Quilting in the Garden 2007 at Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, CA has officially kicked off. Mark your calendar for the forth weekend in September (22&23) and check out all the activities Alden Lane is providing for our enjoyment. This year’s special guest artist is Valori Wells from Sisters Oregon. Her work, is fresh, young and beautiful. In addition to Valori’s work, the quilt show is being open to local quilters to strut their stuff. For those of you who have had the opportunity to attend, you will agree that this is a very unique venue – and we as quilters Are very lucky to have such an environment at our disposal. Please visit www.aldenlane.com for information and to sign up for classes, lectures and the garden tour. I’ll see you there!



Thank you member Pamelaw for this most excellent information - together we will learn and keep safe.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers, hunters and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears while in the field.

They advise that campers wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren't expecting them. They also advise campers to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear.

It is a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Campers should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear dung. Black bear dung is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur.

Whereas, Grizzly dung is larger and has little bells in it and smells like pepper spray.




So, you seem to like having the thumbnail pics on the comments in the blog! Did you know that if you click on the thumbnail it will open a larger photo? Give it a try. Now the member thumbnail photos are on the Quilt Profile pages. If you browse the Quilt Gallery and select a quilt, you are taken to the Quilt Profile page for that quilt. Now, next to where it says, "presented by," you'll see the thumbnail photo of the member who posted the quilt.

As previously mentioned, clicking on the thumbnail opens a larger image of the member. However, clicking on the thumbnail of the quilt will also open up a larger image so you can get a bit closer look at the quilt!

Pretty kewl - huh?



As most of you know by now, Ricky Tims is making a Rhapsody quilt go give-away to one lucky member. However, the give-away will not take place until 36,000 quilts are online. It is easy to post your quilt photos and profile images - read how to do it here.

Also, we've added the member thumbnail to the Quilt Profile page. When go select a quilt to view - you'll get to see who made it - provided they have their personal image posted. Kewl eh?

In addition, if you click on any thumbnail, it will pop open the full-size photo so you can get a better look. This is true for quilts too! When you are on a quilt profile page - and click ON the quilt photo - it will open for a larger view.



Because you have been adding your personal photos to your profile, we can now have a much more interesting look on the comment pages! Check out the tiny photo attached to your comments! Yes, you can always change your photo anytime - just go to the menu bar on update my profile - select and submit a new photo and it will automatically change.


BU is over and it seems just yesterday I was heading to Orlando for the annual Bernina Convention. Now that I have been in the "Bernina Family" for a few years, this particualr event is a sort of "homecoming" - or high school reunion. The theme this year was 75 years of excellence. Did you know that Bernina is the ONLY sewing machine company that is still family owned? The days are filled with lots of classes, from marketing to quilting to tailoring. At each BU there is a new "something" that is released. This year it is called "my label" a three dimensional program to help get the perfect fit. Though it is for clothing/garment sewing, it certainly got my attention. But, regardless of all the good stuff to see and do, Ricky and I had the opportunity to sneak away and visit Epcot - our quest? To find quilters "world wide", kind of just like here!


Italy in its glory - Epcot style!

Because The Daily Bogs can get buried as days roll on, I want everone to scroll down to the archive and read the July 3rd blog about Alzheimer's, Ami Simms, and Oprah (even if you read it before). If you haven't done your part, won't you take just a few minutes to help? Quilter's unite - we are a force - Ami's project needs to be known and YOU can make a difference. After all, it was quilters that kept Reynold's freezer paper ON the market! It was quilters that got Northern toilet paper to show quilters quilting with real needles, not with knitting needles in their national TV ads. Copy the blog and print it out for your guild, email it to all your friends! Now - who's with us? - ONWARD! Ricky, almost home to La Veta, and have just submited my form to Oprah.


Story Submitted by: pabozem

As a quilter for the past twenty something years, I have been involved in a lot of charity quilting. My guild has made quilts for tornado victims, Ronald McDonald House, hospital nurseries, to name a few. I've also become involved in Greyhound adoption, and have had a number of retired racing greyhounds over the years. One of the ways I have been able to help raise money for our local adoption group (Race the Wind Greyhound Adoption of Wichita, Kansas) is to make quilts and wall hangings that have been auctioned off at our annual fund raiser. The quilt for this year has 49 pictures of retired racing greyhounds that have been placed in homes around the country and Canada! I used hand dyed fabrics, and printed the pictures on fabric. It is machine pieced and machine quilted. The person who purchased this quilt lives in Miami and her daughter is involved in a quilt guild there. So, I know it went to a good home!



This charming antique quilt top is in need of a good home.  It belongs to a friend of “Fiberwoman”.  It was hand pieced by her grandmother with fabric from the 30’s and was in storage until just recently.  Her friend would like for it to be finished and appreciated by as many individuals as possible.  Fiberwoman is looking for suggestions of where to DONATE this quilt top (i.e. Senior Center where hand quilting is done, guild, museum).  Please contact her at rl.billings@comcast.net I know that between all of us we can find a deserving home for this piece of history.



Here you go with chapter two (of four) - Photos by Gregory Case. Have fun viewing - is it legal to have this much fun?


Alex, Gizmo Girl and Ricky playing with the Audience

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