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, November 18, 2015

Wednesday 4th November 2015

The Scquilters who braved our Oaks Hat day, are all lined u in the starting boxes- ready to run. Jeanette had the highest handicap, dressing, as she did, for the 1920 Cup.

Jeanette's accessories, including mandatory gloves and the Box Brownie to record this gala event.

The two entries above were late scratchings. According to the stewards, the first one (mine) was a safety issue- as one of the horses may be too interested in the carrot on top, and the second (Marilyn's) one, on account of its resemblance to a spider - which may startle horses and jockeys alike. Jockeys in particular.

First past the post  (by half a hat from Jeanette) was Dianne. No words are necessary to describe this wonderful creation.

If you enlarge this pic and look VERY carefully, you can see that Helen (I) have started knitting yet another dishcloth in a very pretty lavender cotton from Bendigo Woolen Millls.

Another beautiful GFG from Bev - with a gorgeous rose in the centre.

Cynthia is still working on her beautiful winter stitchery - a mammoth effort.

Such skillful knitting by Deidre - knitting baby clothes to send to Africa. Just lovely.

Jeanette has been working on the border of the quilt she is making - designed by Di Ford. Splendiferous!

From little strips big strips grow and voila - here is Jo with  this superb quilt. I trust your tub of scraps is somewhat reduced - beautiful border fabric too.

Maggy has made this fabulous quilt for her great grandchild in England. It is an absolutely beautiful quilt for a child of any age. Welll done, Maggy.

Di has made this terrific Christmas stitchery. It is fantastic!

Here, Marilyn W. has decorated one of Dijanne Ceval's medieval lady lino- cuts. Unbeliebly great work by both ladies. The stitching is just superb.

From Marilyn again, a very clever quilt made with 7 FQs. It is to be donated to Quilts of Valour Australia. Thankyou Marilyn.

This one came from Shirley's phone. Isn't it lovely? Did Shirley make it, or her sister Jean? Must find out.

And last but not least, this beautiful Cowell is being knitted by Wyn, in her usual fabulous style. It is for one of her grand children or great grandchildren - I think.

And so, until next time, when, on Wednesday 2nd of December 2015 we will be having our Christmas extravaganza.

Please bring along:

Yourselves wearing something Christmassy - it can be either underwhelming or overwhelming - or just red and/or green.

A small plate of food to share for lunch.
A home made or something in kit form gift for our Pressie swap.
An open mind to engage in our usual festivities, quizzes, caroling etc.
A decoration to add to the Christmas atmosphere if you have something lying around at home.
Any other Scquilters in the area - south east of Melbourne - well within 1000 kms.

From your roving reporter,
Helen Evans

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Wednesday 7th October 2015

Hello Scquiltes. October was our AGM (necessary for insurance purposes) in which Simone is still our grand poobah, Marilyn L. or treasurer and Marilyn W. our erstwhile secretary. I think that is all - thanks so much for volunteering ladies.We are all very grateful to them. We discussed some interesting guest speakers/ trunk shows for next year - and will keep you posted on our exciting plans for 2016.

I would also like to report that the Quilt In for "Australian Quilts of Valour" (join us on face book!) was a very successful day and Wyn and Helen C. are continuing to request the pillow slips - details of pattern were on our previous month's blog. I was at my(younger) sister's 60th birthday party so was unable to attend, but would highly recommend these Quilt In - they are lots of fun and are a great help for this wonderful cause.

And now we have Show and Tell

  Here - shock horror - is Helen (me) with samples of her dishcloth knitting. I have JUST learned to knit, so am sticking to easy, useful items. They are by no means perfect, but, let's face it - they are only dishcloths! I also started the Gnome Angel version of the"Farmers Wife 1930s" quilt - also on Face book. I did these two by machine, but plan to start again, using 1930s fabrics, by hand when my eyesight improves enough for me to hand sew again....

Shirley has been working on a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt you can see the lovely subtle fabrics she is using, both in the one she was working on and also the other blocks on her phone. it will make a beautiful quilt.

This exquisite quilt was finished by Bev for a lady who passed away. It has been finished QAYG and every block in it is lovley. Great work!

Bev also has made this beautiful quilt to raffle with Spa Quilters for fostered children in the Daylesford/Ballarat region. Bev was telling us about the "Quilts of Love" made by Spa quilters - 24" x 24". We will get details more about those so we can contribute to this cause which is close to many of our hearts.

Here is a Jeanette's first of  many 30's Dresden plates for a challenge with Waverley quilters - looking good!
Don't you love the 30's fabrics?

And here we are starting to see some colour in Virginia's hexagon creation - any more this month?????

Here is a very lively looking bag - made, I think, by Virginia. Very noice.

Bar has made this beautiful "Bali bag" it is a great pattern to make with a jelly roll and you can make it in different sizes - looking good!

   Robyn made this intricate little sewing bag on a weekend away with Louise - hopefully we will see one from her next time. Robyn cannot remember how she managed to put it together, and neither could any of us. A very clever job - well done.

Also from Robyn is this striking jelly roll 1600 quilt - using modern fabrics - for her niece's engagement - it has turned out well.

Simone has finished her Mr Fox quilt - and doesn't he look fabulous? As you can see - a couple of Mr Fox's needed a visit to the optometrist - cute glasses!
And - straight from the Op Shop - is this spectacular backing fabric for Mr Fox -ab fab!

