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It takes a master artist to follow DT on the same day, and we had just the person to do it.  EC is an expert of the craft, a great teacher and a lot of fun.  Her quilts have won ribbons over and over, and one is up for a "master quilt" status.  What a day!

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Check back later today for "Open House Sunday".  Alex is putting together some of the sewing room pictures in a series of blogs.  WOW!

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Story Submitted by: snowladyns

Thank you so much TQS and Sue Garmen I bounce out of bed this morning my first thought is today is Eleanor Burns and BOM, life is good. Each month I print a copy of the pattern one for me and one for a dear quilting friend who is struggling with cancer treatment. She isn't able to work on the blocks right now but seeing the pattern helps her look to the future when she will be able to work on it. I tell her I accept nothing less than full recovery. Keep up the good work, each morning the first thing I do is check TQS world.

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Sorry for the Gif overlapping but I want you to see these quilts.  DT decided to start quilting and won ribbons right away.  It turns out he is also a teacher you won't want to miss.  He is very detailed and likes to stay in his comfort box.  I suppose that's okay when your box is this big!  You'll love this show. You traditional quilters will be stealing his approach and applying it to your quilts too.

 

 

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What fun RH was.  The "R" could stand for Raven, but it doesn't.  A wonderful artist and a great teacher.  Her quilts were colorful and riveting.

Also included is an associate that Alex worked with at "Simply Quilts".  She has written a murder mystery that revolves around a quilt shop.  It's never a good idea to upset someone with that many pairs of scissors.

Bunny Rose was back with more items from the TQS Treasure Chest.  Bunny is a quilt shop owner but she would never murder anyone.. would she.. huh ...nah..maybe....?

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Story Submitted by: SallyP

One of my many nieces has been diagnosed with scleroderma. This past spring she developed pneumonia and was hospitalized. Since her family lives many miles away from most of us, nobody really understood the severity of her illness. You would think a 20 something would have no problem recovering from pneumonia, but 6 months later and she is still in the hospital, having overcome several bouts of pneumonia and other assorted infections. When it was clear that she would be in a care facility for a long time, the family rallied and began sending gifts to help her pass the time and give her a lift. And of course, whenever I am faced with the decision of what to send as a gift, the answer is A Quilt! I already had a quilt top mostly made that utilized a lot of solids. I envisioned a quilt with family signatures and space for her visitors and care givers to sign. She would be covered with love! I had made the quilt top approximately 4 years ago without any real purpose in mind. I even was able to walk over to my desk, open the drawer and put my hands on the leftovers that make up the border. Around Easter I had as many family members sign the actual quilt as possible. Others (from Maine, Florida and Oregon to Missouri) sent signatures on paper that I traced onto the quilt. So far the entire quilt was from my stash, but I didn't have a fabric I liked for the binding. Told my husband I had to go shopping and darned if he didn't move two pieces of fabric in my sewing room and find the perfect binding fabric! (I have now lost all credibility with him and can never go shopping again.) Finished the quilt, bought markers, boxed it up and shipped it off. Upon receiving the quilt, everyone in the care facility had to come and sign it. It was a huge hit! It was on my niece's bed for a while, but they have it on the wall now. The bright colors really help personalize the stark hospital room. My intention was a quilt made with love and prayers for her to show off and share, giving a place to focus attention and conversation away from her all the time. That has worked wonderfully and I'm so glad I did this! At our 4th of July party I had family members sign names and make comments on strips of paper that we made into a paper chain. This was mailed also and I see it is strung up over the quilt. Quite by coincidence, the colors of the papers perfectly match the quilt. I'm so thankful to have a hobby that gives such a perfect outlet to make connections with people and bring such comfort.

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The other day John and I were driving home and look what we saw???? Surely this was a quilter's new quilting space being delivered to it's new home! And by the looks of it, he is a guy quilter!! We LOVE to see others sewing space, so take a minute this weekend to snap a picture of your space and post it in your profile (use the bottom row please) - Inquiring minds want to know!

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Story Submitted by: KathySamson

My DH grandmaw gave me a call and asked me if I would quilt one of her cross stitch sunbonnet sue quilt tops for her great granddaughter's birthday. I quilted her quilt top and she was very pleased; it was a real pretty quilt. She got out another old bag with a old quilt top in it and says to me, "you can take this home with you and quilt it if you want and have it. And, if you don't want to quilt it thats okay too." She told me stories about the different fabrics. I brought this quilt top home. A few weeks later I took the quilt top out of its bag and thought it's an ugly quilt top and the workmanship was horrible, so I stuck it back into its bag and tossed it to the side. Another week passes by, I take it out of its bag I feel the same way and toss it off to the side. A month goes by I take it out of its bag the same thing and I toss it off to its side. One morning I got up and 'thought about all the stories grandmaw told' about the different fabrics in this quilt and I thought "What a Beautiful quilt"; she had many loving memories put into this quilt top. How did I not see this beauty to begin with and why did I not remember her stories? A Huge lesson learned. Every hour I spent quilting this quilt I though of grandmaw's fragile poor eye sight and her weakened hands of arthritis and all the memories that she has cheerished of her Mothers aprons, hospital gowns, curtains from her home. I really enjoyed quilting this quilt because this quilt by far has the best story through Loving memories that I have ever worked on. I look at quilts now and I think of all the beauty that's within and not just its outside beauty. The quilt had two stories: a big lesson learned and many Loving memories. I told my story to grandmaw and her children standing by her side and then she told her story about her mothers fabrics in the quilt. In the end she says there is only one thing: "Who do I leave it to when I'm gone?" She says: "Kathy I would like to leave it to you", she giggled and says, "since you think its an ugly quilt!" She Loved her quilt and It was Beautiful.

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A few years ago, Simply Quilts visited the home of quilter and author, Joan Colvin, in Bow, Washington.  Sadly, Joan passed away in September 2007 after a brave battle with Lymphoma. Joan's husband has generously donated her quilt, Diatoms and Wrinkled Whelks, to Friendship House, a local non-profit agency that provides temporary housing for the homeless.  The quilt will be auctioned on eBay, open from November 11 - 18, 2008. An autographed copy of Joan's book, Nature's Studio, is included with the quilt in the auction.

Joan's quilt will be displayed at two different venues prior to the eBay auction.  It is currently on display through September 28th at the LaConner Quilt and Textile Museum in LaConner, WA, and then will be displayed at QuiltWorks Northwest in Bellevue, WA. 

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Story Submitted by: Nanelas

This summer I lost a friend to melanoma cancer. Not an unusual statement as many people lose friends and family to this dreaded disease every day. My story is not the loss of my friend but the pleasure she received in the gift of a quilt from an organization called Victoria's Quilts Canada. I requested the quilt for her after hearing about their work while participating as a Guild delegate at the Gathering of the Guilds in New Brunswick, Canada. Victoria's Quilts Canada is a national non-profit charitable organization with headquarters in Ottawa, Canada. They have no paid staff but are completely run by volunteers. It was formed in the United States by Deb Rogers as a tribute to Victoria, her sister-in-law. The Canadian organization was formed by Betty Griffin with Deb's blessing. Their mandate is to provide comfort quilts to cancer sufferers when requested by loved ones or family. My friend received the quilt 2 months before she died. It traveled to doctors and hospital visits and finally to hospice care. Everyone who visited commented on the cheery fushia and pink quilt which brought a smile to my friend's face. Her last pictures are of her with the quilt. She felt wrapped in love. I am now making a quilt to donate for someone else to enjoy as she did.


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