I have made it to south Texas where it has rained most of the afternoon. The worst of it looks to be over so I can head on into Beaumont tomorrow morning for a full day of classes. However, I had to get online long enough to share the following with you.

Quilters and food just naturally go together. Yesterday, during the class break in W. Monroe, LA, there was an incredible snack on the table. I asked if I could get the recipe to share with you and it arrived in my email box today. So - - here it is. How many of you have a quilt event in the next week or so where you'll need to prepare a treat? Here ya go!

Graham Cracker Cookie

1 1/2 sticks margarine
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1/2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 c. coconut
1 c. nuts
1/2 stick margarine
2 Tbsp. evaporated milk
1/2 box powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
whole graham crackers

Mix the first 4 ingredients and boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the vanilla, graham cracker crumbs, coconut and nuts. Cover bottom of a 9 x 12 pan with whole graham crackers. Spread filling over layer of whole graham crackers. Cover with second layer of whole graham crackers. Combine 1/2 stick margarine, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk and spread on whole graham crackers.
Cover with foil and refrigerate. Take out and cut in desired pieces.

Courtesy of Norma Steffenson
Quilt N' Stitch

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San Diego, CA - The Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar (March 29-31) will be held at the Californina Center for the Arts, Excondido and will featre the best of the best from Ricky Tims, Alex Anderson, and Libby Lehman. While the event is regional and draws registrants from the southern Californina area, there are those who make a special trip. The registration costs for the seminar is tiered - meaning that groups registering early receive discounts. The final discounted registration price is currently for groups of two or more. This last discount dealdline ends on February 17 - one week from now, after which the full registration price is required. Registrations must be postmarked by that date in order to get the discount.

Complete with a show of awarding-winning quilts, this may be the only quilting event that promises to meet or exceed your expectations and backs it up with a money back gaurantee. All registratnts attend all sessions and get all the teachers. There is no picking or choosing - simply put - it is like nothing else in the quilting world. For registration forms and all the details about this event - visit www.rickytims.com - then select Seminars.



La Veta, CO - There are a few tickets left for the taping of The Quilt Show with Alex and Ricky available on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10. It is an all day affair. If you are interested in getting one of the remaining few, email right away. Select General Inquiry under Contact and send us a message for which day you want. The plan is to tape two shows each day. There is another taping planned for late June. We'll keep you posted.



West Monroe, LA - Suday I made the drive from Tyler, TX to West Monroe, LA to visit Christy Dulaney and the wonderful shop she manages called - Quilt N Stitch. The shop is in a house and it feels so good going from room to room. I taught two mini-seminars during the day to a perfectly proper group of southern belles! Just look how many students were packed into this classroom!

This was the first time Christy had a national teacher in her shop. Naturally, she was excited and anxious, but I think that after this, she'll be bringing other teachers to the area. It was a great success!

Monday I'll be headed to south Texas, near Baytown - just east of Houston. I will be teaching in Beaumont, but Justin's mom lives near Baytown so I'll get a chance to visit with her. If you don't have all the particulars of where I'm headed - I'll be in Beaumont - Cedar Park, near Austin - and finishing up the tour in San Antonio. If you are near any of these venues, I'd love to see you - however I think most of the classes are full. But it never hurts to ask!

134_481247.jpgAs Ricky is racing all over the south spreading his southern charm, I was faced by a quilt deadline. American Patchwork and Quilting asked if I could make a wallhanging for their magazine next fall. Of course I said yes, of course that was several months ago. As the deadline loomed in to short range, I wondered what the heck I was thinking? Sealed LOL. Anyway, not having a CLUE as to what to make, sheer panic set in. Then my mind said, just take a breath and, "think ALEX think!" Focusing on next winter / Christmas (can you believe it?!) pine trees came to mind. Needless to say, as soon I started digging thru my stash and making blocks, the zone set in! Don't you just love that when it happens? Here is a snap shot of the begining of the darling wall hanging (yes I finished - happy dancing). To see the completed wallhanging, you will have to wait until next fall.



Tyler, TX - I taught two mini-seminars to a room full of enthusiastic quilters, pictured here holding up their Quilt Qhow bokmarks. It is always so funny to me that during the morning session the quitlers are quiet and well-behaved. They soon figure out that I'm all about cutting up and cutting loose. In the afternoon they start joining in the fun. After all - when it stops being fun it's time to move on - right?

After class we went back over the A Nimble Thimble for a drawing for a new 430! Congratulations to Donna Bowers who won the machine. Thanks Katie and all the gang in Tyler for making the first stop on my tour such a success! Today I'm off to West Monroe, Louisanna. I'll keep you posted.


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.


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