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July 16 2010 Quilting Newsletter

Hello everyone, it’s me just popping in again. Wow, that week disappeared very quickly. We had a great gathering at the monthly Queensland Quilters on Tuesday. I got there late. (believe me, I had so many little mishaps on the way, I really should have stayed in bed). But there was the usual friendly buzz going on, with lots of book borrowing, paying for classes and membership and jolly gossip between friends.

We had a very interesting talk from a tour director who has organised a Quilt Tour to Japan. Yes Japan. Apparently they have several big quilt shows each year and the tours sounded fantastic and very affordable. I guess coming from Oz, it would be a bit cheaper that flying out of the US, but the time of year sees the wonderful colors of Japan.
I must say, I’m very tempted, but this year’s chockers with plans, so maybe next year.

Anyway, unusually, I had some show and tell!! That’s a rarity for me I must say, most of my show and tell gets given away before a gathering so this was special. I attended a workshop on the previous Saturday doing the class “It’s a wrap”. You’ve probably seen the pattern, a bag, made with cording and Bali fabrics, and sewn together using the sewing machine. Anyway, I am very proud of the bag I made. It was very easy, and it helped that we had Sally giving us the instructions. A true teacher I must say. I didn’t use Bali fabrics; instead I spent a morning head down and bottom up in my fabric stash and chose 6 different scrap fabrics. I’m thrilled with the result!

We had another good response to our food drive for the 139 Club in the city. This is a homeless day shelter, and we (the Queensland Quilters) have been providing food and clothing to them for about 12 months. It’s been a great response from our members and our donations are really appreciated. When I was dropping some food cans off on the Tuesday afternoon, an old fellow, probably 70, was leaving the premises, but stopped as I passed by and said, “thanks missus, thanks for thinking of us”. Well, I couldn’t see after that. Eyes filled with tears and a breaking heart. It has steeled my resolve even more to continue to encourage donations and get them there for the clients at 139 Club.

Last Sunday I posted another in the series of Quilting Terms explained. I hope there’s something there that is useful for you. Here’s the link: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art67478.asp

So onto my goodies for you this week. There’s a few odd balls, but they’re all interesting. Enjoy

http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2010/01/tutorial-puffy-pouch.html Puffy pouch for money purse

http://melinful.blogspot.com/2010/01/travel-tissue-cover-tutorial.html an easy tutorial for a travel tissue cover

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/01/childs-activity-bag.html Childs Activity bag with crayon holders. Very cute

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/01/childs-activity-bag.html a Child’s activity bag

http://www.ctpubblog.com/2010/03/01/cupcakes-a-mini-quilt/ a really cute cupcake quilt, Love it!

http://cabbagequilts.blogspot.com/2010/03/girl-can-change-her-mindcant-she.html a String Quilt with a difference

Well, quilters, that’s all from me this week. Hope everything is well at your home, and please remember if you have a member of your family that you’re worrying about, be comforted that the rest of your Bellonline quilting friends are keeping you in their thoughts. If you are a quilter, you have friends all over the world!
Cheerio for now

Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor

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