure you visit the new Library Room, meet Wendy our new Library Coordinator and bring back the books you have been looking after so well.


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November meeting

It was a full house for the last meeting for 2018. Always a popular sit and sew night enhanced by the seasonal fun and jollities.


Instead of gifts members brought grocery items complete with reusable shopping bags for the Waverley Benevolent Society to distribute. Luckily Jill has a very big car – there was barely room for the driver by the time it was all packed up.

We had an abundance of Show and Tell to marvel at and a huge pile of Gift Quilts ready to distribute. We go into recess now until January 2019.

Gift Quilts

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Changing the Guard

Our Annual General Meeting is a time for reflection and renewal. Looking back on the past year and looking forward to another fantastic year at Waverley Patchworkers. We were much relieved when President Jill confirmed she would take on a second term, she has been a great asset to the organisation, reviewing past practices and looking for places for improvement. One of the big challenges has been not having our regular venue or library for much of her first term, but she has handled it with a laugh and a smile.

Committee for 2018- 2019

Many thanks Megan, Linda, Ros and Krista

The new committee comprises some new faces and enough experienced hands to ensure a smooth transition. As always, thanks were given to those who were retiring having served us well.

Guest speaker on the night was our own, very entertaining Rivka Waxman who regaled her amazing exploitation and adventures on her way to creating the most stunning collection of quilts, many totally by hand.

Show and Tell

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Birthday Meeting

Waverley Celebrated 37 years with a Sit and Sew meeting, lots of chatter and certificates for members who had reached 10, 20 and 30 year milestones.

The present went to Waverley Benevolent Society in the form of a cheque for $5,000 from our recent Quilt Show. Waverley Patchworkers have a very long history in supporting local agencies. Pat Green from the society  told us of the big impact our donation will make in the lives of families struggling to make ends meet.There were cupcakes for all and the candle was blown out by Jacie and Lorna, both celebrating 30 years of membership.

Show and Tell

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Membership reminders

It’s our Birthday month and members have been enjoying free entry to all activities. We also celebrate with cupcakes at our Sit and Sew meeting on Monday September 24. 

It is also time to renew your membership. The renewal form has been sent to all members, but if you cannot find it, download from our Forms page.

If you want to join Waverley Patchworkers, the form and all details are on the Join page.

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August Show and Tell

We had a most interesting return to the Mount Waverley Community Centre in August. Members were very keen to see the renovations and inspected all areas thoroughly. 

It was a very cold evening and it was noted that the heating system was not completely operational.

Even our guest speaker Christine Lethlean stayed rugged up while telling her fascinating story of growing up on a farm in Western Australia. It was here that she learned to value every scrap of fabric. She has transformed this ethos into beautiful textile art.

Christine now lives in Clunes where she has her studio. This, we learned, is named after her parents Margie and Bert  She is currently working with machine appliqué creating mainly framed works.

Show and Tell

The hall has been changed dramatically and as the stage has gone displaying quilts for show and tell was difficult. A portable stage is part of the promised equipment, but it is not yet ready. So apologies for not being able to show the large quilts in their entirety.

Hamish at 11 years, is our youngest member and had to be at school when awards were presented at Victorian Quilters Showcase in July. He won Runner Up in the Student Quilts – Primary category for Rainbow Ladders. 

We can now update our photographic record with a photo of Hamish and his ribbon. Congratulations Hamish for this terrific original design.

Our other award winners are here.


Wool felt hanging – Denise

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Back to Mount Waverley

The renovations to Mount Waverley Community Centre are almost complete and we will be back there for our August meeting on Monday 27. The set up will be a little different, and still no library, but we will still have a fantastic meeting.

Our guest speaker is Christine Lethlean, originally from Western Australia but now a studio artist in Clunes, central Victoria. Christine has a distinctive collage style of working in fabric and includes a lot of preloved and discarded elements as well as embroidery, thread painting and printing. The Margie and Bert Studio is her work space and Christine is also the driving force behind the annual Textile Palette Exhibition in Clunes.

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Showcase 2018

The skills, creativity and hard work of our quilters was on display at Victorian Quilters Showcase. Many were fortunate to have been awarded ribbons in their category or for an individual award. Congratulations to all members of Waverley Patchworkers who had a quilt in this annual show.

 Anne Andrews –Narelle Grieve Award for Excellence in Hand Quilting Amateur for New York Double Dresden.






Krista Black – Best Contemporary Quilt Award and Highly Commended in the Modern Quilts category for  Slashed with Red






Linda Steele – Excellence in Use of Colour and First in the Miniature Quilts Traditional category for Autumn Dance.






Desley Maisano – Matilda’s Own Longer Machine Quilting Award for Version 3 – Black.



  Jan Smart – First in the Traditional – 2 Person Amateur and Professional category for Okehampton. Desley Maisano was the quilter.




Anne Andrews – First in the Mainly Applique- Amateur  category for A Circle a Day.







Hamish Kerle – Runner Up in the Student Quilts – Primary category for Rainbow Ladders. 






 Naomi Hynes – quilter of Bloom by Julie Fenn, First in the Wall Quilts – 2 person category







  Linda Crouch – Highly Commended in the Wall Quilts – Professional Category for Feathers and Pearls.






Linda Crouch – Highly Commended in the Pictorial Quilts category for Early Bird.







 Naomi HynesHighly Commended in the Miniature Quilts – Contemporary category for That Chick!



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July Meeting

We had the full multimedia experience when Neroli Henderson spoke at our July Meeting. Her quilts are not overly large but she was able to show us the detail on screen as well as seeing the quilt ably held by her assistant, Taylor.


Neroli is an artist who has come to working in textiles from a painting background.

She has a lot of experience in painting on fabric and then stitching and this will be the approach taken in her workshop in August. Her most recent work uses her photography, particularly of the human form. She has it printed on silk then quilts densely with machine stitching, often including text, as these pieces contain a message about the human experience.

At the end of the meeting members were keen to see these small works up close. 

Profiled Member

We learn a little more about one of our members each meeting and this month Margaret bought a selection of her quilts.


Margaret does her own quilting and shared a few tips she has learned at various workshops. The first is to draw the quilting design on to lunch wrap, pin it to the quilt sandwich and stitch through. The second is how to create a quilting design to fit perfectly along a border. Cut a strip of paper the size of the border, fold in half and repeat until it is the size of the element you want to use. Draw the design, stitch through all the layers with no thread in the needle. When opened you have a pattern that will fit your border exactly.

Show and Tell





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June Meeting

We had a most interesting presentation at our meeting from Sisterworks. This is a not-for-profit that exists to help women migrants, asylum seekers and refugees become financially independent and happily settled in Australia. Luz Restrepo told us how when she arrived as a political refugee in 2010 with her life in tatters and no English she felt frightened, isolated and disempowered. She realised that she was not alone and worked to found the organisation that has as its main premise Work Empowers Women.

There was a sample of the products made by some of the 171 women from 55 countries that are supported by Sisterworks. These proved to be very popular and members were very pleased to see what amazing use would be made of the fabric they had brought to the meeting to donate.


Show and Tell


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