May Show and Tell at home

Sadly we were not able to have our Quilt Show this year. Thanks to the kindness of many members in staging and photographing their quilts and works in progress here, instead, is a little of what we are sewing.

Let’s start with the space we use. Trudi decided that her sewing room needed a bit of a tidy up as the lockdown started. This is always very risky as it is impossible to find anything once it is all clear and neat. She mentioned that she was tempted to start a new project so chances are it looks more like the before picture now.

Travel and Memory Quilts

Marion is piecing memories into her Bella Ruby quilt. She picked up the pattern when Emma Di Stefano of Treehouse Textiles was our guest speaker in 2019 and has been inspired to use fabric from garments made for herself and the family.

Peggy has a well trained daughter who bought fabric while travelling, then Peggy put them into a quilt and Laura embroidered the names of the cities visited. Also shown is a cross quilt made by Peggy is for her nephew to wish him a speedy recovery.

Two more well travelled quilts. Lyn attended the UK Festival of Quilts last year and took some classes. The first is an Easy Stack Quilt with Paula Doyle and the large image is Moon Dance designed by Sue Bouchard. Both tops just need quilting now.

Lyn has also made a large quilt based on a panel for her friend’s first granddaughter due in June.

Joyanne has made a sketch a day quilt from Susan at the Gourmet Quilter. As she travelled for two months she changed some sketches to personalise the quilt.

Also by Joyanne, another Gourmet Quilter design called Metro Tiles. She learnt about the ‘quilt as you go’ method while making this.

Travel to NZ put Jannie in isolation for two weeks on her return, but she has been having fun with her quilting. Two Judy Niemeyer patterns, Licorice Allsorts and a Compass Rose cushion. The hexagon cushion is made from leftover pieces bought at a small market.

New Starts

Jenny is well known for her bright quilts and amazing productivity. This Jen Kingwell design Long Time Gone was started in April and by early May was just about done. She finds sampler style quilts avoid boredom!

Cheryl is working on a zipper quilt, using up scraps. She has also finished putting together five blocks from a Wattlebird Designs Block of the Month which was just enough of this style for her. Fortunately there are no rules to say you have to follow a pattern to the letter.

Getting Things Finished

A number of members have been going to their UFO pile and making quite a dent in it.

Karen has been giving her longarm a real work out getting the tops in her ‘to be quilted’ box finished. Some have been in there for a very long time.

One more from Karen’s Covid 19 Collection.

Eileen bought a lot of the Poppy panels and fabric and has been busy making lots of quilts.

She also picked up a bag of small hexagons at the Quilters on High February meeting and has made them into two little girl bags. Another hexagon quilt is finished and she says there are seven more quilt tops at the quilters, there is no risk of boredom in her house.

Made for Others

Trish is a new member of Waverley Patchworkers and has not made a quilt in 15 years. At the suggestion of her daughter she has made a sensory blanket for her 8 month old grandson full of lots of textures and shapes. Ryan is loving it.

In the April Newsletter there was a pattern for a block that could be used to make gift quilts. Dell has done just that and made a child’s size quilt top. She has also made a cushion for her mother’s 90th birthday. Sadly she could not visit her in her aged care home to celebrate but the cushion is providing a pleasurable connection for her mum.

Finally a knee quilt for a friend. When ill health prevented her friend from finishing a project she gave away the blocks. Dell decided to make them into a quilt and return them as a useful surprise.

Gift Quilts

Margaret has used the Yellow Brick Road pattern to make quilts for the bushfire appeal. Using just 15 fat quarters she says they are quick to make. The Shadow Box pattern highlights lovely florals, perfect for a garden lover.

Margaret was given a bag of scraps from Jo Botherway’s stash and has made a whole quilt using the smallest and odd shaped pieces.

Jenny M is a great supporter of our gift quilt program. Here are two photos are of 14 basted tops waiting to be quilted. Once Jenny has done this part they are passed on to other members to do the binding.

In between times she has been able to whip up a number of baby quilts requested by family friends who know she is a quilter.

And here we are at the end of our May Show and Tell. Two gift quilts finished by Anne. If you have made it this far you must have enjoyed it almost as much as you would have enjoyed our real Quilt Show.

About Waverley

Waverley Patchworkers Inc is a group of about 300 patchwork and quilting enthusiasts located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. We meet regularly to share our passion for all things textile.
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