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February 27 2013 Quilting Newsletter


Hi Ho every one, itís just me catching up with you again this week. Hope allís good at your place. Itís been a hard day at the office for me today (LOL). I slept in, then casually got myself to the local library for a catch up with my crafting friend. We sat and stitched and chatted for a few hours and then went and had a bite to eat and a cuppa. Iíve wended my way back home and am now filling in time before I go and get my hair cut! Yes a very slow old day today, but as always it will catch up with me eventually!!

Itís been raining here again this week, so I have been managing to get some stitching and tidying up done in my ďcaveĒ. Iíve finally completed the design for the border of my art quilt that is currently on the go. Iíve just about finished a cushion cover in hardanger for my lounge chairs and Iím busy making some more baby shoes for our craft stall in August.

Do you ask every day ďwhat will we have for dinner?Ē The miracle of a decent meal each night continues to flow forth and I have to be sceptical and wonder just how long I can keep doing this! I guess Iíve had a lot of years of practice at putting together the 6:00pm miracle meal night after night over nearly 37 years. I love to cook, but not when it interferes with my sewing!
My darling has never shown an interest in cooking and when he has cooked (on the occasional emergency situation), it has been nothing to get excited about. (Sorry Darling, but thatís the truth!).

He says that the botheration versus benefit equation comes into play, and he says if he considers cooking, the bother is more than the benefit! Wish I could have said that years ago eh? So I keep up my end and continue to cook up a Sewers Surprise (even for me) each night. Iím guessing Iím not alone quilters.

Last Sunday I posted a very interesting interview with a quilter from Saudi Arabia, an English girl named Annie Dunn. Hereís a link to that article: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art179670.asp

Thanks for the interesting emails Iíve been receiving from my readers Ė itís always lovely to hear from you. Donít forget the forum is there for you to use if you have something to say. You can start a conversation if you wish. Hereís the link:http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php/forums/43/1/Quilting

So onto the goodies for this week.

http://growmama.blogspot.co.nz/2012/12/tutorial-vintage-pillowcase-to-bag.html Leila sent me this website , a great idea for uses of used pillowcases Ė we all have them!! Thanks Leila.

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2012/11/60-minute-gift-fold-and-go-play-mat.html a terrific idea - a playmat that converts to a back pack, very clever

http://chezbeeperbebe.blogspot.com.au/2010/03/tutorial-and-pattern-felt-egg-design.html if youíve got some felt scraps, this might be something youíd like to make for the grandies.

http://www.sewsweetness.com/2012/02/tutorial-planetary-mini-quilt.html if you love circular quilt patterns Ė this oneís for you.

http://tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/sewing-hexagons-by-machine-without.html machine sewing hexagons together Ė simply wonderful

http://stitchindye.blogspot.com.au/2009/08/hex-pincushions.html yep, another one, canít help myself!

http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/double-fat-jack-tutorial.html love this quilt, might be a bit tricky with those bias edges

http://www.missmake.com/2011/08/tutorial-how-to-make-lightbox.html make a lightbox without the expense

http://growcreative.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/easy-watercolor-portrait-tutorial.html this is not quilting, but extremely creative

http://buzzingandbumbling.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/making-squares-from-stripes.html a great use for your glorious striped fabrics

http://www.connectingthreads.com/tutorials/How_to_Sew_an_Accurate_Quarter_Inch_Seam_Allowance__D95.html hereís a simple tutorial on getting that quarter inch seam correct

I guess thatís my lot for this week, I hope youíve been able to find something of use amongst these links. Looking forward to popping in again next week, and until then, stay happy and keep those fingers busy!

Cheerio for now

Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
quilting@bellaonline.com

PS. Sorry if you've received this newsletter twice - I was talking on the phone when getting ready to send it out to my readers, and I pressed the wrong button. Oooooops!! My apologies.

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