Waverley Art Quilters at Quilt Show 2018

As part of Quilt Show 2018 there will be a special display of quilts made by our Art Quilt group showcasing their recent work.

Each month has a theme and the art quilters respond to the topic with a piece about A3 size. Come and see what this very talented group has created, month by month.

The first themes for this year were;
February – Summer Challenge – lots of narrow strips of batik fabric – how would you use them?

March – Helen Maudesley- an artist who had an exhibition of her recent work at NGV Australia.

April – Maps

May – Marimekko, the timeless Finnish design company


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Quilt Show 2018 is nearly here

The first weekend in June, at the Mulgrave Community Centre. Mark it on your calendar now.

There will be over 100 quilts on display. Every style and technique you can imagine. From bright and bold stunners from beginner quilters, to painstakingly created glories.
Scrap, appliqué, art quilts; whole cloth, traditional, pictorial, modern; favourite patterns, friendly challenges, original designs. Quilts inspired by life events or made because we love making them. Quilts made for children. Quilts designed/made by children!

Bring your friends who don’t yet understand your passion for patchwork and quilting. They can sign up for beginner classes that will be happening in the weeks following the show. Then you can have someone to raid your stash and help you keep it under control.

Speaking of stashes. There are six shops in attendance and we are very proud that they are all members of Waverley Patchworkers. Lily Patches, Sewn and Quilted, Mrs Martin’s Quilt Shop, Palm Beach Quilting, The Patchwork Teahouse and The Quilter’s Closet.
Keep an eye out here for some news of what they are bringing to the show.

Still not sure?

Here is a sneak peek of some of the quilts that will be on display.

Full details of challenge, entry, venue, parking etc are on the Quilt Show 2018 page

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March and April Show and Tell

Here is the work that has been on show over the last two meetings.



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Workshop Vacancy

Waverley Patchworkers workshop with Katrina Hadjimichael has a couple of vacancies.

Two days of paper piecing and appliqué with this popular NSW teacher on 28th and 29th June. Held at Bellfield House in Glen Waverley. Cost for non Waverley members $130 plus $20 for the pattern book.

 Spikes and Specks

Finished quilt size is 85″ square. You may prefer to do a smaller quilt or just one block to learn the technique.

The quilt has foundation pieced circular “spikes” blocks separated by appliqué vine and leaf sashings.

Email for more information or to book for this workshop info@waverleypatchworkers.com.au



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Sue de Vanny workshop

Last year Sue de Vanny was guest speaker at our May Monthly Meeting and she has returned to Waverley to run a two day workshop using her fabric collage technique.

Over the weekend students worked on a project using Sue’s painterly approach to appliqué All said she was a wonderful teacher and they not only learned new techniques, freed up their approach to design and played with colour, they finished.

Starting from the same photograph of a sea urchin, students created their own pattern then snipped and glued fabric to create their own version of the image.


The next day stamping, stencilling and screen printing was used to create the background. Light, medium and dark backgrounds created different looks.


Finally free motion quilting brought the piece to life.

And at the end of the day everyone is still smiling. Thankyou Sue for a fabulous workshop.


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March Meeting

Remember we will be at the temporary venue, Glen Waverley Community Centre, 700 Waverley Road Glen Waverley, for the meeting on Monday March 26. 

Guest Speaker is Jan Frazer who will be talking on Colour by Design.

Jan is an award winning quilter whose work has been successful in many international exhibitions.

  • Visions Arts Museum  San Diego USA
  • Road to California LA USA
  • American Quilters Society Paducah USA
  • St Marie Aux Mines – Alsace France
  • The Houston Quilt Festival USA

Jan takes inspiration for her quilts from the natural beauty of her beachside suburb, from architecture, gardens and even art pieces in a gallery. Jan utilises a number of techniques in her quilt making, often incorporating machine embroidery and thread work into her projects.

Floral Flashback

Describing her style as contemporary, Jan admits to still loving the traditional designs. ‘I love strong colours,and this is manifest in many of my quilts. Recently, I challenged myself to make a few pieces using more neutral colours. Nature is my main inspiration for colour. In nature almost anything goes and I try to apply this approach to my use of colour in quilts.’

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Monthly meeting temporary venue change

While Mount Waverley Community Centre is being renovated, Waverley Patchworkers will meet at the Glen Waverley Community Centre, 700 Waverley Road Glen Waverley. It is near the corner of Waverley Rd and Springvale Rd. As usual doors will open at 7.15pm.

Check your Newsletter and this website for news of our return to Mt Waverley.

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Quilt Show 2018 Raffle Quilt

Raffle tickets are now on sale for the beautiful quilt created especially for our show. Proceeds go to the Waverley Benevolent Society. Tickets are $2 each, contact a Waverley Patchworkers member or buy your tickets at  Quilt Show 2018, 2 – 3 June 2018.

Floral Flight

Floral Flight puts a modern spin on the traditional broderie perse quilt, with a bright frame of triangles surrounding the gorgeous parrot and basket. Once again quilting is by Naomi Hynes of the Elegant Stitch and it is done beautifully. Valued at $1650

Floral Flight – detail

Second prize is just for quilters; a fabulous kit which includes all patterns and the fabric for A Tribute to Mrs Williams. Conveniently packaged with the fabric for each block with each pattern. Value $400.

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February meeting and Show and Tell

What an amazing presentation by Leslie Edwards. She broke all records for quilts to show but each one had a purpose. She demonstrated how patterns can change depending on the fabrics used and how a very simple idea can become something stunning with wise fabric selection. Her patterns and fabrics from Africa proved popular with members as well. 

Only a few pieces of Show and Tell were shown at the February Monthly Meeting. Once again some really lovely quilts but chances are lots of members are busy putting the finishing touches on quilts that will be on display at Quilt Show 2018 on 2 and 3 June.


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Coming up in February

The guest speaker at our next meeting, on Monday February 26, is Leslie Edwards of Quilting Fabrications.

Leslie was born in California and following her major in African History travelled to that continent. There she was blown away with the vibrantly coloured textiles. She also met her Australian husband and took up quilting after relocating to Melbourne 25 years ago.

More recently she has taken to creating her own fabrics using a host of techniques.  
“In some ways my style has changed and in some ways it is still the same. The thing that drew me to quilting – African fabric – has remained a passion and I use a lot of colour in my quilts. I have, however, become much more intuitive and improvisational in my technique. I am also passionate about creating my own textiles through various types of dyeing, painting, printing, etc,” 

Leslie will be bringing her pop up shop selling African, Malaysian batik and hand dyed fabric plus her quilt patterns.

Library News This will be the last opportunity to borrow from the library before it is put into storage for the duration of the building renovation. Please borrow lots of books!

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