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August 31 2011 Quilting Newsletter

Hi everyone, its the middle of the week again and a chance for me to say hello to you all. I do hope this newsletter comes to you at a time where you can find a few minutes to have a browse at the goodies Im attaching this week. I have lots of fun gathering stuff from all over and I do hope that some of it can come in handy for you at some stage in your quilting journey.

Ive had a request from a long time subscriber to my newsletter. My friend Lynn has sent me a photo of a quilt that shes keen to have identified. In her email to me she says

Hi Judie. I wonder if you can give me a hand on figuring out the name of this really old quilt. I've been checking some of my quilt books but can't seem to see the design in them. It sort of reminds me of the tree of life block but there is no trunk????Thanks for your help Lynn. My friend is from Calgary, Canada. So Im posting this photo on the Bellaonline Quilting website for you all to see and hopefully well come up with an answer for Lynn.

Heres the link to the photo of the quilt on the website:

I posted a useful article on the site last Sunday. I thought it might be handy to have a conversion chart converting metric measurement to imperial measurement. I did this especially for those of you around the world who have to struggle with metric measurements. Here in Australia we measure fabric by the metre (and centimetres), yet we sew and cut in quilting using inches. Very multi-talented I know, but its a real bug-bear sometimes. I imagine there are a number of countries, especially in Europe that still struggle with metric. So heres a link to that article:

Weve had lots of fun on the forum this week. I started the ball rolling with a Patchwork Alphabet Soup. We are up to W at the moment and weve had some stunning contributions. Id like to say thankyou to: Brendy, Dewdrop38, Bakas12, BevY (who I know to be a real scrapper!!),GrannyH, Toni Kay, supergran, gammy, msbaby, kt53sews, rainy3, and Laughing Rain, for contributing to the fun.

I really have enjoyed this bit of a distraction, and I cant wait for the finish at Z. Then well have to think up something else to occupy our minds. Any ideas? Heres the link to the fun weve been having: http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/711598/1

So onto my goodies for you this week. Have fun with them.

http://maidenjane.blogspot.com/2010/04/oversized-beach-tote-in-urban-green-and.html oversized beach bag

http://www.chicaandjo.com/2010/12/10/postage-stamp-holder/ great idea to stop your stamps from being crushed in your handbag

http://mythreesonsknit.blogspot.com/2010/05/hexagon-needle-book-tutorial_1452.html This could be a good idea for a gift for guild members

http://sewtotallysmitten.blogspot.com/2010/08/tic-tac-toe-tutorial.html big tic tac toe game to make

http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2011/01/cupcake-pin-cushions/ I know, I know, ANOTHER pincushion. But this one is sooooo cute!!

http://wewilsons.blogspot.com/2011/01/dolls-and-their-clothes-super-easy.html just what us non sewer grannies need, simple easy instructions for making dolls clothes!

http://www.ludlowquiltandsew.co.uk/Jelly_Roll_Quilt.html heres a simple Quilt made from Jelly Rolls

http://sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/380-how-to-measure-for-a-round-tablecloth heres a quick tut on how to measure for a round table cloth

http://craft-with-confidence.blogspot.com/2011/01/rockin-boy-slippers-tutorial.html heres my slipper fetish again, but these are terrific

Thats all from me this week. I hope you find something of interest in this newsletter. If youve got time, drop me an email via the newsletter front page I love hearing from my readers. Tell me what youre up to these days.
Till next week, keep you needle loaded and fingers busy!!
Cheerio for now

Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor

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