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August 18 2011 Quilting Newsletter

Hi everyone, itís Quilters Quarters newsletter time again! Iíve been battling a nasty head cold this week. Came on as a sore throat and them wham, hit me like a brick wall. Havenít felt like doing much quilting, just mooching around feeling sorry for me!

When Iím crook like this week, I spend a lot of time reading my quilting books. Even if Iíve read them before, itís amazing the fresh ideas you come across. Iím lucky to have a rather large library of quilting books, and I love them all. One day Iíll take the time to catalogue them and cross reference them. That would be the best way to manage them I think. I know thereís some great computer programs out there that help to manage and catalogue your books. So one dayÖ..

Talking about computer programs, whilst surfing this week I came across a great FREE online quilt design program. So I continued surfing for more and eventually ended up with three very interesting, free to use, online quilt design programs. I thought you might like to know about them and posted an article about them last Sunday. Hereís the link, if you have the time, pop over and give them a go. http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art172756.asp Itís sooo much fun!

Thought you might like to have some fun on the forum this week. Letís play a game! Itís called Patchwork Alphabet Soup. Post a quilt related word that begins with the letter of the alphabet that comes next. Each post should be someone new with a word that begins with the letter that comes after the previous poster's letter. I can only imagine the creativity we'll have to dig up to find something for x, y, and z! Iím going to start with the first letter of the alphabet A. Pop over to the forum and have some fun with me! Click on this link: http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/708297#Post708297

Onto my little gifts for you this week. I hope you enjoy the browsing.

http://smashedpeasandcarrots.blogspot.com/2010/12/double-oven-mitt-tutorial.html a great tutorial on two gloved oven mitts

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projects-ideas/bags-pillows/sewing-roll_1.html?sssdmh=dm17.486682&esrc=nwapq&email=1665166578 a gorgeous sewing roll

http://www.prudentbaby.com/2010/12/how-to-make-wine-gift-bag.html a great gift idea, should make a few and stash them away for that last minute gift!

http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2010/08/tutorial-patchwork-wristlet.html A pretty wristlet for your teenager

http://madetotreasure.blogspot.com/2010/06/hat-pincushions-grand-finale.html just looking!!!!

http://modernquiltlove.wordpress.com/2009/07/14/perfect-box-pouch-tutorial/ just love these little boxes. And so easy to make!!

http://theprojectcorner.blogspot.com/2010/03/i-spy-quilt-complete.html this is a little different to the I Spy quilts Iím familiar with, but a great idea and makes for easy quilting and piecing.

http://birdnestontheground.blogspot.com/2011/02/french-knot-buttons.html these buttons would look gorgeous on a lovely linen blouse.

Well dear friends, must away. I do hope this newsletter finds you flying with the wind beneath your wings, and giving you a great view of life on the way!

Cheerio for now

Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor

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