If you had 5 seconds (to think) to sign a rock on YOUR wilderness adventure (as I did on mine with Ricky) what would you say...................?

 I said, "Live, Love and Laugh". 



Jacksonville, FL, September 20-22, 2007 - One of the largest quilt shows in the Southeast returns to Jacksonville in September with more space than ever and even more events.

This year's show will be held at the Prime Osborn Convention Center and will feature a gallery of over 400 quilts, seminars, quilt appraisals, vendors and a children's area. In addition, featured speakers include renowned artists Linda Jenkins and Melody Johnson. There will also be a preview party and fashion show.

"Our theme this year is 'It's Not Your Grandmother's Flower Garden' and rings true, as quilting is an art form enjoyed by all ages, and by both men and women," comments Carolyn Allen, one of the event's organizers.

For quilters, QuiltFest is an open judged show. Prize money will be awarded for 1st,2nd and 3rd place in each of 12 categories, Best of Show, Viewers Choice, Artistic Merit, Best Hand Quilting and Best Machine Quilting. Quilts may be submitted through July 25. For quilt submission rules and registration form, visit www.quiltfestjax.com

QuiltFest guests will also receive a special reduced rate of $71.00 at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. You may contact them directly for reservations at (904) 396-5100 and mention QuiltFest.

For more information, visit www.quiltfestjax.com



If you would like tickets to a taping of The Quilt Show, here is your last chance until next year. Two days have been added to the taping coming up in August. Tickets are avaialble for two shows on Thursday, August 2nd and two shows on Monday, August 6th. Tickets holders are expected to attend both shows on the day of taping. Also, it is imperative that if you ask for tickets that you use the tickets. We do not overbook seating and therefore every seat must be filled.

Tickets are given on a first come, first served basis. You may email service@thequiltshow.com or call 719-742-3031 and speak with Brian Orr. Please be advised, there is air conditioning in the studio, but warm August temperatures and studio lighting can make for a warm room.

Additional information regarding check in, guidelines, lodging, etc, are provided with your ticket confirmation.

Come join the fun!



While recently viewing the quilt gallery I came across a member (screenname "Pippa"), who is an avid collector of antique Welsh quilts. She has posted a number of beautiful quilts including this beauty on her profile. The problem is that there was no place to connect with others who enjoy antique quilts. Well, no longer. Our web guy Bob has added this selection to the genre listing in the quilt profile area. He also added a new Forum category so those of you interested in Antique quilts, restoration ,etc, have a place to share ideas. Visit the Forum, locate Traditionally Speaking and you'll find Collecting Antique Quilts: Comments on collection, preserving, and restoring.



You saw her wonderful work on Episode 106 just last week, now meet her in "Featured Guest" chat room tonight at 6:00pm Pacific/9:00pm Eastern.  Denise will discuss all aspects of her current work, so get your questions ready.  To learn more about her visit her website here.


Every year at Bernina university there is a sort of recognition dinner - for dealers who perform at a certain level - not sure what that is, don't need to know. THIS year we went to Sea World (remember we are in Orlando right now) for this dinner. After a delicious meal we got to see the killer whale show. It was simply incredible. To watch the trainers and their whales work together was magic. To see the Mama whale with the baby whales was nature at its best (if possible in this sort of environment). It was WONDERFUL!!!!! After that we got another round of desserts to munch on, the fireworks began. My reputation at BU might never be the same because I snuck out of the party area into the bushes to see the fireworks at a better advantage.............apparently it didn't look lady like - oh well, what's new? Cool





Join us to in the "Featured Guest" chat room tonight at 6:00pm Pacific/9:00pm Eastern.  Ami Simms of the "Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative" will be there to discuss what is going on with this project and how you can help.  Be sure to check out her website here and let's find out how we can do more to fight this disease.



I was glancing through quilt gallery the other day when I saw Cathy Boerio’s quilt “Triple Treat”. I read the commentary and thought we as a quilting community could definitely help out. Mary was attending a Quilt Lover’s Hang Out click here lock- in when she heard from the owners (Debbie and Gayle) that many troops in Iraq were needing more blankets to keep warm at night. Keep in mind that the average daily temperature can go as high as 107 during the day and drop to 85 at night. While this does not seem drastic, it is when you are sleeping in a tent in the desert.

Everyone was excited and wanted to help make one that night. Debbie and Gayle even offered free fabric for the ladies to use from their stock in the store. Talk about a great team effort.

I know that we all have enough fabric in our stash to make 1 quilt for a soldier. Cathy used a simple 3 piece pattern from the book “The Happy Hour” and batiks from her stash. She said the quilt took no time to complete. So, before you get started here are the details:

Contact shop directly by e-mail quiltlovershangout@yahoo.com or phone 239-995-0045 to get more information on this project and where to send your quilt.

They would prefer finished quilts, but will gladly take tops.

TWIN size (only)

The quilt needs to have light weight (poly) batting. In the desert cotton and wool do not dry quickly.

Quilts made of polar fleece or Minky Chenille are both light weight and cuddly.

No Red , White, and Blue quilts please

Regardless of your stance on the war, our troops need our support and what better way to let them know we are thinking of them than when they lie down under YOUR quilt at night.




Story Submitted by: lilyf

I was so excited about entering a quilt for the first time in my quilt guild's show. I decided to do an art quilt. This was a fused, raw edged applique wall hanging with free motion embroidery and quilting. The applique went together beautifully, but when I started the free motion embroidery, I started getting missed stitches and I was breaking needles. I went through the 'drill' of checking to make sure I was doing everything right. I made sure I had the right needle, I adjusted the tension, the thread was quality embroidery thread, etc. My machine was fairly new and a top of the line machine. I just couldn't figure out what was going wrong! I did continue working on the quilt; I felt I had an obligation to myself to get this in the show. It was just a few days before the show and I was so frustrated that I called the guild president, partly to vent my frustration and to ask her if I should give up or finish the quilt. Of course, she said CONTINUE! and gave me lots of (much needed)encouragement. Needless to say, I did finish my wallhanging. My quilt won an honorable mention, so I guess I did more things right than wrong! I learned a few things, too. I learned about thread painting and free motion embroidery and quilting and I learned perserverance. I learned that even though things don't always go your way, somehow they usually turn out OK. I learned that when in doubt, call a friend. A few days after the show, when I went to use my sewing machine, I realized I had not dropped the feed dogs during the free motion sewing. I almost cried, because I knew there was nothing wrong with my machine! Just the operator! Don't give up! Dawn Paoletti


Gregory Case, The Quilt Show's official photographer (Photo Man) knocked himself out this round! We have decided to split the photos into four sets - with no particular order. For those who want a sneek peek at what we did and who we highlghted this past tapimg round in La Veta - here you go. Grab a cup of Java and enjoy! Stay tuned - more to come................



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