Good Day to all on this beautiful May morning here in Brissy. Just love this time of the year Ė very good for the soul Iím sure.
Itís the Week of the Volunteer in Australia (and probably around the globe) and Iím mindful of all the nameless, faceless people who consistently arrive at soup kitchens, opportunity shops, homeless shelters, drive hospital patients, visit the sick and dying, care for the disabled and the many thousands of quilters and crafters who make articles for the needy.
I know I havenít mentioned every volunteer that exists, that would be impossible, but it is important for us to pause in our busy lives and give thanks to those who offer their time, spare resources and empathy for those in need.
Itís hard and even scary to imagine what our world would be like without volunteers. It would also be difficult for me to imagine not volunteering as part of my day to day activities. Helping others is an amazing form of therapy for me and helps me to keep my own issues in perspective. I can thoroughly recommend it!
It was Mothers Day last week, and I posted some ideas for gifts for quilters that Iíve sourced from the web. Hereís the link: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art180473.asp
Thanks for those wonderful readers who were able to give us some clues to the quilt book that our reader was looking for. Iím waiting to hear if we hit the jackpot, Iíll keep you posted.
Iíve had a bit of spare time this week and have been surfing on the web for some interesting goodies for you. Here they are, and have fun!
http://www.whateverdeedeewants.com/2011/03/spring-fling-recovering-umbrella.html how to recover an umbrella in your favourite quilting fabrics
http://www.craftbuds.com/quick-triangles-baby-quilt/ a very quick and easy baby quilt to make in half a day!
http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/tool-time-tuesdayfinial-to-raise-table.html need to raise your sewing table Ė hereís a quick tutorial
http://www.aquamoonartquilts.blogspot.com.au/p/art-quilt-gallery.html some great art quilt eye candy here
http://www.punkprojects.com/2011/07/car-book-holder-diy.html yep, every mom should have one of these
http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2012/12/santa-hat-chair-covers-a-serious-bah-humbug-repellent.html I know weíre a long way from Christmas, but if youíre anything like me you need 6 months notice
http://www.jmddesigns.co.nz/tutorials/valentine_tutorial.htm sweet little fabric bowls you could use for anything
http://www.urbanthreads.com/tutorials.aspx?t=Happy+Cactus+Pincushion a very sharp pincushion Ė yummy!
Well, thatís all Iíve got for you this week quilters. I do hope you are able to spend a little time browsing through these links. I also hope this newsletter finds you well and in good spirits.
If notÖÖhere's a HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGG
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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