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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tall Poppy Wall Hanging with Tara Glastonbury
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.
Saturday 14 October 2023, 9.30 – 4.00
$75 non members
Dip you toe in the world of modern quilting with this folk-inspired wall hanging, a simplified version of the Tall Poppy quilt that hung at Quiltcon 2023.
The pattern works best with either a mix of patterned and solid fabrics, or two solid colours for a striking finish. Due to the large pieces it’s also the perfect introduction to carved piecing -we’ll be taking a no-pin curve approach – and reverse appliqué.
Each participant will receive a full copy of the Tall Poppy quilt pattern – written for queen, throw and baby sizes (along with the wall hanging) and be guided through the process from cutting, piecing, quilting to binding.
Workshops held in 2023
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.
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
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 www.michellespatchwork.com
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 suedevannyartist.com.au
Sea Urchin quilt using painting, dyeing, stamping and stitching.
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 eiloren.com.au 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. http://focusonquilts.com.au
Everyone had a great time at this workshop, read about it here
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June 2016
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.