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September 3 2008 Quilting Newsletter

Hello everyone, can you believe it, the change of seasons. For those in the Northern Hemisphere it’s hello to Fall and for us in the Southern Hemisphere it’s hello Spring. Because I live in a tropical setting, I don’t get to see the beautiful blossoms of the colder climates and that’s a real pity. When I was a child I lived about 1500 miles south of here in a very cold climate. My Dad planted six prunus trees (blood plums) in our backyard and every tree would simply burst with blossom in early Spring. It was a site to behold for about 4 weeks, until the spring rains came and washed the beautiful blossoms off the trees.

But I remember the beautiful pink (I tend to collect fabrics with that special pink); I remember the bees everywhere and I remember the plums in summer and how we had so many they would fall from the trees and we would run barefoot around the yard, squishing the plums between our toes! I have an insatiable appetite for plum jam, even though my mother would bottle plums for weeks while they were ripe and fresh.

Childhood thoughts – often happy, often sad, but something to hold on to as we age. One thing about childhood memories is that it helps to define who you are and where you’ve been. Who has had an influence in your early life journey and so forth.

This brings me to the article that was posted last Sunday. It’s about labeling your quilts. Quilts can’t speak for themselves, so it’s vitally important that we indicate somehow the history of this quilt for now, and for way into the future, after we’ve long gone. It’s good to know where a quilt was created; by whom; who it was created for etc. Here’s the link to that article: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art23989.asp

We’ve had a bit of action on the Quilting Forum over the last week or so. A lot of discussion about the Blocks for the States and the proposed Blocks for the State Capitals. Hop on over to the forum and if you feel like it, post a comment there for all the Bella readers to see – it’s a great opportunity to ask any questions or to simply offer information. I don’t answer all the time because there’s a bucket load of capable quilters out there who love to help out. Thanks everyone, you make my job so easy!! Here’s the link:

So onto my little gift for you this week. I’ve been surfing up a storm and have found quite a few interesting websites that are all about Quilt Labels. So pour a cuppa and have a browse. Here they are:

Labels to download

New software for making our own Quilt Labels

http://www.jdstencils.com/StencilPage15.html Quilt Stencils

http://www.needlepointers.com/ShowArticles.aspx?NavID=1375 a whole lot of info about quilt labels

http://www.tearoselane.com/craft_quiltquotes.html Quilt Label Sayings

http://quilting.suite101.com/article.cfm/inscriptions_for_gift_quilts Quilt Label inscriptions

Well that’s all for this week, stay well and happy everyone and remember have fun quilting!!
Cheerio for now

Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor

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