Carrum Downs Scquilters

Photo diary of the monthly meetings of Carrum Downs Scquilters (at the Carrum Downs Library/Community Centre) on the first Wednesday of each month. We are all members of the Australasian Quilting group Southern Cross Quilters. The Library/Community Centre is located on Lyrebird Crescent - just near the corner of Hall Road - Melway page 100 ref: H3 (see L for library at location. If you need more information e-mail me or phone 0417263958.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wednesday 4th April 2018

With school holidays, we had a small crowd, but managed lots of fun, chatter and planning ahead for some BIG days - more on that later.
Many of us had not long returned from our fabulous retreat in NZ. Those of us who didn't spend the wholte time chatting, drinking, spending lots of the shop hop or getting held up by a mob of sheep on the sightseeing tour, actually did a class with Michelle. So we hope to see these lovely bags for show and tell very soon.

Dianne has done this beautiful stitchery - the photo doesn't do it justice.

ALso from Dianne her row of the month cross stitch - available free on the web. I will get the details for you next month.

Cynthia has at last finished the final stitchery for the huge quilt she has been working on forever! We hope to see it all put together very soon.

Jeanette has done a weaving class. As you can see she excelled at it and has made three separate sections, for three different uses. We will be very keen to see the finished products.

Sandra has made his gorgeous bag. Very beautiful.

And Wyn brought along her sheep from NZ. A very cute little brooch. All who attended the NZ retreat were lucky enough to receive one of these in their goody bag. Thank you Ngaire for knitting them for us.
As you can see, there was not our normal amount of show and tell - have a look at all the quilts we had last month  just to see the quantity and quality again!

A quick reminder for the upcoming Waverley Quilt Show
The dates and times and location for the Quilt Show in 2018 are:
Saturday June 2 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Sunday June 3 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Entry to the Show $8.00
Mulgrave Community Centre, 355 Wellington Road. Mulgrave. This is near the Springvale Road, and easy to get to via the Monash Freeway or Eastlink using the Wellington Road exits. There is a long drive up to the building and plenty of on site parking.

Now onto what is coming up for Vic Scquilters Carrum Downs :

On Wednesday the 2nd of May we are holding our Biggest Morning Tea. All welcome. It will be a fun day at The Carrum Downs Lyrebird Commmunity Centre.
10am -2pm. $5 entry fee. There will be lots of raffle prizes, our famous (infamous?) lucky dips, and trading table donations* for sale. Most craft related, but plenty of others as well for the non- quilters. There will be some fun surprises as well as a speaker from the Cancer Council to tell us where the money goes. This year we are supporting ovarian cancer research, with Vic Quilters.

*So don't forget to go through your ssewing rooms for faric, patterns, books etc that you no longer have a use for either for the trading table or wrapped for the lucky dip.

Aso coming up, on Wednesday 6th of June, we will be celebrating our 20th birthday, so members, old, new and potential, please come along and help us celebrate this big anniversary for us.

By the way, part of our big discussion - mostly planning the previous two events - but also about the difficulties of joining Southern Cross Quilters. If, like me, you no longer receive ANY mail from our Yahoo group, you can join as a member through Face Book alone. 99% of our discussion takes place on FB anyway, so the group owner, Michelle, has wisely decided that you can become a member through Face Book alone. Just thought I'd let you know.

If you have any questions about our upcoming events, please contact me,
Your roving reporter,
Helen Riordan Evans


Saturday, March 31, 2018

 Wednesday 7th Febrauary 2018
I know it has been a while since we saw February, but, you know me, I love doing our blog, but don't have a particular schedule in mind as to when to do it! We did have a March get together as well, where much of importance was discussed, and I will tell you all about our upcoming, exciting events, after I tell you all about our fab Feb day.
Pam Hammer was our wonderful guest speaker. She gave us a lovely talk about how The Geelong National Wool Museum has taken on the job of re-launching the Australian Quilt Register. The aim of this register is to keep a record of everyday Australian quilts, and Pam encouraged all of us to go to the register and put up a photo of a quilt or two, or more. I will explain how this is done in a separate post. As Pam says, the old register had not been kept up to date and it is time we recorded the types of quilts were have made and are making now for future generations. Pam is a volunteer =, who has taken on this huge job, and we thank her very much. Many of us brought along an older quilt to show Pam the type of work we have been doing over the years

