Our biennial Quilt Show is a major event for Waverley Patchworkers involving a lot of organisation and commitment of members. As the major fund raiser for us and our contribution to the community of Monash, it also relies on people attending the show.
In light of the current Coronavirus situation, and the Victorian Government warnings that public events in the future may need to be reviewed, we are taking the prudent action of postponing our show.
While this is disappointing we feel it is a decision best made while we are still in the early planning stages. This ensures that we limit our risk in relation to a later cancellation and gives us plenty of time to communicate the change of plan.
The new date is yet to be decided, but it is most likely to be in 2021. In the meantime we trust that you all stay healthy and virus free. With all the extra quilting time we can promise a bigger, brighter and better show than ever.
We were thrilled to have the very talented Sugy Kim as our first guest speaker for 2020. She spoke to a large crowd at our February Monthly Meeting, taking us on her journey from a diligent student in Japan to a quilting megastar.
Originally from South Korea, Sugy went to Japan after completing her Fine Arts Degree. She married an Australian but they continued to live in Japan where she commenced a rigorous three year quilting course.
This was at the Chuck’s Patchwork School which has produced many master quilters. Each month a block was studied and then created according to the teacher’s instruction, all by hand.
These first quilts were made while at the school as was the very traditional sampler. Even the colours are influenced by the teacher.
It is a tradition among Japanese quilters that they make one big quilt using one of the traditional blocks – log cabin, dresden plate or grandmother’s garden. Mavis’s Garden was started in 2009 and completed in 2018. It is made half size. The back should be as good as the front and it should last forever.
It is this strong foundation that Sugy has built upon and uses to create her amazing quilts. It was not until she moved with her family to Melbourne that she purchased a sewing machine. After visiting a quilt show she learned that if she wanted to exhibit she needed to be a member, so she joined Victorian Quilters and set about making a quilt to exhibit.
This quilt earned Sugy her first ribbon, and she was thrilled. Now she was beginning to feel like a quilter.
Quilts designs are drafted by hand, the way she was taught. She draws the whole pattern and then considers how each part is going to be constructed as she colours her design. Grain, seam allowance, how points will be joined are all very important.
The next show quilt took eleven months to make. It won 5 ribbons including Best of Show.
In making this quilt she learned a lot about handling little pieces. And managing bias, to always put it next to straight grain. This is all part of the planning. Her most well known quilt, Colourful Retina was three months in the designing, five months making and seven months quilting. The huge quilt was first drawn on paper, one quarter of the design at full size. As each section was made it was pinned to the design wall for further colour consideration. Then when all the piecing was finished all seam allowances were trimmed to make hand quilting easier.
The message we all learned from Sugy Kim is that amazing quilts do not just happen, they are the result of years of learning and practice, dedicated hard work and attention to every detail.
At the same time Sugy has fun with her quilting and also loves making bags.
The new year started with a lively sit and sew evening complete with lamingtons and a challenging quiz. Highlight of the meeting was seeing the quilts of our President.
Heather is a very talented quilter who adapts designs and creates her own. Unfortunately there are no photos of her first quilt, made at the 1993 Waverley Symposium, so we jump into the quilts from the last decade.
In 2010 there was quite an interest in William Morris inspired quilts. Heather designed An English Garden using patterns from a book produced by the South Australian Museum. Being a South Aussie she is very familiar with the Boynthon family collection of unique William Morris items held in the museum. Her quilt toured the USA in the World Quilt Competition in 2011.
Free Spirit was made in 2011 for a Victorian Quilters’ competition using a pattern from Annette Gero’s book The Fabric of Society.
Always challenging herself, Heather’s version of Grace, a class at Somerset Quilts, has a background fabric that took her out of her comfort zone.
Enough of the reproduction quilts, more recently Heather has embraced the Modern Quilt movement. Tout Naturale was designed and made in 2017 for her daughter who had a particular colour scheme request as well as wanting flying geese. It is well used, and well washed, a good indication that the quilt made the recipient very happy.
The most recent quilt made by Heather is Family DNA. Again a family request, this time for a brown quilt. The idea comes from a quilt glimpsed in the 2008 movie Runs in the Family, so the idea took quite a time to come to fruition. Well worth the wait.
Show and tell
This is a Quilt Show year, so for the first half we will not see many quilts at our meeting. Members tend to keep them under wraps before the show or they are busy getting a quilt finished in time for the May event.
It is important for every organisation run by volunteers that members take their turn on committee. Those elected for 2019/2020 include some of our newer members along with others who started with Waverley Patchworkers decades ago. A combination of experience and fresh ideas will keep us on track for another successful and enjoyable year.
It was then time to thank Helen for coordinating our fantastic retreat, our annual weekend away.
