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August 3 2010 Quilting Newsletter

Hi there, it’s just me popping in to say hello. It’s the last month of winter here and I’m looking forward to getting out of these heavy clothes and back into shorts and shirts for the next 8 months or so. Our winters are really very mild, but I think my blood has thinned over the years, and I’m particularly feeling the cold. (That’s in between flushes of course!!). My darling has completely given up on me. One minute I’m throwing open all the windows and running the fans, the next I’m putting extra jumpers on and the heater is roaring away.

I’ve had a busy week. I finished off the two quilts for my friends granddaughters. I’m very pleased with the result. I will explain that I received some fabric that the mom wanted to be included in her daughter’s quilts. Really pretty fabric from Stof. So I used that as the centre theme for both quilts, and then gathered fabrics that would match. I made the quilts pretty much the same design, but using different fabrics. I backed each one in a different colored fabric (one hot pink, the other teal blue) and bound them differently as well. So on first glance, they appear the same, but with slight differences. Here’s a link to see some photos of the quilts.

We had the third gathering of the Sunshine Linus last Monday and what a day!! We have the most wonderful ladies who are so capable and willing to get busy and create. At the end of the day we had about 80 quilts bound, labelled (thanks to the donation of our own label stamp from the Mooloolah Quilters) and ready for delivery. There were young boy and girl quilts, and lovely teenage quilts. We also had a gorgeous bunch of Blankets of Love to be delivered to the maternity wards. On top of these, we had a huge bag full of preemie hats, booties, beautifully crochet rugs and chemo hats ready to go. So many of these items have been made by friends of our members who have been happy to create “off site”. I am coming to realise that this world turns on the generosity of nameless, faceless, generous people who want to help their local community. It’s awesome!!

Last Sunday I posted some free Log Cabin patterns for you to have a look at. Here’s the link to that article: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art4988.asp

You won’t receive a newsletter from me next week. I’m off to visit my daughter in the bush. In lieu of my absence I’m including a huge list of goodies for you to enjoy. I do hope you find something of interest in them.

http://www.heatherbaileydesign.com/BittyBooties.pdf gotta make some of these for the charity stall

http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2009/10/25/mollys-sketchbook-reverse-applique-thanksgiving-placemat-and.html a fabulous placemat design and pattern

http://smashedpeasandcarrots.blogspot.com/2010/05/perfect-fit-tablecloth-tutorial.html a great idea with little children present

http://www.craftandfabriclinks.com/crib_qlt_minute/free_crib_quilt_pattern.html a very quick quilt to make – great for linus quilts

http://annekata.blogspot.com/2010/05/fabric-paper-tape-little-tutorial.html what a clever idea, with so many uses.

http://jezzeblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/no-interfacing-storage-basket-tutorial.html a great idea for a fabric storage box

http://keyka.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/06/fabric-marking-pens-chalk.html all about fabric and chalk markers

http://icanfindthetime.blogspot.com/2010/05/ribbon-socks.html Ribbon bedecked baby socks - aren’t they cute?

http://fromthenestblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/super-fast-jelly-roll-quilt-approximate.html boy is this a quickie or what?

http://www.craftycrafty.tv/2008/08/how_to_make_these_doris_day_ti.html love these tie on slippers a la Doris Day.

http://sewmuchado.blogspot.com/2010/02/tutorial-reusable-swiffer-duster-cloths.html you can make these swiffer dusters in a trice

Well, I’d best be off, I do hope you are well and on top of things in your life. If not, stop what you’re doing, pick up a needle and thread and do some quilting– that will help to get things in perspective eh?
Cheerio for now
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor

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