132_185601.jpg Vietnam Quilts is a community project designed to improve living conditions for a select group of ladies. This grass roots project worked, despite a bumpie start. This youtube is a 6 minute must see. Thanks to Marlene Ball for bringing it to our attention.




Last fall I ran into quilt teacher, author, and all aournd good gal, Bonnie McCaffery at the Houston International Airport. We were both pooped out tired after market / festival and were glad to see a friend. We sat and chatted for a few minutes and decided to sieze the moment and "put down" a vid cast. Please visit Bonnies site to check it out. We really did have fun!




Hey gang! We'll I'm on the road again. This is my first driving tour and I'm headed to five Bernina stores in 10 days. I left Colorado yesterday and drove to Wichita Falls, TX (my hometown, where I was born) and stayed with my Nephew and his family. Today, I drove to Tyler, TX to spend some time with A Nimble Thimble owned by Katie Hartner (see photo). Katie wanted me to do a musical performance and talk and she managed to find a venue and get all the necessary equipment to make it work. Way to go Katie. She thought of a great way to add extra incentive for folks to sign up for my classes tomorrow - she is giving away a Bernina 440 to one lucky student. They get one chance for each semianr they signed up for. WOW!

Now, I might not be able to blog everyday on the tour, and if I have some sroke of rehetorical genius, I'll certainly be sure to post that as well as my antics on the road - but for the next several days i'll just share my daily journal with you.

One realy fun converstaion I had tonight was about digitizing embroidery desings. I'm doing a disk of embroidery featuring my rhapsody designs that will release in the spring. Do any of you digitize or use embroidery in your projects? I used to be a 'straight sticth only' sort of quilter, but now I try to really utilize my machine to maximize the creative possibilities in my quilts.




March 9-11, 2007 – Seven quilt shops located throughout Western Connecticut and Eastern NY State are hosting this unique 3 day event.  Each quilt shop will represent a different country and each participant will be given a passport -  complete with a photo -  and will have 3 days to visit each quilt shop, which will have games and prizes and of course, will stamp your “passport”.  Each person completing the “World Tour”, having all of their passport stamps, will win a Trip Around the World tote bag.  All of the "complete" passports will be entered in a drawing for a grand prize.  For more information contact RoniG8@aol.com


126_144571.jpg As the first taping date rolls around the corner, I realized you probably don't know some of the really cool stuff about the folks working behind the scenes. You might think it is just Ricky and myself with a video camera, but "no way baby!" Let me give you a heads up of who's who. First off, you might have seen ARJJ on your credit card when you became a gold star member, it is our corporation name (Alex, Ricky, Justin and John). Right off the bat, we enlisted the talents of three outstanding webmasters, Paul, Bob and Seth, each with their own specialty. Regarding the World Quilt Community, Toi has joined us as News Editor.

Our first producer actually worked at HGTV as my boss! She left the network about a year before I did. Angel moved on to Turner broadcasting and currently is taking a new job at Cornell University. Angel coerced her friend Bev who has been in TV industry for decades to be co producer (www.berverlyprice.com). Bev was especially interested in the concept of internet TV and wanted the opportunity to work in broadband media (new stuff!). Beverly in turn talked Ryan into joining the team as key editor. Ryan just got back from working on the Super Bowl. From Boulder we welcome Day Light Productions and their crew who will wave the magic wand to bring our show to you.

Of course, we welcome all the quilters and industry leaders who are flying in from around the world to strut their stuff! It has been wonderful to watch how the professional quilting industry has embraced our vision, helping make our dream a reality.

Last but not least, it comes down to you! Without YOUR support and partnership, it would be in vain, right? The beauty of this internet TV venture is that we are not under the thumb of a network’s idea of who we are and what we want. We, the quilters control it! All in all, this couldn’t have happened at a better time. We at ARJJ are thrilled with how The Quilt Show is shaping up and are honored to serve our community. So, help us spread the word and let the New Day Begin!



Madison, WI – Sept. 13-15, 2007 – Enter your quilts NOW in this show to be held at the Exhibition Hall of the Alliant Energy Center. This three-day event is presented by Wisconsin Public Television and Sewing With Nancy®.  There are 10 categories with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes in each category.  First place wins $500, 2nd wins $300 and 3rd place earns $200.  The Best of Show winner will be awarded $1,500. The 2007 Quilt Expo quilt contest entry forms and 2006 winners are available at www.wiquiltexpo.com.



Winfield, KS – March 31 & April 1, 2007  - This year's show will feature the Women of Biblical Proportion display, hundreds of quilts, 20 vendors, hand quilting demonstrations and a hand appliquéd queen size opportunity quilt (shown above).  Admission for both days is $5 and lunch is available.  For more information contact grhodes1@cox.net or www.walnutvalleyquilters.com



We have recieved several inquiries regarding how to be a guest on The Quilt Show. We are looking for FRESH, NEW and ORIGINAL ideas, concepts we haven't seen before (both contemporary and traditional). Your proposal must include a bio (telling us who you are and where you live), what you plan to present (the "how to" info) and of course photos. We LOVE photos! Please send the info to me and I will make sure it gets into the hands of our producers for consideration. Proposals will not be returned but rest assured will be held in strict confidence. Don't be shy, strut your stuff!

The Quilt Show

c/o Alex Anderson

PMB 139

1141 Catalina Drive

Livermore, Ca 94550





We have a two new resources available to Star Members. If you own or manage a quilt shop you can post your shop profile at no extra cost. The same is true for teachers.

If you are a Star Member, Log on and go to Update My Profile. Then select Professional Teacher or Quilt Shop Owner/Manager to enter all the information requested and upload a photo of you or your shop. This information goes to our database and now, when members select Find a Teacher or Find a Shop (locasted under SEARCH in the menu bar), they will be able to find you.

Shops have the added bounus of having a Mapquest link and members can print driving directions right from our site. Each shop can have only one listing and it should be associated with the shop owner or manager's profile page.

All of this content is member driven so if you are a teacher - local, regional, national, or international, or if you own or manage a shop anywhere in the world, we need you to put in your information in order for the World Quilt Community to find you.

If you would like to see how it looks -go to SEARCH in the menu bar, then do a search for screen name RickyTims (no spaces) and look under Additional Listings for this Member. You can also see this example if you choose Find a Teacher and search for teachers in Colorado or Find a Shop and search for shops in Colorado.

We are VERY excited that these features are now available and ask that you take time to participate in creating the world's largest database for finding quilt shops and teachers.



Would you like to be part of our live studio audience for taping of The Quilt Show? Tickets are free! The first taping is March 9, 10, and 11. Here is the information you'll need.

1. Please do not request tickets unless you are certain you will attend. We have limited seating and will only provide enough tickets for the seats availalbe. If you take a ticket and do not attend, we will have empty seats that could have been used by someone else. We know where you live - if you don't use your ticket, the quilt police will come and get you! - All kidding aside, please don't request tickets if you will not use them.

2. The taping will last all day with a lunch break. So plan to sit for a while.

3. The taping will be held at Tims Art Quilt Studio and Gallery in La Veta, CO on March 9, 10, and 11.

4. You may choose to request tickets for one day, two days, or all three days.

5. Request tickets by selecting Contact on the Menu Bar and select General Inquiries for your subject.

6. Include your name - number of tickets - what day(s) you are requesting.

7. Lodging in La Veta is limited. A lodging list will be provided upon receipt of ticket request. It is possible that you will only find lodging outside of La Veta - 15-60 minutes away. (Walsenburg, Alamosa, Trinidad, Pueblo.

8. Additional travel information will be provided upon request - contact us via General Inquiries.

9. Tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis.

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