Hello there, itís me popping onto your screen for a quick cuppa and a chat. I had a great day today. I was asked to speak at the Mooloolah Quilters Open Day. Mooloolah is a sleepy little village situated in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. They have a great idea for a quilt show, without actually having a quilt show (and the angst that goes with a quilt show).
They ask quilters and quilt groups from their region to attend, and have a show and tell of their quilts that theyíve made in the past 12 months or so. The show is a day only, (no sleeping over to look after the quilts), and it was very smoothly run by a very competent committee. Well done girls! The array of quilts was really amazing and Iíve taken some photos for you. Pop over to my blog to check them out: http://whenlifehandsyouscraps.blogspot.com.au/ I met up with a number of quilters I havenít seen for some time, so it was a great chatty day.
Had a bit of fun last week when I posted an article offering some free patterns. I love house patterned quilts and so I thought perhaps some of my readers would like to access some pretty snazzy quilt patterns, and of course, free and gratis! Hereís the link to that article: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art178375.asp
Thanks for your responses to the plea for some patchwork material. I believe we found it thanks to a reader. You are a wonderful bunch of quilters Ė thanks for looking out for that fabric.
Iíve been sourcing some yummy goodies for you this week. I hope you have some time to do a quick check out of these:
http://mypoppet.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/how-to-give-old-quilt-new-life-with.html#more an old quilt comes to life
http://turtlegirl76.com/2010/11/04/tutorial-twister-garter-cuffedging/ for the knitters amongst us, this is a great way to make a different edging
http://www.flickr.com/photos/35808964@N06/6891484603/sizes/l/in/photostream/ you know I love embroidery Ė this is really clever, using only two stitches
http://raegunwear.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/tutorial-pouch-sling.html a simple tutorial for a pouch baby sling Ė wish theyíd had these when I had babies
http://www.thedailytelecraft.com/2011/08/diy-how-to-create-framed-button-artwork.html more stuff to make with buttons
http://blogs.babble.com/the-new-home-ec/2011/10/20/22-mens-necktie-crafts-a-great-sewing-project/ something to make with those old neckties
http://www.thetraintocrazy.com/2012/04/gathered-quilt-or-duvet-cover-tutorial.html this is a very original quilt pattern that looks fantastic. Great tutorial
http://www.allaboutyou.com/craft/pattern-finder/sewing-projects/sewing-for-the-home/make-a-mouse-pincushion-42190 a tiny mouse with a point to make!!
http://www.cakestudent.com/the-cats-hat-bread/ my kids just loved the cat in the hat books, thought this was a little quirky
http://lurlineg.blogspot.com.au/2009/12/dresden-plate-tutorial.html a gorgeous Dresden Plate pattern, with a little difference
http://sosewsomething.com/2012/01/26/boo-boo-bags-aka-rice-bags-a-handsewn-tutorial/ How to make rice bags
Ooops, I might have added a couple of extras in this week. I really love the Dresden Plate Pattern Ė am going to make this one day. A great idea for using scraps, me thinks!
Well, dear quilters, I must away and think about preparing the 5:30pm miracle that will be dinner! One of those days when I forgot to take some meat out, so itís a vegetarian magical mystery (even for me!! LOL).
Iíll pop in next week, so till then, stay well and spend some quality quilting time!!
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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