 Now, Very Important Request -so sorry for the late notice - but squished as we are between the Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day for our next meeting THIS TUESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER. I felt we should have a little competition with racing head wear - be is fascinators (unfascinators), your old garden hat or something swish, there will be prizes for different categories. All you need is an old hat, or a round piece of cardboard or something else, a glue gun or a stapler and an imagination! Please have a go - I don't want to win all the prizes.

 There has been a late scratching, however, as you can see, I have broken the rocking horse I was planning on gluing onto my good garden hat (bought in Hawaii in 1981). Will have to plan a substitute for the starting gate. 

Sorry (as always) for the lateness of this blog - hope to see you with your racing bling on your heads (or anywhere you like) on Wednesday - that is THIS COMING WEDNESDAY - ONLY 3 DAYS AWAY.

Your roving reporter,
Helen Evans

Monday, September 14, 2015

Wednesday 2nd September 2015 - part Two

Wyn has a been helping her cousin Helen,to teach sewing at Beacon hills College, and these bags are the result. Aren’t they cute? and so pretty.

Looks like Jo’s quilt block has decided to follow Pooh – but just take a look and you will see how beautiful it is. It is from a BOM by Irene Black and is just stunning – love the colours.

Robyn is working on this cute Gail Pan stitchery. Don’t you just love Gail’s little birds?

 Deidre had dug out this UFO from 1990 to finally finish, and isn’t it beautiful. Such great work during your recovery from surgery. So glad you are back and looking so well and happy – but your wedding on the 6th of September may have had something to do with that too xxx

I am not sure who the lovely sewing machine stitchery belongs to Louise? Laurel? Ramona? Marona? It is a lovey stitchery anyway.

Laurel his working on “Miss Matty’s Parlour” by Megan Carroll, in beautiful fussy cut fabric.

Here is a simply spectacular little baby cardy for Sandra’s new grandson – don’t you love the colours? Congratulations on your newest grandchild Sandra!!!

Here, Fiona is working on the beautiful quilt “Green Tea and Beans”. It is looking so lovely and the colours are just fabulous.

Now Kate brought a well loved tapestry – the one she brings when she just wants to sit and chat. She did however do two stitches and we look forward to seeing it completed some time in the next decade, or two.

Dianne G was inspired, after seeing some of our UFO work, to bring out a 10 year old one of hers. It was made in the Karella Road shop in Frankston and is called “Pretty in Pink” – and it is!

Here are some of the blocks we presented to a surprised Deidre – with more to come – so she can make a memento of her wedding which was held the following weekend. Huge congratulations to Deidre and Geoffrey and all our love and good wishes for a happy future together.

Sorry for those of you who were at the retreat, but I only thought it fair to bring along my winning “What would a quilter wear in 1915” costume. The apron and veil are made up of 3 inch squares in various white fabrics, and for the cape, I adjusted a Christmas tree skirt pattern, lined with poppy fabric. The instruments are a sample of what myself and my assistants Dr Kathryn  and the notorious Ngaire used on our “patients” – the enema and the amputations being the most popular, although the VD case proved a hit as well. Thank you to Rosalie Quinlan for the lovely range of her fabric that I was lucky enough to win.

Now, for some announcements:

Saturday 19th September
St John’s Cranbourne - 19th 10am - 4pm at St. John's Church, 27 Childers Street, Cranbourne.      $5 entry
                        BYO lunch
                        Bring a project to work on
                        Mobile sharpening service for scissors, Knives etc.
                        Raffle & Door prizes
Irene Blanck is coming with her new book and show her quilts
Peppertree House designs - Jill Grey and Margaret Edwards with their beautiful kits for sales
Plus retailers, Gippsbeary Cottage, Sue's Stitches, Patchwork Passion and Lauren Wallace with fabrics from Quilters Barn
Proceeds to the Blairlogie Living and Learning Inc. This is an organization that looks after adult disabled getting them ready to live independently.
For further inquires ring Dianne 0409435769

Saturday 27th September

Presentation of this ANZAC Centenary quilt triptych -made by the combined Cranbourne Quilters – to the Cranbourne RSL Sth Gippsland Hwy., Cranbourne at 2pm – all welcome. This is an amazing quilt – the photo does not do it justice.

Sunday 3rd & Sunday 4th October
NOTYQ (North of the Yarra Quilters)
Quilt Exhibition 10am – 4pm
Eltham Community Centre, 801 Main Rd., Eltham
stalls, light refreshments and a quilt raffle $8 entry

And on the last Saturday in October there will be a working bee for Quilts of Valour at the Harkaway Hall – more details next month.
And in November Mornington Peninsula Quilters will have its big exhibition at Toorak College Mt. Eliza – again more details next month.

And a REMINDER to all at Carrum Downs. This year – for our December Christmas party Kris Kringle we will be making our gifts to swap, so start to think about what you will be making – there are limitless options! At the very least, you can buy a pattern and kit for something nice, but home made is best.

That’s all from your (totally bloggered) roving reporter for September – if you are having trouble joining our Yahoo group, our 2016 Retreat group and our Facebook groups – which I would urge everyone to join, because that is where most of the action takes place – just e-mail me and I can give you all the details.

Helen Evans
Devon Meadows Vic.


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