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November 8 2011 Quilting Newsletter

Hello again, just stopping by for a quick chat and a cuppa if you have the kettle on (well, I would if I was there!). It’s been a much quieter week for me than previous ones and I’m glad for that. A chance to catch my breath before another busy week looms.

We had our “market day” at Queensland Quilters guild meeting yesterday – where all members are able to bring a table and sell their wares. It’s always a very popular day and such a good idea. The old saying goes – “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. I like to think of it like this – “one quilter’s storage issues becomes another quilter’s stash”.

Anyway we set up a table for our Project Linus and Sunshine Linus group and sold just over $250 worth of lovely quilty items. Just about enough to purchase another roll of batting. We like to provide batting for our quilters who volunteer to make quilts for children in need.

These quilters invariably like to use their own fabrics (allows a natural churning of their stash) but we like to be able to provide the most expensive part – the batting. As you already are aware, older quilters (I don’t like to say mature quilters, because I certainly don’t fit that mould), tend to be time rich and asset poor, so we help where we can.

After reviewing the DVD “Why Quilts Matter” a couple of weeks ago, I’ve started a new category on the quilt site – The History of Quilts. I posted my first article for that category last Sunday and I called it the Legacy of Pioneering Quilters. Here’s the link for your interest: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art173832.asp

I receive emails from quilters from all around the world and have decided to start a subject titled “where do Bellaonline Quilters come from?” All you have to do is log in to the forum, and tell us where in the world you are. There’s no strings attached, no cookies set in your computer. It’s just a fun way of finding out just how broad my readership is at the quilting site. I’ve started the ball rolling, please join us. Here’s the link:

So onto my goodies for this week. Some delightful stuff here me thinks!! Enjoy.

http://www.coatsandclark.com/NR/rdonlyres/31AB4FE0-42D5-45C1-9E8B-C18095B834AB/170854/CS0091_PocketedTablecloth.pdf A great idea, not only for your veranda, but out in the park.

http://whynotsew.blogspot.com/2011/07/birdies-holding-quilt.html a very sweet quiltette!!

http://craftsnob.com/2011/07/bobbin-holder/ simple idea, fantastic outcome!!

http://crazyquiltinginternational.blogspot.com/2011/07/tea-time-ii-traditional-round-robin.html a bit of eye candy for the crazy patchwork enthusiast.

http://dodgebutterfly.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-first-original-tutorial-piecing.html here’s a great tutorial on joining batting

http://sew4home.com/projects/fabric-art-a-accents/937-scrapbusters-reflective-dog-bandana always looking for things for our four legged friends.

http://www.sameliasmum.com/2011/05/1-2-easy-quilt-pattern-tutorial.html a gorgeous and simple quilt that packs a big wow factor

http://www.aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com/2011/07/pattern-weights.html a splendid idea for keeping your fabric in its place

http://phar-ma.com/hairbrush-pin-cushion please forgive me - another pincushion (my friend Ina in Switzerland will be happy!

http://dodgebutterfly.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-first-original-tutorial-piecing.html here’s a great tutorial on joining batting

Well my dear quilting friends, I must away and get the clothes out into the sun. It’s a beautiful day here and I hope you’re going to have a beautiful day too. Take some time to thread a needle and do a little bit of sewing (even if it’s a button onto a shirt), just have some “me time”.
Take care, and will see you next week.
Cheerio for now

Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor

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