Good Morning all, the sun is shining through a thin layer of soft cloud and the garden is singing! Weíve had quite a bit of rain over the past few days, and as itís spring here, the new shoots are shooting, and the buds a blooming. Such a lovely time is spring here in Brisbane, Australia. But unfortunately spring doesnít last long and soon weíll be head first into humid and moist summery days, with afternoon thunderstorms blowing up from the southwest.
Iím still discovering my new garden. Itís funny when youíre looking at buying a house; you try to ďseeĒ everything. But, after the chaos of moving, I am now finding time to wander the garden and am discovering lovely flora (and fauna). The fauna comes as big huntsman spiders, gorgeous butterflies and geckos and eastern water dragons (lizards), and bush turkeys who love to distribute our garden over about a 500 foot circumference!! We also have a large bird community here.
My next door neighbours have kookaburras who visit regularly and Iíve noticed lots of different parrots soaring around the skies. As for the flora, I have discovered three magnolia trees, two different varieties and very pretty. Not a lot of scent, but beautiful to look at. Iíve also discovered the most delightful hibiscus that is just about ready to explode with color.
Weíre finally feeling settled and itís good to get back to the serious part of life Ė quilting!! Last Sunday I posted an article on finding the time to quilt and I encourage you to go over and have a read. Hereís the link: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art1332.asp
The forum has had some activity Ė pop over and have a look at whatís going on there. http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/629278/EZ3_Quilting_Frame#Post629278
I have some interesting goodies for you this week. Thank you to those who write and give me feedback on the goodies I offer each week. Itís always nice to know what youíd like to read about and if these little special bits are useful to you. So thanks again.
Hereís your lot for this week:
http://www.merrimentdesign.com/baby-sunhat-pattern-with-ruffles-and-ties.php a lovely little Sunhat with ruffles for your little one.
http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2009/12/raw-edge-circle-quilt-tutorial.html a great tutorial on circles for beginner quilters
http://www.howjoyful.com/2010/05/howjoyful-bear-tutorial-and-pattern/ a cut bear pattern to download
http://expectmoore.blogspot.com/2010/08/pocket-week-pocket-quiet-book.html a great idea - a pocket quiet book for the littlies
http://craftsanity.com/2010/08/craftsanity-on-tv-handmade-key-fobs-to-help-you-keep-track-of-your-keys-in-style/ handcrafted key fob
http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=527 great for old chooks like me who always require a ďsoft spotĒ when outdoors.
http://www.prudentbaby.com/2010/08/diy-nap-matbed-roll.html no itís not a quillow, but equally as clever
http://www.scribd.com/doc/35531986/Embroidered-Card-Tutorial how to embroider a card tutorial
Well, thatís all from me this week. Iím going to Norfolk Island in a few weeks to teach at an International Quilt Retreat (hereís the link: www.quiltnorfolk.com )
So I best away and continue packing kits. Hope allís well at your place this week. Iíll pop in again next week.
Cheerio for now and remember, if you donít quilt, you wilt!!!
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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