We also acknowledge members who contribute behind the scenes with the Val Dale Award, this year won by Margaret for her work on the Gift Quilts Program.
You may have noticed that our featured quilt in the background is predominately pink and many members wore some pink at the meeting. That is because, being Breast Cancer Awareness month, our guest speaker Jasmine Koch was from the Zonta organisation. This service club sews cushions for the comfort of those who have had breast cancer surgery. We took the opportunity to call for donations of suitable fabric and of course an overwhelming amount was brought along to the meeting.
As at every meeting recent completions are shown to the members. In her annual report on this activity Norma listed the huge number of beneficiaries of this work, 284 quilts were given away in the last financial year.
So many stunning quilts and quilt tops were seen at our rather special meeting in September. We were treated to a most interesting lecture and small trunk show given by Maria Shell from Alaska. Maria had also conducted a weekend of workshop as part of our June Lyons Scholarship program. The results were amazing.
Maria talked about Building Community Through Quilts with stories of numerous group quilting projects as well as the benefits of these activities.
Her technique has evolved from everyone making a block and joining them together to a more planned approach including having a lot of suitable fabrics prepared with fusible backing for participants to use.
When blocks are finished she then joins them in a way that reflects the particular community and adds lots of her own filler blocks. When finished the quilt goes back for an unveiling, celebration and installation.
Maria’s own quilts were a visual delight.
Show and Tell
As always it is a treat to see members’ finished work.
Congratulations to all Waverley Patchworkers members who exhibited at Victorian Quilters Showcase in July. There were lots of ribbons on show too, adding to the excitement and pleasure of viewing the exhibition. They were won for hand and machine quilting, appliqué, embellishment, piecing and by our youngest quilter, by a newish member, for a quilt begun many years ago, by a modern quilter and an art quilter. A true representation of our membership. If you found it hard to keep track of the awards, here are all the Waverley winning quilts.
Excellence in Domestic Machine Quilting – Amateur First Place, Small Quilts – Amateur
Excellence in Embroidery and Embellishment
Excellence in Hand Quilting – Professional Judges Commendation, Lorna Freeman First Place, Mainly Pieced – Professional
The Waverley Applique Special Interest Group meets on the first Thursday of each month. From time to time members share tips and tricks, explain new products or show us something new they have discovered. It is a great way expand our skills and knowledge.
At the June meeting Krista showed us the way she is making a Dresden Plate quilt and everyone found it useful – so it is being shared here.
She starts by making half square triangles using the fabrics chosen for the plate. These are joined into a large pinwheel. You don’t need to be too fussy about the centre points matching as these are cut away to reduce bulk.
Using a template she has made of the final shape she places a piece of soluble stabiliser on the right side of the pinwheel. The placement lines line up with the seams. She traces the outline of the template and then sews on the line.
Trim the outside of the seam line using pinking shears. This is a very quick way of making a curved seam allowance that will turn smoothly. Cut out a circle from the centre of the stabiliser and turn it to the wrong side, smoothing out the curves.
Find the centre of the background using diagonal folds, pin the plate in place and hand appliqué along the curves. The final step is to make a circle using your favourite technique and appliqué it onto the centre.
We loved Krista’s bold background fabric and matching spotty centres. Having made two thirties quilts with white backgrounds she said she was ready for a change.
This technique makes eight blade plates stress free. Krista is a whizz with computer design software and she has also developed templates to make ten blade plates too.
An abundance of riches was on show at our Monthly meeting, perhaps everyone was getting their latest quilt finished in time for winter. Hope you enjoy this reshowing as well as some quilts from our talented guest speaker Christine Vlasic of Yarra Design and some from our Vice President, Suzanne.
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Show and Tell
Christine was accidentally enrolled in Fashion and Design at Emily McPherson College by her mother because the course had a shorter queue! After a long and diverse career in teaching Christine has taken to pattern design with a vengeance. She showed us lots of quilts made from the Yarra Design collection by Christine and her students.
Featured member Suzanne learned at Primarly Patchwork and hand appliqués, pieces and hand quilts, sometimes in very strange locations. The beautiful Di Ford-Hall Quilt Homage to Sallie Ann was a gift to her mother. She encouraged her sisters to join her in the project but after just a few flowers one volunteered to pay for the quilting instead.
10.00 am – 4.00 pm Mulgrave Community Centre, 355 Wellington Road Mulgrave (same venue as our Quilt Show)
Entry $8. Bring a friend, lunch, your sewing and a dazzling smile. Members will be providing delicious treats for morning and afternoon tea.
Our sparkling theme is a good opportunity to bring out your glitz.
Make a blingy postcard. Use fabric, trim and your imagination to capture our theme in a postcard size artwork. Bring it along to the Quilt-In for all to admire and maybe win a prize. Size approximately 15 x 10.5 cm or 6 x 4 inches
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