Who can't resist a guy in a Kilt? I know I can't - perhaps I have been away from my sewing machine too long.



576_joeyandersonandshelley.jpg Let me have the EXTREME pleasure of introducing my future daughter in law - Shelly! I knew when Joey went out on their first date (about 6 years ago) that she was the ONE (that is called a mothers instinct - you know, the eyes in the backof the head scenario)! They met in Santa Barbara during summer school. We heard about "her" for several months before they actually connected. She recently graduated from Law school - so she promises to raise our family IQ by several points! LOL - She is currently an associate for Hayco, a family owned company, and has me hooked on their product - check out hayconutra.com.

People ask if I like her - the answer is that not only do I like her, but I LOVE her to pieces! She is incredibly bright, insightful, kind, strong and funny. She and Joey are perfect compliments for each other.

The date - next summer - The place - Santa Barbara.

This future MIL is happy dancing in northern Ca.





    "Transformation" by imararefind

Do you have a quilt you are especially proud of?  Are you thinking of entering it in a quilt show or contest?  Beware; contest rules for entering a quilt can be very confusing.  It is very important to read and re-read all of the instructions for entering.  Rules can change every year and even within the same organization. 

This quilt made by imararefind was ineligible as it was 1 1/2" too small.  What a shame.  Don't let your hard work keep you out of the running.  By the way, the quilt did win Best Pictorial Quilt at the Mid Atlantic Quilt Show in 2006.



Washington, DC, USA, now through January 21, 2008 - The Smithsonian American Art Museum is exhibiting a collection of quilts entitled Going West! Quilts and Community which reveals the essential role that quilts and the making of quilts played in the lives of women on the frontier. The Great Platte River Road was the principal route for America's westward expansion as early as the 1830's. Pioneers headed for a new life in te Nebraska Territory packed their wagons with necessities that almost always included quilts. Quilts served an important purpose along the difficult journey, whether used as sturdy domestic bedding along the trail or packed tenderly in the trunk as a tie to all that had been left behind. Independent curator Sandi Fox is the guest curator for the exhibition, which will feature more than 50 quilts.


Just when you thought this "phase" was over - I couldn't resist.



573_tnkatiemaepettwayhousetopvariation.jpgHousetop Variation
by Katie Mae Pettway, 2002

Tacoma, Washington, USA - September 22-December 9, 2007

Tacoma Art Museum is currently exhibiting extraordinary quilts made by the women of Gee's Bend, an isolated community in rural Alabama. For four generations, the women of Gee's Bend have been creating quilts of exceptional artistry, revealing a remarkable command of design and a painterly approach to a traditional art form. The exhibition will explore in depth the impact of architecture, environment, and traditional quilting motifs upon the Gee's Bend distinctive aesthetic. The exhibition will further explore examples of family quilting lineages and improvisational interpretations of traditional motifs.




      "Dad's Quilt" by AuntSewsie 

Is your fabric stash getting out of control?  Are you wanting to thin it out but just not sure where to begin?  How about making a quick lap quilt for a family member or friend?   All you need is the pattern, as you have plenty of fabric to choose from.  The quilt featured was a stash slasher made using the funky curvy rail pattern from the book Stack A New Deck.  And remember, the more you slash your stash the more room for new fun fabric!


Many of us have friends and family in the Southern CA area which is being ravaged by fires. One such person is my friend, Jan Krentz. I was more than relieved to hear from her this morning - via the internet (You got to love this medium of communication!). She directed me to her site where she is keeping an on line diary. I asked for her permission to blog regarding her efforts and here was her response:

Thanks, Alex - Sure, Please feel free to link folks to my newsletter.

I wanted to provide active links to local news stations for folks outside our area who need info for family & friends, particularly those who are evacuated and have no contact with family.

I am updating it daily during the crisis.

I am moving earlier entries to individual linked pages.



Thank you Jan!




   "Snake Charmer" by Pamincan 

Time to dust off some cobwebs - We are planning to minimise the amount of rooms in the chat area - then reopen as needed. We will keep the Bernina and Scheduled Chat rooms, but what should be the other three be? Please throw your ten cents in the ring.Tongue out Inquiring minds want to know.



     "Under the Gian Coneflowers" by Ann Fahl

Ann Fahl, art quilter, teacher and cat fancier will be our guest artist in "Featured Guest" chat room Thursday October 25, 2007 at 6:00pm Pacific/9:00pm Eastern.  Even if you aren't a cat lover it's sure to be an hour filled with creative ideas for your own whimsical quilt.

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