December 22 2011 Quilting Newsletter
For those who celebrate Christmas, it’s almost here and I guess most of you have organised your day. For those who don’t I hope you enjoy the holiday season.
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned that it’s a non event for us this year as our offspring are spread far and wide. So MD and I will spend it quietly at home. Nothing wrong with that I say. I have all the presents wrapped and ready for delivery when people return from their break and holidays.
I’ve managed to get a little sewing done recently and am very pleased with the results. I’m experimenting with a quilt design and so far so good. I tend to be my own worst enemy when it comes to quilting. I don’t particularly like following someone else’s pattern, so always go off on a tangent. That of course necessitates some problem solving on my part, but I think this is the part I particularly enjoy. Anyway, I’m pretty sure it helps to be slightly twisted in the sanity department and well, if the hat fits…..
I’ve been madly reviewing books that I receive from time to time and last week I reviewed a terrific publication from Leisure Arts titled Building Blocks for Classic Quilts. Here’s the link to that article: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art174287.asp
Not much happening on the forum, but thanks to Supergran, !glee59*, clmharper and Venita for contributing to our question about what you were making for Christmas presents. I guess the rest of my reader’s flat out busy making stuff!! Well done everyone.
Well, onto my goodies for you for this week. I’m going to add a few extra, because you might have some more time on your hands this week. So I do hope you enjoy them.
http://mousechirpy-polkadotpineapple.blogspot.com/2010/02/fleur-de-marguerite.html really cute flowers for your vase
http://www.themotherhuddle.com/tutorial-waterproof-park-blanket/ a waterproof picnic blanket, also good for changing the baby on.
http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/02/charming-wine-gift-bags.html A wine bottle carrier to personalize
http://luxquilt.blogspot.com/search/label/blossom%20pincushion have a guess what this is?
http://spoonfullofsugargirls.blogspot.com/2011/03/tutorial-gathered-round-basket.html A gathered round basket
http://sew4home.com/projects/storage-solutions/850-spring-clean-a-tidy-week-sofa-caddy great idea to keep those remotes in check!
http://www.craftbits.com/project/bean-bag-frog-plushie this is an oldie, but a goodie.
http://www.bijoulovelydesigns.com/2011/03/herringbone-block-tutorial.html great tutorial on making the herringbone block
http://rocaandcompany.blogspot.com/2011/10/drapery-fabric-note-card-tutorial.html notecards from drapery fabric swatches
http://www.stellarmother.com/2011/11/christmas-patchwork-stocking-from.html I love the frugal message this sends
http://www.unplggd.com/unplggd/organizing/label-cords-at-both-ends-for-maximum-organization-145848?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+apartmenttherapy%2Funplggd+%28Unplggd%29 not patchwork, but great for saving a quilters sanity!!
Well my dear friends, that is all from me for this week. I do hope you are coping with the time of the year. For some I know this time is full of excitement and delight, and for others it is a time of sadness and regret, and can be a tough time to get through. I’ll be thinking of all of you over the next week, when I will again, pop in to say hello.
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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