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February 22 2012 Quilting Newsletter


Hi all, another week zips by and itís Quilters Quarters Newsletter day once more.

Iíve just been catching up on the world news, and Iím reminded that it is one year today since the tragic earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. Itís hard to believe that one year has past, and easy to forget when youíre so far from the disaster.

But I guess that itís not so for those that are living with it day in and day out. I want to send my sincere best wishes to all our readers in New Zealand, especially those that have been majorly affected in Christchurch. We are thinking of you guys.

Did you know that it is National Quilting Day (in the US) on the third Saturday in March? I like the idea of having a day to celebrate everything that has to do with quilting. Iím not aware of anything like that anywhere else in the world. Certainly, not here in Oz. Iíll pose that question on the forum to hopefully find out if other quilters from other parts of the world are celebrating a National Quilting Day.

For me, every day is Quilting Day. I live, eat and breathe quilting. It is my first crafting love and will remain so forever.
Last weekend I spent the two days with the most incredible quilters from all over the country. It was the Australian National Council of Quilters annual conference and I was very privileged to oversee the proceedings as Chair Person. What a fantastic opportunity to see the wheels in motion, and witness the coming together of six state and three territory quilting guilds for the greater good of all quilters. Iím still bouncing off the walls from my experience. What a buzz!!

Last week I posted a review on a fabulous book titled, Slice Ďem and Dice Ďem Quilts. This is a really good book and worth having in your craft library. Hereís the link to that article: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art174292.asp

Pop over to the forum to answer a question from a reader. Hereís the link: http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/747512/National_Quilt_Day_2012#Post747512

Here is my collection of goodies for you this week. Have fun!

http://valoriwells.typepad.com/valori_wells/2011/06/simply-made.html make a super duper pencil case

http://6dukes.blogspot.com/2011/08/explorer-sash-tutorial.html what a great idea for the little explorer in your life

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2011/08/i_found_myself_with_a.html put your machine to bed with the lovely little blanky

http://scientificseamstress.blogspot.com/2011/05/my-sewing-lab-free-geektastic-printable.html check out this sewers sewing room and especially the periodic table for sewing elements (scroll about half way down). Too cool!!

http://sewhappygeek.co.uk/index.php/2011/09/13/guest-tutorial-readingknitting-pillow-from-my-bff-bonnie/ this is a pillow that you use to prop yourself up in bed

http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2011/09/fabric-storage-boxes-per-your-request.html these fabric storage boxes are fabulous

http://www.incrediblethings.com/home/bake-two-pies-in-one/ not quilting but who would have thought?

http://www.thediydish.com/promo/theDIYdish_Season4_Episode1_dressformpincushion.pdf yes I know another pincushion. But THIS is a beauty!!!

Well, my dear friends, I do hope this newsletter finds you all well and getting through your week with a little quilting on the side.
Cheerio for now

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

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