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Our wilderness journey continues as we look for fish for Pop-Pop..............

(caution - excuse the black hole - video student at work Embarassed

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Have you started your quilt yet?

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Or Fishing with Pop-Pop OR Alex's video lessons continued. Warning- no quilting - parental discretion advised!

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We passed the 7000 mark in the Quilt Gallery.  Check out who made this great quilt and make sure you put up 6 quilts to qualify for Ricky's Rhapsody Quilt.

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TQS has a lot of members who are interested in the Dear Jane quilt. Our site sponsor Stitchin’ Heaven has a Dear Jane block of the month program that began in 2004 to fulfill the needs of those who needed a structured set of of instructions to accompany the book "Dear Jane" by Brenda Papadakis. The book does not include instruction, only line drawings of the 225 blocks making it difficult sometimes to figure out how to construct the 4 1/2" blocks.

Stitchin’ Heaven’s 24-month program will provide the fabric as well as the instruction for the 10 blocks each month. The book is required and the Dear Jane software is recommend. SH is planning another program to begin in January 2008 and they are offering TQS members who want to make a Dear Jane quilt a free start fee (a $25 value!). This offer will be good through September 2007 and the program will begin in January, 2008. If interested in the offer, the coupon code TQSDJ2008 needs to be entered during the checkout process. More details can be found here

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Yes folks, it's another NEW DAY! We have been dropping hints about another great new feature - we'll, here it is! Star Members can create their own Blog right here on The Quilt Show. In the purple Menu Bar you'll see a new link called Member Blogs. This link provides you with the opportunity to start your own blog for ALL TQS members to read. It is also the link to read all the Member Blogs. Star members can also access their blogs under My Profile.

Are you thinking, "Great, now, how can I possibly start a blog? I don't know how!" Not to worry, you'll find all the instructions right there on the page and once you get the hang of it you can blog blog blog as much as you like. And just like the Daily Blog, anyone reading your blog can submit a comment. We urge you to keep your profile up-to-date, but with your own Member Blog you can post photos of works in progress. Maybe you could teach a little lesson complete with illustrations. Share your experience on quilt outing, etc. The sky is the limit. Just remember all content must adhere to the TQS terms of service - in short, play nice and post appropriate images.

As you browse the new feature, notice all the options in the red "My Blogs Navigation" box so you can easily find what you want.
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Okay, it gets better. You can choose to have your blog visible to non-members which will automatically create your own RSS feed. No need to understand all about RSS, but your Member Blogs will just help spread the news about TQS across the internet via search engines.

It's a New Day!

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Every quilt teaches a lesson.  Sometimes the lesson is not revealed until the quilt is almost completed.  While creating "Rose Window", Cindy learned two valuable lessons. "1). If you are using black fabric, DO NOT use white poly batting. 2). Hand quilting with black thread on black fabric is not only impossible to see while doing it, it's impossible to see within the finished product."

Have you learned from a "mistake" quilt?  How has it helped you become a better quilt designer? Share your thoughts so that others can avoid some of those pitfalls. 

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     "Summer Memories" by mknavy90

Mary enjoys quilting with her daughter, morning walks and NASCAR.  She wanted to remember this summer in a quilt journal.  As it happened she and her daughter were able to attend a taping of The Quilt Show in La Veta, Colorado which featured Jean Wells as the guest artist.  Seeing Jean's nature inspired portrait quilts an idea for her journal came to mind. 

Mary decided to make her own portrait quilt capturing images of the flowers she saw every morning on her walk and the techniques she had just learned from Jean Wells. The quilt featured above is the result.  What a great way to celebrate a special time.  Do you have a quilt that holds special memories for you? 

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I am often asked,"What does it take to get published?" Recently I had the opoportunity to sit down and talk with Jan Grigsby at C&T Publishing to chat about the ins and outs of working with a publishing house. If that thought has ever crossed your mind, take a moment to visit my personal site at www.alexandersonquilts.com and listen to pod cast number 67.

 

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    "Iris Garden" by con8487 

Let's face it we all have UFO (un-finished objects) that we say we are going to complete some day laying around our quilt area.  Many languish in our "to get to" pile for months if not years.  While glancing through our Quilt Gallery recently we came upon a UFO that required 33 years of diligence to complete.  The kit was given to the quilter by her mother in the 1960's.  All of the flowers required cross-stitching.  At one point she even ran out of thread and had a difficult time trying to locate a color to match.  But she perservered until she found DMC floss to match perfectly.  The quilt was completed in 2005 and includes many quilted iris to compliment the cross-stitch design.  Let's all give a big WooHoo! to con8487.  She definitely deserves it.


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