Rachel Daisy

What a delight to have the very colourful Rachel Daisy speak at out September meeting. This was after a well attended workshop on the weekend where members constructed blocks for their own version of Grow Free, Wildflowers. After just two days there were an impressive number of blocks completed.

Rachel began by explaining that Daisy is her nickname coming from her twenty years as a florist. As her work often features flowers it has stuck and she is quite happy about that.

Her style is eclectic, she takes a technique and sees what she can do with it. Pushing both design and construction limits. The quilt from the workshop is one made during lock down using scraps. Like many quilts made at this time it is rather large.

But then again so are many of Rachel’s quilts.

Grandiflora features an enormous dahlia and was noticed by Victoria Findlay Wolfe as a great example of the style of improvised quilting she was featuring in her 2012 book.

So it can be found in 15 Minutes of Play – this certainly helped get Rachel’s work noticed.

The Red and White quilt was made for the NSW Guild’s 2015 challenge. Doilies are used as fabulous flowers. Chunky Blooms are based on real flowers, for example the ones at the bottom left are stylised callistemons. They are on a denim background – so a rather heavy quilt.

Rachel likes working with denim, and having made a quilt with old jeans she had a lot of left over pockets. The result Pockets full of posies.

The folded technique used in the award winning quilt Whizz Bang has been used in multiple quilts since. An excellent example of how Rachel likes to play with fabric and update old techniques.

Ric Rac Razzamatazz is the first pattern Rachel has written. She wanted to find a way to create an orange peel quilt by machine. Not liking the look of raw edge appliqué the over size ric rac solved the problem and the quilt also features lots of yo yos another favoured element.

Seeing possibilities outside the quilt world Rachel entered her tea towel quilt I love a sunburnt country into the Pro Hart award in Broken Hill where it was awarded second prize alongside works more in the fine art tradition.

We look forward to future show and tell nights were we will see not only the completed results of the September workshop but also where Rachel Daisy’s inspiring talk has taken our members.

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Waverley Patchworkers at Showcase 2022

Members of our group entered many quilts in this event which was held in real life after delays and a virtual showcase last year. Waverley Patchworkers also provided support in the form of sponsorship of major awards including Excellence in Domestic Machine Quilting won by Best in Show “Dresden Dancing” by Robyn Coots.

Dresden Dancing – detail

Congratulations to all members who exhibited, and to those who also won ribbons in the following categories. What a talented group!

Judges Commendation from Julie Adamson – Heather Cartmel

Bathwick Revisited

3.1 Mainly Pieced – Amateur – Highly Commended – Val Jackson

Pineapple Log Cabin

3.2 Mainly Pieced – Professional – Highly Commended – Desley Maisano


6 Group Quilts – Runner Up – Waverley Patchworkers

Chasing Rainbows

8 Pictorial Quilts – Runner Up – Linda Crouch

The Doors of Old Lyon

Highly Commended – Karen McGregor

William the Echidna

10 Miniature Quilts – First – Suzanne Moore. This quilt also won the Narelle Grieve Excellence in Hand Quilting – Amateur – Award

Ring of Roses

Runner Up – Linda Crouch


Highly Commended – Karen McGregor . This quilt also won the Morna Sturrock Excellence in Embroidery and Embellishment Award.

Rockpool Garden

11.1 Modern Quilts – One Person – Runner Up -Desley Maisano


Highly Commended – Helen Hayes


12 Other Techniques – Highly Commended – Eileen Campbell

Building a Dream

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They came for the scones and stayed for the quilts

What an amazing weekend for quilt lovers.

The 2022 Quilt Show exceeded all expectations of both the organisers and the viewers. Here is a little sample of what went on at the Show.

Set up on the Friday went very smoothly thanks to many, many willing volunteers.
A little hiccough with some last minute scaffolding out the front was creatively disguised.

Given Waverley’s reputation it was not surprising that the cafe was very busy from opening to closing time.

Then inside the hall it was beautiful quilts in every direction as far as the eye could see.

The display of work from Waverley Art Quilters created a lot of interest.

And of course the Bright and Beautiful Challenge gave voters a very hard time.

The winning entry was by our busy librarian Wendy who was delighted to receive viewers choice, named the Morna Sturrock Award in memory of our founding Patron.

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Quilt Show Award Winners

The Waverley Quilt Show is an exhibition of members work. Each member is encouraged to exhibit their recent work. Given that it has been four years since our last show the number and size of quilts was very impressive. It was not possible to hang all entries given space constraints, but every member who submitted work was able to see it hanging in all its glory.

Choosing quilts that stood out from the others was difficult.

The June Lyons Award is selected by the Quilt Show Committee and is the work of one person. This year the award went to Endemism by Karen McGregor, both original and thought provoking.

President’s Choice is named in honour of Dawn Burrows our founding President. This time it was selected by Heather our immediate Past President and current Vice President. Jan Smart’s needle turn appliqué version of the Caswell Quilt that was quilted by another member, Naomi Hynes was a popular choice.

The viewing public voted for Linda Crouch’s amazing Fibonacci Fandango as show favourite.

The Marie Hart Award which goes to a quilter who has been quilting for less than five years was selected by Marie’s dear friend Ronnie, who chose Campagnia by Heather Stephens because she knew Marie would have loved it.

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Raffle Winner

The winning ticket in the raffle conducted in conjunction with the Bright and Beautiful Quilt Show is number 2465 held by Susan Kefalianos of Hawthorn.

