A clever technique

The Waverley Applique Special Interest Group meets on the first Thursday of each month. From time to time members share tips and tricks, explain new products or show us something new they have discovered. It is a great way expand our skills and knowledge.

At the June meeting Krista showed us the way she is making a Dresden Plate quilt and everyone found it useful – so it is being shared here.

She starts by making half square triangles using the fabrics chosen for the plate. These are joined into a large pinwheel. You don’t need to be too fussy about the centre points matching as these are cut away to reduce bulk.

Using a template she has made of the final shape she places a piece of soluble stabiliser on the right side of the pinwheel. The placement lines line up with the seams. She traces the outline of the template and then sews on the line.

Trim the outside of the seam line using pinking shears. This is a very quick way of making a curved seam allowance that will turn smoothly. Cut out a circle from the centre of the stabiliser and turn it to the wrong side, smoothing out the curves.

Find the centre of the background using diagonal folds, pin the plate in place and hand appliqué along the curves. The final step is to make a circle using your favourite technique and appliqué it onto the centre.

We loved Krista’s bold background fabric and matching spotty centres. Having made two thirties quilts with white backgrounds she said she was ready for a change.

This technique makes eight blade plates stress free. Krista is a whizz with computer design software and she has also developed templates to make ten blade plates too.

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May Meeting

An abundance of riches was on show at our Monthly meeting, perhaps everyone was getting their latest quilt finished in time for winter. Hope you enjoy this reshowing as well as some quilts from our talented guest speaker Christine Vlasic of Yarra Design and some from our Vice President, Suzanne.

Remember you can click on an image to see a larger photo.

Show and Tell

Christine Vlasic

Christine was accidentally enrolled in Fashion and Design at Emily McPherson College by her mother because the course had a shorter queue! After a long and diverse career in teaching Christine has taken to pattern design with a vengeance. She showed us lots of quilts made from the Yarra Design collection by Christine and her students.

Featured member Suzanne learned at Primarly Patchwork and hand appliqués, pieces and hand quilts, sometimes in very strange locations. The beautiful Di Ford-Hall Quilt Homage to Sallie Ann was a gift to her mother. She encouraged her sisters to join her in the project but after just a few flowers one volunteered to pay for the quilting instead.

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Quilt In reminder

Saturday 22 June 2019

Mark the date on your calendar now!

10.00 am – 4.00 pm Mulgrave Community Centre,
355 Wellington Road Mulgrave (same venue as our Quilt Show)

Entry $8. Bring a friend, lunch, your sewing and a dazzling smile. Members will be providing delicious treats for morning and afternoon tea.

Our sparkling theme is a good opportunity to bring out your glitz.

Quilt-In Challenge

Make a blingy postcard. Use fabric, trim and your imagination to capture our theme in a postcard size artwork. Bring it along to the Quilt-In for all to admire and maybe win a prize.
Size approximately 15 x 10.5 cm or 6 x 4 inches

Book a table

Coming with a group? You can prebook a table. Contact Rhondda treasurer@waverleypatchworkers.com.au

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Michelle de Groot

We had a lot of fun at our March meeting when quilt designer and teacher Michelle de Groot came to visit. She started as a hand piecer and hand quilter, then bought a sewing machine, then a bigger one and a bigger one and she is now a long arm quilter. Her business based in rural Victoria is Michelle’s Patchwork.

Her artistic ambitions started when she was very young but she was discouraged by one of her teachers. Instead she studied floristry and had her own business for many years until the time commitment was too much with a young family. This was when she discovered quilting as a creative outlet.

Tiny Dancer is based on an original painting by Janet Knight is the culmination of her creative dreams. The quilt is painted then enhanced with trapunto quilting and it is going to be on The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims – a very exciting prospect for Michelle.

Michelle is teaching at Waverley on the first weekend in May. Here class on Sunday May 5 is machine trapunto which she has developed into a very easy technique with no cutting needed.

Art quilts are now a focus of Michelle’s work and she enjoys exploring lots of machine embellishing techniques.

Those enrolled in Michelle’s workshops are sure to have a wonderful time.

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March meeting

Long time member and serving on the committee for the second time, Dianne brought took the quilt stack of her spare bed to show us at the March meeting.

This first quilt began in a sampler class with Hazel at Craft Connection in 1990. There were six in the class and nearly thirty years on three of them still get together regularly.

There were a lots of quilts to see, some had taken many years to get to a finished state.

