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January 4 2012 Quilting Newsletter


Howdy everyone, just me popping by to say hello. Iíve been a busy bee this week. Donít quite know whatís got into me, but Iím inspired and working my way through three (Yep, 3) quilts. I started one of them in a class with Kerry Glen about 18 months ago. Always liked it, but never finished it. Well, Iíve beavered on it and all the blocks have been sandwiched and are ready to be machine quilted. Iím quilting as I go on this one, and will put it together with strips at the end.

The second is a lovely hexagon quilt I started last year. All I need to do it hand quilt it with metallic thread (drives me nuts, but Iím not going to let it get the better of me). Then topstitch the blocks together and it will be completed. Itís looking lovely. Iíve used my exotic fabrics with black and with the gold thread it is quite stunning.

The last quilt is the one I told you about last week. My blue and White one. Itís small world quilters. I mentioned the book I was using for inspiration Ė Dutch Treat by Judy Garden. Well blow me down if I donít get an email from her. One of her friends sent my newsletter on to her and she contacted me. I was thrilled, as Iíve loved this quilt book from the first time I laid eyes on it and have always meant to have a go. Anyway weíve exchanged a few emails and I hope I can do her quilt justice. Iím recess appliquťing half of the blocks, machine quilting and foundation piecing the remaining half. Itís a big task, but Iím up for it.

Iíd love to know what youíre up to in your quilting. Iíll post a question on the forum and I invite you to pop over and let me know what quilting youíre up to at present. Youíll also notice that weíve had lots of discussion on the forum over the past week. I love the communication weíre having there, come and join us. Hereís the link: http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/737975#Post737975

Last week I posted another review, this time itís a book called Doubledipity and itís a beauty. I love the results this fussy cutting method achieves and I canít wait to have a go. Hereís the link to that article: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art174293.asp

So, Iíve been surfing again and have found some pretty interesting stuff for you to have a look at. Have fun with these:

http://www.livingwithpunks.com/2011/06/sys-whimsical-key-chains.html cute key rings

http://grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com/2011/05/free-pattern-month-day-11-cakies-a.html#delighted a simple frame tent for childís play. I know I had something similar to this last week, but this is a much better idea I think!

http://blueprintcrafts.com/2011/06/good-intentions-and-a-tutorial/ cute garden apron might be handy for your green thumbed friends.

http://www.makeitlovely.com/2011/06/diy-6-piece-beach-ball-pillow.html lots of play in this one.

http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/cutting-corners/2011/08/16/gather-love-baby-quilt-pattern/ a sweet baby quilt to make

http://marysgranddaughter.blogspot.com/2011/09/rose-by-any-other-name.html not quilting I know but get a load of this creation.

http://www.sewsweetness.com/2011/09/sewing-back-to-school-fabric-grain.html hereís a great article on fabric grain. Everything youíve wanted to know is here.

http://stitchindye.blogspot.com/2009/08/hex-pincushions.html hexi pincushions (theyíre only little ones)Ö..

http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2011/9/4/sunday-sweets-getting-crafty.html not quilting but unbelievable Ė they are all made from cooking ingredients!!

Well quilters, thatís all from me for this week. I do hope you have a great week ahead and that you get some quiltiní time for yourself.

Cheerio for now

Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
http://Quilting.bellaonline.com

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