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March 7 2012 Quilting Newsletter


Hi everyone, just me popping my head through the back door to say hello and check on how you are. I do hope all my subscribers to the Quilters Quarters Newsletter (and there are 4,016 of them!) are well and happy, and at least getting a little bit of quilting done each day.

I spent the last two days sorting my embroidery threads. What a job! When Iím stitching, I tend to be in a frenzy of sorts, and donít always wind them correctly back on the bobbin. So I had a pretty big mess to sort out. I have the numbers on the bobbins, but I stopped short of sorting them into number order. I prefer my threads (or floss) to be in colour order. That way I can grab the exact thread I want, because I can compare it with others that are near it. Itís difficult to do that if they are in number order. Anyway, the job is done now, and wonít need to be done again for a few months!! Iím sure Iím not alone, out there in quilting world I know thereís a lot of crafters doing the same thing.

Last week I reposted the State Blocks of America block for Oklahoma Ė The Oklahoma Boomer block, but this time I put in the diagrams that have been missing for some time. Unfortunately when some editors leave, they choose to take their work with them (and they have that right to), and this set of diagrams have needed to be redone. Thanks for a heads up from a reader that this needed to be done, hereís the link for you: Quilt Blocks of the States - Oklahoma Boomer - A 9 inch pieced quilt block pattern from our Quilt Blocks of the States series. http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art593.asp

Donít forget the Quilting forum is there for you to use. You can post queries, comments or just have a chat with other quilters. To participate in free, fun online discussions, this site has a community forum all about Quilting located here - http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=43

So onto my goodies for you this week. Have fun!

http://pennyshands.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-to-sharpen-your-rotary-cutter-blade.html havenít tried these ideas, if you do let us know how they go.

http://www.fatquartershop.com/store/stores_app/Browse_Item_Details.asp?
Shopper_id=3713105139213713&Store_id=499&page_id=23&Item_ID=61416&Parent_Ids= I donít normally highlight commercial patterns or businesses, but this is worth a look.

http://crafty-couple.blogspot.com/2011/10/busy-bag-series-part-1.html a sanity rescue idea for granny.

http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/10/embroidery-thread-wrapped-picture-frame.html a really sweet gift for a needleworker

http://blockaday.com/quilting-a-chair/ what a terrific idea for a very old unhappy chair

http://craftsnob.com/2011/10/make-a-pincushion/ another really lovely pincushion
(you thought Iíd forgotten it, didnít you?)

http://www.studs-and-pearls.com/2011/05/diy-scarf-vest.html I love this idea and itís very fashionable at present

http://craftygemini.blogspot.com/2010/03/episode-2a-another-giveaway.html button earrings, so easy, so much fun!

Well, I must away, dear quilters. Stay busy and happy through the week, and donít forget to hug someone each day. Itís good for your soul too!!
Cheerio for now



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

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