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Hey Gang! I'm en route to Paducah, Kentucky for the annual show and contest that starts with the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday night. I'll post some news about the awards immediatly following the event - so plan to check the blog later that evening or early Wednesday morning for all the scoop.

Justin and I will be manning the Tims Art Quilt Studio booth. Please plan to stop by and say Hi -but you know that means to use our code phrase, "It's a new day!". In case you missed this week's newsletter, check it out. There is information on making an identifying name badge so other World Quilt Community members can recognize you. Don't forget to greet them with the secret password - "It's a new day!"

Does anyone have any special memories to share about past AQS shows?




I am basking in the glory of Sisters OR with Jean Wells and her wonderful posse. Together we are team teaching the Spontaneous Quilt Design Retreat at the NEW Five Pine Resort / Spa and Conference Center. Let me tell you - it's a tough job, but someone has to do it! We have challenged the students to step out of the box and guess what??!! THEY ARE! Check out Jean and Valori's fabulous quilt which graces the entrance into the conference center. I am itching to go home and create!!! But isn't that what is it all about?


Story Submitted by: richandrita

Quilt top originally pieced by Betty (Lisa's mom) who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's while she was working on this quilt top. Lisa asked me to rework the top because of the condition of the top and I agreed. I pulled the top apart and resewed all of the pinwheels. Then I added the original red border and pieced the outside border with leftover pieces of the original. Finally, I quilted the top after taking several machine quilting classes and doing several smaller projects. This was the first large quilt that I had machine quilted. Lisa's mom is in the final stages of Alzheimer's but Lisa has a quilt to remind her of her mom before the disease.

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.

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 


Story Submitted by: sunshinequilts

In 2004, when American Patchwork & Quilting was collecting blocks for making quilts to be auctioned to raise money for the Susan Komen for the Cure project, many of us who were on Alex Anderson's message board decided to make a whole quilt to be auctioned. Details of the blocks to be sent were worked out. Some sent blocks with light pink centers and dark backgrounds and others sent the opposite. All sent some extra fabric for the sashing. I assembled and quilted the top and sent it off to be auctioned on ebay. I anxiously awaited our quilt being auctioned because I wanted it back! When it was posted, I began bidding but despite my best efforts to win the auction, every time I would bid, this one other bidder would outbid me. I finally gave up as it was getting to be more than I could afford to spend. I lost the auction and several friends from the AAMB began trying to help me find out who the person was who wanted this quilt so badly that they kept oubidding me. There was a "behind the scenes" story going on and I didn't know it but everyone else did. It ended up that my friend, Vicky McGee from CA, was the person bidding against me and she was trying to get the quilt to give to me. Little did I know! In June, 2005, while at a retreat in Paducah, KY, Vicky had planned to be there and present the quilt to me. She could not make it but was able to send the quilt to another friend to make the presentation, along with the sweetest note from Vicky. I had given up on ever seeing this quilt again and was thrilled beyond belief to see it again and realize that it was being given to me!



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


Story Submitted by: maryw

I made this quilt for my executive who was retiring. I've worked as his administrative assistant for over 12 years and have learned a lot about him during that time. However, while making the quilt I learned a lot more about him. All of the fabric has some significance to things he likes or has done (i.e. golf, bowling, woodworking, various types of food he likes, etc.). The photos were copied onto material. All photos are from his early years (about age 2) through current (age 62). In addition to the photos and fabric I sent a square of material to family, friends and co-workers asking for them to sign the square or write a message to Don (I used acid free pens). I also was able to secure a signature square from some of his favorite publc people (Barbara Mandrell, Statler Brothers, Riders In The Sky, and President Bush). This was the first quilt I ever made. I learned a lot from making it but the best part was the pleasure of seeing the excitement on Don's face when I presented it to him. The quilt measures about 90 inches wide and 104 inches long. All sewing was done on my sewing machine. I started the quilt in early 2005 and completed it in early March 2007; Don retired March 31, 2007. Thank you for considering including this quilt and story.


Spring Market is around the corner in Salt Lake City. It is a time when your local quilt shop owner checks out what is hot and new for you. This year we at The Quilt Show will have a booth where we can chat and meet those who are attending. In addition to the booth, my new fabric line will debute with P&B Textiles - Garden Rose, my newest Book - Machine Quilting (you can order an autographed copy on my site (www.alexandersonquilts.com) and newest pattern - Star Party with JWD Publishing. To say it has been a crazy half year is an understatement. One of the responsibilties of celebrating a new fabric line is making a new quilt. Here's mine! I put it together in two days and then Cheryl Uribe APQSed it in another two days. Pretty good for basically an overnight effort, if I say so myself! By the way, half the circles are pieced and the other half appliqued.


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