Knock Knock itís me popping onto your screen to say hello. Weíve just celebrated the winter solstice here in Australia. Coinciding with the solstice is a very full moon which has brought huge tides and as a result our beaches up and down the coast have suffered the most dreadful erosion. It will take many months of hard work to restore the beaches to their pristine condition. At present there is somewhere between a 15 to 20 foot drop to get onto the beaches so theyíre pretty dangerous at the moment.
My sewing room looks like itís had a high tide also Ė lots of fabric flotsam and jetsam on every surface LOL! Iíve been busy sewing little wallets as our gift for attendance at our Open Day in August. These are made using lots of little scraps, so Iím feeling rather angelic. Made about 100 so far Ė only a couple more hundred to go!!
Have also finished some more quilt tops for our Aussie Hero Quilts (going to our serving services personnel), and theyíre off at the long arm quilter to be quilted.
We had our monthly meeting at Sunshine Linus on Monday. It was our third birthday, but we didnít stop to celebrate for long Ė too much to do. Pop over to the Sunshine Linus blog and see what we got up to. Hereís the link: http://sunshinelinusgroup.blogspot.com.au/
Last week I posted an article about choosing the fabrics to include in your quilt. Polycotton was once all we had to use, and some people are returning to its use in quilts. I also mention how you can test a fabric to see if its cotton or polycotton. Hereís the link: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art180783.asp
Weíve been going like the clappers on the forum this week. Great conversations and topics and itís great to see my readers participating. Thereís lots to learn on the forum, so head on over and have your say. Hereís the link: http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=43
I had some spare time this week, so managed to find some pretty interesting stuff for you to browse through. Enjoy!
BTW, a reader (Hi Julie!) reminded me to mention that if you miss any newsletters, or accidentally delete them, you can go over to the opening page of the Quilting site, look to the right and where you subscribe for the newsletter; youíll see a prompt that says ďpast issuesĒ. Click on there and you can get any of the hundreds of newsletters that Iíve posted since commencing writing the Quilting website since October 2007!
http://apartmentgeeks.net/12-awesome-home-organization-ideas-2/ more organizing ideas, love em!!
http://mypoppet.com.au/2012/03/how-to-diy-tee-pee-tent-part-1.html#more make a tepee for your little adventurers
http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/art-and-design/news-unwanted-materials-and-art-jane-perkins more fantastic uses for unwanted buttons and bibs and bobs
http://beeinmybonnetco.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/can-you-believe-it.html a bottle apron - so cute
http://alicias-hiding-place.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/tutorial-easy-patchwork-coasters_10.html?m=1 really cute coasters to make from scrap fabrics
http://www.liaspace.com/2012/02/flower-pouch-from-handkerchief.html a pretty flower pouch from a handkerchief
http://www.aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com/2012/01/how-to-make-pencil-case.html I love the look of this simple pencil case
http://mamalovequilts.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/improv-log-cabin-block-tutorial.html an improvised log cabin block tutorial
http://www.sewkindofwonderful.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/curve-nine-patch-tutorial.html curved nine patch tutorial Ė I think this would make a really lovely quilt
http://ellisonlane.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/easy-appliqued-circles-tutorial.html applique circles? Itís a cinch!
Thatís all Iíve got for you this week folks. I must get on with cutting out my little wallets and perhaps cook something for tea!! Hope allís well for you, donít forget if you want to be in touch, hereís my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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