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It's pre-taping day and we're all here. Producers, Beverly and Angel (outstanding!) are guiding us through each episode. We have a new director, Bruce, who is learning all about La Veta for the first time - his wife is a quilter! And Kate has joined us this time as a PA, production assistant. Alex, Justin, Lilo and I complete the team on this side of the production and we sort of got a bit off base during our meeting today. Take a look. Anyone know of a good way to corral a room full of leaders?

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Ever wonder what the set looks like during set up? Here's a peek. Also, Alex made a quick visit to the Mountain Valley Quilt Shop in La Veta and Debbie, the owner, was about to send off..... - well, you'll see. What would you like us to show you? We'll see if we can accomodate!

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Okay - we do get a bit sillly but we have a lot of fun. I'm not sure how much we can give you this week, but I'll try to provide a few video clips to share with you so you can join the fun of "Production Week." It's a short series we'll call - The Production Files.

Ricky, in Colorado where the scurry of prodution is ramping up.

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Join Vikki Pignatelli and the rest of us in the "Quilt Police Free Zone" at 2:00pm Pacific/5:00pm Eastern today. Vikki will be chatting with us about her recent show "Sacred Threads" as well as giving tips on her technique for creating stunning quilts as seen in Episode 102. So grab your favorite cup of hot brew and visit a spell. Please remember, this is not an open forum chat for you to visit with friends, keep comments and questions directed to Vikki. She will reply as best she can to all comments and questions, but realize it can be challenging. Come enjoy the chat.

 

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Do you really want these two troublemakers to come to your town? Well, if your favorite shop or guild gets the most sign ups- we'll come! The new contest is an incentive campaign to grow our World Wide Community! All the details are listed on the link to the right where it says "Win a Visit from Alex and Ricky." - Let the games begin.

Oh yeah - this is our first blog video - enjoy! What d'ya think?

 

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A round of applause for all those who contributed to the Virginia Tech Quilt Project!! Angelina Kendra says that as of Friday June 15 "I officially met the original goal of collecting 396 blocks, exactly enough for 33 quilts." Because of the generous donations from our members and others in the quilt world she has expanded the goal to collect 324 more blocks to make quilts for the 27 injured survivors. We know she can do it. If you are not able to donate blocks she needs fabric (colors that co-ordinate with orange and maroon) as well as batting. To see the progress and quilts Click here

“Thank you so much for The Quilt Show's continuing interest in and help with this project - I am so grateful for all that you do.”

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PART TWO: Season ONE. I am back in my office and ready to rock and roll. The trip to CO was blissfully uneventful (got to finish a book on the plane). We are looking forward to these next six shows and thank you for you ideas and comments. Ricky and I have today to get "settled" - tomorrow the gang starts rolling in. ALSO: John will be making his first trip to La Veta this weekend, I am sure he will be put to work! Hey, maybe he will do a segment on feeding cats and birds when your wife is out of town or mind over matter when searching for the remote.

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334_410734.jpgHas this ever happened to you? You’re at a retreat in a town you don’t know and while you are working on a project you run out of thread. You heard that there is a quilt shop in town, so you go to buy more thread. The only spool in the color you need is a brand you’ve never heard of. Should you sew with this “mystery thread”? Well, Bob Purcell (The Thread Guy) will be in the “Thread Spools” chat room tonight from 6:00-7:00pm Pacific/9:00-10:00pm Eastern to talk about all of your thread needs and questions. He can tell you why you should/shouldn’t sew with the “mystery thread”.

Please keep in mind that there may be many voices in the chat room (last week we had 55 at any given time), so please stay on topic with your questions or comments directed only to Bob. If you prefer open chat, please use another room during this time.

I am sure that Bob is going to share lots of tips and tricks with us. He might even let us in on the new Ricky Tims’ thread coming out soon.

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Alex left for La Veta today, and no surprise to anyone, she left me with a to do list.  My main job was to clean off the bookshelves above the garage door.  We are replacing the old broken door with a new rollup style.  These doors cannot have a book shelf above them.  While putting books aside for the library or the trash, I found an interesting item.  It had an inlaid wooden book cover.  Inside was the following:

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Alex, do you remember what this was? 

Okay, I cleaned off the bookshelf, I didn't throw out the wooden book and  I fed the cat,

so where did you hide the remote?

 

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Richmond, VA July 19-21, 2007
Omaha, NE August 16-18, 2007
Knoxville, TN Sept 13-15, 2007

There are three great opportunities this summer to add a great adventure to your "What I Did This Summer" journal. I would love to have you join us for a super seminar in one of the cities listed above. In this two and a half day event, held in beautiful, comfortable facilities, you'll learn a multitude of tips, techniques and tricks.

Alex Anderson, Libby Lehman and myself are dedicated to giving you the best quilting lessons we possibly can. The Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar is geared to ALL quilters regardless of level or personal style. The supply list only requires that you bring an open mind, a bit of laughter, and your "learning seatbelt" because you'll have to hold on for the ride!

Details are available at rickytims.com , Be sure to browse the items in the green topic bar across the top of the Seminar page. Try to fit us in - you won't be sorry, we promise! As a matter of fact we're so convinced that you'll find this experience rich, rewarding and worth attending that if you don't think it was worth it, you can exchance your syllabus for a full refund immediatly folllowing the last session of the seminar.



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