Hi everyone, 4th of November and itís a Wednesday! That means itís Quilters Quarters Newsletter time again.
Yesterday was a big day here in Australia. We have the race ďthat stops the nationĒ. The Melbourne Cup is a horse race that is run once a year on the first Tuesday in November and it really does, just about stop the nation. It is tradition to hold functions, usually involving a lovely feast and some alcohol and non-alcohol, which are usually consumed just in time for the race at 3:00pm.
Aussies are not huge gamblers in general, but come this one day of the year and just about everyone has a flutter or two. Those that attend the racecourse (in Melbourne) usually dress up to the nines, or dress up for the giggle. I always love seeing the giggle dressers Ė this year there was a quartet of females (sheilas) in huge red polka dots and blonde wigs, and some gentlemen (fellas) in kilts, sporrans and all. Very funny.
I attended a function at a golf club. It was a great function, good food and lots of laughs. My horse is still running I think, so itís a good thing I didnít spend much in the sweeps. All lots of fun.
I posted the instructions for the weighted blankets last week. The instructions include text and graphics for you. If you have any problems with the instructions, donít hesitate to contact me and Iíll help you where I can.
Hereís the link to the article: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art2265.asp
Well, my dear friends, I wonít be posting a newsletter for the next 3-4 weeks, but I will be posting articles each Sunday. I can give you the heads up with the articles here ahead of time. Firstly, Sunday 8th November Iím introducing Jo Northcott, an Australian Quilter of renown; Sunday 15th November is the poem I write each year (tongue in cheek of course!) for Christmas. Sunday 22nd November is an article that contains many, many links to sites that have Christmas Table Toppers and Placemats for you to make. November 29th Iíve posted another May I introduce and this time itís Donna Kooler, an American publisher of wonderful craft books. And the December 6th, again Iíve sourced from the net, many many pincushion patterns for you.
So thereís going to be enough for you until Iím back with you early December. I have gathered some more gifts for you, and again Iíve got more than my usual two, to make up for the absence of the newsletter over November. Here they are:
http://www.unitednotions.com/MBS-lil-zipper-bag.pdf zipper bag from moda
http://www.favecrafts.com/Clothing/Reversible-Scrap-Fabric-Apron Arpon made using patchwork scraps
http://radlinccrafts.blogspot.com/2009/02/tea-bag-wallet.html Tea Bag Holder
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=322869.0 Needleworkers supply case Ė I like this one
http://kootoyoo.blogspot.com/2009/10/how-to-make-corner-bookmark.html X marks the spot page bookmark
http://www.kootoyoo.com.au/How_to_make_a_simple_square_pincushion.pdf A pincushion made from a serviette or linen placemat
http://makeitawonderfullife.blogspot.com/search/label/simple%20circle%20quilt%20tutorial%20part%20one Circle quilt Ė easy and gorgeous
http://www.thechocolatecrowtrader.com/store/WsAncillary.asp?ID=136 Old St Nick quilt wall hanging
http://theobjectproject.typepad.com/the_object_project/2009/08/tea-cup-flower-series.html Tea cup flower Pincushion.
http://suedaleydesigns.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/09/today-is-my-day.html gorgeous and very different thread catcher from an Australian designer Ė Sue Daley
So I will say cheerio for now, stay well and happy and keep your fingers busy with lovely crafts for your loved ones. Iíll see you in early December.
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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