October 8 2013 Quilting Newsletter
After such a busy week last week, I’m relaxing this week and enjoying just pottering around the garden and in my sewing room. With spring well and truly upon us it’s a joy to poke around outside, pulling the odd dead flower head, and watering the happy plants. My husband does all the hard yakka in the garden, I offer my opinion about planting and cutting, which occasionally is taken notice of!
When we first came to this home about three years ago, the gardens were clipped within an inch of their life. All hedges nearly 8 foot tall. So we decided to soften the look and have added a huge amount of under planting with variegated textural plants, and lots of hanging baskets. Just like quilting really – all about the colour!
Last week I posted a free pattern I devised for a soft block roll. It’s one I’ve made many times over and thought I’d like to share it with you. Here’s the link: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art181666.asp
I’ve also posted a new conversation on the forum about Quilt Show Judges critique. Here in Australia, we don’t have a written critique offered when we enter our quilts. But I do know that America Quilt shows more often than not, offer written critique. I wonder how this works, and if readers find it useful, helpful or hurtful. Here’s the link to that subject, and let’s get chatting.
Lots of goodies for your enjoyment this week. Have fun!
http://www.quiltsoup.com/PetalPath_free_pattern.pdf a very pretty girlie quilt from Quilt Soup
http://boutiquenutmegdesigns.blogspot.com.au/2009/06/pretty-little-purse-pincushion-tutorial.html here’s a cute little purse pincushion – great gift idea
http://www.howjoyful.com/2012/06/camera-carrier-insert-tutorial/ a clever camera bag tutorial
http://www.andsewwecraft.com/2013/05/how-to-joining-batting-scraps/ how to join batting scraps
http://createstudio.blogspot.com.au/2009/04/hanging-crib-toy-bag-tutorial.html a hanging bag for your baby’s cot
http://cupcakesandcrinoline.com/2013/04/shabby-chic-shoe-laces/ my grandmother would have freaked if I’d worn these when she was about – now it’s all the rage!!
http://www.crazymomquilts.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/crazy-mom-quilts-one-way-to-knit-rag.html an amazing rag rug using knitting needles – I’m going to do this one for sure
http://www.craftycupboard.net/2013/03/composition-notebook-cover-tutorial.html a just love the idea of covering books with fabric
http://craftandnappies.blogspot.co.nz/2012/11/sewing-case-tutorial.html a delightful sewing case with a zipper – very good tutorial here
That’s all for this week quilters. I do hope this newsletter arrives at a convenient time and that you have a chance to skip through the goodies and find something interesting.
Till next week, keep those fingers busy.
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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