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May 22 2014 Quilting Newsletter

Hello everyone, I’m chasing my tail again this week and running late again. Please forgive me. I’ve been involved in judging a quilt challenge for a wonderful group of girls who live on an island a little north of Brisbane.

They are a prolific group of quilters and the other judge and I were not disappointed with the quality of the challenge entries. We found it very challenging to pick the place getters as this challenge was a table runner (with lots of different sizes). The criteria was to use only three colours and a minimum size.

It’s thrilling to be asked to judge other people’s creations – and a privilege. As a quilter of some three decades, I know the effort it takes to make something and be prepared to put it up for scrutiny. I don’t advocate the behaviour of some quilters who make quilts “for judging only”. I imagine this could be quite soul destroying.

I like the idea of making quilts for the personal delight of making quilts or the journey if you like, and then if it happens to be convenient, for judging. You will be a winner either way then.

Last week I posted my review of a local quilt show that I attended on the weekend. It was a great day and I took some lovely photographs (thanks Leone for the loan of the camera)! Here’s the link: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183346.asp

I have another ten websites for you to browse through this week. I hope you enjoy them.

http://filminthefridge.com/2011/10/12/scrappy-triangles-a-quilt-block-tutorial/ a nice scrappy triangle quilt

http://www.instructables.com/id/Yo-yo-Quilted-Vest/ isn’t this little vest divine?

http://www.flamingotoes.com/2014/02/pretty-diy-fabric-feathers-dishtowel/ some pretty appliquéd dishtowels from Flamingo Toes blog

http://www.thefoxisblack.com/2013/09/09/painterly-embroideries-of-homes-by-stephanie-clark/ it’s difficult to discern which is paint and which is thread – hint – it’s all thread!!

http://badskirt.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/tutorial-feeling-clammy.html here’s a good tutorial on using clam shells – they’re coming back!

http://sosewsomething.com/2012/03/01/lined-zipper-pouch-tutorial-so-easy/ one of these will always come in handy for the needlewoman

http://awesomesauceasshattery.com/2011/11/01/hugs-for-grandma/ hugs for granny? How would have thought? (Overcome the weird people.)

http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/2009/11/03/drunkards-path-tutorial/ here’s a great drunkards path tutorial – and it’s a little bit different

http://alicias-hiding-place.blogspot.mx/2012/05/alfiletero-de-catarina.html?m=0 a very pretty pincushion (use translator to get the English version)

http://www.patchworkposse.com/2014/04/hexagon-quilt-pattern-20-free-patterns-sew/ here’s a lovely collection of hexagon patterns for you

Well, that’s the lot I have for you this week. I do hope you are well and enjoying the busy ups and downs of life. I’ll pop in again next week to say hello. In the meantime,
Cheerio for now

Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor

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