Hi everyone, itís the first of April and itís a Wednesday, so itís newsletter day. I hope this newsletter finds you well and happy no matter where you are situated on our globe.
Itís been a pretty quiet week for me, now that Iíve completed my Leaf quilt. Itís laying face down on my spare bed, in readiness to be delivered to my quilting consultant next week, who will turn it into a masterpiece. Iíve got it spread out to avoid any unnecessary wrinkles. I spent just on two hours cleaning up the wrong side of the quilt, from all the messy threads, and making sure the seams were ironed correctly. With all that handling, especially with Needleturn appliquť, lots of little stray threads appear. This canít be helped, but they must be neatened off before quilting. I wrote an article about how to prepare your quilt-top for quilting, hereís the link for you: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art10163.asp
I attended a Trivia Night last Saturday night, with my sister Lyn, who is my darling nephew Nicholasís mum. The primary school that Nicholas attends was raising funds. We had a ball. Both my sister and I are rather competitive when we play games Ė anything really, tennis, cards, and board games, we love to play and we love to win!! So we combined forces and prepared ourselves to storm through the questions and outdo all others. There were 17 tables represented, and we cameÖ.. Seventeenth!! Not sure what happened there, we were so confident!!!. Iíd better stick with quilting I think!! We did laugh a lot and really did enjoy ourselves. I love quizzes of all kinds, and I think I might write a quilt quiz for my Bellaonline readers. It would cover all manner of subjects to do with quilting. What do you think? Would you like to participate in a quilt quiz? Let me know on the forum Ė Iíll post the subject there. Hereís the link: http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=507387Post507387
So onto my gift for you this week. In the Christian world Easter is just about here, so Iíve found a lovely little pattern for Easter eggs. Theyíre made of fabric and absolutely gorgeous. They could probably stay on your table centre the whole year. Hereís the link to the instructions and the template. http://retro-mama.blogspot.com/2009/03/easter-is-in-air.html and http://www.retro-mama.com/easter_egg_pattern.pdf
For those who donít celebrate Easter, Iíve sourced a delightful apple pincushion made purely from felt. Itís so pretty and would look lovely on your table centre, especially in numbers. Have fun with this one. Hereís the link to the instructions: http://www.livingcreatively.com.au/projects/create_now_project.php?v=80
Well, my dear quilters, thatís all from me for this week. Thanks to all of you for your kind messages and best wishes to me for a speedy recovery after my fall. Iím just about back together again, like Humpty Dumpty, but I must admit my confidence has been rattled a little. A very steady Judie goes up and down the stairs these days.
Love to all, speak with you next week. Cheerio for now, and have fun quilting
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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