Susan is thrilled to be the lucky winner of the quilt Chasing Rainbows.

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Bright and Beautiful

Our 2022 Quilt Show is nearly here! Make sure you visit our wonderful
Bright and Beautiful show on Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5.

Over 100 member quilts on display plus a challenge, special Art Quilt display and demonstrations from the Gift Quilt team. Shops are in attendance too and best of all the fantastic cafe with home made goodies to tempt and refresh. Find all the details on the Quilt Show page.

Entry $8, plenty of on site parking at Mulgrave Community Centre, 355 Wellington Road, Mulgrave.

Raffle Quilt – Chasing Rainbows
pieced by members and quilted by Naiomi Hynes

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40th Birthday Celebration – updated with Award Winners

It was a long time coming but at last we were able to celebrate and we did so in style.

In the beautiful surrounds of the Box Hill Golf Course we caught up with friends, stitched, laughed, stitched some more and had a wonderful time. It was lovely to have a fully catered event.

The Ruby Surprise Challenge had to be a highlight of the event. There are so many talented people who had such clever responses to the theme. Two were selected on the day for prizes and a final vote took place at the March Monthly Meeting.

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Events in 2022

Planning for the year has taken place and already changes have had to be made. First up for the year is a picnic.

This will be held at Nortons Park, from 10.30 to 2.30 on Monday 7 February. Entry from Nortons Lane, Wantirna South.

In line with Park Victoria requirements, QR coding and proof of double vaccination required.

Please bring and wear a mask. BYO chair, lunch, drinks and sewing.

The mobile library will be available for loans of magazines and books.

The event will be cancelled if the forecast for the day is for a maximum temperature of more than 30 degrees.

This is a new tradition that started last year out of necessity and was so successful it was decided to make it a regular event.

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Waverley at Showcase

Like many events in the past two years, Victorian Quilters had to radically change the way Quilt Showcase was presented. In 2020 it was cancelled and in 2021 it became a virtual show.

Congratulations to Victorian Quilters and convenor Linda Steele for this remarkable show in difficult times.

As a long time supporter of Showcase Waverley Patchworkers sponsored a significant prize and many of our members entered the quilt show. We were delighted to receive the following letter from Julie Adamson who won Best Original Design. Julie is well known at Waverley having been a guest speaker and taught a wonderful class in silk appliqué.

Dear President, committee and members, firstly my apologies for taking so long in sending my thanks for your generous sponsorship of Showcase.I was honoured to be awarded “Best original design” at the Victorian Quilters Showcase late last year.  Waverley Patchworkers were the major sponsor for this award.
I am absolutely thrilled with the $500 and will be putting together an extensive sewing shopping list!
Your ongoing support of Victorian Quilters is greatly appreciated, especially given these challenging times.
I have attached an image of the quilt but hope to be able to bring the quilt to show the members in the near future and to thank you all personally.  Take care.
Yours faithfully

Julie Adamson

Old Favourites

Waverley Successes

Congratulations to all who entered, and for those who received ribbons and awards, we are so proud.

Morna Sturrock Award

Excellence in Embroidery and Embellishment

Linda Steele

The Great Barrier Reef

Excellence in Domestic Machine Quilting Professional

Runner Up

Innovative – Contemporary Quilts

Linda Crouch

Fibonacci Fandangle


Modern Quilts

Heather Cartmel

Star Garden

Excellence in Use of Colour


Innovative – Contemporary Quilts

Linda Steele



Other Techniques

Annie Andrews

Pretty As No 1

Judges Commendation

Michael Hammer

Mother Nature

Highly Commended

Mainly Pieced Traditional professional

Annie Andrews

Pretty As No 2

Runner up

Mainly Pieced Traditional
two person amateur/professional

Quilter: Naomi Hynes

Dinner Plate Dahlia
pieced by Gayle Adlington

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Glorious Landscapes

In November we had to meet virtually once again and our wonderful speaker Gloria Loughman made sure we ended the year in a spectacular fashion. The presentation on creating landscape quilts was a true master class. Gloria uses photography as a starting point and has developed a number of strategies to interpret these images as quilts. She generously shared many of her ideas, leaving everyone inspired. We were also taken on a trip around the world as Gloria uses images from her travels in her work.

After making a number of realistic landscape quilts, one made by a six year old grandchild opened Gloria’s eyes to what a landscape could be. What follows are some examples shown of that journey of exploration.

In this abstract landscape Gloria used a photo of the Loddon River in Kerang. She picked out the elements she wanted to include then arranged them in a pleasing way.

This linear landscape of the Arctic Circle in Canada has two layers for each element, cutting back to reveal the darker lines. Colour value is used to show distance and the water reflects the sky.

Photographs of both the natural and man made world can inspire a landscape quilt.

Gloria has developed a distinctive technique using strips or tiles to create the background for appliqué. This image of wind turbines off Bruny Island combine painted and print fabrics in the sky to create movement. The quilt also shows Gloria’s mastery of colour.

Student work using the one design shows the huge variety of effects that can be achieved using Gloria’s techniques.

During the talk Gloria took us through the many decisions made on the path to an award winning quilt. We saw this in the one from the cover of Radiant Landscapes hanging behind her in the wonderful studio she has created on the Bellarine Peninsula. More information on her work, publications and online workshops can be found at glorialoughman.com


Congratulations to Gloria Loughman in winning Best of Show at the Victorian Quilters Quilt Showcase 2021

Reflecting the Kimberley

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