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October 6 2010 Quilting Newsletter


Here it is, another week has flown by and itís time for me to pop in to say hello and leave some little pressies for you.

The days are getting longer here, and Iím finding some time to get some sewing done. Iíve just recently finished a lovely Hardanger runner, which will be put to good use in my new lounge. I do love creating hardanger pieces. I have all manner of patterns and books and am always looking for the ďrightĒ pattern to make next. The runner Iíve just finished was my own design, and it came up quite nicely, even if I say so myself!

Iím busy preparing for my teaching trip to Norfolk Island at the end of October. Iím one of six teachers who will be presenting workshops at the annual quilt retreat on the island. Iím teaching three different workshops; Tulip Design - Introduction to Needle turn Appliquť for one day, Color, Value & Fabric Selection for one day and Principles and Elements of Design in Quilting Design for Quilters, which will run over two days.

My darling is coming with me and heíll be bike riding around the island while I teach (well, thatís the plan! Not sure if heís seen how hilly it is!). Weíll also have three days of sight-seeing. For those of you who donít know about Norfolk Island, and their wonderful Quilt Retreat, hereís a link for you to see just how beautiful it is. http://www.quiltnorfolk.com/QuiltNorfolk_5.htm

I posted an article Iíve written about joining a quilt group. I think itís so important for your skill improvement when you are amongst others who can teach, show, inspire and so forth. Hereís the link to that site: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art802.asp

Oh, and my apologies, last week I mentioned the weighted blankets and gave you two links to (1) the article about weighted blankets and (2) the instructions to make them. I managed to make a fabulous boo boo and posted the wrong links. Ooops!! Hereís the correct links for you.
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art2240.asp and http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art2265.asp

So onto my pressies for this week. Again, Iíve found some pretty cool stuff for you. Have fun!

http://theredthreadblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/paper-christmas-wreath-tutorial.html a wreath using paper, but why not use vliesofix and fix two Christmas fabrics together. Will it work the same?

http://designingmoms.blogspot.com/2009/09/make-felt-cookie.html a cute cookie

http://theobjectproject.typepad.com/the_object_project/2009/05/tea-clutch-tutorial.html a fabulous little clutch bag

http://www.ctpubblog.com/2010/03/01/cupcakes-a-mini-quilt/ make a mini cup cake quilt for someone special

http://www.cafepress.com.au/+quilting+bumper-stickers?page=2&topic=101226 not free unfortunately, but a great idea!!

http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2009/06/idtags.html just in time for the holiday season Ė some travelling tags with attitude!

http://www.sewing.org/files/project/pet_placemats.pdf gorgeous placemats for the special dog or cat in your life!

Thatís all from me folks. Well for this week anyway. I hope you are getting time to get some quilting done, even if itís just reading a quilt book. Iíll be back next week, stay well.
Cheerio for now


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

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