Welcome to the sixth issue of the Quilting Gallery Newsletter.
It’s been a very exciting month, lots of local events and tonnes of new stuff on the Quilting Gallery web site. Also, my second niece, Alice Lynne arrived on Halloween night. Everyone is doing great. I’ll get to meet her later this week. That’s my mom in the picture with Alice at a few hours old.
After this week, I’m hoping to get into production mode, as I have lots of projects to work on. It’s been difficult to find time in the sewing room lately. Now, the nights come earlier and it’s colder outside, so staying in is more appealing.
Are you stuck at home, missing out on Quilt Market and Festival too? Check out Quilt Festival @ Home for a virtual tour. The winning quilts are amazing!
Over the next two months, I’ll be featuring free patterns and tutorials with a focus on the upcoming Holiday Seasons. If you have something to share, I’d be pleased to feature it on the site. Please send me the link.
I hope you will enjoy this edition of the Quilting Gallery Newsletter. It’s jam packed with lots of goodies, great sites to visit and some wise words at the end. If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, I want to hear from you!
Michele (aka Mishka)
News from the Quilting Gallery
- I’m very pleased to announce that public searching is now available for the Quilt Shop Locator. There are some wonderful shops listed. Rates to join are still at the intro special of 50% off. Now’s a great time to get listed and save money too. Join Now!
- The Quilting Bloggers directory has reached more than 1,850 bloggers representing 51 different countries (that’s almost 150 new bloggers added in October).
- I created a Facebook Fan Page for Quilting Bloggers. Please join! I also have a Twitter account, if you’d like to follow me.
- You have until November 15th to submit your quilt in the Falling Leaves Quilt Show Photo Contest. See the first round of submissions, they are gorgeous!
- There were three great guest blogger posts in October: Tammy, The Quilt Designing Computer Geek, My Quilt Patch, and Chris Dahl.
- Two lucky readers of the Quilting Gallery won prizes: Cindy Barrett won a one-year free membership to My Quilt Patch, and Michelle Bilyeu won a free class with Quilting Weekly. Congratulations!
Here are my picks for October:
- I love this Fabric Basket Tutorial from Ayumi. I made up one a couple of weeks ago and adore it. I plan to make up a bunch for Christmas gifts. It’s a great way to use up scraps and have some creative fun.
- Sarah put together this great Machine Quilting Beginner’s Tutorial. It’s loaded with useful information and photos.
Around the Web
Two great places worth visiting:
- The web site for the International Quilt Study Center & Museum is phenomenal. I won’t even try to outline all it has to offer here, you’ll have to go check for yourself. I only wish I had more time to explore their Collections Database.
- Do you have a Harry Potter fan in your life? Yes, then you need to check out these free paper piecing patterns. Jennifer from Sew Hooked has many other free paper piecing patterns, instructions and videos available on her site. Check it out.
Words to Live By
If I Had My Life To Live Over – by Erma Bombeck
(written after she found out she was dying from cancer)
- I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.
- I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
- I would have talked less and listened more.
- I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
- I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
- I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
- I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
- I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
- I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
- I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
- I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
- Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
- When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, ‘Later.. Now go get washed up for dinner.’ There would have been more ‘I love you’s’ More ‘I’m sorry’s.’
- But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see it, live it and never give it back. STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!!
- Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you, who has more, or who’s doing what. Instead, let’s cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.
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