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February 18 2010 Quilting Newsletter


Hi everyone, sorry for the lateness of this newsletter, someone stole my Wednesday!! Iíve looked everywhere and canít find it! (just joking). As John Lennon said ďlife happens while youíre busy making other plansĒ. Iíve been chasing my tail all week and itís finally caught up with me!

Iíve been busy cutting 8Ē squares of donated fabric that will be stitched together to make backings for the Linus Quilts. Itís a great way to use up fabric that isnít ďsuitableĒ for the quilt tops, but never=the-less are quality fabrics and perfect for the backings. The added benefit is that the quilts can be ďdouble sidedĒ; two for the price of one!

Iíve also been busy with a fabric challenge with my Queensland Quilters (QQ). The fabric is ďinterestingĒ to say the least, and Iíve only got 2 weeks to come up with the finished creation. Iím battling to get there, but am pleased with the results so far. Art Quilter I am not, but I do like to dabble and play with fabric, threads, beads and whatever else I can find. I will post a photo when itís complete (promise not to laugh!).

I posted an article last Sunday in response to request from a reader. She was finding it difficult to find free quilt and block patterns that are suitable for boys. So I spent an afternoon surfing and came up with a composite of sites that are free with quilt blocks and patterns for you. Hereís the link:
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art4444.asp

Onto my little pressies for you this week. Iíve got a couple of doozies for you, and I hope you enjoy them.

http://www.craftandfabriclinks.com/apron2/apron2.html Hereís a good way to use up those orphan blocks
http://www.berninausablog.com/read/keep-a-clean-machine Some very handy hints on keeping your sewing machine in tip top condition.
http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4070/organize-your-button-stash organizing your button stash

Iím sad to say, but thatís it from me this week. I hope you havenít been too busy getting on with life, but that youíve had a chance to stop and smile at a stranger, and spend some quality time with your busy fingers!!
Take care till next week, and remember have fun with quilting.
Cheerio for now

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

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