Hi ho everyone, itís Judie Bellingham popping in to say hello again. Iím a little late and Iím sure youíll forgive me. Iíve just returned from 10 days away. My husband and I travelled to Canberra (Australiaís capital city) and my home town, for a family reunion.
We have travelled 3,000 kms (1,864 miles) in our sedan. As usual, my husband decided on the route we would take. He prides himself on the fact that he can organise the route, without us retracing our footsteps. This time he was pretty pleased with himself, we only backtracked about 100kms or so.
Australia is a pretty interesting country to travel and especially at the present time, after thereís been such great rain. The country is very green and lush and looking extremely productive.
The paddocks are planted with all manner of crops, and the cattle and sheep in abundance just about everywhere. Of course being spring, there were lots and lots of gorgeous white, frolicking lambs in the fields. These are an absolute delight to me, especially before theyíve had their tails lopped off. I try not to think of the eventual outcome for these little cutiesÖÖ
My family reunion was a hoot and I was able to meet a couple of cousins Iíve never known. We played tourist in Canberra as well, as itís been 32 years since we left. Iím not sorry we left Canberra.
We had our family here in Queensland and are very happy to consider ourselves Queenslanders through and through. The weather was kind, but itís nice to be home in my own bed and have all my comforts around me.
I was able to pre-post the newsletter to you all last week, but unable to include any chat. I hope you enjoyed the goodies included.
Last week I posted some more poems from my stash of clippings that Iíve been collecting for many, many years. I hope you enjoy this mix of quilting poetry. Hereís the link: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art178125.asp
The forum that is available for comments by readers to the Quilting site has recently been changed slightly. Now after Iíve posted my articles, readers will be able to comment (similar to facebook) about the articles. Iíll be posting my next article on this Sunday, so look out for the opportunity to comments straight after the article.
So, onto my selection of browsing links for you this week. I hope you enjoy them.
http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2009/09/tutorial-double-hourglass-blocks-easy.html an easy double hourglass block to make into a lovely quilt
http://www.happytogethercreates.com/2010/10/playful-pumpkins.html these are cute and would lovely on your mantelpiece all year round.
http://www.skiptomylou.org/2008/09/09/keep-on-rollin/ a cute little crayon holder to make
http://kincavelkrosses.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/quilt-block/ a cross stitched quilt block Ė very special
http://knithacker.com/2012/04/17/amazing-crochet/ I want one of these trees
http://stephchows.blogspot.com.au/2009/09/easy-as-1-2-3.html an easy vest to make for yourself. A lovely scarf would make a great vest. Try it out, I did and it worked a treat!!
http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/make-your-own-fabric-print-using-sun.html sun dye your fabrics
http://incolororder.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/tutorial-triangular-log-cabin.html yep, a very simple little pin cushion
http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/tool-time-tuesdaymagnetic-business-card.html make a magnetic book mark for your favorite bookworm
Well my dear readers, thatís all I have for you this week. I love hearing from you, and thank you to all those that have been in touch over the past fortnight. I will get to replying to you as soon as I can. Hope this newsletter finds you all well and happy, and getting a little quilt time in your busy life.
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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