06 December 2015

There was lots of Happy Happy Christmas at the Pub today, and I needed all my fingers and toes to count how many lovely SCQuilters joined us from all over the World!

 Lots and lots of Happy Christmas faces all doing what I told them to do...  Looking at the Camera!  :-)

 Cath and Penny.

 Emma and Jeanette.

 Erica and Becky.

Lizzie and Lynne.

 I have no idea who these three are...  surely they can't be SCQuilters!!   Actually I think it's the Quiz they making faces at not meeeee....

 Heather and Jackie.

 Irene and Joy.

 Jenn and Joy.

 Joy and Linda.

There was a lot of 'Joy' at the Pub yesterday  :-)

 Lyn and Robyn.

 How lovely it was to see Marcus and Josie and Claire pop in for lunch.

 Marianne and her daughter Ellen.

 Pennie and Maggie who flew in from the Philippines just for a day at the Pub.

Michelle, Lissa and Christine who caught the train from Bathurst just for a day at the Pub with us all.

 Jenn on the right and Selina in a DRESS!  I've always loved dresses like this!  Mmmm...  don't think I'd get away with it nowadays though.

Stephanie, Annie and Marilyn.

Marianne and Glynis.

 Brenda and Maggie.

As a one off Christmas Donation, Annie sent around a tin to collect Gold Coins for the Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia Foundation.  Annie reports that $100.00 was collected from the SCQuilters on Saturday which means we can buy:-
2 x Dress Nightgown and Bedding - $60.00
20 x Pairs of Rubber Slippers - $40.00    This is truly wonderful.


Our patient's healing starts as soon as they arrive, when they are given a nightgown to wear during their stay.  On the day they leave, they are presented with a new dress to celebrate their return home.  $30.00 is all we need to buy a dress, nightgown and bedding for one patient.

When they arrive at the hospital they almost always come barefoot.  For just $40 we can buy 20 pairs of plastic slippers for patients who arrive with no shoes and they get to walk home to thier village with shoes, some walking over 3 or more days.

Thanks for organizing this Annie.

You can check out the Hamlin Fistula Foundation here...  http://hamlin.org.au/

Show, Show and Show and Tell.

 Annie found this little book just recently, which once belonged to her Grandmother... it's dated 1916 and it's instructions for knitting socks for our Soldiers away at WW1.    What a precious little find,

 Linda's great Christmassy Quilt that has had a past, it's been reversed sewed and now it's a beaut Quilt!

 I was so admiring of this little beauty and especially the Quilting done by Emma... I can't remember who's quilt it was!  Help.....

 Glynis has made this 'Orange' quilt for her sister...and the left overs as well.  Wonderful machine quilting Glynis!

 Michelle and her Sock...

 Heather's Christmas Calendar quilt.

 Penny's Christmas Row by Row quilt, with rows made by, Penny, Pennie, Lyn, Robyn, and Irene.

 Marilyn's Carolina Christmas designed by Bonnie K Hunter.
 ... and the back!
 Joy made this wall hanging and the three bags below for Christmas gift giving.

 Emma wearing the same colours as her lovely Star Quilt.

 Marianne's Four Patch Quilt for our Challenge.
 It took me a moment to see the Cat theme on the front and it's on the back as well.

 Selina's fantastic Hexagon quilt, I like different looking hexagons!

 Annie standing up for those in the 'Hookers Corner' with this beautiful blanket.

 I just had to take a photo of Lyn's fabulous outfit!  Wow!

While we were Show and Telling, the family on the table behind were clapping loudly and asking to see our quilts... I went over to them, told them that we were the Southern Cross Quilting Group who met Online, there were over 2,000 of us, all Aussie's or Kiwi's living all over Australia and the World who love to get together when we can to sit and chat and sew and are willing to share our needles!  The loved the sound of that... so I asked them if I could take their photo to put on our Blog which will be seen by a fair number of our Group and more... They agreed wholeheartedly... so here we have the Best Audience at the Pub for 2015!

The Christmas Quiz! With answers below!

