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November 29 2012 Quilting Newsletter

Hello, hello there, everyone, itís lovely to be in touch with you. In case you didnít guess, Iíve been on a holiday and away from my computer for three weeks. I was able to schedule a newsletter with goodies in at the appropriate time, but was unable to add any chat from my end, so Iím simply BUSTING to tell you where weíve been.

My darling and I had three weeks in Tasmania; you know that little island to the south of the mainland of Oz. Well, it may be little but it packs a punch and thereís so much fantastic scenery and things to do and amazing historical sites and stories and great foodÖ.. OMG the food was sensational, and I have the waist line to prove it!

We travelled just on 3,800 kms (2,360 miles) and Iím exhausted, but it was great. My darling and I travel pretty well together, even though weíre in a cramped space for most of that time! Iím pretty good at navigating, even if I donít have a map, Iíve always got an opinion about which direction we should be taking.

One of the reasons for being in TAS was my eldest sister Anthea celebrated her 60th Birthday and since we no longer have our father or mother with us, we four sisters make every effort to celebrate the important milestones. So itís always a pretty noisy event when the four sisters are together, but lots of fun and a very happy day for all.

Didnít get any patchwork done, though Iíve been steadily working my way through a hardanger table runner for my daughter. I also knitted whilst we were travelling and managed to finish four baby jackets.

Iíve been able to pre-post my articles before I left and last week the article was a review of Sue Briscoeís resent publication called Japanese Taupe Quilt Blocks. These are a favourite of mine and on my bucket list. Hereís the review if youíre interested: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art178408.asp

All pretty quiet on the forum. Donít forget to use that if you want to start a conversation with other Quilting readers. Hereís the link to the forums: http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=43

So, onto my goodies for you for this week. I have been collecting at a great rate of knots recently, so I hope you enjoy these:

http://madmim.com/strapping-stick-horse-diy/ every child should have one of these

http://lovelaughquilt.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/dump-and-sew.html love this - Dump and Sew block

http://incolororder.blogspot.com.au/2010/09/plus-quilt-tutorial.html a plus quilt tutorial

http://dornob.com/sandwich-sack-secure-plastic-zip-anti-theft-lunch-bags/ what a great idea for those staffroom refrigerator thieves

http://www.thezenofmaking.com/2012/08/tutorial-2-in-1-flower-pincushion.html now hereís a great little pincushion

http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/denim-fabric-baskets-tutorial.html denim bags, made from jeans

http://craftygemini.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/how-to-square-up-quilt-blocks.html a great video tutorial on squaring up blocks

http://mostinterestingblog.blogspot.com.au/2008/03/bottle-caps-art.html#!/2008/03/bottle-caps-art.html look at what you can do with bottle caps

http://www.modpodgerocksblog.com/2010/04/button-art-on-cheap.html itís another button thingy

Well, dear readers, itís sooooo good to be back in front of my computer doing what I love to do. I hope youíre all doing great and getting a little time for yourselves.

Donít forget if you want to be in touch you can email me on quilting@bellaonline.com

See you next week, and until then,
Cheerio for now

Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor

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