Hi there, itís almost the end of Winter here and hooray I say. Bring on the warmer months (not hotter note). Itís my darling husbands birthday today and weíre celebrating with our friends and having a special lunch in a restaurant situated on the beautiful Brisbane River. He doesnít like a lot of fuss (like most husbands I suppose) so itís hard to celebrate without making a noise!!
After 36 years of marriage, I guess Iíve had to get used to not making a fuss for his birthdays, but Iíve always insisted that a FUSS be made for mine!! Milestone birthday or not, I want noise, and hip hip hoorays to mark the special occasion. Some of my friends truly resent having another birthday. I reckon, if you didnít have birthdaysÖÖÖÖÖ it would be pretty quiet!!
Anyway, Iím busily making two quilts for my doctorís practice. Theyíve got two doctors having babies and I said Iíd make quilts for them. The first is a paper foundation pieced star quilt. Itís got lots of bright happy fabrics (the sex is unknown for this baby). The other is a simple I spy quilt with lots of boy stuff (itís a boy!!) like tractors and cars and spiders and insects. Iím enjoying making both, and will post photos here when finished. Almost to the quilting stage for both.
Last week I posted another funny Quilters poem by Jenny Riley. This oneís titled Priorities, and I know it will resonate with quilters everywhere. Hereís the link: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art2265.asp
Iím busy selecting patterns to make my Christmas gifts for this year and Iíve posted a question on the forum. What are you planning to make for your gifts this year? Iím hoping Iíll get some inspiration from your replies. Pop over to the forum and let us know what youíre doing. Hereís the link: http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/779770#Post779770
Thank you to Kathryne in TN, Alexis from Vic, Patsy, Mary, Julie in NM, Carolyn, Ina and Debbie in FL (hope youíre safe Deb), for your lovely emails received recently. Itís really love hearing from my readers and hearing what you like in the newsletter (and sometimes what you donít like). I really do appreciate hearing from you.
So onto my little pressies for you this week. Have fun with them!
http://craftycupboard.blogspot.com.au/2010/04/make-life-square-baby-quilt-top-tut.html pretty baby quilt tutorial
http://www.amusingplanet.com/2010/11/incredible-junk-portraits-by-zac.html totally off the wall. the ground, the road, the dustbin etc etcÖÖ, but fantastic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31nuxmYKxQM&feature=youtu.be a great video of all the winners at Paducah 2012
http://themodernquiltguild.com/2012/01/08/100-days-week-of-shapes-tutorial/ a great kite pattern
http://teachergonecrafty.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/cupcake-pin-cushion.html cup cake pincushion
http://www.bijoulovelydesigns.com/2012/04/kaleidoscope-quilt-tutorial.html a nice and simple quilt tutorial
http://www.patchworkposse.com/blog/2012/03/free-pattern-o-is-for-owl-wall-hanging/ hereís a cute little owl wall hanging you can download for free
http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/2011/08/scrappy-color-book.html a great color learning book for your littlie
Must be off, hope allís well at your place. And for those in the path of that monstrous storm, weíre thinking of you Ė stay safe.
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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