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 helen.evans@nanderil.com.au or phone 0417263958.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Wednesday 7th June 2017

It was a most enjoyable day at Carrum Downs. We were missing some of our regulars, but we will catch up in July I am sure. There were a few good classes going on the same day!

This magnificent quilt is the ultimate Aussie Quilt, sorrounded by Aussie slang sayings and even some on the back in the shape of the Southern Cross. It was donated to Quilts of Valour by a lovely Qld. group - details are on the Scquilters FB page. Ridgey Didge I say! It was donated that very day to a veteran in Pakenham.


 Dianne G is continuing with her Cross stitch of the month - free on the internet (details om a previous blog). Another gorgeous row completed! Sally has caught the bug too and is doing hers in blue - from her photo it looks fabulous, but we won't see it until it is finished.

More hexies from Dianne G as well - some beautiful fussy cutting, and fabrics in there.

Marvellous Shashiko work from Marilyn. She learned this in a class with Di Rickard at the Mildura retreat.

This is just one of the lovely evening bags Deidre has made from a Leesa Chandler kit. She was putting the finishing touch on a couple of the gorgeous bags - using Leesa's great fabric.


Sally's stupendous seagulls are progressing, and don't they look wonderful?




Jeanette has resurrected a 1990's Deidre Macalroy Japanese reverse applique pattern. The pattern looks fabulous - as does Jeanette's early work on it.
Marilyn is working on an embroidery featured in Inspirations magazine. So striking and lovely. I think we all want this magazine!

This is the block Dianne G made in her Foundation Piecing class with me. Doesn't it look fabulous? We want to see the finished article next month - if you aren't still in Bali!
Kathy, I will have something different for you to do next month!

Those who offered to bring morning tea next month - please remember to bring something delicious xxx.

So, I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 5th July,
Your roving reporter,
Helen Evans







Saturday, June 3, 2017

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

 May was our fundraising cuppa for cancer day, lots of fun with the lucky dip and raffle prizes, as well as trading table donations. It was a very hectic day - so please excuse the lack of photos and commentary for the blog as I just didn't get time to do everything. We raised over $400..
We did manage to have some show and tell however:


You will recall Kathy working on her Japanese boro bag in April - well, here is the finished product - a really cute, unique little bag. 11 out of 10 Kathy.

Now, tis is where it gets tricky - I have just written, beautiful hexies, which indeed they are. But the question is whose? I am they may belong to Kathy?


A panel used to make a charity quilt? I think we can guess it was put together by the lovely Bev. Bev is taking a well earned break from her charity quilts from now on and is planning to make some quilts for herself. Congratulations on all you have done for Ballarat Family Services. And a quick reminder for anyone who has a pile of panels in their stash. It is a great way to make some quick charity quilts.

Marilyn has  been working on a shashiko panel from a Gail Pan class. Looking good - a lovely pattern.


Dianne's hexie addiction continues.  I love the pretty centres that she has used in them.



 Some lovely stitchery work here. I just love the pattern. This is where I lost the plot - but it was obviously made by someone special.




Dianne has finished her Gail Pan stitchery and followed the pattern to make it into this very handy bag. Gorgeous work.

Lynne has finished another UFO. This Gail Pan pattern lends itself beautifully to the 30s fabrics that Lynne has used. Very well done.


Deidre as been busy knitting baby clothes for her up coming trip to Africa, where she volunteers regularly as a midwife. This time he handsome hubby will be accompanying her. Deidre, you are a gem x

At the retreat, a charcoal drawing class was offered. I know not why I agrees, as I am hopeless, but I loved it! This is my sketch from the banks of the Murray River.


Simone has made this exquisite quilt for her daughter, who loves dream catchers. The design of the quilt is inspired and the backing fabric is so appropriate. What a lucky girl!

