Southern Cross Quilters is an online quilt group for Australians and New Zealanders and expats of those countries.
Currently hosted at YahooGroups, SCQuilters has existed since 1994 and has about 2200 members.

To join the group, go to and read the instructions. Don't forget to tell us your affiliation with Australia or New Zealand and provide us with your location and postcode.

06 January 2015

Brisbane SCQuilters

Come one, come all! Brisbane SCQuilters has a new venue.

Julie writes:

"The food ‘Porn’ posted from the Blue Gum by the Sydney Scquilters GTG group has finally done us in……every month we would discuss how envious we were, as we tucked into our packed lunch brought from home! In December a small group scoped out the Salisbury Hotel down the road from the Quilters Store and found the meals and dining room to be suitable for our monthly GTG’s and the Manager was very helpful and accommodating."

Come along and check out the new venue:

Salisbury Hotel
668 Toohey Road, Salisbury QLD 4107

Saturday 10th January (yes, this Saturday!)

10am to 3pm

Bring show and tell, hand work and your happy dispositions.

We do want to thank Karen and her staff at The Quilters & Embroiderers Store at Salisbury for allowing us to use the meeting room upstairs at the shop for the past few years. I'm sure we won't be abandoning you completely!

For more information about the group, visit the QLD SCQuilters blog.

01 December 2014

Sydney SCQuilters group

The final meeting for the SCQuilters Sydney group is their Christmas Party at the Blue Gum, Waitara on Saturday1st December.
All SCQuilters are welcome - it doesn't matter if you haven't been to The Blue Gum before, doesn't matter if  you aren't even from Sydney...

From 10am till we are sewed, eaten and chatted out!

Usually around 3pm to  4pm.
The Blue Gum
55 Pacific Highway, Waitara

Available at the Bistro with Coffee and Drinks available at the Bar.

R.S.V.P.... A.S.A.P. Please...
Email me privately, so we have an idea of numbers for seating.

Bring along (not compulsory):

A Gift to Recycle and Swap...
One that you already have and wish to recycle. (It¹s become a tradition of
the Sydney SCQuilters to swap unwanted gifts, the weirder the better but
something that is in good condition that you have received, never used and
is too good to throw out! Some very weird and wonderful gifts have surfaced
over the years, but some treasures have also surfaced as well... And
continue to surface.)

Sewing and Show and Tell...
Bring lots to show, this is the last Show & Tell for 2012, after all ,so there will be lots of photos taken to put on the blog

Carrum Downs group meeting

Our Carrum Downs girls had another busy face-to-face meeting in November, which was also their AGM. (SCQuilters is a virtual entity but our real world entities have to follow the rules for groups!) A big thank you goes to Ramona who has been keeping this group (mostly) on the straight and narrow for ages! She hands the baton of group management over to Simone and the two Marilyns.

Wyn's wholecloth bed runner (used with permission)
Check out more of their adventures on the Carrum Downs blog.

Their next meeting is their Christmas/end of year meeting on Wednesday December the 3rd.
Helen says: "It will be our “All singing, all dancing Christmas extravaganza”; CDs from the official “Evans Daggy Christmas Collection” will be played for your listening pleasure.
A Christmas quiz may take place. There may be a special prize for the Christmas quiz, which may take place."

As well as normal show and tell, members will bring Christmas themed show and tell – it can be a little decoration or a huge quilt – anything you have made especially for Christmas.
There will be a Kris Kringle pressie swap – a gift of around $15 –$20, home made or purchased.

Please bring a small plate of food to share for the special lunch.  If anyone has some special Christmas decorations, please bring them along on the day.

Sounds like they'll have a fun time as always!

30 November 2014

Yes, it's SCQuilters Retreat time again!

Registrations are now open for the Canberra Retreat.

Our theme this time is “Remembering 1915”.

It's being held at at Hotel Realm, a 5-star hotel on National Circuit, Barton on Friday 31st July – Sunday 2 August 2015.  Places are filling fast so it's time to get your bookings in! 
So to tempt those SCQuilters who are still undecided ………

1. Send your EOI and payment in and receive a registration pack straight to your email address.

2. The registration email you will receive will be requesting information pertaining to the actual retreat only. 
This time, registration emails will request information only about the actual retreat.
Other items that have traditionally been included in the registration process will follow later once they are finalised. For example, apparel and merchandise ordering will be separate to registration, and bus shop hop information will come later. As has always been the case, these items are a separate cost and additional to the retreat cost so splitting them up may make some options more affordable. 
3. The cost of registration is $390 per person.

An earlybird discount is being offered, if full payment is received and cleared by 28th February 2015. Earlybird registration is $350pp.

Payment in instalments is still available at $390pp, made in 3 instalments: the first of $100 by 28 February 2015, then a further $145 by 30 April ($245 total) and then the final $145 by 30 June ($390 total), end of financial year. We hope these payment options will suit everyone and mean more SCQuilters can attend.
There will be no workshops to pay for at the Retreat. Instead, there will be many choices of demonstrations, information sessions, and come-and-try groups that attendees can participate in, to share in learning a new skill or trying an old skill. In the past, these skills would have been learnt from someone who as already skilled”.
In some cases, the subject will be a very new take on the ways learnt in 1915, or a totally new phenomenon reflecting the ways of 2015.

More information on these activities will be announced in the coming months, as the subjects and teachers are finalised. These teachers are fellow SCQuilters, as the philosophy of this retreat is learning from one another, as people did in a hundred years ago.
For those who have already sent in their EOI, you can expect your registration email by the end of next week – thank you for your patience.

If you want to register but haven't yet sent an EOI, do that first. Go here to complete your EOI and send it along with your EOI payment of $20.

If you're not yet a SCQuilter, now's the time to join! Go to and follow the prompts to join.
 We're looking forward to hosting you in Canberra in 2015 and hope you can come for a weekend of fun!

22 July 2014

Carrum Downs SCQuilters

Handwork from Helen
After a short gap, the Carrum Downs group blog is underway again, with details of their May and July meetings.

In May they held their Biggest Morning Tea, to raise money for Ovarian Cancer.

July included a Big O morning tea for those members celebrating significant birthday. Lots of interesting hand work going on, plus fabulous show and tell.

More information and images on their blog. 

July at the Blue Gum

Quilting by Marianne
Sydney SCQuilters had a small group this month but there was the usual mix of chat, great food and quilts.

As usual, there was a great range of handwork on show - as well as hand quilting, members were embroidering, appliqueing, hand piecing, making hexagons, knitting and crochet. Not to mention some fabulous show and tell. 

For details see the Sydney SCQuilters blog.