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November 11, 2007 - January 15, 2008 Quilt Visions members are invited to submit two entries of high quality art work in any fiber medium for a juried exhibition at the Visions Art Quilt Gallery.  Only one work from each artist is eligible for exhibit.  Pedestals will be available for  3- dimensional displays.  Entries must have been completed no earlier than January 1,2004.  Art works for sale are strongly encouraged and preferred, but NFS entries will be accepted.  The Gallery's commission is 50% of the retail price. 

Entry fee:  $15 for one entry, $20 for two.

Deadline for entries: Entries should be mailed to arrive at the Gallery no later than Saturday, July 14, 2007.

Notification by email or phone will be sent to artists by Saturday, September 1, 2007.

For more information, visit www.quiltvisions.org 

 

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Lee's Summit, MO - May 4-6, 2007  Lee's Summit Quilters' Guild is hosting their annual show.  For more information, please contact Edwina Smith at lsquilters@lsquilters.com or visit www.lsquilters.com

 

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Ami Simms, right

An online quilt group, the Fariy Goddess Mothers, presented Ami Simms with almost 200 quilts for the Alzheimer's Priority Quilt auction project today at the American Quilter's Society show in Paducah, KY. During the presentation Ami was visibliy touched by the gesture as she stood surrounded by a wall of quilts that will no doubt bring many dollars for research.

On display at the show is an special exhibition of the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, the traveling exhibition creates awarness for Alzheimers and to help raise funding for research. "It's a very difficult exhibition to view", said one quilter. "I can only look at three or four at a time before getting choked up." This reponse is typical.

The Quilt Show has a special segment on this project. You can view it in Segment One of Show 103.

The auction is held the first 10 days of every month at www.alzquilts.org

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As a Virginia Tech alumna, I was, with the whole country, horrified by last week's events on that
beautiful campus. In my effort to ease some of my ownfeelings of sorrow and helplessness, I have started an effort to make Hokie Hope quilts for each of thefamilies who lost a loved one.

Here's what I'm asking people to contribute:

  • 12 1/2" blocks, any pattern, in the VT school colors of maroon and orange, plus white/cream and brown/black as accent and background colors.
  • Squares of cotton batting at least 16" square (I can assemble these in a "quilt-as-you-go" technique)
  • Backing fabric in coordinating colors at least 16" square.
  • Prepared binding in coordinating colors.


To make 33 quilts, we need a total of 396 blocks. I know we can do this! I have never known ANYTHING as remarkable as the passion in this community. Quilters from around the world have already offered to help. I received the first block in yesterday's mail - I posted a photo in my profile.

I have no deadline for this project. Sooner is better, but I don't want anybody to feel so rushed that they can't help "in time." However long it takes, we can do our tiny part in helping these families remember that there is goodness and hope in our world.

Please feel free to email me at a_kendra@yahoo.com if you have any questions. Thank you so very much.

Peace,
Angelina Kendra
New Britain, CT

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Amidst shouts of support and enthusiasm and a plethora of oohs and ahhs, Libby Lehman, MC for the Awards Ceremony for the 23rd Annual Show and Contest, announced the winning quilt. Sharon Shamber, of Payson, AZ, has won the $20,000 Best of Show for the second consecutive year - a first!

Sharon's quilt, Flower of Life is created with hand-dyed fabrics and detailed applique, trapunto, and hand-corded binding. The intricate precision longarm quilting adds shadows, texure, and design elements to this original design.

Also among the big winners of the night are:

AQS Best Hand Workmanship $12,000
Organic Garden, Bonnie Keller, Chehalis, WA

Bernina Machine Workmanship Award
Buckskin, Marla Yeager, Ava, MO

 

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Starting in May you will have the opportunity to participate in a fun new block of the month program from Stitchin' Heaven. "Springtime Memories and Backyard Fun" is a beautiful quilt designed by Winnie Flemming. Stitchin' Heaven is offering the program and the all the fabrics sent each month will be bright and beautiful batiks! BONUS: Only to registered members of The Quilt Show! Enter coupon code TQSSMBF by May 3rd and the start fee on this program is FREE! (a $25 value). Register now so you are not behind as it will begin in May...

So what makes Stitchin' Heaven Block of the Month Headquarters? Pride, scheduling, convenience, selection, quality, the little things that matter, confidence, and price just to name a few things. Learn more ...

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More than 100,000 people have seen the 52 extraordinary quilts in the "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" traveling exhibit. As you know, this isn't an easy exhibit to see. Many people find they can only look at a few quilts at a time before becoming overwhelmed with emotion. Some just find the experience too much to bear. The CD of the quilts has helped a lot, letting people click through the quilts at home, in private, listening to the voices of the artists tell about their work. (I always recommend tissues and chocolate.)
Now we will have a book! Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece will be published this summer. You can order your copy NOW for a June delivery at http://www.amisimms.com/buybook.html
Purchase a book to experience the quilts AND to help find a cure. All profit is being donated to Alzheimer's research. For yourself, for a friend, for someone walking in the shadow of Alzheimer's...you can help.

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Wausau, WI – September 29-30, 2007 – Pine Tree Quilters Quilt Guild will host their 13th annual show this year.  Nancy Kunst Smith will be there to do certified quilt appraisals during show hours.  ½ hour appointments per quilt should be scheduled prior to the show directly with Nancy.  Please contact her site at www.nancykunstsmith.com.  For more information about the show in general visit www.pinetreequilters.org 

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Houston – March 26, 2007 – Quilts, Inc. announced that the recipient of the Silver Star Award is Michael James of Lincoln, NE.  This award is given annually to living persons who have made a lasting and positive impact on the field of quilting and textile art over their careers. 

James – a member of the Quilter’s Hall of Fame – was chosen for a lifetime of work that has seen him move through various styles and techniques, but always remain on the cutting edge of quilt design, construction, and scholarship.  

Michael’s approach to quiltmaking is greatly influenced by his background as a painter.  He is currently the department chair in Textiles, Clothing & Design at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln and a Faculty Fellow at the International Quilt Study Center.  

His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions too numerous to list, and appears in more than a dozen museum collections.  Finally, his quilts have won many awards, and two of them (Aurora and Rhythm/Color: Improvisation) made the list of the 20th Century’s Best American Quilts. 

James will be honored at the Silver Star Salute, part of the events at the 2007 fall edition of International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX.  This special dinner is Saturday, November 3, from 7:30-10:00 p.m., and will feature a speech from James along with a visual career retrospective.  Work and memorabilia from his entire career will also be on display in the “Silver Star Salute” special exhibit on Festival’s show floor.   For more information visit www.quilts.com

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Marshfield, WI – October 26-28, 2007, The Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Central Wisconsin and Marshfield Convention and Visitors Bureau is sponsoring the 13th Annual Treasures of Tomorrow Quilt Show and Competition. There will be over $4000 in prizes, full and half day classes, 1 hour classes with fabric kits included, and a beginning quilting class. Also included will be over 150 quilts and wall hangings and more than 25 vendors. There will be a raffle quilt and hundreds of items for sale. Also offered are appraisals by appointment, machine cleaning and tune-up for $30, neck massages and food and refreshments. On Sunday only there will be free demonstrations and guided tours of prize winning quilts. General admission is $5 or $8 for a two day pass. For more information visit www.visitmarshfieldwi.com.


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