Well, what a week Iíve just experienced!! Probably one of the busiest this year. With the Christmas season upon us, there are lots of breaking up Christmas parties to attend and itís all so exhausting!! It doesnít help that itís extremely humid at present, with thunderous clouds surrounding by midday, ready to empty their bellies onto an already soaked Brisbane and surrounds. So we drink water constantly to replace what weíre losing.
On Monday I had the Sunshine Linus gathering, lots of laughs and lots of work completed. An especially wonderful day because we were able to hand over 60 quilts to an organisation that provides quilts and comforts to foster children, some of whom are from very sad backgrounds and are constantly being shifted for safety reasons. It is these children that we have provided quilts, to give them a sense of owning their own belongings, and of course receiving the message that their health and comfort matters to complete strangers!
Then Tuesday was our Queensland Quilters Christmas party, and boy, did we have some fun. Always great to get together with quilters and celebrate the season.
Yesterday was the Sisters of Stitch group that meets every two weeks (doesnít break for Christmas or any other reason) and we did have a feast of home baked goodies and a little farewell to our friend Paz, who has spend the last 10 months here in Australia minding her little grandson. She is returning to her home country Spain, and weíll miss her very much. Interestingly, Paz doesnít have very good English, and none of us have Spanish, but somehow, through the language of Quiltish, we have managed to communicate wonderfully.
I posted my final Christmas article for 2010 last Sunday and it is a selection of quilt shops accessible on the web, where loved ones can purchase wonderful Quilting items. Hereís the link: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art5036.asp
Iíve had only response to our request for a quilter to help make a quilt, and Iíll pass that info onto the requester. Hereís the forum if youíd like to contribute: http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=43
So onto my goodies for you:
http://qfdcreative.com.au/tutorials/fleurs-boudoir-set-slippers-and-eye-mask-by-cheryl-goss-of-w.html gorgeous little slippers and eye mask for a friend.
http://tearosehome.blogspot.com/2010/09/booster-seat-makeover-costco.html Booster Seat Makeover
http://sewingin-nomansland.blogspot.com/2010/09/princess-and-pea-softie-toy-tutorial.html hereís a cute little softie toy Ė The Pea and the Princess.
http://untilwednesdaycalls.blogspot.com/2010/01/reversible-adjustable-felt-crown.html a crown for the little king in your life.
http://sewloquacious.blogspot.com/2010/09/dee-dees-winner-and-my-tutorial.html a handmade wrist rest for the computer
http://funtocraft.blogspot.com/2010/03/ugly-computer-cords.html hereís a nifty idea for covering those unsightly computer cords
http://pennyshands.blogspot.com/2010/08/hexie-caddy-tutorial.html yes! another pincushion tutorial, but this is a beauty!!
http://www.stitchersvillage.com/index.html I know this is not quilt related, but itís interesting!
http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/09/twin-nine-patches.html a lovely quilt for you to make, and very simple instructions from Moda Bake Shop
http://www.vanessachristenson.com/2008/09/so-its-quilt-month-over-at-mr.html pinwheel tutorial
Well dear friends, thatís all I have for you this week. Next weekís newsletter will be the final one for 2010, Iíll be having a short break and be back at the keyboard on the 5th January 2011. All the best till next week.
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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