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We are proud of everyone who took part in helping with the V-Tech quilt project. Angelina had a vision for creating quilts of hope and healing for families who were directly affected by the tragic events at Virginia Tech this year. Here, in her own words, is an update.

Angelina here, with a great update: Thanks to the efforts of Meryl Ann Butler, two companies have donated all of the batting needed to complete this project. Leggett & Platt (makers of Mountain Mist) sent a 25-yard roll of their new Eco-Craft batting, which is made from a corn-derived polymer. Great idea for a toasty warm quilt. In addition, Fairfield sent three huge boxes of Quilter's 80/20 Poly-Fil. I am so grateful for their generosity. Thank you so much for helping with these quilts. With all of the batting donations that I have received from individual quilters (and there have been so many of you!), I now have plenty to finish 60 quilts. Quilters, please DO NOT send any more batting. I have finalized the revised flyer to distribute to your guilds and shops. Please email me (a_kendra@yahoo.com) if you need a copy.

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Houston, TX, June 4, 2007 - Quilts, Inc. announced the 2007 edition of the International Quilt Festival/Houston will feature a very special showing of the Quilt of Belonging.  The expansive quilt features hundreds of individual blocks representing every world nationality and major Canadian aboriginal group.  Festival will mark the quilt project's U.S. debut. 

Canada's largest and most comprehensive textile artowrk, the 120-foot long Quilt of Belonging is the collaborative effort of coordinator Esther Bryan and scores of individual and fabric artists.  Members of the 263 nationalities or ethnic groups represented in the quilt were invited to create a single block signifying a unique characteristic of their country or unique culture.  Each block possesses its own special character, yet also "belongs" in the overall design of the quilt.

Bryan initiated the Quilt of Belonging project after returning from a life-changing trip with her family to Slovakia, the country that her father had left behind 43 years earlier.  Her vision for the quilt was born out of the desire to create something that would celebrate diversity among people as well as promote a common humanity and compassion for others.

Since its inaugural exhibition in Canada in 2005, the quilt has traveled entirely across Canada, covering every province and parts of the Arctic territory.  Its upcoming journey to Houston, however, will mark its first exhibition in the United States. 

You can find out more about the Quilt of Belonging on the official website, www.quiltofbelonging.ca  

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It is very exciting to see the total of quilts growing day by day. Ricky's Rhapsody Blog is getting a lot of attention and some lucky person is going to win the very quilt you are watching him make. Be sure to keep browsing the Quilt Gallery. Our member Jolet has made some fun quilts that married Ricky's Caveman AND Convergence techinique. Way to go Jolet! This one is called Wonky Works 17.

In addition to the quilts in the gallery there are some great stories being posted in the Stories Pages. If you have a great story of interest about a quilt - please visit the Stories link and tell us about it.

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Essex Junction, VT, June 29-July 1 -  The Vermont Quilt Festival, New England's olderst and largest annual quilt event, will be held this year at the the Champlain Valley Expo.  It offers exhibits of more than 400 new and antique quilts, 75 lectures and workshops featuring renowned quilt artists, classes for children and a colorful display of wares in the Merchant Mall.  In addition, Warren Kimble, noted artist and activist, will make an appearance at this year's Festival to debut his new line of fabric for Quilting Treasures of Rhode Island. 

For more information about the VT Quilt Festival, visit www.vqf.org or email info@vqf.org.  For more information about the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.vermont.org.  

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Sebring, OH, June 29-30, 2007 - The 4th Biennial Quilt Show hosted by the United Quilt Guild will be held this weekend.  The venue for the show is Sebring High School. Included are a Hoffman Doll and Quilt Challenge, vendors, and a Guild Marketplace.  Admission is $5.  For more information visit www.neorqc.com, and click on the calendar link. 

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You saw her on the show recently, but she’s a hoot in person. Cheryl will be in chat room “Anybody out there” at 5:00pm Pacific/8:00 pm Eastern to share her tips on making your own unique one block quilt. By the way her other book Easy Chenille Appliqué I recently found out is NOT for appliqué fans only Click here . So put the TV on record and join us tonight.

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Join Vikki Pignatelli and the rest of us in the "Quilt Police Free Zone" at 2:00pm Pacific/5:00pm Eastern today. Vikki will be chatting with us about her recent show "Sacred Threads" as well as giving tips on her technique for creating stunning quilts as seen in Episode 102. So grab your favorite cup of hot brew and visit a spell. Please remember, this is not an open forum chat for you to visit with friends, keep comments and questions directed to Vikki. She will reply as best she can to all comments and questions, but realize it can be challenging. Come enjoy the chat.

 

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Do you really want these two troublemakers to come to your town? Well, if your favorite shop or guild gets the most sign ups- we'll come! The new contest is an incentive campaign to grow our World Wide Community! All the details are listed on the link to the right where it says "Win a Visit from Alex and Ricky." - Let the games begin.

Oh yeah - this is our first blog video - enjoy! What d'ya think?

 

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A round of applause for all those who contributed to the Virginia Tech Quilt Project!! Angelina Kendra says that as of Friday June 15 "I officially met the original goal of collecting 396 blocks, exactly enough for 33 quilts." Because of the generous donations from our members and others in the quilt world she has expanded the goal to collect 324 more blocks to make quilts for the 27 injured survivors. We know she can do it. If you are not able to donate blocks she needs fabric (colors that co-ordinate with orange and maroon) as well as batting. To see the progress and quilts Click here

“Thank you so much for The Quilt Show's continuing interest in and help with this project - I am so grateful for all that you do.”

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All "Dear Jane" lovers will be thrilled to know there will be a Dear Jane chat each Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST (6 Pacific) All are welcome! 

This chat was organized by members who were waiting for Alex to enter the chat this past Tuesday night.  We love that our members are finding ways to connect with one another!  That is what this site is all about. 

If there are any other members who are organizing chats, fabric-swaps or what-have-you, click the contact button, select news/events, and let us know!  We are happy to get your information "out there".

Pictured above - "The Quilt" by Jane A. Blakely Stickle, completed in 1863 



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