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1291_aaqi.bmpBurton, MI, USA, September 22,2008 - The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) is offering approximately five grants of $10,000 each to qualifying research organizations.  Grant funds will be dispersed in December 2008.  For more information click here.

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I can't believe a year has gone by - Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane Nursery is this weekend! This is one of my favorite quilting things to do.  Joen Wolfrom is the featured artist along with a special exhibit by Melinda Bula and of course quilts from our community. The show is BOTH Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 - 4:00 - admission free! There is still room in Cindy Needham's workshop and at the Friday and Saturday evening lecture. John and I will be selling  T-shirts designed for this event - stop by and say "hi". Guess which of Joen's quilts was used for T shirt inspiration this year? To discover more about this jewel of a quilt show in Livermore, Ca., go here. John and I will be looking for you! Help us by wearing a star.

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Story Submitted by: KathySamson

After watching a show on TQS with our lovely guest Eleanor Burns I decided its time to make a tumbling block sewing the 'Y' seams. I can remember plain as day the giggles from watching this show and the encouragement given in the end to "try" out those 'Y' seams! I started out pretty good sewing three diamonds into individual blocks. I sewed 13 blocks into long rows. I had like ten rows sewed together like this. Now I had to sew these rows together; "yeah right-wrong way". Lets say I've had my taste of Mr. Stitch Ripper for the year...my time has been put in for the year! I was in tears and the quilt almost went into the garbage can out of fustrations. The only thing that kept me going was "try try and you can do it and you'll figure this out"; the correct way thinking I'm stitches away from happiness through the tears. I asked for help from my TQS friends and I got great help right away and I'm very greatful. My quilt top got pieced,not perfect points but close enough. Then I pinned my quilt and I started quilting. Guess I have to say; I rolled up my pants legs once again and I went for it with the encouragement of Alex's feathers. I'm doing feathers in every diamond thats 390 diamonds. I should be feather queen of the month!!! lol. I dared not to look at my feathers till I got my first 130 done, because I had enough diamonds done and I wasn't about to turn to Mr. Stitch Ripper again. I was past the point of no return! They are not perfect feathers but with this much 'practice' its not looking bad. I'm pretty pleased. I've learned a lot from many great teachers and friends from TQS . I'm writting this story because I have been the quilter who looked through the window at patterns and quilting and thought 'that is beautiful, but its to hard for me' never giving it a second thought for months, years. Well I rolled up my pants legs and jumped right in and found it isn't as bad as I thought it was. My quilting has improved in many avenues due to the great inspiration and the lessons taught by you everyone. So many thanks to the TQS Staff, Teachers, Friends, for my quilt "Stitches away from Happiness"

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1271_cleveland_wearable_art.bmpCleveland, OH, USA, October 18-19, 2008 - The Cleveland Museum of Art will host the 5th Annual Wearable Art Fashion Show & Boutique at LaMalfa Conference Center in Mentor, Ohio.  Additional information can be found here.

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In preparation for Houston this year, I am having to gather quilts and memorabilia for my Silver Star Special Exhibit. Quilts Inc. suggests that you give a span of your entire quilting experience - although this is not quilting per se, look what my mom found..........my very early attempts of stitchery -

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Congratulations Ronnie Lewison (rel319).  Her quilt "Tuscan Morning" is in our current newsletter.  Also her quilt "Santa Fe Morning" was seen on our site and is now featured in the Sep/Oct edition of "Love of Quilting" magazine on page 38.  You can also see it by going to our gallery or to Ronnie's profile.  Click Here.

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Byron, IL, USA - Collage Mania, a Fiberart For A Cause online fundraiser for the American Cancer Society (ACS), will be held on May 5-7, 2009.  Last year Collage Mania raised $13,000 for the  ACS in two days.  Virginia Spiegel, founder and organizer, says that the goal for 2009 is $20,000. 

Guidelines for collages can be found here.

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San Jose, CA, USA - The San Jose Quilt Museum will hold a retrospective of Radka Donnell's quilts titled Charged Sites: Radka Donnell's Art Quilts. Donnell's quilts are distinguished by a bold, painterly, abstract expressionist approach to the use of color, line and pattern. In Donnell's approach to her art she freely combines large scale printed fabrics cut in unusual shapes to create original, improvisational works. The exhibition runs September 2 through November 2, 2008. For more information click here.

Pictured above: Nightfall by Radka Donnell

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The Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar will once again be held at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. So if you’ve not been able to catch Ricky, Alex, and Libby at a Super Quilt Seminar you can catch it in Houston on Thursday & Friday, Oct 30-31, 2008.

Registrations are being handled by Quilt Festival, and the seminar is listed on page 44 of the Festival class catalog (or course #410 if you’re registering on their website,
www.quilts.com). The seminar is set up so that you have a 2 hour lunch break each day, generous AM and PM breaks, and you’re free by 5:30 pm, so you have plenty of time for lunch and shopping as the Festival merchant mall and quilt show closes at 7:00 pm each day.

Seminar details (topics taught, student feedback, etc) can be found on
Ricky's website, but you have to register with the folks in Houston. The deadline for registrations is Sept 26 and you can get information on the Quilts, Inc. festival website (www.quilts.com). You can register online, by fax or snail mail as long as it’s received by Sept 26.

And, more good news….we need volunteers to help us set up the Wednesday afternoon before (about 3 hours), break down on Friday at 5:30 (a little over 1 hour) and work a little bit in between. Our volunteers must be paid registrants to the seminar but receive a $60 gift certificate to use at the Ricky TIms booth. You won’t miss a moment of the teaching sessions since everything is in one big room, and you’ll have a blast .

For details, contact
Pat Greenberg or call 303-252-05779 MWF.

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Here is an assortment of final views of the Chihuly exhibit.  There is even one item that is priced.  After all this inspiration, the final picture may be for you.  I hope you have enjoyed the journey and I hope you find an exhibit near you to visit.

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