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May 12 2009 Quilting Newsletter

Hi all, another mid week newsletter arrives on your portal. How are you all? I do hope youíre managing OK in ďthese timesĒ. Iím not sure what ďthese timesĒ really means. I think perhaps itís the new ďnormalĒ. So I guess we all need to take a big deep breath and stay positive.

Iíve got a busy day today. Over the past few months I have been organizing the establishment of a craft group at our local library. It is planned that this group is for anyone who stitches with a needle which encompasses such crafts as knitting, crochet, tatting, quilting, embroidery, cross stitch, tapestry and so forth. The community library offers rooms for no charge as long as the group is a non profit organization. That means the group can remain free to all. I think this is the way for us to (a) bring the community of crafters together in an unthreatening environment (ie, no competition); (b) have a profile within the community; and (c) hopefully, bring craft to the younger community who are always at the library for some reason or another. If we want our crafts to be continued in future generations, I guess this is one way to raise the awareness that such pastimes exist and are practiced regularly.

Anyway, thatís whatís happening today, the first of these meetings. Iíve arranged to have these meetings once per month for this year, and once itís up to speed and has found its feet, weíll set the wheels in motion for a more frequent gathering calendar. So Iím very excited and nervous. Havenít a clue how many people are going to attend. Iíve done all the free advertising that I can with local newspapers and free online advertising sites, so itís a wait and see situation now. Keep your fingers crossed for a successful beginning wonít you.

Iíve been busy surfing again, and have revamped the Free Appliquť patterns on the Quilting site. Iíve found some really great patterns, and have been amazed that some of these are being offered for free, they are so detailed and very well put together. Anyway, hereís the link to the new patterns, knock yourself out!!
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art806.asp . I also resurrected from the archives an article I wrote some time ago on Keeping a Quilting Stash. Hereís the link to that article for those who havenít seen it yet:

Donít forget the forum that is attached to the BellaOnline Quilting site Ė itís there for all the readers to participate in. Have you got anything youíd like to say about this website or anything else to do with quilting? Hereís your forum Ė pop on and tell us what you think. Hereís the link: http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=43&page=1

My gift to you today is a bit quirky, but my friend Kate found this site and I think itís a beauty. If youíve ever wondered about color and things like complimentary and split-complimentary terms etc, this little site will help you to understand what itís all about. Itís a site for those that are using color schemes in their websites, but I thought it was a goody for us too. Have a look: http://colorschemedesigner.com/ . Iíll be commencing a comprehensive Color for Quilters Workshop on the BellaOnline Quilting site soon, so stay tuned for that.

Well, folks, thatís all for now, stay well and happy, and keep those fingers crafting. Till next week,

Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor

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