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.

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18 May 2012

Retreat news and donations

Plans are well under way for our annual retreat, which will be held in Townsville this year. Full details are on the Retreat blog but here are some highlights. 

Many retreaters will arrive on Thursday 28th June and will start to mingle with others or look around at some of the many places to visit in Townsville. It has became a tradition to have a pre-retreat dinner on Thursday night. This year, we will be having dinner in the Aqua Restaurant at Jupiters, a lovely spot, where you can eat as much seafood as you can plus lots of other great dishes and sweets.

Registration starts at 2 p.m. on Friday 29th June. Friday night dinner will be a fun night!  Cathy Miller, The Singing Quilter, and her husband John are attending the retreat  and they are going to entertain us with her great quilting songs. Cathy is also bringing along a trunk show for us to enjoy.

On Saturday morning and afternoon, there will be a great variety of workshops. Local merchants are also bringing lots of good stuff for us to buy. In addition to live Show and Tell, there will be a digital Show and Tell, a presentation of our quilts and the stories of their making, put together for our pleasure by Mal (of Mem and Mal fame). It will run continuously over the weekend and will give us the opportunity to see quilts that would be too bulky to bring as carry-on luggage.

On Saturday night, we are taking a sunset cruise to Magnetic Island, followed by the Gala Dinner at Peppers Restaurant. Check the Retreat blog for more details of the high jinks planned for this night.

On Sunday Morning, there are more workshops and merchants, another opportunity to sit and sew,  share ideas and socialise. At Sunday lunch, the 2012 retreat committee will hand over to the 2013 retreat committee. But there still time to fit in a workshop or some socialising, before it's time to leave exhausted at 5pm. Some diehards will stay until Monday for the Shop Hop and trip to the historic Gold City of Charters Towers.

Now doesn't that all sound like fun?

Many quilting businesses kindly donate to our annual Retreats, and our Townsville Retreat is no exception. We're grateful to these businesses for providing goodies to make our Retreat memorable.

Liza Jewellery - A beautiful sea shell with (real) pearls necklace
Robert Gordon Pottery, Pakenham, VIC - a range of goodies.
Dianne Mitchell from Attic Quilts, Berwick has sadly closed down but has donated a range of patterns and a lovely Attic Quilts Bag.
The Patchwork Tea House, Warburton VIC  - 2 X packs of Four lovely overdyed cotton floss
Mrs Martins Quiltshop, Emerald VIC  - a $30 gift voucher for in store
or on line.
Liz Stanway, Teddlywinks, Mt Evelyn, Victoria PH: 03 97364821 150 packaged patterns and 150 printed stitcheries
Jane from BeBe Bold, Lismore NSW PH: 02 66219188 - 3 Bag patterns, a bag kit
a Lamb kit, 2 Shakio kits and some fabric
Liz and Dianne, Aboriginal Fabric Gallery, Alice Springs PH: 08 8952 6163 -  20 beautiful fat quarters of Aboriginal art fabric
Sylvia Barry, Fishpond World Ltd - One Block Wonders by Maxine Rosenthal
Kathy & Geoff Adams from Kool Kat Quilting in QLD, PH: 07 46968746
-  $100.00 Gift voucher

The support of all these business is very much appreciated so show your support for them by visiting their very inspiring websites or by saying hello and thank you in person.
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