Hi everyone. Five weeks in the month of October, so you get a bonus newsletter! Let me thank you so much for the lovely welcome you’ve given me since I commenced as your Editor for Quilting here on BellaOnline. I’ve been beavering away for the past five weeks and am having fun getting to know the site and of course meeting some delightful quilters! Thanks also to those of you who are letting me know of “dead links” within the website. I’m trying to work my way through them, sourcing alternative relevant sites for your interest.
I’ve spent this last week busy finishing some small Linus quilts for our local Linus Project Chapter. We make quilts for any “children in need” and we supply a number of charities with quilts for their children. One such group is the students of a number of Special Schools (Schools for the intellectually and physically disabled children and young teenagers). Each child receives a quilt from Linus, usually around Christmas, and these quilts are topped up throughout the following year for those students who commence in that time.
I was lucky to see some photos of the distribution of these quilts at a particular school recently, and one couldn’t help getting a little teary, seeing these lovely children, almost bursting with excitement and barely being contained by their carers, waiting to be presented with their quilt. These quilts go everywhere with these students – to physical therapy, into class, accompany each student on excursions and medical appointments and are simply always within easy reach.
My contribution to the Project is as a “finisher”. I always considered myself as a “topper”. Someone who makes tops. But to my surprise I actually enjoy finishing the quilts. My job is to put the finished tops, (beautifully pieced together by other quilters), batting and backing together, quilt the three layers together and then bind and label the quilts. I then pass them back to the co-coordinator who arranges for these quilts to be delivered to where ever they are needed at the time.
It gives me a real buzz to contribute in this way. By volunteering my time and some batting, I am contributing to improving the quality of life for these very special individuals. I have a link to the Linus Project site. It’s under the heading of Quilting for Good Causes. If you’re interested please go and have a look.
Of course, Linus is only one of thousands of charities that receive quilts from generous quiltmakers all over the world. Not only are quilters the best problem solvers in the world, but we’re the most generous. Take a bow all of you!!
I have written a book review this week on the Quilting website. The book is titled Rotary Cutting Easy Techniques to instantly improve every quilt you make. Rotary Magic is an extensive resource on the basics of no fail Rotary Cutting, Piecing, Pressing and finishing. There are lots of great hints and tips as well as clear and concise diagrams and photos.
Here's the link to my latest article from the Quilting site at BellaOnline.com. http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art797.asp
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Have you visited the quilting forums recently to see the latest posts? Some very interesting comments and enlightening information is available on these free forums. Go have a look!
I guess that’s all from me this week, hope this newsletter finds you all well, keeping your needle threaded and remember, have fun quilting.
Cheerio for now
Editor, Quilting, BellaOnline