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Three more Sues made their way to my design wall. The two on the left made their way to Portugal and the Sue on the right is from England. And to think I once believed she never got off the farm, away from scrubbing cloths and making Sam happy. MAN OH MAN - I have been SSOOOOO wrong and misguided for decades. Embarassed THANK YOU!!!!

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Happy Birthday to you and many more..........................

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keep shining bright! 

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It's a New Day and time to celebrate once again. The Quilt Show has reached 20,000 members! You are part of an ever-growing and evolving community. We promise to continue doing our best to make The Quilt Show your daily, must-visit internet stop. Congratulation to our member, RuthMcI from Brooklyn, New York . She will be getting a Super Bernina Bag, filled to the brim with goodies from the taping of The Quilt Show

And now, -drum roll please - during the tapings last week we announced that when we reach 50,000 we will be giving away a top of the line Bernina sewing machine with the embroidery attachment. Bob Purcell, from Superior Threads offered to include a $500 gift certificate from Superior Threads. When we reach 50,000 members, it will go to one of you! Hang on for the ride - we're just beginning. It's a New Day! Now, watch the video below.

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Have you heard of the Patchwork Party? It's a bit like an online shop hop where you can purchase twelve incredible sampler blocks from 12 different online quilt shops. The event is so popular that the Spring 2007 edition of the Patchwork Party sold over 24,000 blocks! The blocks for the Fall 2007 Patchwork Party are designed by Marti Michell and the fabrics featured are "Home for the Holidays" fabric collection from Marcus Brothers.

One of the stops on the tour is our very own Stitchin' Heaven. They are offering our TQS members a sneak peek one day early. If you want to check out all the excitement surrounding the Fall 2007 Patchwork Party, go to www.patchworkparty2007.com . Be sure to check out the quilt gallery when you get there to see the beautiful quilts that have been made from these blocks.

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You saw her incredible portraits in Episode 105, be sure to join Cheryl Sterling in "Featured Guest" chat room tomorrow night at 5:00pm Pacific/8:00pm Eastern.  Cheryl will give us tips on creating your own quilted portraits.

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Show 108 will launch in the wee hours of the night.............

On a personal note, I have waited years for an interview with my friend Mary Fisher. She is not only an incredibly gifted writer and quilter but an inspiration to those who know and love her. Mary has changed thousands and thousands (perhaps millions) of lives, including mine.

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Photo by Gregory Case 

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20,000 members are around the bend - tell a friend to join today! Where will you be when we hit the big 20?

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Photo by Gregory Case 

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In case you haven't click the Stories link in a while, you should. Believe it or not, our original idea for this site was to have a web TV show and member submitted stories - that's it! My how the dream has changed!

The stories link enables you to share your heartfelt, funny, or othewise interesting story to our membership. If you submit a story, remember to keep it short and sweet like those already posted. What quilt stories do you have that might inspire or encourage our members?

Oh - and I almost forgot. You can always click on the author's screen name and send them an email. 

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Story Submitted by: Bonnie23

My husband is an avid weekend fisherman. I and my camera tag along on when he is practicing for an upcoming tournament. He has learned that anytime he wants to either go fishing or anywhere, he can ask if I want to "ride" to take pictures. Now I must admit, he is "fairly" patient when I yell STOP! Who better than a fisherman to understand you must "seize the moment". One that relishes a fish biting at a particular moment, on a certain lure, during a certain moon phase, at a certain water temperture and a certain tide stage must be patient! Hmmmm, kinda reminds me of another hobby of mine. Like so many other quilters, my best designs come to me after midnight. (Oh yes, fisherman have to get a VERY early start on tournament day, too!) My husband has visited local truck dealerships for about two years looking for the ideal truck, in a certain color, with a certain horsepower engine and a certain price. Oh yes it also had to be a diesel and 4 wheel drive. Afterall, he needs something to pull his boat to the tournaments. I finally caved when he found the perfect truck - BUY IT! Since you can't drive a 4 wheel drive truck in the water and a break in his tournament schedule. It was time to take to the woods (four wheels drives like it). Of course, I was invited along to take pictures. Twenty miles off the highway and finally on a dirt road, we happened upon a field of cotton. STOP!!!!! Quilting, photography and fishing are perfect companions. But without the 4 wheel drive, the woods, and the cotton field, I would not have the treasures I brought home with me. The photos are treasures, but so is the renewed perspective of all of the important things in my life. My husband and family, my photography and quilting, his fishing and his truck. Oh yes, the cotton field. The plants were in full bloom when I captured the moment. One that will lead to certain cotton bolls, processed into the certain fabrics that end up in the amazing colors that brighten our world! This is truly where a quilt begins! (P.S. I had a lot of extra photo time as the truck broke down and we had to wait for someone to pick us up! But that's another story.)

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Needless to say, it was a great week! But all good things must come to an end. The producers and crew are gone, the set is in storage, and now it's time to begin the editing process. Alex and Ricky express tremendous gratitude for the hard work that everyone contributes to this endeavor.

We hope that the TQS membership will continue to grow and that our show and site will continue to evolve. As you read this, celebrate with us! Do a happy dance, give a shout, or raise a glass and say, "It's a New Day!" We do it for you, and we couldn't do it without you!



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