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August 3 2010 Quilting Newsletter

Hi there, itís just me popping in to say hello. Itís the last month of winter here and Iím looking forward to getting out of these heavy clothes and back into shorts and shirts for the next 8 months or so. Our winters are really very mild, but I think my blood has thinned over the years, and Iím particularly feeling the cold. (Thatís in between flushes of course!!). My darling has completely given up on me. One minute Iím throwing open all the windows and running the fans, the next Iím putting extra jumpers on and the heater is roaring away.

Iíve had a busy week. I finished off the two quilts for my friends granddaughters. Iím very pleased with the result. I will explain that I received some fabric that the mom wanted to be included in her daughterís quilts. Really pretty fabric from Stof. So I used that as the centre theme for both quilts, and then gathered fabrics that would match. I made the quilts pretty much the same design, but using different fabrics. I backed each one in a different colored fabric (one hot pink, the other teal blue) and bound them differently as well. So on first glance, they appear the same, but with slight differences. Hereís a link to see some photos of the quilts.

We had the third gathering of the Sunshine Linus last Monday and what a day!! We have the most wonderful ladies who are so capable and willing to get busy and create. At the end of the day we had about 80 quilts bound, labelled (thanks to the donation of our own label stamp from the Mooloolah Quilters) and ready for delivery. There were young boy and girl quilts, and lovely teenage quilts. We also had a gorgeous bunch of Blankets of Love to be delivered to the maternity wards. On top of these, we had a huge bag full of preemie hats, booties, beautifully crochet rugs and chemo hats ready to go. So many of these items have been made by friends of our members who have been happy to create ďoff siteĒ. I am coming to realise that this world turns on the generosity of nameless, faceless, generous people who want to help their local community. Itís awesome!!

Last Sunday I posted some free Log Cabin patterns for you to have a look at. Hereís the link to that article:

You wonít receive a newsletter from me next week. Iím off to visit my daughter in the bush. In lieu of my absence Iím including a huge list of goodies for you to enjoy. I do hope you find something of interest in them. gotta make some of these for the charity stall a fabulous placemat design and pattern a great idea with little children present a very quick quilt to make Ė great for linus quilts what a clever idea, with so many uses. a great idea for a fabric storage box all about fabric and chalk markers Ribbon bedecked baby socks - arenít they cute? boy is this a quickie or what? love these tie on slippers a la Doris Day. you can make these swiffer dusters in a trice

Well, Iíd best be off, I do hope you are well and on top of things in your life. If not, stop what youíre doing, pick up a needle and thread and do some quiltingĖ that will help to get things in perspective eh?
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor

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