Tropic Island Quilting

The theme for the 2017 Children’s Workshop was Tivaevae, the style of quilts unique to the Cook Islands. This textile art is just over 100 years old and the workshop started with a bit of geography and then history of the Pacific. Fortunately most of the ten participants had seen the film Moana and knew a little about Polynesian life prior to European influence. The children next learned about how tivaevae are made and their importance in the community.

Then on to the tricky process of designing using paper folding. It took a few tries before some really good patterns emerged from the folds. The next step was thinking about colour contrast and again coloured paper was used to try lots of options.

Finally everyone was ready to work with fabric. Each child made a paper pattern of their own design. Then traced it onto a folded square of fabric that was a good contrast to their background piece. The fabric had been prepared with a fusible webbing, so after cutting, it was easily fused. For many of the children this was their first lesson in pressing. They handled it most competently.

These brilliantly coloured designs are destined to become cushion covers. That is after either machine or hand stitching in bright threads around the edges.

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Colours and Crafts of India

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Jill Abery’s talk and slide show at our July meeting was very popular. Jill has kindly supplied a selection of her slides and a brief caption for those who were not able to attend on the night. If you rest … Continue reading

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July Show and Tell

Quilts made for family, friends and to use up scraps feature this month. Remember that you can click on each image to get a closer look and to read the description.

One quilt that really needs to be seen close up is Whirligig by Linda Crouch. It won first place in the miniature category at Quilt NSW and is off to the States as a finalist in the Houston Quilt Show.

Gift Quilts for July

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Waverley Winners at Showcase 2017

There were smiles all round as the category winners and individual awards were announced at the Victorian Quilters Showcase on the opening day of the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair.

Waverley Patchworkers was well represented at the show and among those receiving rosettes. Congratulations to all who had quilts on display.

Individual Awards are made across the categories and celebrate the very best in quilting. We are so proud of the following members:

Scherenschnitte in Fabric

Ronnie Heagney winner of the Bernina Best Amateur Quilt Award for Scherenschnitte in Fabric.

The Bleaching

Linda Steele winner of the Excellence in Embroidery and Embellishment Award for The Bleaching.


Linda Crouch winner of the Excellence in Domestic Machine Quilting – Professional for Agapanthus.

Category Award Winners:
Darelle Castelow, Highly Commended, Traditional Quilt- 2 person for Tens,
Ronnie Heagney, First, Mainly Appliqué – Amateur for Scherenschnitte in Fabric,
Liz Willing, Highly Commended, Mainly Appliqué – Professional for My Heart is Yours,
Naomi Hynes, First, Small Quilts -2 person for quilting Julie Fenn’s Primrose Manor,
Linda Steele, First, Pictorial Quilts for The Bleaching,
Naomi Hynes, Highly Commended, Pictorial Quilts for If and When, and
Naomi Hynes, First, Miniature Quilts for Masquerade.

Waverley Patchworkers as a member group of Victorian Quilters sponsors one of the Awards. This year it was for the new category, Coverlets – Bed. The winner  was Mary Hitchens for her quilt Game Changer and the award was presented by Linda Steele, our President.

This was rather special as not only is Mary a former member and Past-President of Waverley Patchworkers, she is the outgoing convenor of Showcase. The Convenor from next year will be Linda.

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July Guest Speaker

Colours and Crafts of India

Our speaker at our meeting on Monday 24 July is Jill Abery who will talk about the crafts of India.

Jill has visited India a number of times and more recently taken a particular interest in their crafts and textiles.

India has a long and rich tradition in crafts; many techniques which we use today have been used for centuries in India. The detailed carvings and designs found in many places are also a wonderful inspiration for quilt designs.

Jill will be showing some colourful photos and is bringing lots of crafts and textile items.

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Waverley Moderns

In August last year our guest speaker was Cathy Barbagallo from the Melbourne Modern Quilting Guild. Her talk inspired one Waverley member to get together with others interested in exploring Modern Quilting. Darelle approached the committee who thought a new group was a great idea if there was sufficient interest. There was.

Waverley Moderns began meeting on the fourth Sunday of the month at Wadham House, Mount Waverley.

Darelle spoke about this new venture at the June meeting and showed a few of her quilts and many of her tops. She really likes the piecing side of quilting! Her work shows a love of colour, often from a restricted palette, and the patterns that can be made from a simple block structure. The first of these is a year quilt made in 2000.

While most of the regulars are just dipping a toe into this new style, we look forward to seeing their work at out next Quilt Show.

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June Show and Tell

After May’s drought once again there was a lovely variety of quilts  on display at the June Monthly Meeting.

Quilts were made for family members, from travel souvenirs, using new and old fabric and just for the fun of the challenge.  If you click on the image you will be able to read what the maker said about her quilt.

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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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