I was looking through our quilt gallery last week and found so many great quilts that I felt compelled to let the artists know how much I liked their work. Funny as it happens several of the members are living out of the US. And one of them lives in Okinawa, Japan. Our last duty station overseas. What a coincidence! I have now been corresponding with her to find out what has been going on and what she enjoys working on.
In August she (Quilterwithhearts) will be coming to one of the tapings of The Quilt Show in La Veta, Colorado. We are planning on meeting face to face. All of this from just a quick e-mail regarding her quilt.
If you like someone's work let them know. You never know, there may be a friend just around the corner.
Today was the first Groveland CA Outdoor quilt show. Groveland is in the CA foothills on the way to Yosemite. The local guild, The Pineneedlers, hosted this fun event and all went smoothly - though the ladies are TIRED tonight. I hung out at Bunny Rose quilt shop (who is listed in our quilt shop directory www.bunnyrose.com) all day signing books and just generally having a great time. The gals said it this is going to be an every other year event - but I think it needs to be every year. Possibly that thought comes from the idea that two years is SO long away! Great job ladies, Groveland may never be the same!
Is anyone going to the Minnesota State show next week? I'll be there. It will be my third time to participate in this amazing state guild event. If you are going, remember our secret code - "It's a New Day!" - If you haven't made a badge, I've posted it again for you here to use as a guide. It's about 4 inches square and I've seen fused, stitched, embroidered, printed on fabric, and done with colored inks. - Just wear your badge. It will help other members identify you. Those who don't know might ask and you'll have the opportunity to tell them about the site. I'll be reporiing in from the show. - Ricky, looking at a starry night sky in Colorado.
Good news. For all of you that like to chat but do not want to wait for forum responses, we are scheduling some great individuals for live 1 hour sessions. Right out of the starting gate will be Ricky and Alex. They are both holding an open forum, so get your questions ready. I will let you know of upcoming guests next week. Please be patient while you are in the chat room as there may be many of you trying to ask questions at the same time. So check out the chat room. - Lilo - the TQSWizard
Ricky-FRIDAY - 6/8/07 in "Quilt Police Free Zone" at 8:00am Pacific/11:00am Eastern
Alex-TUESDAY - 6/12/07 in "Quilt Police Free Zone" at 6:00pm Pacific/8:00pm/9:00pm Eastern
We now have the flag doing what it is supposed to do. Rather than using your login-logoff date and time stamp, Bob, the web guru, has set it to work with your last visit to the Rhapsody Reality blog page. If the flag is flying, like this
there is something new you haven't seen on that blog. If it is still, like this it means there is nothing new since your last visit to that page. Now - the system does not know if you READ that page, but it knows that you went there. If your flag is flying and you go to the Rhapsody Reality page - when you come back to the Daily Blog your flag will be still. - Hope this sorts it all out for you.
I've recenly begun (began/begun, throw me a bone here all you editors) seeing a few of you sign your name or screen name on the blog or forum followed by your state or country. THAT IS GREAT! It's really cool to see that added bit of information without necessarily going to your profile. But, having said that, it makes me want to go check out your profile even more. So - maybe that's something we need to begin doing more and let it become standard for all of us. Let the training mode begin.
If you were on a desert island, what is the one most important quilting tool or accessory that you MUST have? Needle, thread, and fabric and sewing machines do not count. By the way - mine is freezer paper - are you surprised? - - Ricky in beautiful Colorado
A few years ago, I came across the website www.uglyquilts.org After reading about this group of individuals desiring to help the homeless by making and distributing simple emergency quilts (actually sleeping bags) from recycled fabrics, I was compelled to make one. In my case, I made an UGLY QUILT using old, but clean, discarded blue jeans and khakis. I also swiped and used some of my husband's outdated neckties to secure and carry the sleeping bag when it is rolled up. (The website provides a FREE pattern for making the sleeping bag.) This was the first quilt that I ever took to my quilt guild for "show & tell". As you can see, it really is ugly. However, I am very proud that I had actually completed it, and that some homeless mother and child might be kept warm by it. I hope that by showing it, others might be inspired to help this worthy project. Also, maybe it would encourage others to be unafraid to show their work regardless of whether it's as beautiful and as well constructed as anyone else's. Nancy
Hey everyone! You'll notice at the top of this page there is a new button and a waving flag - Salute! That button takes to you to a special new blog that is exclusively dedicated to letting you watch me make this new Rhapsody quilt that someone will win. For now the flag is waving to get your attention. However, it is soon to be set as an attention getter. If you are logged off - and then log back on - and a new Rhapsody Reality Blog was posted since you last signed on - it will wave. If you sign on and it is not waving - there is no new Rhapsody Reality Blog for you to see - so no point in checking or wasting your time.
You'll find other links to this new blog, but when you sign on - the button at the top of this page would be the easiest way to get there. If you are on another page -use the link on the far right where it says "Click for the Contest Photo Blog.
The Blog will be a journal of the process and will often include photos and video. Everyone can watch the first video - which is already there by the way - so scoot on over and check it out. Future video clips are for Star Members only. If you want to upgrade - just go to My Account and select Upgrade My Membership.