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December 9 2009 Quilting Newsletter


Hi everyone, itís the 9th December, and itís a Wednesday which means Iím popping in to say hello. We are finally getting back to ďnormalĒ after our trip away. All the washing and ironing is done, and the house has had a tidy up.

This week and next week all the Christmas parties for my various craft groups have been scheduled, so I will be very much partied out by the 20th! We had a fun party at my guild on Tuesday. Lots of laughter, a few games and some silliness. How lovely it is to be part of these various craft groups. All the women are different, have experienced very different walks through their lives to mine; yet, with the familiarity of quilting we are all friends and companions. It really amazes me just how easy it is to make friends when you are a quilter. Hereís an exercise for you to try out. Find a park where people walk through. It doesnít have to be in the city, a suburban park will be fine. Find a bench to sit on and take out a quilting project that you are currently working on. Get busy sewing I will guarantee that sometime within 20 minutes, you will have a passer by make a comment, or more likely, stop and chat.

During out trip away, my darling and I stayed at the guesthouse we honeymooned in 33 years ago. (Yes, itís still standing, and like us looking a bit worse for wear, but going strong). Anyway, there is a new young couple that have bought it and are working very very hard to get it up to the once majestic condition it once enjoyed (1930ís was probably its heyday).

Anyway, one morning I was walking through the sitting room with a quilt project under my arm and the female owner asked me if I was a quilter. I said yes, and she said SNAP!! She was too!! WellÖÖ. I was so thrilled to come across a quilter, and even better a new quilter. So my maternal instinct kicked in and I couldnít share enough with her.

Arenít we lucky to have such a lovely pastime to enjoy and share with so many other lovely people?

Talking of sharing, last Sunday I posted another page full of free pincushion patterns for your enjoyment. Hereís the link:
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art1481.asp

In the forum this week we had a question about how to fix a warped cutting board. Pop over to the forum for the replies. Hereís the link: http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=43

And now, to your gifts for this week. Well itís getting closer to Christmas for sure, but Iím mindful that many of our readers do not celebrate Christmas as such, so Iím including some non-Christmas related gifts for you all to enjoy.

http://theluckyducks.blogspot.com/2009/10/scrap-buster-scrap-bags.html scrap buster bags

http://mairuru.blogspot.com/2009/11/my-way-to-make-fabric-stickers.html Great idea!!

http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-closing-a-gap-when-stuffing-a-softie/2009/11/30/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+craftgossip%2FxQGh+%28Craft+Gossip%29 how to close a gap when stuffing a softie


Well quilting friends, thatís it from me for this week. I do hope you are all in good spirits and keeping busy making lovely things. See you next week,
Cheerio for now and remember to have fun quilting!!


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

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