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July 11 2012 Quilting Newsletter

Coooeee, it’s just me popping in again on this cold and rainy Wednesday here in Brisbane Australia.

After I wrote my newsletter last week and commented on the wonderful weather my American subscribers were having for Fourth of July day, I nearly fell over when I heard the news reports about the most devastating weather you guys have been experiencing. And I understand that it’s not over yet. Some of you have been without power for ages and that must be awful with such high temperatures. I’m so sorry that you’re suffering in this way. I really hope the weather pattern changes for the better for you all. Group hug!!

I had a great day at Queensland Quilters monthly gathering on Tuesday. We had a guest speaker and it was Jenny Bowker. Jenny has had a very interesting life as a diplomat’s wife, and has travelled to many intriguing parts of the Middle East. Her quilting is exceptional and she told us some great stories whilst showing us her most outstanding quilts. Here’s a link to her site if you’d like to see what she’s up to: http://www.jennybowker.com/quilts/

I posted another article highlighting children’s story books that have a focus on quilting. These books are simply beautiful and it’s a comprehensive listing if you’re looking for some for your children’s library. Here’s the link:mhttp://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art176821.asp

We’ve had an interesting query from one of our readers about Walking Feet and the issue of sticking. I’ve answered it as best I can, but if you have something to add, please pop over to the forum and have your say. Here’s the link:

So, onto my goodies for you this week. Pour yourself a cuppa and enjoy the browse:
http://karensquilting.com/blog/category/tutorial/reverse-applique/ a very simple tutorial on Reverse Appliqué

http://www.brettbara.com/how-to/book-video-sew-a-fabric-bowl/ sew round bowls using a straight line!! A great video tutorial

http://motherrhythm.blogspot.com.au/2010/09/wednesday-craft-group.html the cutest kangaroo softie I ever did see….

http://cornflowerbluestudio.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/petri-dish-mini-quilt.html inspiration from a Petri dish?

http://helpinglittlehands.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/solar-system-quilt-pattern-included.html a cute solar system quilt for a mini-astronaut (scroll down a fair way to get all the pattern info and instructions).

http://www.fabrictherapy.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/strippy-scrappy-flippy-happy-happy.html love this idea for a great scrappy block – great for Linus quilts

http://thecraftymummy.com/2012/01/ribbon-wand/ make a magical wand for your little fairy

http://fibreinspirations.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/houston-exhibition-vidcast.html here’s a great interview with Lisa Walton (an Aussie Art Quilter). It’s on vid cast.

http://www.katydiddys.blogspot.com.au/2011/12/button-pin-cushion.html a cute bottle top pincushion – forgive me

http://www.foodiggity.com/coffee-rings-as-art/ not quilting but absolutely mind boggling, I think I need caffeine fix!

Might be a bit too many goodies this week, please forgive me. I have lots of fun finding this stuff. Hope this newsletter finds you well and happy and keeping your fingers busy.

Cheerio for now

Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor

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