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You are knocking our socks off! Apparently TQS folks DO NOT have idle hands - stick around - more to come!!!!!

(We are working on the technology issue - rather than wait for perfection - we have decided to just run with it)

 

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Some people asked how to upload their pictures so they can participate in the "Quilting Bee".  Here is a quick instruction video that can help.  The quality of the production is low, but it covers the basics.

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WOW - We are impressed! How fun to think that we can virtually quilt together and celebrate each others progress and creativity - TQS members rock!!! We asked, what are you working on this weekend and fantastic!!! - you are busy!!! If you have not yet posted your weekend project - don't be shy. Sharing is one of the best parts of our quilting experience - We are certainly a diverse group, from scrappy triangles, our block of the month to blinds - what fun! 

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TQS celebrates U.S. history with the incredibly playful Eleanor Burns. In the midst of all the fun and craziness, Eleanor teaches 4 historic stars and a fantastic border. In the perfect Burns way, Eleanor demonstrates tips, techniques and shortcuts to enhance our quilting experience. This show will debut this September 1. For a sneak preview visit slideshow provided by Gregory Case, AKA photo man.

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TQS Production Sponsor Gammill Quilting Systems will sponsor the "Quilt National" exhibit at the 2008 International Quilt Festival, October 30 - November 2 in Houston, TX.  "Quilt National is the most important contemporary art quilt exhibit in the Quilts, Inc. family of events", stated Vicki Mangum, Manager of Special Exhibits, Quilts, Inc.  The works in a "Quilt National" exhibit display a reverence for the lessons taught by the makers of the heritage quilts, as well as expand the boundaries of traditional quiltmaking by utilizing the newest materials and technologies.  We understand that thousands submit enteries for "Quilt National", but only a few are selected. 

"Gammill is pleased to sponsor this prestigious exhibit", stated Ronald Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Gammill, Inc.  "This is one of the favorite exhibits of festival goers."  So TQS members, if you are going to IQF in October, be sure to put the "Quilt National" exhibit on your "to-do" list!

Have you submitted an entry into "Quilt National"?  Did you get selected?  Let us know about it  We love to show off your work!

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It seems appropriate that on the eve of taping series 400 (can you believe it?), I am grabbing a day or two to quilt. Here is a look at what I am currently working on, but WE want to know what YOU are working on! Please take a minute to snap a shot and up load it in your personal profile (did you notice that web guru Bob has given you more real estate to strut your stuff?) - then tell us HERE and we will take a peek at what's cooking in your quilting life! Don't be shy - lets have a virtual quilting bee this weekend. NOTE: If you use one of the first 12 slots, your image will turn up in the gallery - please use one of the last 6 Personal Photo slots (not the first 12) if the quilt is in progress - save the first 12 slots for the finished project.

 

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For all of you who have enjoyed learning how Sue Garman(Episde 304) is able to make twenty quilts a year, we have a special treat for you.  Sue Garman the designer of our own Block of the Month quilt will be our special guest in Chat Room "Featured Guest" tonight, Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 5:00pm Pacific/8:00pm Eastern (01:00 GMT on August 29, 2008).  Join us for an hour filled with lots of great tips and tricks by this prolific quilter.

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Whoo Hoo!  The Quilt Show has just surpassed 31,000 members!  Let's all welcome TQS member 31,000:  bconine!  It's exciting to know that we are all apart of this fast growing world-wide community of quilters that you can only find at www.thequiltshow.com!  All of us at TQS appreciate your support.  Rest assured that we will continue to give you our all to keep this your favorite quilting website and experience.  We listen to what you are looking for to broaden your quilting experience, and we are creating this vision for you!  And it's always, Fresh, New and Fun!  So spread the word and tell a friend to join us.  The more members we have from around the world, the more opportunities we have for sharing, learning and having fun!  Remember

It's a New Day!  Everyday!!

Alex, Ricky, Justin, John, Lilo, Ruth and Bob

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We had a technical glitch but Sue Garman's project is available in "Projects" on the purple bar.  It's free, fun and with Sue the instructions are always great.  Check out some of the other projects while you are there.  Enjoy the break from your current project, learn something new and get a holiday gift ready now.

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Story Submitted by: Cher4

Last year Sept 07 until June 08 was the 30th year of the Fraser Valley Quilters' Guild. Our guild has always had a banner. It is hung at every meeting and anytime the guild is on the road at various community events we participate in throughout the year. Our last banner made in 1986, when Expo was here in Vancouver was really showing its age. I have been looking at it for about 4 years now thinking we really need a new banner. Being a single parent working a few jobs I didn't have the time to do anything about it by myself. Until a couple of years later. At the first meeting in Sept 07 the president was talking about the things planned for the guild as it was the 30th year. The banner was looking worse after a well meaning quilter had tried to wash it to freshen it up. I was sitting beside a friend, Val Smith, who had just retired from teaching and was enjoying her new found quilting time. I asked her if she wanted to make a new banner with me as a birthday present for the guild. I was so excited when she said yes. It wasn't until October when we were at a retreat that we had the opportunity to plan a design. The design came together in about 20 minutes and the first drawing was about a 2" square. We both had the vision and decided to get together in November to start. We wanted the colours of our guild logo, which are purple, pink, teal and blue. We also wanted to design a quilt that somehow, spanned 30 years. Using different techniques and patterns we accomplished it. The quilt looks like the Fraser Valley, from the mountains, to the river, to the trees and the train. We asked 13 ladies from the membership to make us a small quilt, without telling them what it was for. The instructions were simple, make a traditional quilt, completely quilted and bound. We asked them to let us know what pattern they were going to do so that we didn't end up with multiples of one pattern but other than that we waited until Feb for them to all be turned in. And then had so much fun one afternoon laying them all out on our train, just in awe of the workmanship of these tiny pieces. It took about 5 months to complete. We got together maybe 6 times to put our sections together but other than that we never sewed together in the same room. We divided the parts up and each did sections on our own at home. Once the sections of the background were together then we passed it back and forth to each add more. I got the finished top in April and there is almost 80 hours of quilting in it. All of the small quilts were added at the end. The banner then went back to Val to bind it and add an amazing label. The May guild meeting started out like any other. Val was the guest speaker that day. She is an amazing quilter, award winning several times over and her trunk show was awesome. Everyone was so busy watching her show no one noticed when I loaded the banner on a stand and covered it with a sheet. At the end of her show she asked me to bring it up to the front and we said Happy Birthday Fraser Valley and took the sheet off. It was so much fun to see the looks on about 130 faces as they all stood up to get a closer look. We made thank you cards with a picture of the banner for the ladies who made the mini quilts. They were surprised and pleased to see what we had done with their quilts. The new Guild year starts in a couple of weeks. We are moving to a new venue and the new banner will be hung in it's new home. It'll be a new day!!! Cher in Vancouver, BC


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