Christmas Poinsettia Quilt

I'd like to share a Christmas Poinsettia quilt that was constructed by Victorian members of the online Yahoo group, Southern Cross Quilters.  The group is made up over 2,000 Australian & New Zealand quilting members.

The quilt was machine quilted by Wendy Watkins of Honey Pot Quilting. (Quilting is based on the original designs in the pattern.) Here are some close up photos of the lovely quilting.

Southern Cross Quilters (SCQuilters) have an annual retreat every year, held in a different state of Australia or New Zealand. 2013 is Victoria’s turn yet again. 

Each year a raffle is run to raise funds to assist with running of the weekend long retreat. The last Victorian retreat was held in Bendigo in 2007, with over 200 members attending,
Workshops are co-ordinated to keep the ladies occupied for the weekend, followed by a full day Shop Hop of the district to finish the weekend off.

The pattern for this quilt was originally published in the book Quilted for Christmas by That Patchwork Place.  It was then published as a separate pattern (see above) along with the pattern for the St. Nicholas Advent calendar.  Some copies of this pattern are still available on my web site