Hello, hello to all again for another week. Boy, where do those weeks go? Weíre nearly at the end of February already? Hope itís good for you this week and youíve got a little time to sit and chat with me.
I had to laugh at myself yesterday, because I found myself sounding exactly like my Mother!! You see I used to cringe when Iíd hear Mum say things like ďthey donít make Ďem like they used toĒ, but I said exactly that yesterday, and really meant it!
We purchased a clothes dryer when I had our first son, 32 years ago, and itís still in use to this very day! Sure, itís looking a little worse for wear, with a smattering of rust here and there, and a collection of bumps and bangs. Weíve replaced the filter inside on numerous occasions (when it fell apart in my hand) and have had to replace the belt at the back three times in three decades, (we did this yesterday).
Iím afraid I canít think of any other domestic appliance that has lasted that long for us. My first washing machine lasted for just on 20 years, but Iíve never had one since that lasts longer than 8 or so years. The cynic inside of me imagines that this is all part of the necessity of ďmaking a profitable manufacturing industryĒ; by making products that donít last for long.
My darling husband has been heard to say that heís going to trade me in one day but I donít think heíd get another wife who would be so cost effective. I donít each much, donít spend money on expensive clothes or shoes, donít go out much, and an afternoon stitching in my sewing room is all I crave for. They donít make us like they used to eh?
Last week I wrote an article about making a quilt bag to hold a quilt that is going to be presented as a gift. I didnít have time to take some photos, but Iíve got some on my blog of the latest quilt and bag Sunshine Linus Inc. are making for a charity to raise funds at their annual Ball and Auction. I used the left over fabric from the backing and it looks really pretty. Pop over to my blog to have a look. Hereís the link: http://whenlifehandsyouscraps.blogspot.com.au/
Thanks to all those lovely readers who gave me ideas for finishing off the little baby shoes that I spoke about last week. Lots of great ideas, and Iím going to be stitching up a storm for the stall. Great ideas, thanks so much to you all.
Thereís been chat on the forum again this week, and weíre getting to some interesting topics. Hereísí the link to the forum if youíd like to join us. http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=43
So onto my little pressies for you this week. A mixed bag to be sure, but hopefully something for everyone.
http://www.knittingfool.com/pages/yards1.guest.cfm need an estimate of yarn for your next knitting project?
http://www.quiltedcupcake.net/2010/08/few-folks-have-requested-that-i-re-post.html OMG, gotta do this, just gotta!!
http://twistedsifter.com/2013/01/inside-a-fallen-redwood-avenue-of-the-giants-humboldt/ wow, I mean, wow.
http://thelittlehousebythesea.wordpress.com/2008/11/03/toadstool-cottage-and-mushroom-house-%E2%80%93-free-pattern-and-tutorial/ The cutest and most special little pincushions
http://podruzki-rukodelnitsi.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/blog-post_1.html a pretty cross stitch ornament, and you donít need to understand the language Ė the pictures are great
http://coatsandclarksewingsecrets.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/around-world-quilt.html a simple but spectacular quilt tutorial
http://buzzingandbumbling.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/finding-right-background-for-applique.html an ingenious idea for appliquť placement and background
http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com.au/2008/07/drum-roll-pleasemolly-monkey-pattern.html pretty Molly Monkey free pattern
http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com.au/2011/03/lynnebobsquarepants.html a nice block tutorial
http://www.purlbee.com/buttonhole-napkins/ at last!! Buttonhole napkins for people like me who have difficulty navigating the food from the fork to the mouth!!!
http://ginghamcherry.blogspot.com.au/2009/05/teabag-tag-tutorial-i-love-alliteration.html a teabag tutorial
Well, thatís all I have for you this week dear quilters. I hope youíve got some time to indulge some quilting and sewing this week. Until next week, take care and stay happy. Here's my email if you'd like to be in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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