Hello everyone, once again, a chance to say Hi and catch up with the news. Itís been raining buckets here over the past few weeks, some terrific storms and lots of damage. They say itís because of global warming, and I guess a lot of Bellaonline Quilters are experiencing unusual weather patterns also.
When we first came to live in Brisbane in 1980, I can remember every afternoon right on 3:00pm (school finishing time), there would be a tropical thunderstorm, with lightning, thunder and of course torrential rain. These storms would last about a half an hour, and within the hour, the sun would be shining, the humidity would be through the roof and everyone ďglowedĒ. Over the years this weather pattern has changed, but with the recent unusual weather, one wonders if we are going back to the good old afternoon storms of 30 years ago.
Anyway, enough about the weather. Iíve been busy on my Needleturn quilt with the thousands of leaves, and am happy to report Iíve just about finished the last border. If I keep going, I should have the whole quilt finished (top that is) by the second week in January, when Iíll dispatch it to my favorite professional quilters to do their magic. I never suggest how to quilt the top to my professional quilters Ė I know they are the ones that know better than anyone, what will go best.
Well, dear readers, I finally posted the first of two installments giving you the instructions for my first Christmas Table Topper. Iíve called it ďRinging the BellsĒ and youíll see itís a very pertinent title.
The first installment (posted last Sunday) deals with the piecing of the blocks, while the second installment covers the appliquť of the bells.
Hereís the link to the first installment:http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art3021.asp
Youíll be happy to hear, the second installment will be posted THIS SUNDAY.
Iíd love the hear of any quilters who make this table topper. In fact Iíll post a show and tell after Christmas. So if you go about making it, Iíll be happy to show your wonderful creations in an article on the Quilting website.
Itís been a bit quiet on the forum lately Ė no one seems to be coming up with anymore limericks. Iím delighted with the ones that were posted, well done girls!!
Hereís your second Silly Season challenge. Iím going to start a competition to find the best collective noun for a group of quilters.
I quote from WIKIPEDIA "In linguistics, a collective noun is a word used to define a group of objects, where "objects" can be people, animals, emotions, inanimate things, concepts, or other things. For example, in the phrase "a pride of lions," pride is a collective noun.
So quilters, how would you describe a group of quilters? Iíve got a few ideas, but Iíll wait and see what you come up with. This should be a lot of fun.
Hereís the forum link for you to add your suggestions:http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=43
Now to my gift for this week. Iíve been an avid fan of a quilter called Ute-Barbara SkjÝnberg, who has a website called quilt-design. I think she is a very generous quilter as she has some lovely FREE bomís on her site, one of which is called Christmas Angel. It is available in itís entirety at this link:
http://www.quilt-design.com/BOM/patjuly.htm. The pattern is simple, but makes a lovely wall hanging. I hope you like it.
Well, quilters, thatís all from me for this week. I do hope you enjoy the Ringing the Bells Table Topper. Stay well and keep those fingers busy, till next week, don't forget to have fun quilting!
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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