July 16 2010 Quilting Newsletter
We had a very interesting talk from a tour director who has organised a Quilt Tour to Japan. Yes Japan. Apparently they have several big quilt shows each year and the tours sounded fantastic and very affordable. I guess coming from Oz, it would be a bit cheaper that flying out of the US, but the time of year sees the wonderful colors of Japan.
I must say, I’m very tempted, but this year’s chockers with plans, so maybe next year.
Anyway, unusually, I had some show and tell!! That’s a rarity for me I must say, most of my show and tell gets given away before a gathering so this was special. I attended a workshop on the previous Saturday doing the class “It’s a wrap”. You’ve probably seen the pattern, a bag, made with cording and Bali fabrics, and sewn together using the sewing machine. Anyway, I am very proud of the bag I made. It was very easy, and it helped that we had Sally giving us the instructions. A true teacher I must say. I didn’t use Bali fabrics; instead I spent a morning head down and bottom up in my fabric stash and chose 6 different scrap fabrics. I’m thrilled with the result!
We had another good response to our food drive for the 139 Club in the city. This is a homeless day shelter, and we (the Queensland Quilters) have been providing food and clothing to them for about 12 months. It’s been a great response from our members and our donations are really appreciated. When I was dropping some food cans off on the Tuesday afternoon, an old fellow, probably 70, was leaving the premises, but stopped as I passed by and said, “thanks missus, thanks for thinking of us”. Well, I couldn’t see after that. Eyes filled with tears and a breaking heart. It has steeled my resolve even more to continue to encourage donations and get them there for the clients at 139 Club.
Last Sunday I posted another in the series of Quilting Terms explained. I hope there’s something there that is useful for you. Here’s the link: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art67478.asp
So onto my goodies for you this week. There’s a few odd balls, but they’re all interesting. Enjoy
http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2010/01/tutorial-puffy-pouch.html Puffy pouch for money purse
http://melinful.blogspot.com/2010/01/travel-tissue-cover-tutorial.html an easy tutorial for a travel tissue cover
http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/01/childs-activity-bag.html Childs Activity bag with crayon holders. Very cute
http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/01/childs-activity-bag.html a Child’s activity bag
http://www.ctpubblog.com/2010/03/01/cupcakes-a-mini-quilt/ a really cute cupcake quilt, Love it!
http://cabbagequilts.blogspot.com/2010/03/girl-can-change-her-mindcant-she.html a String Quilt with a difference
Well, quilters, that’s all from me this week. Hope everything is well at your home, and please remember if you have a member of your family that you’re worrying about, be comforted that the rest of your Bellonline quilting friends are keeping you in their thoughts. If you are a quilter, you have friends all over the world!
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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