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December 7 2011 Quilting Newsletter


Hello there, itís me again and time for another newsletter from me. Itís been a busy week for me, and Iím running a little late with this. Time just gets away!!

On Tuesday I helped with valuation of quilts for my guild Queensland Quilters Inc. We conduct valuations every couple of months and we were expecting 24 quilts, but I think we ended up doing about 21. What a day. Itís pretty full on, and luckily everyone was very focused and we got the job done in pretty good time.

Iím not a valuer, I go the help with the holding up, folding up, and general dogs body. But I really love the valuation day. I get to see all manner of quilts, from quilters of all levels of skill, and get to hear the comments made by the valuers.

I have to tell you, Iíve learnt sooooo much about quilting since I volunteered to help. Thatís something I would encourage you all to do Ė get involved with your quilting guild or group on a higher level than just being a member. The rewards come back in buckets. People have their quilts valued for all sorts of reasons, but the most important reason I can think of is that it places a monetary value on your efforts, and I havenít met a quilter yet who hasnít been surprised at the large value of her creation. Sure we can add up the cost of the materials and patterns, but itís the valuation of your efforts that gives us the most buzz. I can thoroughly recommend you think about getting your quilts valued. Itís a very interesting exercise.

Last week I posted another book review, this time the book is by one of my most favourite quilters Ė Carol Doak. The book is all about Mariners Compass using the foundation method, but the beauty of this book is that the mariners compass is a square, not a circle. Hereís the link to that article: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art174124.asp

Weíve had another quilter pop in to say hello on the forum. Hi Jessie, welcome to Bellaonline Quilting. Why donít you say hello on the forum and tell us where youíre from. Hereís the link to the forum: http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/729469#Post729469

So onto my little goodies for this week. Have fun! Iíve tried to include something for everyone.

http://therapeuticcrafting.blogspot.com/2011/02/changing-pad.html a changing pad thatís portable.

http://sew4home.com/projects/pillows-cushions/801-teen-pretty-pack-decorative-softee-bolster-pillow A bolster pillow made easy

http://madebynight.blogspot.com/2011/02/mon-ordi-son-sac-et-un-tuto.html a laptop bag to make in your favorite fabric

http://aquiltisnice.blogspot.com/2008/09/zig-zag-quilt-kit-tutorial.html a zig zag quilt to make, very easy simple tutorial.

http://quiltjona.blogspot.com/2007/06/tutorial-suitcase-pincushion.html yes! another one!

http://www.craftjr.com/fall-kitchen-crafts-owl-towels/ A sweet owl for your towel!!

http://tearosehome.blogspot.com/2009/08/tutorial-five-fat-quaters-scarf.html a fat quarters scarf Ė very chic

http://www.makeitlovely.com/2011/06/diy-simple-embellished-grocery-bagor.html embellishing a simple grocery bag

http://www.livingwithpunks.com/2011/06/sys-japanese-otedama-bags.html arenít these cute?

I guess thatís all from me this week. I do hope you are well and getting some quilting done. Iíll pop in again next week with some more goodies for you. Till then, take care and
Cheerio for now

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

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