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November 15 2011 Quilting Newsletter

Hello again, it’s me knocking at your back door, hoping all is well in your neck of the woods. Another week spins by and for me it’s been a bit of a resting week and I’m pretty grateful for that. I’ve had a chance to tidy my sewing room (ready for the next messy creation) and get a handle on the Bellaonline website. I’m spending a bit of time tidying up the dead links and other housekeeping that needs to be done.

Yesterday a quilting friend came over and we spent the day putting together a crazy patchwork base for her to work on over the next 12 months. She chose blue as her base color, but by the end of the day (took us about 4 hours) we had a mainly blue green palette, with a bit of gold and yellow green thrown in for good measure. I just love creating the crazy patchwork base – you never know where it’s going to finish up. After we’d covered the base, I pinned it to my design board and both of us were blown away with the effect.

Unintentionally, a spiral effect appeared which looked rather stunning. What clever little bunnies we are! So my friend left very happy with her new plaything, and I sat down and had a cuppa.

Last Sunday I posted the second article in the series “What Quilt Judges are looking for”. This article focuses on the General Appearance criteria and I explain in detail just what the judges are looking for when describing general appearance. Here’s the link if you’re interested: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art173914.asp

I’ve been absolutely delighted with your responses to my question on the forum last week and have been busting to thank you for taking the time to be in touch. My question was: “where in the world are you?”.

Here’s a rundown of locations of the subscribers who have responded. We have gals from: Aspley Qld, Aust; Childers Qld, Aust; Asheville NC; Squamish BC Canada; Birdings Flat New Zealand; Springfield LO; Wichita KS; Kialla Vic Aust; Minnesota US; Red Bluff CA; Wausau WI; Susan from The Netherlands; Bli Bli Qld Aust; Greenville OH; Arlington TX; Toledo OH; Nijmegen The Netherlands; Toronto ON Canada; Beckley WV; Belleville Ontario Canada; Columbus GA; The Colony TX; Saskatoon Sth Sasktchewan Canada and Creston Valley BC Canada.

Thanks so much quilters for responding the way you did. It was very interesting to read where you all came from and what happens in your part of the world. It’s not too late for other readers to let us know where in the world they are living – here’s the link if you’d like to contribute: http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/724317/Where_in_the_world_are_you#Post724317

So here’s a little package of goodies for you to muse over. Pour yourself a cuppa and enjoy the collection for this week:

http://sew4home.com/projects/fabric-art-a-accents/904-citron-a-gray-nursery-2 a tissue holder with a difference

http://maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com/2011/07/fabric-pompom-tutorial.html cute as a button and very unique, haven’t seen these before!

http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2011/05/29/skein-holder-how-to-make-your-own/ we’ve all got floss and we all need a floss holder!!

http://diyordont.blogspot.com/2011/07/downloads-stitched-card-templates.html great idea for your grandies to make on a rainy day.

http://www.missmake.com/2011/07/tutorial-design-your-own-quilt-with.html tutorial for designing your own quilt

http://alittlehut.blogspot.com/2011/07/quick-project-paper-thread.html a pretty gift card to make

http://stuffyoucanthave.blogspot.com/2011/06/survival-doll.html some might find the idea of this a little confronting – but it is food for thought.

http://createneedlepoint.typepad.com/create_needlepoint/2011/04/reduce-needlepoint-hand-stress.html good prescription for us all me thinks!

http://mamakamills.blogspot.com/2011/03/memory-quilt-recycled-quilt-made-from.html This quilt is the very essence of the purpose of quilting in my view. What do you think?

I must away and get on with the day. It’s our Sisters of Stitch meeting today, and I’ve missed a few recently, so it will be good to catch up with the lovely ladies this afternoon. I hope this little note arrives just in time for you to put your feet up and chill out for a few minutes. See you next week.
Cheerio for now

Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor

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