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



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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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January Meeting

Our Sit and Sew meeting in January is always a good start to the year. Plenty of time to catch up on all the holiday news and to admire new projects or cheer on those who making progress on their never ending hand piecing.

We also saw the unveiling of the raffle quilt for Quilt Show 2018. It was designed and largely made by Suzanne and quilted by Naomi Hynes of the Elegant Stitch.

Floral Flight – Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show raffle quilt

More details later on how to purchase tickets so you can win this beauty.

Show and Tell

The first of these was shown at the November meeting but the photo was misplaced.

Remember to click on the picture to have a closer look and read about the making of the quilt.

Plenty of Gift Quilts have been finished over the break – here are a few of them.

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Birds of a Feather Flock Together

The dates, venue and theme for our 2018 Quilt Show has been announced. A few changes have been made, so make sure you make a note on your calendar and in your diary.

Look at Me – Mariya Waters

The Birds of a Feather Quilt Show will be held on the weekend, June 2 and 3, 2018 at the Mulgrave Community Centre, 355 Wellington Road Mulgrave. This is a great venue where we held our Quilt In last year.

The theme for the challenge should get the creative juices flowing, it lends itself to all styles of quilts, modern, traditional, innovative even 3D. To encourage creativity there is no shape stipulation, the size restriction is that the finished piece must fit inside the confines of an A3 piece of paper (42 cm x 29.7 cm). 

Members, now is the time to get all your quilt entries planned, you have five months fun months of stitching ahead.

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End of Year Celebrations

Our last Monthly Meeting for the year was held on 27 November, but this early date did not stop us getting into the seasonal spirit.

It was a full house, with everyone enjoying a relaxed evening with shared supper and lively conversation. We donated a huge quantity of festive grocery items to the Waverley Benevolent Society, and as usual Pat Green was on hand to receive them.

Show and Tell

Remember to click on the picture to have a closer look and read about the making of the quilt.

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