Just a note that Waverley Patchworkers are having a quilt in on Sunday 17th June at Mulgrave Community Centre - 355 Wellington Road. Doors open at 10 and the cost is $8. Morning and afternoon tea provided BYO lunch and sewing. Lots of fun, traders etc. More details from Rhondda 9560 4087 or 411 863 307


Hope to see you all at Carrum Downs this Wednesday 7th June from 10am.

Helen Evans





Wednesday 5th April 2017

A great time was had back at our April meeting. We had the pleasure of a shop visit from Judith Coburn 
www.quilterscloset.com.au

 Judith brought along a lovely range of products and very kindly donated a lovely set of charm squares to our cuppa for cancer in May.

I will get straight to show and tell - as I need to do our May blog too! It is not that I couldn't be bloggered, it is just that it has been such a busy time. Our Mildura retreat, giving classes at Phillip Island - where a Cape Barron Goose tried to mate with my Janome and I broke my big toe in the process of saving its honour - the Janome's, not the Cape Baron Goose's! And best of all, a beautiful, healthy, new great niece Maggie Jean. So I will get down to blog business.




Jo made this "interesting" place mat for her her daughter in law, who is into skulls, and what better skulls to use on a place mat than these gorgeous "Day of the dead" ones from Mexico. It really is beautiful.

Jo also brought along her beautiful "reflections" quilt. Made using the Chinese Lanterns block and 10" squares. I tink we all want to make this now!

These beauties are the results of Marilyn's Shibori dying workshop - looking fabulous in cotton and silk.


Kathy has been working hard on the Japanese technique "Boro work". Very striking and
 interesting. In our May blog, you will see what she has made it into???



Dianne G has been working hard on this lovely stitchery  from a Gail Pan workshop (I also attended and it was fabulous fun). Once more, you will see the finished product in the May blog.



Also from Dianne - some exquisite work from a project from Palm Beach Quilting - the little fox is so beautiful you almost don't want to shoot him (sorry, once a farmer always a farmer).

And yet again from Dianne - her updated monthly cross stitch - looking splendid - available free on- line = just check a previous month of this blog for details.





Yes, this does belong to me (Helen). It is my favourite Mug Rug. I did not make it, but have had ti so long that I can't remember where is came from. If any of you made it, I am udderly mooved. Good to take on a freisan day for my hot chocolate!

 Lynne has finished off a beautiful quilt she made through "Quilt Swappers"  - a US based on line group. The white patches, which make the quilt so striking, are signed by the block makers. Very nuce.


Jeanette also attended the shibori dying class with Marilyn and this is some of the brilliant work she produced.



Bev turned a panel for a book into a quilt, once more for Ballarat Family services. Lovely generous work.

This beautiful blue wren is the  finished version of the one Kathy was working on a few months back - I think this lovely work  was done by Jeanette, but my writing is illegible, so if I am wrong, I am very sorry. Whoever put it together, isn't it magnificent - my favourite bird.



Jennifer brought along this beautiful , superbly quilted, broiderie perse quilt - take a good look at the marvelous quilting! Also a lovely oriental panel, which she uses in classes to show how borders can be added to pretty panels. A great idea.

Bar, who has been a longstanding member of our group, is starting a new life on the central coast of NSW, and has now out herself in the hands of a new group of Scquilters. We will miss Bar and her hexies greatly. She has always been an active, generous and happy member of our group and we wish her well. A birthday cake was also in order to celebrate her birthday. She is the youngest 80 year old we know. Good luck Bar xxx

I will now attempt to complete our May blog - our Cuppa for Cancer - which was a fabulous day.

Helen Evans










Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wednesday 1st of March 2017

We had another great meeting in March. Lots of lovely morning tea an a special birthday/ bon voyage cake for someone very special in our group. And Bugger! I have lost the photos of Ramona cutting her birthday/ happy round the world trip with her hubby cake. If anyone has photos of this historic moment, can you please e-mail them to me. Ramona looked fabulous (as always) and it was a very pretty rainbow cake!

Dianne G has sure caught the hexie bug!  These beauties have been produced in a very short time, with some pretty fussy cutting as well. Very nice.