There were three Winner's of the imaginary Gold Star yesterday, but the Winner of the much coveted 'Triple' Gold Star has to go to Marianne!  Who knew Marianne had such a wonderful grasp of languages!  Especially Hawaiian, Russian, Welsh and Danish!   Well done Marianne, we must have a good old gas bag in Welsh next time we meet up  :-))))  
The other winning Teams were.
 Team - Marilyn and Annie and Stephanie as well as Team- Michelle, Lissa, Maggie and Christine.

Here are the Answers of our Christmas Quiz!

1.   Who said, 'Bah Humbug'?   What book is it from?   Author?     
         Ebenezer Scrooge.          Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens.
2.    Where do wooden Nesting Dolls originate from?  Japan
3.   The Thimble is thought to have originated from?  Holland
4.   In the song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'… my true love gave to me Nine….?                    Ladies dancing.
5.   What do the numbers 6  5  6  11  6  5  6  11 represent?
         The years between the same day you were born on matching the same date you were born on.
6.   When she wrote the book 'How to make an American Quilt' how many years had Whitney Otto been a quilter?  None
7.   Name the Reindeer who have names beginning with D?   Donner, Dasher, Dancer.
8.   What Country owns the Island of Bermuda?           
         Great Britain
9.   What is the generally accepted 'lifespan' of cotton fabric - 70, 80, 90, or 100 Years?               100
10.   What did Harry Potter get for Christmas in his first semester at Hogwarts?           Invisibility cloak.
11.   What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?         
         They were all invented by women.
12.   What is sometimes referred to as the 'Perfect Portable'?          
         Singer Featherweight
13.   Who was seen kissing Santa one night?         
14.   What Country were Orange trees first mentioned?             
         China    314 BC
15.   Name a stich typically found on a Victorian Crazy Quilt?
         Feather stitch, satin stitch, outline or running stitch, French knot.
16.   What do the songs “Jingle Bells”, “Winter wonderland” and “Sleigh ride” have in common?                                  
         None of them mention Christmas.
17.   Which animal produces the biggest baby?
         Blue Whale.
18.   In reference to Quilting what is meant by the term - loft? 
         The amount of 'puffiness' in a batting.
19.   Along with Cream what are the main colours on my David's two Double Decker Buses?  Red and Green.
20.   (This Question is one Helen Evans from Devon Meadows said I MUST include from her Christmas Quiz - Enjoy!)      The saying Merry Christmas is listed in a number of languages, can you name them?      

French  - joyeux Noël.                                          Italian - Bon Natale. 
Hawaiian - Mele Kalikimaka.                               Spanish - Feliz Navidad.
German  - Frohe Weihnachten.                           Welsh - Nadolig Llawen
Esperanto - feliĉan Kristnaskon                                                 Danish - Glaedelig Ju         
Russian - С Рождеством                                    Kilingon (Especially for M.W.)  Dwl’ma’ qoS yItvIqvu  

 Made in Japan by a Buddhist sage for a display of Oriental  and Japanese fine art held in St Petersburg in 1896.

09 November 2015

A Rouges Gallery of Southern Cross Quilters. Do you know these people? Even I can't put names to some but most I can, what about you Michelle Watters? Would you believe, some of these SCQers have been coming to both Pubs for more than 10! Are you in any of these Photos?

This was a gathering held at my home with a bus trip thrown in for the lucky SCQuilters who could come.  I was December 2003.

  2005 - Sydney SCQuilters Retreat - 11 out of 12 from a break-away SCQuilter Group called the 'Cows' living in WA, SA, Vic, Tas and NSW.

 2006 - Where we all started at Pennant Hills Inn now called Hotel Pennant Hills, Pennant Hills.

 2007 - Pennant Hills.   (we had to find a different Pub because Pennant Hills turned 'our' room into a smoking room.  Now it's been redone and a much nicer place to be.)

 2008 - First Year at the Blue Gum Pub.






2015 - Another break away SCQuilters Group - The Ku-ring-gai's.