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May 21 2013 Quilting Newsletter


Hello dear quilters, Iíve been busy sewing this week. My project is a quilt for a young man, the son of a friend of one of our girls at Sunshine Linus Inc. Iím using my precious stash of plaid fabrics that Iíve been saving since forever. I made a plaid quilt when we were living temporarily in Melbourne in 2000, and this is the fabric thatís been left over. Iíve added to it over the years.

AnywayÖÖ when I heard that plaid fabric would be perfect for the quilt, I thought what better way to use it up. Iím probably not going to make another plaid quilt for our bed, so itís the most sensible thing to do. I had a chat with Jakes Mum, who basically gave me carte blanche re pattern, so I picked a really nice pattern from my Quilt Pro computer program.

Iím making the blocks 18Ē and thereís 25 blocks made as this quilt needs to be a big queen size. Iíve finished the blocks and will be starting on quilting each block (quilt as you go technique) before I put it together with sashings. Iíll be taking some photos along the way and will let you know when I post them on my blog. Iím having lots of fun, and the need to be accurate with my machine piecing is a challenge I just love.

Iíve been busy writing another article on quilting techniques Ė the likes of which Iíve taught over the years. The article this week is all about Straight of Grain Fabric, Bias Grain an all those questions about how best to use straight of grain or bias edges. Iíve make the effort to explain exactly what they are, and how best to make and use them. I hope you enjoy it. Hereís the link:
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art180532.asp

We received a post from our reader who was looking for the quilting books. Unfortunately the books suggested werenít the one she was looking for. So keep your eyes out and hopefully it will come to someone further down the track. Thanks for your ideas Ė itís great to be able to help each other.

So onto the little browsings that Iíve collected for you this week. Have some fun!

http://www.canadianquilter.com/photo-gallery/national-jury-show.php?year=2013 a great lot of eye candy from the Canadian Quilter National Jury Show 2013.

http://scientificseamstress.blogspot.com.au/2011/10/printable-bias-tape-maker.html Printable bias maker? Wow, such a great idea Ė I love the scientific seamstress BlogSpot.

https://sew4home.com/projects/bath-linens/bobs-doggie-dryer a perfect towel for drying your dog (gotta make one for Cadbury!).

http://holloughby.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/sewing-tuesday-glam-fish-stuffie.html a cute fishie softie

http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com.au/2011/06/scrappy-tiling-tutorial.html an unusual technique, but very effective.

http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com.au/2008/05/make-teacup-pincushion.html a pretty teacup pincushion

http://featheredfibers.wordpress.com/2008/01/06/how-to-quilt-freehand-feathers/ free hand quilting tutorial

http://buzzingandbumbling.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/tutorial-centering-words-in-your.html having trouble with placement of embroidered letters? This will solve your problem.

http://enpundit.com/landscape-art-by-michael-mcgillis/ thereís nothing like nature as art.

Here in Australia, weíre just hearing the news of the dreadful Tornado in Oklahoma City and the awful toll that is rising at a huge rate. I can only imagine how those affected must be feeling and I want to let you know that you are in our hearts.

Till next week take care everyone, and do try to get some quilting done during the week Ė itís food for the soul!!
Cheerio for now

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

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