Cynthia (or Madam Cyn, as she is known - she will kill me if I ever reveal why) has just started the final section of a stitchery quilt she has been working on for ages. It is a magnificent piece of work, which we will see come together in the next few months, despite her fall down the stairs on Christmas Eve (drinkies?) and her 60th Wedding Anniversary which was the day after our meeting. I have written something incomprehensible about a Hotel and Dream Lover. Not sure if I ws writing about a show or her husband!

Laurel has some magnificent pieces she has been working on from the Jen Kingwell pattern, Circle Game. Beautiful work and some fabulous fabrics have been used.

Maggy has been working on her hand pieces stars. Some lovely work there.

Helen C. has done some lovely shashiko work. Beautiful stitching!

Wyn has made this absolutely gorgeous quilt (if you are a Richmond AFL Fan!) for an Iraqi war veteran who is in hospital after a nasty accident. Wyn, this is why we love you xxx

Marilyn W has outdone herself as usual. This first quilt was the result of an Amish friendship block sway, back when we were all making Amish quilts. We should do more! The colours against the black are divine.

Here she is again with the quilt I have wanted to make forever - a beautiful Storm at Sea block. Beautifully put together and most appropriate as Marilyn lives very close to the sea!
Marilyn made this BOM with Beth Ferrier. Such magnificent patterns. Isn't it just perfect?

ANd here she is again with her QAYG hexgons. I love the effect of the yellows. It is indeed a beautiful quilt.

Pam, our erstwhile guest speaker, brought along some stitching work.  A lovely Bonnie Lehman pattern -  Four Little birds.What beautiful fabric!

Pam also brough along this quilt which had been donated to the collection in Geelong. It is 44 x 45 inches in size and is made up of 1,980 suffolk puffs. According to my efficient note taking it was made in 1980 or 1890.

Some close ups showing all the interesting fabrics - looks more like 1980 to me now.

The back!

From Val we have a UFO of a mystery quilt

This must be where I lost the plot - but it sure is a magnificnet quilt. Did I say I recently won the wooden spoon for worst blogger in the known universe?

From Val again, a row by row done at the Pumpkin Patch in Karingal. Very nice. I would like to have done that one!

Bew has used her 30s fabrics this quilt - well I hope it is Bev and her 30s fabrics. I do love the pattern and the soft colours.

These two photos are of Bev's huge quilt using Asian fabrics. A simple pattern, but a masterpiece as well. Very well done Bev x

I (Hellen E) can take no credit for this one, except it caught my eye in the market in Budapest. Believe it or not, it is hand made, and extremely intricate. Currently I am using it as a table runner. Great Christmas colours, but also lovely for any time of year.

Again no credit, but I saw this in an antique shop in New Norfolk and it had my name on it! Isn't it magnificent? I plan to hang this one up. It is so beautiful.

An oldie, but, I hope, a goody! My quilt made (and alterered) from Maggie Walker's Country Journal pattern. I made a passionfruit vine instead of the flowers in the pattern and call it "A passion for chooks"
This cow block of mine couldn't be with us on the day as I had already swapped it. It is Dora the Discow. Note how she has placed her handbag on the floor so she can do all the mooves.

The quilt belowis another where I lost the plot - however it may be Val with a Therese Hylton quilt. It is, however, very beautiful and once again I apologise.
Dianne, you may remember, did a cross stitch of the month - available free on the internet - last year. And here is this year's version. What a beautiful pattern and what lovely colour threads Di has chosen.
I have written a note about a beautiful dream catcher quilt made by Simone for her daughter, but I have no photo, so Simone, if you would kindly bring it again, I will make sure it is in our next blog - it is such a magnificent quilt, I simply cannot deprive my loyal reader (s) from viewing it.

