December 7 2011 Quilting Newsletter
On Tuesday I helped with valuation of quilts for my guild Queensland Quilters Inc. We conduct valuations every couple of months and we were expecting 24 quilts, but I think we ended up doing about 21. What a day. It’s pretty full on, and luckily everyone was very focused and we got the job done in pretty good time.
I’m not a valuer, I go the help with the holding up, folding up, and general dogs body. But I really love the valuation day. I get to see all manner of quilts, from quilters of all levels of skill, and get to hear the comments made by the valuers.
I have to tell you, I’ve learnt sooooo much about quilting since I volunteered to help. That’s something I would encourage you all to do – get involved with your quilting guild or group on a higher level than just being a member. The rewards come back in buckets. People have their quilts valued for all sorts of reasons, but the most important reason I can think of is that it places a monetary value on your efforts, and I haven’t met a quilter yet who hasn’t been surprised at the large value of her creation. Sure we can add up the cost of the materials and patterns, but it’s the valuation of your efforts that gives us the most buzz. I can thoroughly recommend you think about getting your quilts valued. It’s a very interesting exercise.
Last week I posted another book review, this time the book is by one of my most favourite quilters – Carol Doak. The book is all about Mariners Compass using the foundation method, but the beauty of this book is that the mariners compass is a square, not a circle. Here’s the link to that article: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art174124.asp
We’ve had another quilter pop in to say hello on the forum. Hi Jessie, welcome to Bellaonline Quilting. Why don’t you say hello on the forum and tell us where you’re from. Here’s the link to the forum: http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/729469#Post729469
So onto my little goodies for this week. Have fun! I’ve tried to include something for everyone.
http://therapeuticcrafting.blogspot.com/2011/02/changing-pad.html a changing pad that’s portable.
http://sew4home.com/projects/pillows-cushions/801-teen-pretty-pack-decorative-softee-bolster-pillow A bolster pillow made easy
http://madebynight.blogspot.com/2011/02/mon-ordi-son-sac-et-un-tuto.html a laptop bag to make in your favorite fabric
http://aquiltisnice.blogspot.com/2008/09/zig-zag-quilt-kit-tutorial.html a zig zag quilt to make, very easy simple tutorial.
http://quiltjona.blogspot.com/2007/06/tutorial-suitcase-pincushion.html yes! another one!
http://www.craftjr.com/fall-kitchen-crafts-owl-towels/ A sweet owl for your towel!!
http://tearosehome.blogspot.com/2009/08/tutorial-five-fat-quaters-scarf.html a fat quarters scarf – very chic
http://www.makeitlovely.com/2011/06/diy-simple-embellished-grocery-bagor.html embellishing a simple grocery bag
http://www.livingwithpunks.com/2011/06/sys-japanese-otedama-bags.html aren’t these cute?
I guess that’s all from me this week. I do hope you are well and getting some quilting done. I’ll pop in again next week with some more goodies for you. Till then, take care and
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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