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.

17 February 2012

And now a blast from the past: Retreats

SCQuilters has been running annual retreats for its members for many years.

Our first Retreat was in Brisbane, in 1998. We were very impressed that 60 SCQuilters attended. For the first time, we had SCQ t-shirts, mugs and other merchandising, a trend that other Retreats have followed.

In 1999, we went to Adelaide, SA. Here's a photo of the organising commitee, the Retreating Angels.

Our 2000 Retreat in Hobart, Tasmania inspired a song by Cathy Miller called Just Look Up, on her CD One Stitch At A Time. It honours the Airing of the Quilts over the balcony railings at the hotel venue, which literally stopped traffic.

Retreat 2001 was on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland.

In 2002, we went to Perth, WA.

Melbourne hosted Retreat 2003.

The Retreat in 2004 was in Auckland, New Zealand

Retreat 2005 was in Sydney. You can see the marvellous free pattern, designed by Di, which all attendees received in their goodie bags here.

Retreat 2006 was in Canberra. We particularly liked the SCQ logo in the council garden bed opposite!

Here are some photos of the 2007 Retreat in Bendigo. These are the portrait quilts:

Here's one of the participants in the Chinese Gardens. And there's still more photos here. And yet more.
Retreat 2008 was in Perth for the second time. Here's a member's blog post about the Retreat and here are her Retreat swap blocks.

The 2009 Retreat was back in Adelaide. This time it was called the Wine and Roses Retreat.
Here's some of the participants on the first day
and the raffle quilt.

Our 2010 Retreat was in Bathurst NSW and there are photos from a retreatee, here and here, and from another, here.

Retreat 2011 was in Kiama. Check out images a video here and the raffle quilt here.

There may be further Retreat photos in the future!
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