The Grub Roses quilt was done with Jill Farr of Beaconsfield. The Leanne Beasley design is beautifully embroidered. No surprise at all to see a Christmas Quilt, this one was made as the pattern sample for Craft Cottage.

A scottie dog quilt made for her sister, a scrap quilt with flannel sheet wadding and quilted by hand. Finally, Bo Peep by Rosalie Quinlan, made in a workshop many years after buying the pattern.

“I believe in keeping a pattern for at least ten years to ripen before using them”

After buying a few quilts and tops here and there Dianne realises she is now also a collector of vintage quilts.

Show and Tell

Click on the photo to read more about each quilt.

Gift Quilts

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February 2019 Show and Tell

We love to see completed work by members at any time of the year. When will your next quilt feature here?

Gift Quilts

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February Feast of Quilts

Fortunately there were lots of helpers to hold up the quilts at our February meeting, there were so many on show. Click on any image to have a closer look.

First up new committee member Wendy who is our Library Coordinator. While she is a newish member, she explained that she is not new to quilting. She started very young thanks to a grandfather in the textiles industry. Her first attempt at patchwork was as a young child, piecing hexagons cut from her grandfather’s samples.

This was followed by a cushion made in high school, a hanging made with Margaret Rolf patterns and then away she went with many full size quilts.

Wendy has lived in a number of countries due to the demands of her husband’s work. She has found quilting to be an excellent way to meet people and get involved in the community where ever that may be. The patterns and fabrics came in parcels sent from Australia, but with some local touches. The butterflies on the above quilt are beaded brooches made in Tanzania.

This quilt is very special, a member of the guild in Sweden designed a block each month to share with the group.

Wendy also made quilts in Singapore before finally returning to Melbourne. She is still using some of the special fabrics from her grandfather and has obviously inherited a love of textiles.

Guest Speaker: Karen Martin

What a treat to have the very entertaining Mrs Martin visit our group. Mrs Martin’s Quilt Shop opened 15 years ago, but was fully planned in Karen’s head long before that. The name comes from her primary school class who knew she was planning to open a shop. Living and working in the same community means that these students are now regular visitors to the shop, with their own children in tow.

The shop is now in her home, open three days a week and true to her community commitment, the shop visits as many events as possible, taking her treasure trove of patterns, fabrics and notions to where quilters gather. So of course the shop came to Waverley too.

Quilting seems to occupy all Karen’s waking hours, as well as running the shop and stitching days, she organises the Monbulk CFA Quilt Show.

More recently she has added taking tours to the US to her suite of quilting activities, all of which she loves.

And of course she makes quilts too.




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Mrs Martin our February Guest Speaker

Many of you will have seen Karen Martin and her shop at a Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show. You will also find her shop supporting lots of other events in the area. On March 2 she is organising a show herself. It is the Monbulk CFA Quilt Show with all proceeds supporting the Monbulk CFA.

She is squeezing in a visit to our meeting on Monday 25 February and will be telling us all about the fun she has with her shop. She says that many wonderful things have happened in her life since she opened Mrs Martins Quilt Show and she has met many wonderful people on the way. She has promised to show us some quilts too.

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January 2019 Show and Tell

A warm night in January, a quiz, mini pavlovas and something to stick. So started the year for Waverley Patchworkers. It was lovely to catch up with everyone and return all those books that we have been storing for so long to the upgraded library. 

Linda Steel’s first crazy quilt. Crazy About Australia

The quiz had an unusual twist, the answers were provided, teams had to come up with  appropriate questions that included the word Australia or a nickname. There were four categories including sport which was not popular. Waverley members do not give up easily, there was lots of whispering and head scratching, a tiny bit of googling, a hint or two and finally some winners. So how would you go?

Here is the Australia Quiz,  just work out the questions that would have these answers.  

When you are ready to give up, here are the Australia Quiz Questions.

Show and Tell

This month it is all about getting things done!

Gift Quilts

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What’s happening in 2019

The complete calendar of events was distributed to members in their Newsletter last year. If you cannot find your copy or just want to check some dates you can download a copy from the Forms Page.

Or just click here then you can download it as a pdf onto your device. Never miss a Chat and Sew Group again!

First up is our January Meeting on Monday May 28. Yes it is a public holiday but that won’t stop us.

As an extra bonus the Library will be OPEN from 7.15 pm. Make sure you visit the new Library Room, meet Wendy our new Library Coordinator and bring back the books you have been looking after so well.


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