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November 4 2008 Quilting Newsletter

Hi everyone, welcome to another issue of the Quilters Quarters, the online newsletter for the BellaOnline Quilt website.

It's been another busy week for us here, motherly duties coming first. My son riding his road cycle, had an altercation with a drivers opening door and ended up with an ambulance ride to the ER where they cleaned him up and checked everything over. Luckily, no bones broken, no skin needing stitches but a very bruised and sore cyclist hobbled out into the car a few hours later. As a result, he was unable to do much for himself over the next week so MD and I between us, have been checking in and doing his shopping etc. He'll be OK, just will take time and probably some physio to get those muscles working again. He'd just finished a 110 mile ride up to the hills and back and was about 300 yards from home. The bike is a right off and so too, is his helmet. But we are ever so thankful that he's OK. This is not always the case when vehicle meets pushbike.

So I've had to squeeze all my quilting needs and requirements into those few spare times during the week, and it hasn't been easy. I did manage to post my article about by lovely "Country Cousins" quilt that I made in collaboration with about 5 other quilters in a cottage group. This quilt hangs in my kitchen and every meal I face it and just love to run my eye over each special little piece of this quilt. I thoroughly recommend to all quilters to have a go at something like this. It's one thing to put pieces of fabric together in great patterns, but it's lots of fun embellishing your work to enhance it's beauty. And I think I managed to do that pretty well. Here's the link to that article, I hope you enjoy it.The Story Behind the Quilt - Country Cousins. A collaborative quilt with a whole story behind it.

Well, the "silly season" is upon us, with only 7 more weeks to Christmas! Aghhh I hear you scream. Yes, it's creeping up on us very quickly. So I've been thinking, it's about time the forum joined the silly season and I'm going to kick it off with this weeks "silly season activity". I know quilters are the worlds very best problem solvers so I'm giving you a challenge. I'd like you to write a limerick about yourself. It doesn't need to be too exposing or overly honest, just a bit of fun between us. Today, I'm posting my contribution, with two limericks I wrote during the week. I've already fessed up previously, to being a quiltaholic who can't go a day without a needle in hand, so these limericks reflect that.

For those of you that are not sure what a limerick is here is a basic explanation for you: A limerick is a five-line poem. The rhyme pattern has lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyming or the last words sounding the same, and lines 3 and 4 rhyming or last words sounding the same.

There was a quiltmaker called Judie
Who tended to get a bit moody
If she wasn't able to stitch
Her body would shiver and twitch
And she'd end up being a bit loopy

(Judie, moody and loopy rhyme, well... sort of) (stitch and twitch rhyme, pretty well I think!)

There was a quilter who lived in Australia
Who needed to quilt each day, without failure
With needle and thread
And a quilt in her head
She became a compulsive quilt maker!

So it's over to you now, here's the link to the forum, have a go and have some fun. http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=465715&#Post465715
Cheerio till next time,

Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor

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