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What a great time! There were over 250 machine quilted quilts and over 4000 people in attendance.  Over $12,000 in cash awards and prizes were given to winners at this year's show.  For a full list of quilt competition award winners, visit www.hmqs.org/2007_awards.html

Over $1500 was raised and donated to the American Heart Association, which was 100% of the proceeds of the Silent Auction of the Challenge Quilts.  A huge thanks to Cranston Fabrics for sponsoring this Challenge and to Winline Textiles for donating batting.

The "Into Africa" project received donations of $378, which Mary Ogwel took on her trip to Kenya right after HMQS 2007.  The donation includes a generous gift from one great quilting lady from Vermont who had a birthday party and in lieu of gifts, asked them to donate money for "Into Africa".  What a great idea!

Next year's show dates are May 8-10.  Plan now to attend, take classes, vend or volunteer.  Exact times and more details to be released soon!

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Hey everyone! Remember to visit our sponsors and thank them for their support of The Quilt Show – we could not do this without them. Our site sponsor Stitchin’ Heaven is launching a great new summer shopping event called "Shop 'n Tote" where you can earn a wonderful Tutto Machine on Wheels Tote for free just by shopping at Stitchin’ Heaven! These totes are great to transport your machine to classes and they are the right size to carry on an airplane. The event starts this Sunday, May 20. Go to the Stitchin' Heaven web site for details!

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It was my first Market. The first time I have had a chance to join Alex in this sea of booths. The show is for businesses selling to businesses. It’s a cacophony of sounds and smells. It’s an organized carnival of vendors who show and explain and talk and laugh. It’s a outdoor bazaar carried on indoors.

There are beautiful quilts everywhere you turn. There are fabrics from around the world—Asia, India, Europe and Japan. The fabrics form a garden of colors in every shade. There are solids and prints and special designs. At some booths I couldn’t figure out what they were selling and I was too embarrassed to ask. There were sewing machines of all sizes, and tools, rulers, triangles and stencils. Some booths had items for consumers and some had programs and aids for shop owners. There were magazines and books. There were a lot of famous quilters I recognized from Simply Quilts. Mostly I remember friendly neighbors and people saying “It’s a New Day” and getting a special “TheQuiltShow.com” pin.

But now I’m home while Alex travels on to Pennsylvania. She called on the answering machine. She had several concerns. Here are the answers:

 

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See you soon.

 

 

 

 

 

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We’ll Spring Market 2007 is history. Two items not mentioned in the previous blog posts are the final patterns from Alex and Ricky with JWD Publishing. We will post images of these final two patterns soon. We just couldn’t get the photos to show you as of this posting.

GeorgeleWarre, one of our international members from England posted the following comment on yesterday's blog:
Just one little point from this side of the Atlantic, please remember when planning shows that very often, not all the products that you talk about or use, are available outside the USA

George we thank you for your comment. It offers us the perfect opportunity to make everone aware of our vision. We want to assure all of our international members that are keenly aware of the scope of our community and the limitations on obtaining products in other countries. As such, our master plan is to be able to provide a site with our Quilt Show Shoppe and a Resource Directory that will allow you to find and purchase anything featured on our site. We urge everyone to support your Local Quilt Shop, but we also know that not everyone has a LQS and many people in foreign counties can't easily find what Americans might find common - like Freezer Paper (as stated in Episode 103). Remember also that we appreciate getting newsworthy reports from abroad. Help us obtain that information by emailing via the Contact link.

The ARJJ directors had several meetings this week to begin the development of ‘Phase Two’ of The Quilt Show. So, just stay with us. There are many great things to come and you won’t want to miss out on any of it. Stay tuned!!!

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From yesterday's blog post about Spring Market, DFrank27 said, "Help us help you (please!)... I would like to see my local quilt shops listed in your search and I would like to see more quilters in Northern Colorado as members." Naturally we WANT to see every shop listed. However we can't reach them all and you are right - you need tools to help get the word out. Here's what we have.

We currently have a 3.5 x 8.5 'bookmark' that we would love to get distributed by shops and guilds (or even you), but we will run out during Market. We are ordering more of them next week when we get home. All you have to do to get a stack for your shop or guild is to email Customer Service from the Contact page. In addition we are putting together a tri-fold brochure that should be available soon. We are happy to provide these at no cost - just email us the address and the amount you would like to have.

ARJJ Corporation, the parent company of The Quilt Show, stands for Alex, Ricky, Justin, and John. This was the first time we have all been together - ever! Thanks to all the sophisticated forms of communications we have been able to have board meetings in different states and have made a lot of decisions without being together. We took this photo today in our Spring Market booth. So, here ya go - for the first time - all of ARJJ together.

We have spent our time working out strategies for TQS. We are looking at what more can we offer that will provide rich internet quilting content. The plans and vision continue to be refined and many of your requests have been under review. We have to proceed with one thing at a time, but plan to see more good stuff on the site in the weeks ahead. We're working for you, and yes - It's a new day!

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Ricky and Alex spent a day greeting shop owners and letting them know all about TQS. There were many members who came to say "It's a New Day!" and many more merchants who had never heard of this new endeavor. Please don't assume your friends and shop owners know about the site. Help us spread the word.

