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December 25 2012 Quilting Newsletter


Greetings to you all. Itís Boxing Day here and weíre all taking it softly softly after a great Christmas Day celebration. The weather was hot and humid, so salads and cold meats were to order of the day. Far too much food was consumed, and now of course, thereís leftovers, lots of leftovers. So weíll be eating ham in forty different ways Iím guessing, between now and new year! LOL.

Anyway, if you celebrated the day I hope it was a good one for you. If not, Happy Holidays to you. Unfortunately we were unable to have our children home this year, but we did manage to have a long phone conversation with each of them. Itís not the same for sure, but nice to speak with them on the day. Weíve just had news that our daughter and her husband are on the move again Ė this time to far north Queensland - to Cairns. So it looks like weíll be travelling to FNQ in the near future.

Iíve been busy finishing a Hardanger Table Runner for my daughter. She has a lovely dressing table (we call it a Duchess in Queensland), and it has a very dark red wood, so the cream on cream runner should look pretty good. I really love making things using this needlework genre, and although theyíre never perfect, they give me a lot of joy. Iíll post a photo on my blog Ė hereís the link:
http://whenlifehandsyouscraps.blogspot.com.au/

Iím also making the most of the ďdown timeĒ over the next few weeks to get some more of my blue and white quilt made. Iíve completed the 115 x 4 ĹĒ reverse appliquť squares (each one different design and fabric), and now Iíve got to work out a centre panel for them to surround. I tend to do all my designing on the trot. Probably not a good idea, but I find it enjoyable working out a solution to my problem. I know I could make it a whole lot easier by working it out on paper, or computer, but hey, that would take the angst out of it!!

I posted another article in the Color Theory for Quilters series. This one is titled Complimentary Color Schemes for Quilts. Hereís the link: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art178959.asp

Iíve got some interesting bits and pieces for you this week to browse through. Iíll add a few extra, because I suspect you just might find a little more time to indulge this week. Have fun wonít you!

(Oh, BTW, thank you to Sandra for emailing me and pointing out that I missed out on my usual pincushion pattern in the goodies list last week. Thatís the first time since Iíve been sending newsletters out (5 years), that Iíve missed one, so please forgive me. Iíll include a couple of extras to make up.)

http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/cutting-corners/2012/08/03/traveling-pincushion/ a rather outrageous pincushion

http://coatsandclarksewingsecrets.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/project-2-humbugs-sewing-corners.html a nice little game to make for toddlers

http://maker-land.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/hedgehog-pincushion-tutorial.html soooo cute

http://www.soubelles.com/2012/04/diy-luggage-tag-pattern-tutorial.html cut luggage tags for easy recognition whilst spinning at 20 miles per hour!!

http://dmc-threads.com/bon-voyage-en-france/ ever wondered how your floss or embroidery threads are made?

http://www.doodlecraft.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/super-sci-fi-rocket-fueled-jet-pack.html not patchwork but love these jet packs for your mini astronaut

http://dornob.com/moving-day-10-insane-space-saving-chinese-bike-courierS/ Iíll never complain again about my car boot being too small!

http://www.oliveandollie.com/2011/05/tutorial-how-to-paint-modern-barn-quilt.html I love the barn quilt concept

http://cqjp2012.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/sandy-l-ar-usa.html a little crazy inspiration

http://mimikirchner.com/blog/archives/2012/03/a-new-pincushion-for-me/ what can I say?

http://katiesquiltingcorner.com/2011/12/corded-fabric-bowl-video-tutorial.html Iíve used this technique to make a gorgeous bag

http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2012/1/8/mollys-sketchbook-the-purl-bee-penguin.html Penguin softies to make

http://www.1designperday.com/2012/02/15/urban-faces-by-nomerz/ some people are so inventive!!

http://www.moillusions.com/2011/11/then-and-now-photo-fusion.html these are a blast from the past Ė literally

http://shimmerkai.com/?p=901 pretty serviette holders to make using left over floss.

http://mightydistractible.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/log-cabin-block.html a pretty log cabin block

Well, I think Iíd better stop there. I hope youíve had some fun going through these little treasures. Iíll say farewell to you all for this week. Stay warm and well and cool and happy (that should just about cover everyone!), and Iíll pop in again next week. Donít forget if youíd like to be in touch Ė hereís my email: quilting@bellaonline.com

Cheerio for now

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

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