Hello again, hope allís well at your place. What a world of contrasts we have at present. The US is freezing itís tootsies off, England is awash and the eastern seaboard of Australia has had some of the hottest days ever this week. Itís hard to comprehend the amazing pictures we are getting on our TV screens from America.
All that snow (some Queenslanders have never seen snow in real life), all that chaos on the roads, it must be pretty frightening. I simply canít imagine temperatures being that low and people managing to get out and about. If EVER there was a call for quilt making Ė this is it !! LOL.
Itís been hot, hot, hot here in Brisbane, with huge thunderstorms and high energy sucking humidity. Luckily my sewing area is air conditioned and Iíve be in there for pretty much the whole time the weather has turned like an oven outside. Some parts of Queensland suffered 43 degrees Celsius (115 degrees F) during the day and it didnít drop much during the nights. I saw vision of a western Queenslander frying an egg on a shovel, just out in the open. Now thatís hot!!
We had about 37 degree Celsius days (100 degree F) which was very uncomfortable. If these dramatic weather events are a result of global warming or the natural order of Mother Nature, Iím not sure it matters. We just have to get through it any way we can I guess. So thinking of those who are suffering flooding and snow and sleet and slush, hope things get back to normal for you real soon.
Iíve been busy sewing as I said, and have achieved quite a lot over the past week. Iíve also reorganised my study (which is where I am at the present time, typing this newsletter). It does look nice and neat Ė not sure how long it will stay that way. And today I spent some time with my dear friend at her home, catching up and making plans for our Sunshine Linus Group. Lovely day.
Last week I wrote an article titled: Appliquť BOMís for 2014. I usually do a browse through the internet at this time of year to see whatís on offer by way of BOMís and freebies. Hereís the link:
We had a newbie ask a question on the forum last week. Can you help her? Hereís the link:
So onto the goodies for you this week. Iíve decided that I might stop including the ever present pincushion pattern in the goodies list each week. Iíve included one in every newsletter since I started writing for the Quilting site 6 years ago. A rest is as good as a holiday they say. Let me know if you think I should continue with them Ė I donít want the newsletter to get stale with the same old, same old. Iíd be interested to know what you think.
Anyway, in the meantime hereís your supply of interesting sites that Iíve found for you this week. Have fun!
http://www.adventuresofadiymom.com/2013/03/how-to-tie-blanket.html a great tutorial on tying quilts
http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=1016 a sweet little quilt to make
http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2010/10/triangle-corner-trick.html a clever trick with corner triangles
http://somethinwonderful.blogspot.com.au/2008/11/hidden-images-illusions.html not quilting but simply amazing
http://www.inspiremecrafts.com/inspireme_crafts/2008/12/clever-gift-ideas-for-christmas.html these little gifts can be used for any purpose.
http://www.gofraser.com/index10.htm these quilts are not made from fabric Ė they are carved from wood. Truly!!
http://www.instructables.com/id/fabric-portrait-of-a-horse-quilt-block/ hereís an interesting tutorial on making fabric portraits from photos
http://www.cloverandviolet.com/2012/03/kindle-cover-tutorial.html a kindle cover to make for yourself or some other lucky reader
http://awesomesauceasshattery.com/2013/03/07/freshen-that-fabric/ hereís a way to freshen up those vintage fabrics
http://mydiychat.com/chef-at-home/50-incredible-cakes-you-wont-forget-after-seeing not quilting just YUM
So, I must finish now and say goodbye till next week. Stay well, warm, cool, dry whatever is optimum in your neck of the world and Iíll pop in again next Wednesday.
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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