Also from Dianne G is this free row of the month cross stitch. Don't you just love hte pattern and the lovely colours she has used? This mystery sampler can be found on-line and is from "Linen and Threads" in N.S.W.

Here is some beautiful shashiko work from Wyn. It is looking really marvelous and we look forward to more in April. NOW I know which project I will bring to the retreat and perhaps I might even do a stitch or two - we shall see.

Marilyn W's work in progress is this cute doggy coat for her even cuter little dog. Such beautiful knitting.

Marilyn has done this ab fab stitchery - from a Dijanne Cheval embroidery - pre stamped and hand dyed. Love the different stitching - it is so lovely.

I (Helen) am working on another pattern for Craftsy. To accompany my "Christmas Cats" mug rugs for the northern hemisphere, I have designed a happy and a grumpy "Christmas Cats Down Under" - hope to put in on Craftsy by mid April.

Lynne has finished a top - a lovely Gail Pan stitchery pattern combined with some sweet '20s fabrics. Love it!

Lynne was lucky enough to win this magnificent quilt at the Western port Quilters Show at Tyabb, Vic. They did have a great show too.

Cynthia (aka Madam Cyn) has been working on this cute "Teddy's Playhouse" quilt since her grandson (now 3) was born. She plans to present it to him at his 21st. Where have I heard that before?


However Madam Cyn has completed this fabulous quilt for the same Grandson. Just what every three year old needs.




This fabulous book is being made by Deidre and her mother for her nephew in Texas.The animals are attached with velcro, and as you can see - the barn doors open up. What a beautiful gift for a little boy. So much work (and love) has gone into this book, with still more to do. I am sure he will treasure it forever.

Deidre has also been working on Lucy Boston's "Places of the Cross". Just beautiful English paper piecing, with delightful fabrics and marvelous fussy cutting.

Kathy brought along her very first pieced quilt. A baby quilt. Beautifully put together with such lovely fabrics. Well done!

Jeanette brought along this beauty. The Melbourne CBD Scquilters group - many of whom come to Carrum Downs, have put this together for Soo, the manager of the cafe at Dymocks - where they stop for lunch each month (fourth Wednesday of each month). She has been so kind to them over the years that they decided to make this fun filled quilt for her new baby - it is absolutely perfect for a baby. There is just so much to look at. It was given to her this week - with a beautiful reaction from Soo.





This superb quilt was made by Bar, in classes at the Sewing Connection
in Pakenham. Taught by the owner Sue - a very talented woman, it gave owners of the new Bernina 7 million (or something like that!) a chance to try all their stitches. Each block is appliqued using a different stitch, and the result is just stunning. Bar, of course, has done her usual spectacular job - putting her own stamp on it.



Bev, always generous, has made these sweet panels into children's quilts for Ballarat community services. It is a great idea for any of us who have unused panels in our stashes, to make a quilt or two for our favourite charity. Well done Bev!



Jennifer has made these superb Mariners compass blocks  - appliqued onto hand dyed fabric. We looked forward to seeing more of what we know will eventually become an extraordinary quilt.

Also from Jennifer, this fabulous "Celtic dawning" quilt. Her design is superb as is her quilting. What a tremendous effort.


Simone has made this ab fab baby quilt from a Jennifer Kingwell pattern - a Wild Ride. A new baby is certainly a wild ride! You have done well grasshopper! Such a lovely combination of fabrics. A great idea for a scrap quilt - or two.

We wish Ramona well on her travels - we will miss you my dear Marona xxx

Our next get together will be on Wednesday 5th of April - from 10 - 2. BYO lunch and mug. Mrning tea provided.
And just a reminder that our May meeting will be our "Cuppa for Cancer" fundraiser - so start collecting items (wrapped) worth approx. $10 for our lucky dip, as well as anything you have for te trading table - all funds will go to Cancer research. Also for May, we will bring a small plate of something tasty to share for lunch.
See you on the 5th of April,
your roving reported,
Helen Evans
Devon Meadows, Vic










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