March 27 2013 Quilting Newsletter
I had a great day last Saturday. A friend of mine and I got up very early and drove to a “farmers market” which operates in the inner city each Saturday morning. I haven’t attended anything like the markets for many years, as I live in the burbs, and there’s not a lot of fresh fruit and veggie markets nearby. Anyway… we had a ball and really enjoyed the “vibe” you get from these markets. Most of the stall owners are owner / growers, be they vegetable or plant gardeners, organic food producers or amazing artisans; and they have a certain amount of pride in their product that sees them inclined to be cheerful and chatty with customers.
We wandered from stall to stall and spent up pretty well on fresh organic fruit and vegies, some homemade dukka and stuffed olives etc. I was able to get a huge bunch of rhubarb for half the price of the supermarkets! I know supermarkets are convenient but I’ve forgotten about the hidden and added benefit you get when shopping at markets. It’s a feeling of being a part of the community when you shop at markets. When we lived in Melbourne for a short while, we lived in a very diverse suburb of nationalities and cultures and the markets were a real buzz to shop at. We loved it then, and I loved it on Saturday. Could become a regular me thinks!!
Last Sunday I posted a review on a book I received recently called Stupendous Stitching by Carol Ann Waugh a fibre artist. This is a marvellous book and one I think a great deal of quilters will love to have in their library. Here’s the article for your interest:
We’ve had some chat on the forum and I encourage you to pop over and have your say. Here’s the link:
I’ve been surfing again and have come across the following links I thought you might be interested in. Have fun!
http://fairyfacedesigns.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/sew-get-started-scrappy-potholder.html round pot holders to make
http://www.instructables.com/id/Thread-Organizer-out-of-a-Cork-Board-and-Toothpick/ an easy to make thread organizer
http://mypatchwork.wordpress.com/2011/09/17/ipad-e-book-reader-beanbag/ a great beanbag to hold your ipad book reader
http://brandyscrafts.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/travel-change-play-mat-with-hidden.html a cute change slash play mat for your babe
http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2012/01/scrap-attack-triangles-quilt-tutorial.html gorgeous triangle quilt tutorial
http://www.craftygemini.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/quilt-sashing-how-to-measure-make-it.html here’s the good oil on quilt sashings.
http://www.fromthebluechair.com/2011/01/lattice-quilt-tutorial.html?spref=bl gorgeous lattice quilt tutorial
http://lovelaughquilt.blogspot.com.au/2009/10/scrap-buster.html a variation on a theme for a pincushion
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/crochet-coral-and-maths.htm not quilting, but intriguing
Well, that’s all I’ve got for you this week. Keep those hands busy and don’t forget: A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside. Denis Wately.
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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