Good day to everyone and I hope this email is finding you a bit of time to sit and catch up.
I never talk politics in this newsletter, but Iím going to mention it, only briefly today. Here in Australia things are hotting up on the political front, with a General Election expected to be called any day now. If youíve been following the dramas that have been played out in the federal arena here in Oz lately, youíll know that the behaviour of all parties have rivalled any ridiculous scripts that you find in soap operas the world over.
I have to tell you that I have come to a tipping point. Iím over it. Completely and utterly sick and tired of the machinations of those who are supposed to be intelligent representatives of the people.
So, I have banned any news bulletins or programs from my sewing room. I am only listening to music or talking books Ė talkback radio and current affairs are no go zones for me. And I love it!! All Iím concentrating on is when I think Iíll finish the next quilt and when am I going to get around to sorting through my craft books. Very important stuff and something I CAN control. Iím sure Iím not alone in thinking like I do. I wonder am I getting older and more impatient. Or am I getting older and having higher expectations from those people Iíve placed my trust in?
Last Sunday I posted a review on a book I received from Leisure Arts. Itís called Mile a Minute Quilts and hereís the link: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art180976.asp
My article on tips for quilters last week prompted me to invite readers to list their three most helpful quilting tips so that other quilters could benefit. Unfortunately, Iíve only had one response, and Iím hoping to create a rolling article where I include all the reader tips into one article. I wonít add names, just your tips. Hereís the article that Iíve started: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art181080.asp
So hop onto the forum and share your three most helpful tips. Hereís the link: http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/829117/What_are_your_3_most_helpful_t#Post829117
Lots of goodies for you this week, hope you have fun browsing.
http://www.howjoyful.com/2011/03/lovely-spaces-craft-room/ some lovely creative spaces here Ė maybe some inspiration for you.
http://createstudio.blogspot.com.au/2010/06/road-trip-backpack-pillow.html hereís a great tutorial for a road trip backpack and pillow
http://www.adventuresofadiymom.com/search?q=shoes this is not only a shoe organizer, but could be an organizer for all manner of things!!
http://www.noortjedekeijzer.nl/work/my-knitted-boyfriend-2/ This is an absolute HOOT! Stick with it, youíll love it. I donít exactly remember how I stumbled on this, but itís worth a watch. Itís a video.
https://www.threadbias.com/blog_posts/crossroads-block-tutorial a very interesting cross roads block tutorial
http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com.au/2011/04/living-up-to-my-blog-name.html scrappy triangles to make into anything you desire
http://www.leighlaurelstudios.com/my-blog/2013/04/free-pattern-friday-1.html a skinny pincushion ideal for next to your sewing machine.
http://www.sewdelicious.com.au/2012/08/cat-softie-free-pattern-tutorial.html a kitty kit softie
http://www.singerco.com/projects/detail/556/quilted-table-runner a quilted table runner tutorial from Singer
Well, dear readers I must away and get some ironing done. I do hope all is well at your place and that you can find time to catch up next week.
Till then, take care and cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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