June Meeting

Our guest speaker on Monday 26 June will be Michelle Gates the Victorian Coordinator of Days for Girls. This international organisation began in 2008 when the founder Celeste Mergens learned that the girls at the orphanage she was visiting in Nairobi isolated themselves for several days each month as they could not leave their rooms during their period.

These lost days of education would inevitably lead to dropping out of school and continued poverty. It was happening all around the world where women and girls did not have access to feminine hygiene supplies. Celeste saw this as a problem that could be solved.

Days for Girls puts freedom and opportunity back into the hands of women and girls. They do this through providing sustainable hygiene solutions, and through creating an environment for narrative change at critical junctures in a woman or girl’s life.

Chapters and teams make kits and partner with organisations that distribute the kits for free. So far over 640,000 women and girls in over 100 countries have been reached.

Waverley members have been asked to donate any dark coloured flannelette they may have.

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Winter Wonderland Quilt In

   Over 100 members and visitors enjoyed a cosy Winter Wonderland at the Mulgrave Community Centre. After a foggy start to the day, the sun came out and streamed in through the large windows. Coats and scarves were shed and the real business of sewing, chatting, shopping and tea sipping began.


The four shops in attendance had a constant stream of browsers and customers. Lots of scissors and other tools got a good sharpening.

The Quilt In team had organised a raffle with multiple prizes which proved very popular, over $500 was raised for the Waverley Patchworkers Gift Quilt Program. There was a small welcome gift and lucky door prizes as well. Everyone who came had a wonderful time, “it was like a big warm hug” was one comment. Our grateful thanks to Rhondda and her group for all their work.

The block challenge on the theme of Winter proved to be a little too challenging. Those who did give it a go produced some lovely blocks. Lyn was the winner with her Umbrella Girl feeding the ducks.

Tables were given a mini challenge of knitting up the longest piece during the day using the wool and needles provided. Obviously there are some very fast knitters out there.

You will have to wait until 2019 for our next Quilt In, but we have just as much fun at all our activities. If you live in Melbourne, why not join with us.

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September Workshops

We are very fortunate to have Bronwyn van’t Hof teaching two one day workshops  on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September. You can register for the workshops using the form in your Newsletter.

To give your a better idea of what will be taught in these two classes Browyn has sent these pictures as examples.

An Unlikely Pair – Choose from one of these two quilts, both use pre-cut 2½” strips often described as a “jelly roll”.

Geese on the Fly – A ‘no waste’ flying geese technique will be taught as well as a method for calculating cutting sizes for various sized finished blocks. Students will then be able to design their own project using the Flying Geese block. The following are examples only.

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Show and Tell in May

After all the Show and Tell last month, only two quilts this time. One of the quilts is from Megan a new member and it is her first quilt. Let’s hope everyone is using the colder weather to stay indoors and finish off lots of quilts so there will be lots to see next month.

Marlene our Vice President brought a number of her quilts to the meeting so that members could get to know her a little better. She loves colour! She is also the force behind our Beginner Quilter classes which Megan attended last year.



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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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Come to our Quilt In

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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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