Waverley Patchworkers organise one and two day workshops for members about four times a year. If you are interested in attending a listed workshop email

Latest Workshop

Misty Woodland with Charlotte Scott

15 and 16 May 2024

This Workshop is supported by Victorian Quilters Inc.

International Guest Tutor Charlotte Scott‘s artwork depicts narratives of the natural world through her medium of cloth, needle and thread. She aims to make the world a little more beautiful through fabric and stitch.

In a two day workshop create your own dreamy woodland scene using botanical prints and coloured sheers to layer up delicious colour. This class plays with the exciting medium of fabric paint and the luxurious medium of silk organza.

Spend the first day using fabric paint to make plant prints on background fabric and then hand colour pieces of silk organza to use in the foreground. On the second day design a woodland visit. The principals and elements of design will be discussed throughout this process. Most students will get their final arrangement basted and the quilting started. Quilting can be free-motion or by walking foot as preferred.

Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May, 2024
9.30 am – 4.00 pm
Glen Iris Valley Recreation Club,
260 High Street Road, Mount Waverley

$150 for members
$190 non-members

If you are interested in booking this workshop or would like more information, please contact

Fun, Fills and Free Motion Quilting

Saturday 23 March – Filling Fast don’t miss out!

Join award-winning quilter Robyn Cuthbertson for a one day workshop as she shows you just how fun free motion quilting can be! You’ll never nee to stipple again with these exciting designs, ranging from simple to sophisticated, to the more adventurous feathers and grid-based designs. For each design you will learn easy ways in which you can adapt them to create different looks and levels of complexity. Show off your new found skills with a stunning hexagon based sampler which makes for a beautiful wall hanging or bag panel.

One day workshop
Saturday 23 March 2024
$60.00 members
$75 non-members

Workshops held in 2023

In October members dipped their toes into the world of Modern Quilts.

Tall Poppy Wall Hanging
Tara Glastonbury is a modern quilt artist, designer and curator known for her bold use of colour, exaggerated scale, strong geometry and a preference for using recycled textiles. Her work is divided between exhibition pieces and a more crafts-based practice designing quilt patterns.

Rachel Daisy returned by popular demand in May with her Whizz Bang class

In March Jenny Linton conducted a series of classes guiding students though By Annie bag patterns.

Previous Workshops

Grow Free, Wildflowers – Rachel Daisy, September 2022

A fun two day workshop covering all the tips and tricks for happy go lucky improv piecing on the first day and nice easy hand appliqué on the second.

These blocks combined, make a happy joyful quilt using lots of scraps 

Image from Rachaeldaisy Designs Etsy store

Fundamentals of Thread Painting  – Karen McGregor February 2022

Tutor: Karen McGregor

If you have ever been curious about using your sewing machine as a drawing tool and want to learn how to make beautiful works of art with thread this is your chance!

This workshop is designed for beginner to advanced quilters who want to expand their understanding of the wonderful world of thread.


Inaugural Jo Botherway Scholarship Workshop – April 2022

Six Ways to Hand Appliqué with Mariya Waters and Linda Crouch

Jo Botherway was a member of Waverley Patchworkers for 30 years. A founding member, Past President, Quilt Show Convenor and much much more. Jo donated an amount of money to Waverley to establish a workshop with an international tutor to teach appliqué every second year. Unfortunately in the current circumstances this is not possible. Instead two highly skilled and award winning members, who were also in a friendship group with Jo will be conducting this skills based workshop.


Veronique Diligent – March 20-21 2021

Beautiful pieces started in this workshop

The first workshop in a very long time is with Veronique Diligent of Veronique’s Quilt Designs. She wowed us during an online meeting last year with her beautiful work which features needleturn appliqué and embroidery and reflects her love of the garden.

It is a two day class, held at Bellfield House in Glen Waverley on the weekend March 20-21. Participants will choose one of three projects;
a bag, Little Blue Wrens sewing book cover or a block from her Toujours Provence quilt.
The focus is appliqué and there is much to learn from this skilled practitioner.

Workshops in 2020

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we were unable to offer any workshops.

Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24, 2019

Julie Adamson 

Our first tutor for the year spoke at our May 2018 meeting and we were wowed by her commitment to perfecting her stitching.

A needle turn appliqué workshop from one of the best artists in this field. Julie won Best of Show at Victorian Quilters Showcase in 2018. There is a choice of two projects focussing on slightly different skills. Suitable for beginners to advanced, although the paisley example would require some prior experience.


Saturday May 4 or Sunday May 5 2019

Michelle de Groot

Two one day workshops in machine quilting.

Workshop 1 – Ruler Work  

Learn how to set up your domestic machine for ruler work including a special ruler foot. Then learn how to use the rulers and how to design quilting following methods Michelle has developed over the years.

Workshop 2 – Trapunto

Learn free motion quilting and some thread work to enhance a quilting design.


Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25  2019

Sue de Vanny

Sea Urchin quilt using painting, dyeing, stamping and stitching. 

Here’s a snapshot of what happened at this workshop

Saturday April 28 and Sunday April 29  Katrina Hadjimichael

Spikes and Specks

Foundation pieced spikes blocks separated by appliqué vine and leaf sashings. Learn paper foundation piecing and machine appliqué skills.

Saturday August 25 and Sunday August 26 2018
Neroli Henderson Design workshop
An easy, fun class that will increase your design, colour and composition skills and show you everyone can be a art quilter. Waking with ultra-smooth metallic fabric paints learn to blend paint smoothly on fabric, prevent colour run and see how it can make stitching and raw edge appliqué easier. 

Works can be completed with machine stitch using decorative stitches on your machine inventively.


Our tutors in 2017 were Leanne O’Sullivan, Shibori dyeing; Leesa Chandler, bag making; Jeanette Holkner, children’s workshop; Bronwyn  van’t Hof, quick quilts from precuts and Grace Errea from USA delivered a lecture on value and conducted two workshops using her unique appliqué technique.

Saturday April 30, Sunday May 1 2016
Irene Blanck.

Everyone had a great time at this workshop, read about it here

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June 2016
Michelle Hill

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August 2016
Waverley Skills Days

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016
Mariya Waters “Cornucopia of Quilting Techniques”

In March 2015 Lisa Walton came down from Sydney to run her Permission to Play class. This surface design class focussed first on making patterns on fabric using a variety of techniques. Then the fabrics were assembled into a collage. Lisa encouraged everyone to play with colour and texture and to not worry too much about planning. While it was a lot to cover in two days, the participants had lots of fun and everyone was pleased with the results. You can see the results in this gallery.

7 Responses to Workshops

  1. Cindy Jenkins says:

    I have just moved to south melbourne and am looking for a quilt/textile group to join. Are you taking new members? Where and when do you meet?

  2. Elaine Duxbury says:

    Hi, just wondering when your quilt show is on?
    thank you

    • Waverley says:

      Hi Elaine
      Our Quilt Show is every second year, the next one will be the last weekend in May 2016 at the Mount Waverley Community Centre, Miller Crescent Mount Waverley.

  3. Helen Burke says:

    Hi, I am interested in commencing day time beginner patchwork classes.
    Your group has been recommended.
    Do you have any opportunities for classes commencing soon ?
    Many thanks
    Helen Burke

    • Waverley says:

      We will be running beginner patchwork and quilting classes in the second part of this year. Visitors to our Quilt Show will have the opportunity to complete an expression of interest in these classes.

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