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As a Virginia Tech alumna, I was, with the whole country, horrified by last week's events on that
beautiful campus. In my effort to ease some of my ownfeelings of sorrow and helplessness, I have started an effort to make Hokie Hope quilts for each of thefamilies who lost a loved one.

Here's what I'm asking people to contribute:

  • 12 1/2" blocks, any pattern, in the VT school colors of maroon and orange, plus white/cream and brown/black as accent and background colors.
  • Squares of cotton batting at least 16" square (I can assemble these in a "quilt-as-you-go" technique)
  • Backing fabric in coordinating colors at least 16" square.
  • Prepared binding in coordinating colors.


To make 33 quilts, we need a total of 396 blocks. I know we can do this! I have never known ANYTHING as remarkable as the passion in this community. Quilters from around the world have already offered to help. I received the first block in yesterday's mail - I posted a photo in my profile.

I have no deadline for this project. Sooner is better, but I don't want anybody to feel so rushed that they can't help "in time." However long it takes, we can do our tiny part in helping these families remember that there is goodness and hope in our world.

Please feel free to email me at a_kendra@yahoo.com if you have any questions. Thank you so very much.

Peace,
Angelina Kendra
New Britain, CT

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Last night, Quilt Show Stars (our World Quilt Community Members) came into our booth proclaiming - "It's a New Day!" The first to arrive was DLQuilter from Missisippi. She was wearing her newly made badge and as the first to arrive at our booth was awarded our new Quilt Show Pin. She had found just the right colors for her badge from a piece of Ricky Tims Original Hand-dyed fabric. Her friends thought she was crazy to have done so and she actually brought the fabric to show me. See the holes? Now that's commitment.

By the way, we'll be putting the pins in the Quilt Show Store soon so you can have one, too. Most likely it will be after Spring Market, in Mid May. We'll keep you posted.

 

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Amidst shouts of support and enthusiasm and a plethora of oohs and ahhs, Libby Lehman, MC for the Awards Ceremony for the 23rd Annual Show and Contest, announced the winning quilt. Sharon Shamber, of Payson, AZ, has won the $20,000 Best of Show for the second consecutive year - a first!

Sharon's quilt, Flower of Life is created with hand-dyed fabrics and detailed applique, trapunto, and hand-corded binding. The intricate precision longarm quilting adds shadows, texure, and design elements to this original design.

Also among the big winners of the night are:

AQS Best Hand Workmanship $12,000
Organic Garden, Bonnie Keller, Chehalis, WA

Bernina Machine Workmanship Award
Buckskin, Marla Yeager, Ava, MO

 

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Good job! Jen guessed ten of the people represented on my quilt! It was impossible to guess them all because some are personal friends and / or behind the scenes people in the industry. But one thing for sure, they are ALL my friends and are quilters - well for the most part (the quilters part, I mean LOL)!

So here we go, from top row left to right.

Row one: Paula Nadelstern, Beck Goldsmith, Liz Analoski, Dee Christopher, Joe and Roxie Wood, Cheryl Uribe, Deb Silva

Row two: Linda Jenkins, Julie Scribner, Rachael Clark, Libby Lehman, Carolee Hensley, Nancy Smith, John Flynn

Row three: Lynda Milligan, Jennifer Sampou, Paula Reid, Sue Nicholes, Sandy Bonsib, LeAnna Christaphor, Margaret Miller

Row four: Diane Gaudenski, Wendy Grande, Ricky, Susan Moore, Heidi Kiasand, Jean Wells, Laura Nownes

Row five: Elizabeth Scott, Valorie Wells, Sally Collins, Margaret Peters, Gloria Smith, Diana Mc Clun, Marlene Ball

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I'll announce at 5:00 pm west coast time..............Cool

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Starting in May you will have the opportunity to participate in a fun new block of the month program from Stitchin' Heaven. "Springtime Memories and Backyard Fun" is a beautiful quilt designed by Winnie Flemming. Stitchin' Heaven is offering the program and the all the fabrics sent each month will be bright and beautiful batiks! BONUS: Only to registered members of The Quilt Show! Enter coupon code TQSSMBF by May 3rd and the start fee on this program is FREE! (a $25 value). Register now so you are not behind as it will begin in May...

So what makes Stitchin' Heaven Block of the Month Headquarters? Pride, scheduling, convenience, selection, quality, the little things that matter, confidence, and price just to name a few things. Learn more ...

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Hey Gang! I'm en route to Paducah, Kentucky for the annual show and contest that starts with the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday night. I'll post some news about the awards immediatly following the event - so plan to check the blog later that evening or early Wednesday morning for all the scoop.

Justin and I will be manning the Tims Art Quilt Studio booth. Please plan to stop by and say Hi -but you know that means to use our code phrase, "It's a new day!". In case you missed this week's newsletter, check it out. There is information on making an identifying name badge so other World Quilt Community members can recognize you. Don't forget to greet them with the secret password - "It's a new day!"

Does anyone have any special memories to share about past AQS shows?

Ricky

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I am basking in the glory of Sisters OR with Jean Wells and her wonderful posse. Together we are team teaching the Spontaneous Quilt Design Retreat at the NEW Five Pine Resort / Spa and Conference Center. Let me tell you - it's a tough job, but someone has to do it! We have challenged the students to step out of the box and guess what??!! THEY ARE! Check out Jean and Valori's fabulous quilt which graces the entrance into the conference center. I am itching to go home and create!!! But isn't that what is it all about?

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Story Submitted by: richandrita

Quilt top originally pieced by Betty (Lisa's mom) who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's while she was working on this quilt top. Lisa asked me to rework the top because of the condition of the top and I agreed. I pulled the top apart and resewed all of the pinwheels. Then I added the original red border and pieced the outside border with leftover pieces of the original. Finally, I quilted the top after taking several machine quilting classes and doing several smaller projects. This was the first large quilt that I had machine quilted. Lisa's mom is in the final stages of Alzheimer's but Lisa has a quilt to remind her of her mom before the disease.

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More than 100,000 people have seen the 52 extraordinary quilts in the "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" traveling exhibit. As you know, this isn't an easy exhibit to see. Many people find they can only look at a few quilts at a time before becoming overwhelmed with emotion. Some just find the experience too much to bear. The CD of the quilts has helped a lot, letting people click through the quilts at home, in private, listening to the voices of the artists tell about their work. (I always recommend tissues and chocolate.)
Now we will have a book! Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece will be published this summer. You can order your copy NOW for a June delivery at http://www.amisimms.com/buybook.html
Purchase a book to experience the quilts AND to help find a cure. All profit is being donated to Alzheimer's research. For yourself, for a friend, for someone walking in the shadow of Alzheimer's...you can help.



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