As I said, plans were started in March for our May and June meetings. In May, we will be holding our Cuppa for Cancer. There will be our usual, ever popualar lucky dip as well as some great raffle prizes and all preceeds from the trading table will be donated as well. So start saving your change and going though your stashes and patterns for this May event.
June will involve the celbration of our 20th anniversary. It will be a gala event to which all Scquilters are invited. We hope you will come from near and far for this wonderful celebration - more details to come.'
Another reminder - the Waverley Quilt Show will be held on the 2nd-3rd of June at the Mulgrave Community Centre - 255 Wellington Road Mulgrave.

In the meantime we meet next on Wednesday 4th of April. As always, all Scquilters are welcome to join us. See you there,

Your (much) roving reporter
Helen Evans

Sunday, January 21, 2018

December Christmas Meeting of Carrum Downs Scquilters

First some very important information. At our next get together on Wednesday 7th of February, a nice lady will be coming to photograph our quilts etc. - so bring along as many as you can. She is interested in every day quilts and is building up a collection of ordinary quilters quilts in digital form. So, perfection is not required - this will bcome an historic record of the quilts we all make and use. In other wors, everyday quilts.
Also back is another lovely lady who taught a shashiko class a few months ago and who came back for our Christmas extraaganza, will be teaching those who missed out on her first class. $20 for the complete kit.

Now that is over, some personal trivia to explain the absense of our blog and myself over almost the last half of 2017.

Yes, that's right, I was back, fit and well after missing every get together since -- er July ... I think. I have had big adventures, in the following order:

(including a remarkable fall down the back stairs of the Salamanca Place Fairy shop, where I took out several fairy displays as well as metres of beads)

Where I played Berlin  bingo (like wanker bingo, only different), saw lots of beautiful places, apart from Bruges (where I managed to have an asthma attack, and spent the entire 4 days in hospital on oxygen, steroids and the worst hospital food I have ever seen)

Where I managed a few spectacular falls, including a very impressive dive into one of our rosemary bushes.

Anyway I was in full flight for our best ever fabulous Christmas party. Everyone brought the nicest food and our food and Christmas decorations gift swaps as well as some great  show and tell which you will see - I did lose my notes, so it will be a guessing game for some of the work shown. Apologies ahead of the inevitable mistakes.

 Here is a beautifully decorated bag from Marilyn L. Take note those going to the retreat for your Island bags. I know I have.

 Dianne G is almost finished of crossstitch of the month. Such beautiful work and a gorgous (free) pattern!

 Also from D.G. her first attempt at shashiko - from the class held here. So looking forward to my lesson on the 7th!

 Dianne R has acually made the tea bag scarf that Jill Sparks enrcouraged us to make at the Mildura retreat. Jill's was a work of art and so is Dianne's. Very well done Di. You get 4 stars for completing this.

 Beautiful - but I forget!!!!Sorry.

 I "think" this loely work is from Sandra. It is coming along beautifully.

 Very pretty dragon flies - shashiko? Sandra?

 Gorgeous cross stitch daffodils from, once again I think it is Deidre.

 All of the aboe beautiful African textile work was gien to Deidre and her husband on their recent trip to Africa. Our lovely Deidre has been volunteering her nursing and midwifery skills in Africa for many years and these items were made specially as a thank you to her, plus they thought her husband was nice!

 Socks - well could be?

 Two lovely quilts from Bev/ I adore the colour combination as well as the layout/

 Janette has finished the same cross stitch as Dianne G has shown above. Striking in all blue. It is a fabulous pattern.

 I brought in this gorgous card, made by one of the lovely ladies in my Monday group. Isn't it clever?

 Me showing off my Christmas dress and not falling over.

 When you are somewhere in Europe (Budapest I think) and see this wallet and it has your name on it - what can you do?

 A little stitchery I was working on. Love penguins!

This work is from Pam - many of you will remember her and her fantastic work. She is no longer able to join us, but still comes to my Monday group. The Millefore quilt - all hand sewn. We would expect no less from Pam - well done.

So don't forget to bring along your quilts on Wednesday 7th as well as $20 if you want to do the Shako class. Details of where we meet is at the top of the blog'
I can be contacted on 0417263958 (except during my daily afternoon siesta) or

so bye for now from your roving (far and wide) reporter,
Helen Eans or Helen Riordan Eans on Facebook

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