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April 1 2010 Quilting Newsletter


A busy week again, and a short week as well, because of Easter. Itís nice to have a four day weekend, and it looks like the weather is going to be fine and sunny, just what we need after all the rain weíve had in March. My darling is going to spend some time in the garden this weekend, and Iíll be on standby, providing the tea and sympathy when he gets a sore back!!LOL

Iíve been continuing on with my quilt that I started in the Kerry Glen class a few weekends ago, and Iím having a ball. Not sure how itís going to turn out, as I donít really plan these things, they just sort of morph their way into existence. Iíve never been one to sit down and plan each step of a quilt. Perhaps Iíd make better quilts if I did. But itís just not in my personality to do that. I think Iíd rather eat glass than have to pencil & paper plan my quilts. It sort of takes all of the fun out of it for me. I rather love surprises and my quilts often end up complete surprises!! I wonder how other quilters go about creating their quilts. I put this question on the forum for those of you who would like to share your ideas about creating Ė to plan or not to plan. Hereís the link to that question:

http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/593696#Post593696

Last week I posted another article in my ongoing series of Quilting Terms Explained. I had some great feedback on the first article, so hereís a follow up for you. Hereís the link to that article:
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art6327.asp . Oh by the way, if you have a term that youíd like explained, drop me an email and Iíll look into it for you.

So, my gifts for you this week arenít all Easter themed because I appreciate that not all my readers celebrate Easter, but for those that do, hereís a couple for you:
http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2010/3/21/mollys-sketchbook-bunny-finger-puppets.html Bunny Finger Puppets
http://retro-mama.blogspot.com/2009/03/easter-is-in-air.html Fabric Easter Eggs

And because itís a holiday for all, some more fun quilting stuff:

http://craftchi.com/blog/?p=1156 great ideas for using fabric scraps
http://theobjectproject.typepad.com/the_object_project/2009/08/tea-cup-flower-series.html, have a look, just gorgeous!

http://www.ctpubblog.com/2010/03/02/technique-tuesday-with-gladys-love/ Luggage tags using art quilt techniques.

http://www.abramsbooks.com/stc_craft_news/images/weekend_sewing_images/Weekend_Sewing.pdf Quick gardening gloves

Well, friends, itís time for me to say cheerio for now, I do hope this newsletter finds you and yours happy, healthy and a joy to each other. See you next week.

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

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