October 6 2010 Quilting Newsletter
The days are getting longer here, and I’m finding some time to get some sewing done. I’ve just recently finished a lovely Hardanger runner, which will be put to good use in my new lounge. I do love creating hardanger pieces. I have all manner of patterns and books and am always looking for the “right” pattern to make next. The runner I’ve just finished was my own design, and it came up quite nicely, even if I say so myself!
I’m busy preparing for my teaching trip to Norfolk Island at the end of October. I’m one of six teachers who will be presenting workshops at the annual quilt retreat on the island. I’m teaching three different workshops; Tulip Design - Introduction to Needle turn Appliqué for one day, Color, Value & Fabric Selection for one day and Principles and Elements of Design in Quilting Design for Quilters, which will run over two days.
My darling is coming with me and he’ll be bike riding around the island while I teach (well, that’s the plan! Not sure if he’s seen how hilly it is!). We’ll also have three days of sight-seeing. For those of you who don’t know about Norfolk Island, and their wonderful Quilt Retreat, here’s a link for you to see just how beautiful it is. http://www.quiltnorfolk.com/QuiltNorfolk_5.htm
I posted an article I’ve written about joining a quilt group. I think it’s so important for your skill improvement when you are amongst others who can teach, show, inspire and so forth. Here’s the link to that site: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art802.asp
Oh, and my apologies, last week I mentioned the weighted blankets and gave you two links to (1) the article about weighted blankets and (2) the instructions to make them. I managed to make a fabulous boo boo and posted the wrong links. Ooops!! Here’s the correct links for you.
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art2240.asp and http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art2265.asp
So onto my pressies for this week. Again, I’ve found some pretty cool stuff for you. Have fun!
http://theredthreadblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/paper-christmas-wreath-tutorial.html a wreath using paper, but why not use vliesofix and fix two Christmas fabrics together. Will it work the same?
http://designingmoms.blogspot.com/2009/09/make-felt-cookie.html a cute cookie
http://theobjectproject.typepad.com/the_object_project/2009/05/tea-clutch-tutorial.html a fabulous little clutch bag
http://www.ctpubblog.com/2010/03/01/cupcakes-a-mini-quilt/ make a mini cup cake quilt for someone special
http://www.cafepress.com.au/+quilting+bumper-stickers?page=2&topic=101226 not free unfortunately, but a great idea!!
http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2009/06/idtags.html just in time for the holiday season – some travelling tags with attitude!
http://www.sewing.org/files/project/pet_placemats.pdf gorgeous placemats for the special dog or cat in your life!
That’s all from me folks. Well for this week anyway. I hope you are getting time to get some quilting done, even if it’s just reading a quilt book. I’ll be back next week, stay well.
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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