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For over 5 ½ years, Freedom Quilts has made and collected quilts to give to families of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and families of fallen soldiers.  Over 5,600 quilts have been given to families and the number continues to grow.  Requests continue for these quilts but funding is limited so it was decided to create a red, white and blue quilt to be raffled off to assist with funding for this project. For over 5 ½ years Betty Nielsen's home has been the place for designing quilts for these families.  However, if enough funds can be raised, there are plans to have a building from where the quilts can be designed.For information or to see the quilt that is being raffled, visit www.freedomquilts.net. 

 Also, War Paint (pictured above), one of the original quilts designed for this effort, has been donated by Freedom Quilts to The World Trade Center Memorial Museum in New York City.   Everyone’s help is needed to continue comforting families.  If interested, please contact Betty Nielsen at debeniel@ncn.net 

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Brunswick, OH – March 13 – March 18, 2007 -  Handmade quilts from Ohio Amish Country are collected and displayed in the banquet room at Mapleside Farms and Restaurant.  There are about 65 queen and king sized quilts, 150 wall hangings and various other Amish-made crafts.  There will be quilting books, fat quarters and patterns.  Come and enjoy a meal cooked in our rustic country restaurant and browse through the shops, including a  farm market, bakery, gift shop, deli and café. Contact www.mapleside.com for more information.

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Tulare, CA - April 20-22, 2007 – The quilt show will feature regional quilts, wearable art, and cloth dolls and will be held at the International Agri-Center’s Heritage Complex,  south of Tulare, on Highway 99.  For more information please visit www.antiquefarmshow.org or contact antique@farmshow.org

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Pleasanton, CA - Saturday, March 10.  Jo Morton will be the guest speaker for the Amador Valley Quilters Guild.  Jo plans to share how she selects fabrics to achieve the look of 19th century quilts in her work.  For information about the guild and upcoming speaker, Becky Goldsmith, please check out the website www.amadorvalleyquilters.org

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San Diego, CA - The Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar (March 29-31) will be held at the Californina Center for the Arts, Excondido and will featre the best of the best from Ricky Tims, Alex Anderson, and Libby Lehman. While the event is regional and draws registrants from the southern Californina area, there are those who make a special trip. The registration costs for the seminar is tiered - meaning that groups registering early receive discounts. The final discounted registration price is currently for groups of two or more. This last discount dealdline ends on February 17 - one week from now, after which the full registration price is required. Registrations must be postmarked by that date in order to get the discount.

Complete with a show of awarding-winning quilts, this may be the only quilting event that promises to meet or exceed your expectations and backs it up with a money back gaurantee. All registratnts attend all sessions and get all the teachers. There is no picking or choosing - simply put - it is like nothing else in the quilting world. For registration forms and all the details about this event - visit www.rickytims.com - then select Seminars.

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La Veta, CO - There are a few tickets left for the taping of The Quilt Show with Alex and Ricky available on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10. It is an all day affair. If you are interested in getting one of the remaining few, email right away. Select General Inquiry under Contact and send us a message for which day you want. The plan is to tape two shows each day. There is another taping planned for late June. We'll keep you posted.

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March 9-11, 2007 – Seven quilt shops located throughout Western Connecticut and Eastern NY State are hosting this unique 3 day event.  Each quilt shop will represent a different country and each participant will be given a passport -  complete with a photo -  and will have 3 days to visit each quilt shop, which will have games and prizes and of course, will stamp your “passport”.  Each person completing the “World Tour”, having all of their passport stamps, will win a Trip Around the World tote bag.  All of the "complete" passports will be entered in a drawing for a grand prize.  For more information contact RoniG8@aol.com

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Madison, WI – Sept. 13-15, 2007 – Enter your quilts NOW in this show to be held at the Exhibition Hall of the Alliant Energy Center. This three-day event is presented by Wisconsin Public Television and Sewing With Nancy®.  There are 10 categories with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes in each category.  First place wins $500, 2nd wins $300 and 3rd place earns $200.  The Best of Show winner will be awarded $1,500. The 2007 Quilt Expo quilt contest entry forms and 2006 winners are available at www.wiquiltexpo.com.

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Winfield, KS – March 31 & April 1, 2007  - This year's show will feature the Women of Biblical Proportion display, hundreds of quilts, 20 vendors, hand quilting demonstrations and a hand appliquéd queen size opportunity quilt (shown above).  Admission for both days is $5 and lunch is available.  For more information contact grhodes1@cox.net or www.walnutvalleyquilters.com

 

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Would you like to be part of our live studio audience for taping of The Quilt Show? Tickets are free! The first taping is March 9, 10, and 11. Here is the information you'll need.

1. Please do not request tickets unless you are certain you will attend. We have limited seating and will only provide enough tickets for the seats availalbe. If you take a ticket and do not attend, we will have empty seats that could have been used by someone else. We know where you live - if you don't use your ticket, the quilt police will come and get you! - All kidding aside, please don't request tickets if you will not use them.

2. The taping will last all day with a lunch break. So plan to sit for a while.

3. The taping will be held at Tims Art Quilt Studio and Gallery in La Veta, CO on March 9, 10, and 11.

4. You may choose to request tickets for one day, two days, or all three days.

5. Request tickets by selecting Contact on the Menu Bar and select General Inquiries for your subject.

6. Include your name - number of tickets - what day(s) you are requesting.

7. Lodging in La Veta is limited. A lodging list will be provided upon receipt of ticket request. It is possible that you will only find lodging outside of La Veta - 15-60 minutes away. (Walsenburg, Alamosa, Trinidad, Pueblo.

8. Additional travel information will be provided upon request - contact us via General Inquiries.

9. Tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis.


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