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March 1 2011 Quilting Newsletter


Hi everyone, popping my head in to have a quick chat. Iíve just poured myself a cuppa, so hope you have too!

At last! Iíve finished my blue quilt for our bed and Iím very pleased with the finished quilt. I mentioned in a previous newsletter that I used a quilt as you go method which was very useful as the blocks were 22Ē square and I had 20 in the quilt. Yes itís a biggie, but it hangs very well over our oversized sleigh bed. I had to hand sew the binding in shifts as it was so big and heavy and the weather here has been so hot and muggy.

Iíll be posting an article about it in the next few weeks, keep an eye out for it. Iíll be giving dimensions and instructions for making one block. The machine quilting was quite simple, as the pattern was busy enough. In some places I lost the plot whilst quilting and could have done better, but hey, Iím happy with the result. Iím not one for angsting over perfect or near perfect. If Iím happy with it, itís perfect!!

I posted a book review last week on a book I received from Martingdale (That Patchwork Place) called Color for the Terrified Quilter (that covers about 50% of the quilters I know). Itís a great book and full of AH HA moments. Hereís the link to the article: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art4963.asp

Had a lovely question from a reader about buying an existing quilting business at the forums. Hereís the link to the question and my answer. If you have a comment to make, please feel free to make it here. The more opinions on this particular subject, the better I say. http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/664261/Buying_a_quilting_store#Post664261

So onto my goodies for this week. Have fun!

http://pickupsomecreativity.blogspot.com/2011/02/sewing-101-with-karen-organizing-your.html another great idea for keeping those bobbins from straying

http://sewhomegrown.blogspot.com/2011/01/diy-springtablecloth.html I like the idea of a pieced table cloth

http://andiejohnsonsews.blogspot.com/search/label/Quick%20Scrappy%20Crazy%20Quilt%20Block Heres some instructions for doing away with those scraps Ė but making a sensational scrappy quilt.

http://modernquiltlove.wordpress.com/2009/07/16/the-tale-of-two-hedgehog-pincushions-and-a-free-pattern-to-make-your-own/ sweet little hedgehog pincushions (yep, another pincushion!!).

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projects-ideas/bags-pillows/folk-art-needle-case_1.html?sssdmh=dm17.486682&esrc=nwapq&email=1665166578 a folk style needle case made from felt

http://craftygemini.blogspot.com/2010/10/ripping-out-stitches.html hereís a video tutorial on pulling out stitches, very interesting!!

http://www.craftjr.com/fall-kitchen-crafts-owl-towels/ a cute addition to your kitchen

Well folks, I must away, I have a lunch date and need to go and give myself a little stress finding something to wear!! Hope allís well in your neck of the woods. Keep busy and always with a smile.

Cheerio for now


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

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