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.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Wednesday 7th April 2010 – Bedford Mystery Quilt Day!


Hello everyone – welcome to the diary of our beautiful day at Carrum Downs where it was all happening!

One virtuous group of us brought along our sewing machines to start work together on The Bedford Mystery Quilt. Some people (i.e. Jo) had already started, so we had to be careful not to look at her almost complete blocks (they did look very nice – not that I looked – really) while others (me actually) almost finished stage 1 – well there was a lot of interesting chatting going on, surprisingly really!

DSC00194 DSC00195 Here are the mystery quilters working away!!



DSC00198 And here we have the non- mystery quilt ladies – encouraging us on with words of wisdom,  encouragement and dare I say, the odd taunt(some very odd taunts!) while they did the usual – talked, ate and did a bit of stitching!

DSC00196 And here is the lovely Fran who worked tirelessly pressing our blocks for us as we sewed away – thanks so much Fran.

DSC00172 Here is Pam with a beautiful quit she made as a BOM from Patchwork Passion in Cranbourne “Roses to die for”. And, as usual for Pam, wonderfully hand quilted.

DSC00202 A close up of one of the gorgeous blocks – my only question is “When does she sleep?”

DSC00203 Here is Sandy, hiding behind her self designed wall hanging – some lovely and innovative stitching.

DSC00204 Bar with her wonderful cupcake quilt, using  Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Yummy!

DSC00205 Well, I had literally run out of superlatives – so Kate kindly provided “amazing” and “exceptional” for Jennifer’s Baltimore album quilt. What a piece of magic! The only saving grace for we mere mortals is that is took Jennifer 15 years to make. There is hope for us all – well, for some of us! By the way, it is also beautifully hand quilted.

DSC00206 A close up of one of the incredible blocks.


DSC00207Here we have my all time favourite block –  the churn dash, from Marilyn. Made for a friend’s first grandchild in really gorgeous fabrics. Beautifully quilted as well.



Wyn – as always helping others, has made this beautiful quilt – using a panel she bought from Ann-Marie’s fabulous shop in Parkdale.

DSC00209 A close up of the gorgeous embroidery – which, I think was the panel part.

DSC00210 Virginia purchased this quilt from Sandra Stevens when she had to stop quilting due to ill health. I am sure Sandra would approve of the extra border or two that Virginia has added – and of course the lovely quilting.

Prestons quilt Here is a quilt that couldn’t be there on the day as young Preston made an early entrance into the world. Fran used one of the free patterns from the Hoffman fabric site Tony Sullivan mentioned last month. Fran used “I spy” themed fabrics for Preston’s quilt.


And that, my friends, is your lot for the month. Net month’s meeting is on Wednesday the 6th of May – many of the Mystery quilters will be continuing on their quest to complete their quilts. Many others will be just popping in until after morning tea, and then heading off to the Bathurst retreat. If you are en-route from Tassie, S.A., W.A. , or  Qld, (you may have taken a wrong turn!) please pop in to say hello, however briefly, for a quick cuppa and a chat, before heading on your way to the retreat.

Your roving reporter,

Helen Evans

Devon Meadows, Vic.

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