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July 12 2011 Quilting Newsletter

Hi all, hope itís a good week for you this week. Well, itís happened to me AGAIN! Just when Iíve got my sewing room in order, put all my fabric stash folded in color ways, neatly in their containers and selected the next UFO that I am going to finish Ė I see the most wonderful quilt that Iíve just got to make immediately!!

During show and tell at Queensland Quilters yesterday, a quilt was shown that was made by our oldest member Lorna May. It is the most stunning quilt, made of hexagons, but a little different to the usual grandmothers garden. The fabrics used are very exotic which give an amazing richness to the finished quilt. And the most amazing thing is that this quilt was made 30 years ago.

The fabrics used in the quilt by Lorna are as current today as they were back then. Iíve just got to make one for myself. I donít often want to copy someone elseís creativity but Iím making an exception with this one. I have a perfect spot for it to hang in my stair well. I can hardly breathe Iím so excited and Iíve got to get it going PRONTO!

Of course, last night I thrashed around my fabrics looking for the perfect fabric and suddenly my room is in a frenzy of fabrics flying to all four corners, templates being made and made again, and nothing else (especially housework) getting done till Iíve found all the fabric I can use for this wonderful quilt!!

Does this sound familiar? Please assure me that Iím not the only one who canít stick to a plan for 5 minutes!! My school report always said ďJudith is easily distractedĒ Amen!

Last Sunday I posted an article about our 10,000 quilt donation by Project Linus in Brisbane. Hereís the link to that article and some photographs of the momentous occasion.

I have some interesting little items for you to browse through this week. Pour yourself a cuppa and check them out:

http://www.craftsbyamanda.com/2011/01/make-valentine-tea-bags.html a lovely gift idea, not only for valentines, but any celebration occasion.

http://crafty-side.blogspot.com/2011/01/scrappy-bookmarks.html a simple little gift

http://www.slideshare.net/kootoyoo/how-to-make-a-simple-square-pincushion?type=powerpoint this is a very novel way of showing a technique and of course Ėanother pincushion!

http://craft-with-confidence.blogspot.com/2011/01/rockin-boy-slippers-tutorial.html hereís my slipper fetish again, but these are terrific

http://loveaffairwithmybrother.blogspot.com/2011/02/happy-birthday-to-us.html a great idea for the birthday boy or girl

http://www.flickr.com/photos/movinghands/sets/72157625882857070/with/5378999084/ some fantastic quilts at the latest quilt festival in Tokyo. Enjoy

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/02/charming-wine-gift-bags.html A wine bottle carrier to personalize

http://madquilter.blogspot.com/2009/11/free-spinners-lap-mat-tutorial.html I like this idea for taking to classes.

Thatís all for now folks, I do hope you are well and keeping up with your daily routine. If not, donít worry, youíre in great company!!

Cheerio for now

Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor

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