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.

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

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Wednesday 5th July 2017

As usual, it was a wonderful day at Carrum Downs. We espescially welcomed back Sheila. It was an abdolute joy to have her back with us, and we look forward to seeing her regularly once more - with updates on her renovations as well as her lovely girls (chooks!). Back from her interrupted round the world trip was our lovely Ramona, who had suffered a family tragedy - lots of love and hugs and a few tears for our favourite Carrum Downs character.

Jo made this gorgeous quilt, using Australian fabrics for her "daughter" as a wedding quilt. "Daughter" worked at Uluhru, so the Aussie theme was most appropriate. As always - a beautiful quilt from Jo.

Some exquisite crochet work from Maggy, who  amazes us with the new stitches she continues to learn, despite her recent setbacks. Good on you Maggy!

Wow!!! Wyn has put together her version of Jenny Bowker's "Shimmering Quilts", and boy what a fabulous version it is. Made with so much love, for her grand daughter Madeline, who was badly injured in the chaos that was the "Falls Festival" at Lorne this summer. I am sure Madeline will love it.

Marilyn has finished this amazing UFO - "Ring Cycle" by Leesa Siegal. A simply gorgeous quilt.

Meanwhile, I (Helen) brought along a Gail Pan stitchery to work on, while I showed Kathy how to foundation piece the following.
Kathy put this together so well - a yummy peppermint/choc ice cream!

Here is a panel, I am quilting for my 11 week old great niece. I brought it along unfinished, as I want to get it finished and given to little Maggie asp. I saw the end product in the Mildura quilt shop while at the retreat and fell in love with it - didn't even realise it was a panel.

Jeanette brough along an old project last month - Japanese Ginko - and has fallen in love with it - particularly as she is now working on the project in her chosen colours - and don't they look fantastic.

Kathy was away last month - doing a class in Lennox Head, with June Macdonald - who proved to be a wonderful tutor. Here, she is showing us he beautiful QAYG table runner - a great project.

Sheila brought along some hexigons she has been working on in 20s fabrics. Looking very lovely - I believe she did one stitch on the day - so much time spent catching up. Once again  - welocme back Sheila x

Deidre, as usual, has been knittinf/crocheting away on donations of baby clothes to take to Africa on her next trip there - which is comig up very soon. What a beautiful little dress!

Pam has been trying to find the best pattern for these bags used hold IV drugs, so those using them can get out and about. Once Pam has the right pattern I am sure we can all have a go at making some.

 Virginia, working away on her hexagon masterpiece. Go Virginia!

This lovely sewing kit was designed and made by Lynne. I was lucky enough to win her goody bag at the Mildura retreat. Thank you Lynne, I love it!

In my notes, I mention a basket quilt made by Ramona -our erstwhile photographer Ramona neglected to take a photo of her lovely quilt - we will have to see it again!

A few notes: Vic quilters are holding a Back Basting workshop on August 14th. Ring Lola Petschauer 53582905 for details

Vic Quilters Shwcase is on again this week from Thursday 27th in Jeffs Shed. Always a fabulous show.

Geelong Quilters Exhibition is on 24-26 November at Deakin Uni Waterfront Campus, including a special "Quilts tell stories" exhibition of vintage quilts.

Visits to Tasmania and Europe will, sadly, prevent me attending again until our November meeting. I hope that the blog - even if it is only pictures, will continue in my absense.

Thanks everyone for a great day!

Your roving (a lot these next months) reporter,

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

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