The web tour of last summer's quilt show in Blue Earth, Minnesota is up at www.blueearthchamber.com/expo2006/expo2006-main.html. Hop over and check it out! 





The Sewing Machine Project was conceived in early 2005, following the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia. “I’d read an article about a woman who had lost a sewing machine in the storm, a machine she’d saved for years to buy, and, in losing it, she lost her means of making an income. I began collecting donated sewing machines here in Wisconsin and shipping them to Sri Lanka”, says Margaret Jankowski, founder of this project.  When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in September 2005 she decided to shift her focus to that area. Since then, she has made four trips to the city, taking over 275 machines. These machines are distributed to individuals as well as schools and community centers. People are using them not only to rebuild their lives but also to start small sewing-related businesses.

Another facet of the Project is the Pay it Forward program. Margaret partners with groups in the New Orleans community who need volunteers for sewing-related projects. Some groups need sewing teachers while others simply need people to help sew little infant caps for the local children’s hospital. When an individual receives a machine, they are asked to volunteer with one of these groups. In this way, they can use their new tool to help their own community.

Community is important no matter where you live. It becomes even more important in the aftermath of a disaster. The mission of the Sewing Machine Project is to give people a tool that will not only help them mend their own lives but also will give them a way to take an active role in the rebuilding of their community. People grow strong and their community grows strong as well.

If you are interested in assisting with any aspect of this project, please visit www.TheSewingMachineProject.org. 



Yukon, OK – June 10, 2007, Studio D-og – Wearable Art has gone to the dogs!  Well, the dogs have gone to Virgie Fisher for fabulous doggie Wearable Arf.   After nearly 20 years of designing and creating wearable garments for the Fairfield Fashion Show and Bernina Fashion Show and fiber art wall pieces for private and corporate clients, including Wells Fargo, Virgie Fisher has begun to create Wearable Arf.   Applying the same intricate detail and techniques, she creates mini masterpieces for truly pampered pooches. 

At the begging and pleading of her daughter, Rachele, Virgie joined her daughter’s luxury pet business, Studio D-og Boutique. She began creating commissioned doggie wearables for Rachele’s Beverly Hills and Hollywood clientele. The tiny jackets and dresses range from stunningly beautiful to fun and funky. Regardless of the style, each piece has hours of surface design and remarkable embellishment.

The two Fishers combine a love for animals and a love for creating. They use their work to support various charities by designing special pieces for fundraising events. This labor of love has helped save numerous pets from euthanasia and has sent many children with cancer to camp!

You can check out her work at:
http://www.studiodogboutique.com  or call her at 979/417-3174

Interview Contact: Virgie Fisher
Telephone: 979/417-3174
email: studiodboutique@aol.com



Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Canada - September 20-22, 2007  This year's show is entitled "Joy in Quilting" and will be held at the Island View Lions Club.  Features include a judged show, display and sale quilts, a raffle quilt entitled "Home Comfort", an expanded Members' Boutique and Christmas Corner.  There will also be a Wearable Art fashion show daily at 3pm and 7pm.  For more information contact Anna Marie Hutton at rjhutton@nb.sympatico.ca


Good news. For all of you that like to chat but do not want to wait for forum responses, we are scheduling some great individuals for live 1 hour sessions. Right out of the starting gate will be Ricky and Alex. They are both holding an open forum, so get your questions ready. I will let you know of upcoming guests next week. Please be patient while you are in the chat room as there may be many of you trying to ask questions at the same time. So check out the chat room. - Lilo - the TQSWizard

Ricky-FRIDAY - 6/8/07 in "Quilt Police Free Zone" at 8:00am Pacific/11:00am Eastern

Alex-TUESDAY - 6/12/07 in "Quilt Police Free Zone" at 6:00pm Pacific/8:00pm/9:00pm Eastern



For a quilter, a true labor of love is measured patch by patch and stitch. For this particular project, no saying could be more accurate.  The Home of the Brave Quilt Project is a nationwide grassroots movement with coordinators in 47 states.  The goal of this project is to provide the families of fallen soldiers with a quilt.  The quilts are based on the U.S. Sanitary Commission Quilts made during the Civil War.   

This project is not about politics, but about giving a gift of love.  The families have lost a loved one, and nothing can replace that loss, but we can show our support and comfort them by wrapping them in a quilt that says we care.  To date, over 2,500 blocks have been presented to the families of fallen soldiers.   

Volunteers are needed to make quilt blocks, and then once the blocks are made, volunteers are needed to assist in assembling the quilt tops, quilting, binding, and sewing on the labels.  The blocks should be an album block or cross X block.  Good quality 100% cotton Civil War or 19th century reproduction fabrics are preferred, but any fabric that has the “feel” or “flavor” of the 19th century will be acceptable.   

For more information about this worthwhile project, please contact Loretta, the Arizona coordinator, at rhetta@att.net or visit www.homeofthebravequilts.org


I pray that our Heavenly father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of liberty.

President Abraham Lincoln, letter to Mrs. Lydia Bixby of Boston upon the loss of her sons in battle, 21 November 1864.






Don't miss the June auction of Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts at www.alzquilts.org. There are 25 itty-bitty quilts raising money for Alzheimer's research, including one signed by Ricky Tims, along with 35 other teachers and designers from the world of quilting. The auction will end at noon on June 11.

While at the site, take time to purchase a copy of "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" by Ami Simms. This book features the quilts from the traveling exhibit of the same title. As with everything the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative does, all profit is donated to Alzheimer's research. The AAQI total is nearing $70,000! Ami is traveling with the exhibit and many "Priority Quilts" to sell at the National Quilters Association show in Columbus, Ohio this week. If you are in the area, stop by and give her a hug!



Yes - That's Right! The quilt above is just a sample of Ricky's Rhapsody quilts. The first contest to be announced is a Post Your Quilts Contest. Even if you DO have your quilts posted you will want to read all of the qualifications so you don't miss out on the opportunity to win an original-every-stitch-made-by-Ricky Rhapsody quilt. If you have been using the spinning world on the right to access Chat, Search, Forum, etc - you will notice that the spinning globe is gone. In its place is the link to all the details about the contest.

To access Chat, Forum, Blog, Search etc - use the menu bar at the top of the page. 

To see other samples of other Ricky Rhapsody Quilts click the links below

Bohemian Rhapsody

Fire Dragon Rhapsody

Rhapsody in Green

We have provided great instructions and helpful information about digital images on the Contest Page. So - ready - set - GO!!!!!!!!




The new show posts tonight at midnight on the US East Coast. Barbara Olson is our special guest, and the show is on Jump Starting Creativity. To see the show - click Watch a Show - scroll down to show 105.

Speaking of creativity. We are excited about implementing your comments and suggestions on the next round of tapings which are in three weeks! Wow - how time flies. We will shoot the final set of shows for Season One taking into consideration your most desired wishes for content as well as other technical suggestions.

Enjoy the show!



Vancouver, BC – September, October, November, 2007  Maiwa will host a number of workshops throughout the Fall including dyeing, silk painting, mud printing, bookbinding, blockprinting, and many other topics – too many to mention here!  For more information visit http://www.maiwa.com/symposium/workshops.html Note that registration opens June 25 at 10 am!  Don’t miss out! 

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