Recently released is Alex's new book on machine quilting published by C&T called Machine Quilting with Alex Anderson: 7 Exercises, Projects & Full-Size Quilting Patterns. Who else but Alex could make machine quilting easy enough for all of us, and so much fun that even the hesitent quilter can't wait to get started? Learn to set up your space, adjust your machine, choose the right supplies, and mark and baste your quilt. And, oh, you’re going to love these gorgeous projects!

Ask your LQS if they have it. To read more about it visit our site sponsor C&T. Under their Catalog secion on Quilting and Sewing, click through and then select Quilting by Hand and Machine.

There is so much more to share - and two more days of Market, so we will extend this series. Check back for more great Market news.

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Rhapsody Fantastique

For all you digitized embroidery lovers (how many do we have?), Ricky has created nine new designs called Rhapsodie Fantastique. These designs are based on his Rhapsody album series and you'll see that they relate to the design style of Reverie, posted in yesterday's blog. These designs will be on CD rom and will be formatted for all embroidery machines.

Better yet, Superior Threads is producing a new set of threads just for these designs. The new threads are called Art Studio by Ricky Tims. There will be three sets of 12 colors (36 new colors in all). The colors used to create this quilt are called Rain Forest. The other two sets are Flower Garden (jewel tones) and High Desert, for those who love dusty tones. The instructions will give the three different color-ways for all nine designs. Only two of the designs are presented on this quilt. Just imagine the possiblities with NINE different designs!

Each of the designs create five-inch blocks. One helpful aspect of the embroidery is that, when the design is completed, a five-inch outline of basting is stitched around the design so when the design is removed from the hoop it can be cut 1/4 inch outside the basting so you don't have to worry about how to center the design.

Shops will be able to order these CD-roms from Tims Art Quilt Studio and most major distributors. The threads can be obtained from Superior Threads. Quilt shops will be able to also get the designs and the threads by early Summer.

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Reverie, A new Legacy Quilt designed by Ricky Tims

 

Quilt Market - (both Spring and Fall) are trade shows for the industry. Shop oweners come to see all the new products that are coming out and usually come back home with all the latest buzz about the cool fabrics and unique products that will soon be sitting on the shelves in quilt shops everywehere. Only industry professionals are allowed to attend these events. It almost makes opening a quilt shop worth it just so you can attend market.

Yesterday afternoon set up began on TQS booth. It will be simple and basic with a TV, chairs, palm trees, and our colorful curtains. We'll post a photo for you once we complete set up.

JDW Publishing, Joen Wolfrom's patten company, has published the pattern for a new quilt design by Ricky called Reverie. While this particular quilt was made with Ricky's hand-dyed fabrics, the pattern can coordinate with some of Ricky's new fabrics coming out with Red Rooster. Reverie is about 70" square. Ask your LQS to order this pattern. No doubt once they release, Ricky will have some in his online store at www.rickytims.com

Today is also a day of School House lectures and presentations. Alex and Ricky both have presentations. Together they are doing two Schoolhouses for The Quilt Show. More about School House on tomorrow's blog.

 

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From the beginning TQS planned to limit Site Sponsors to five. We are happy to announce that P & B Textiles and Red Rooster Fabrics have joined forces to be our fifth Site Sponsor. P & B is the fabric company that does Alex's line of fabrics and Ricky's fabrics are produced by Red Rooster. This joint effort demonstrates to the entire quilting world that companies can work together for the greater good of the quilt industry. Alex and Ricky are very proud to be associated with these two companies and we urge you to let them know how much you apprecaite their support of this site.

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Quilt, Rhapsodie Coloree, made by Ricky Tims

 

Quilt market which is a trade show, (not open to the general public) happens twice each year. Fall market is held each year in Houston, TX on the days prior to Quilt Festival. Spring Market is generally in May and is in a different location each year. This year Spring Market is in Salt Lake City, UT. Alex, myself, Justin and John (ARJJ) will be there making quilt shops aware of our new endeavor and urging them to help spread the word to their customers. Market is the place where NEW quilt products are announced. I've got a few new things coming out and will tell you about them in this four part series.

Red Rooster Fabric (see link on left) will be introducing my new line of fabric called Rhapsodie Coloree. The fabrics are lush and vibrant. Some feature large repeating Bursts of color created from my hand-dyed fabrics and are perfect for fussy cutting repetitive motifs as well as for my Harmonic Convergence method.

There is also a dynamic stripe that I created from a photograph of a Canna leaf, and a Breeze-like design that I created by using a photograph of an oil spill on rainy asphalt. Yes, I do find inspiration in many places. The quilt shown here utilizes a lot of the fabric line. The Bursts can be seen in the fussy cut applique blocks and the Breeze can be seen in the red triangles and their mates - nose to nose triangles. All of these designs were submitted in early December so it is nothing short of a miracle that Red Rooster could get these out in only FIVE months! Way to go RR.

Ask your shop to bring in the enitre line. Heads up - there's more fabric on the way for Fall too!



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