June 17 2014 Quilting Newsletter
I’ve been knitting slipper socks and fingerless mittens during our chilly nights (chilly means cold enough to have a fire going, but we don’t have heating in our house). So put more clothes on and keeping those fingers busy. For the first time, I’m starting to suffer a little bone, muscle, joint pain and I suspect it’s because I’m getting on in years and the old body is slowly packing up! I won’t let that deter me, though, and I will continue to knit.
I’m planning to research exercises that I can do to improve my hands and joint flexibility, and thus continue to knit! These knitted items go to the Renal Dialysis units around the state to comfort the patients who undergo dialysis. Apparently the extremities of dialysis patients can become extremely cold and sometimes these patients are going through treatments that last at least 3-4 hours. Perhaps I’ll put this taking care of joints research into an article for everyone to share.
Last week I posted my weekly article on Bellaonline and it’s all about the clothing protectors (bibs) that we make for people in nursing homes. We try to make them fun and colourful. Here’s the link to that article: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183520.asp
Don’t forget the forum is there for you to have your say. Here’s the link:
So onto my little findings for this week. I’ve got quite a mixture for you – hope you find something that tickles your fancy! Oh, and a big THANKYOU to Jan K (she knows who she is) for her tips on some very interesting sites, Love your work Jan!
http://imaginegnats.com/dottie-dino-tutorial-and-pattern/ a dinosaur softie tutorial
http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2014/05/sewing-tip-no-more-stubborn-straight-pins.html Ok, this is weird, but I’m willing to give it a go
http://mypatchwork.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/expandable-tote-bag-tutorial/ an expandable tote pattern
http://www.genxquilters.com/2013/12/10-minute-projects-fabric-mouse-pad.html make your own mouse pad
http://www.allfreesewing.com/Miscellaneous-Projects/Quick-Pieced-Pincushion-Tutorial a simple but very practical pin cushion
http://www.thesewingdirectory.co.uk/how-to-use-a-binding-foot/ here’s a handy tutorial on using your binding foot of your machine
http://fairyfacedesigns.blogspot.com.au/2011/03/picturebox-quilt-patterntutorial.html a pretty picture box - quilt tutorial
http://www.dontcallmebetsy.com/2013/02/friday-fun-clamshell-loop-tutorial.html some hints on free motion quilting a clamshell pattern
http://www.themotherhuddle.com/tutorial-fabric-covered-button-bracelet/ love this covered button bracelet
http://janelafazio.com/category/artquilts/ here’s some art quilt eye candy for you.
Ok, I can hear my washing machine has just had a hissy fit, so I better go and see to it. Hope this newsletter finds you with a little time on your hands to have a cuppa and a quick browse through the goodies. Till next week,
Take care and cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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