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December 6 2012 Quilting Newsletter
Hi everyone, another week has flown by and before you know itís time for a little chat. Itís so good to be home again, after our three week sojourn to Tasmania. Iíve finally caught up with all the washing and ironing, ironing, ironing. Isnít it funny? As patch workers weíll iron all the creases out of fabric till the cows come home, yet I canít find the time to iron two pairs of jeans!! The emails have all be answered (well, just about) and Iím up to date with the housework.
A little milestone slipped by a few weeks ago (in late October), and Iím very proud of my achievement and want to share it with you, my readers. After all, itís you who have contributed to my success.
On the 24th of October I celebrated five years of being the Editor for the Quilting site here at Bellaonline Ė The Voice of Women. These five years have really flown by and Iím so happy to be able to be in touch with you all every week.
When I commenced editing the quilting site, the statistics were pretty good Ė the quilting site regularly had about 70,000 hits per month and quilters 1600 subscribed to the weekly newsletter. Iím thrilled to say that these figures have increased, especially the newsletters that go out each week. I now have approximately 100,000 hit per month and 4,066 weekly subscribers to the Quilters Quarters newsletter. Thatís a lot of busy quilters out there taking the time to stop and catch up each week.
I canít express my sincere gratitude to you all as well as Iíd wish to, but suffice to say that each and every one of you make my job of bringing interesting information to you so easy and such a pleasure.
Iíll take this opportunity to say to you that if youíd like me to include anything particular into the newsletter or as an article on the site, please let me know. Remember this site is set up for you Ė The Voice of Women - to have your say and contribute to.
The article I posted last Sunday is about a really beautiful book. It is titled ďVintage NotionsĒ and itís a beautiful companion book for any quilter or crafter. I recommend you have a look at this one Ė you can actually look inside the book to see what itís all about. Hereís the link to that article: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art178514.asp
Iíve got some pretty interesting stuff for you this week; I hope you can find the time to skip through them and that you find something that piques your interest.
http://thecraftymummy.com/2012/07/quilting-tip-nesting-seams/ basic but incredibly important info about getting your seams to match
http://www.sameliasmum.com/2012/07/sugar-almonds-quilt-pattern-tutorial.html a straight forward and pretty quilt design tutorial
http://prettyshabbyuk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/water-bottle-tote-bag.html water bottle tote
http://www.crazylittleprojects.com/2012/05/car-seat-cover-tutorial-infant-and.html a great baby car seat cover to make
http://hartandsew.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/doll-suitcase-tutorial.html a doll house in a suitcase Ė gorgeous
http://dornob.com/colorful-yarn-turns-potholes-from-pock-into-beauty-marks/ Itís amazing how a little texture and color can make the world of difference to our grey environment
http://singingquilter.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/a-new-song-the-worlds-biggest-hexagon-quilt/ you might remember I was involved with the Worldís Biggest Hexagon quilt Ė well now thereís a song about it.
http://www.sewdelicious.com.au/2012/08/cat-softie-free-pattern-tutorial.html pussy cat pussy cat, where have you been?
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/quilting-sewing/how-to-calculate-setting-triangles/ hereís a great tutorial on setting triangles.
Thatís all from me this week. I hope allís is well for you and that your UFOís fly off into another world!! Take care, and Iíll drop by next week.
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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