Hi everyone, I hope this newsletter finds you well and happy. Weíve had an odd week just past. Weíve been having trouble with our internet connection, and it has been very slow and sometimes nonexistent for about a week. I have phoned through to the provider twice and have had to wait several days for a technician to come out to see what the problem is. In that time, weíve had no or very little internet, and it frustrates me no end that it is so slow. So Iíve just stayed off the computer. I thought I might go nuts not being able to connect every day, but Iíve been pleasantly surprised how Iíve coped and been able to do other things.
Naturally Iíve been sewing. My girlfriend Di has recently had her first grandchild and so we organised some time and put a quilt together for her little boy. We had lots of fun and laughs and the quilt is currently at Diís and sheís finishing off the binding. We used a very simple pattern, but it looks fabulous. Iíll make it up for you over the next few weeks and then post it for you on the website. Iíve also finished a cushion top that Iíve designed in Hardanger. It was fun to do, and as always, no pattern for me, just blundering along till I was happy with it. Thereís a couple of photos on my blog if youíd like to see it: http://whenlifehandsyouscraps.blogspot.com.au/
In the non computing time I also managed to do some cleaning. Weíve had so much rain; a lot of the woodwork on the outside of the house has become very grubby so Iíve been cleaning paint surfaces. Oh, and Iíve washed windows too! I must be careful Ė my halo just might choke me!! LOL.
I did manage to post an article on Sunday and this one was all about machine quilting and how weíve come so far since the days of hand quilting only being acceptable by the ďQuilt PoliceĒ. Hereís the link: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art179874.asp
Over at the forum Iíve started a conversation about International Quilt Day 2013 which is celebrated on 16th March (in just a few days). Iím wondering if youíve planned to do anything on that day to mark the occasion. Pop over to the forum and let us know whatís happening in your neck of the woods. Hereís the link: http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/810958#Post810958
And so onto my little gifts for you this week. I hope you enjoy them.
http://deliacreates.blogspot.com.au/2010/05/chore-dice.html hereís a great idea for achieving pain free chores activities
http://verykerryberry.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/friendship-pillow-tutorial.html a great foundation piecing tutorial
http://www.easierthanithought.com/2012/11/fitted-tablecloth-for-play-table.html this fitted tablecloth can solve some potential spillage problems when toddlers are at play
http://www.nickyperryman.co.uk/wild-about-poppies/ hang on to your hat Ė hereís some machine embroidery eye candy!!
a pretty sunflower pin cushion
http://retro-mama.blogspot.com.au/2011/10/home-for-holidays.html gorgeous little softie houses
http://buzzingandbumbling.blogspot.com.au/2011/04/making-faces-tutorial.html a great tutorial on making faces look believable.
http://ginghamcherry.blogspot.com.au/2009/05/teabag-tag-tutorial-i-love-alliteration.html teabag treats to make as gifts
http://patspattering.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Tutorial%3A%20Disappearing%209-Patch hereís a different way for using the disappearing nine patch
Well dear quilters, thatís all from me this week. Stay busy and on top of things and Iíll pop in again next week.
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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