The contractors, actually my friends, are on the way out. Just one more morning of a few things to be installed when they arrive. So NOW the mess. Some of you are going through the same thing as I "speak". Trust me, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Check out my closet! May it stay like this for 24 hours. Now, if the living room can get whipped back into shape things will be dandy. Once it is all done, I'll post a picture. (for a sneak peek, John posted an in progress pix of the shower in his quilt gallery)




Rick Fahrenbruch has just announced his idea of “Peaced Quilts”. Quilters are encouraged to create quilts that incorporate symbols representing groups or individuals in conflict and a peace symbol. The quilts are then registered and donated to various the various groups in conflict in hopes that it will improve understanding and promote peace throughout the world.

Rick’s first quilt incorporates Christian, Jewish and Islamic symbols and has been donated to a mosque. For more information, please contact Rick Fahrenbruch at peacedquilts@yahoo.com or check out the website www.peacedquilts.org

YIKES! Several people have referenced April 1st as the launch date - NO NO, we couldn't do it on April fools day. The launch date is April 2nd. The cut off date for charter membership is April 1.


Thanks to Gregory Case, The Quilt Shows Official Photographer, and our beloved webmasters we are proud to post our slide show documenting the official antics of the first taping session of the show. Also, you will see why we love La Veta! Simply go to the skinny bar above and clique the Slideshow button. Grab a cup of jave, there are a lot, but the photos tell the story better than words could ever express. Whacha think?



With just days around the corner when gold star charter memberships will no longer (ever again) be available, we wonder how did you hear about www.thequiltshow.com? In addititon, do you have any quilting buddies you can email to help us spread the word? In a year we anticipate tens of thousands of members and we want to see charter stars everywhere!!! Please tell a friend. Cool

Photo: Cheryl Uribe


Please visit my site www.alexandersonquilts.com to listen to the interview/chat with Ricky and myself on the eve of the first taping.....Having just listened to it, I'd say it is a true snap shot of the entire scene. Coming up soon (that's called a tease in TV land) pod cast 56 is a reflection of the crazy fun filled taping days in La Veta. Photo: Gregory Case



Story Submitted by: Pattiwatti

Once upon a time, there was a quilter who decided she would enter a national quilting exhibition / contest. She was very excited as this was the first national competition she ever had entered. Wow ! A non-juried show. This was great ! No problem here.. she could easily enter three or four of her favorite quilts with the high hopes of winning the sought-after ribbon. She felt she had a good chance because the "quilt in question" had already taken Grand Champion trophy, a First Place ribbon and a Tri-Color ribbon at a county fair. Her quilt was very, very large with a black background, some lilac kaleidoscopes and a medallion of some beautiful white kittens placed ever so gently within the fussy-cut, fused and machine-appliqued center of the lilac medallion collage. So cute they were... peeking out from behind the springtime floral display. The image of the sweet little kittens was something she had never used on anything, let alone a quilt, that being an iron-on from a craft store purchased 3 years previously; you know, one of those rubbery type things you cannot iron once it's on. She and her husband, who was also very excited for her and being ever-so helpful as he always is, decided to help her prepare for packaging them off to the show people. We all know that quilts entered into any show must be clean, without odor and without PET HAIR (from the 3 cats that ruled the house). Out came the lint brushes, waving fast and furious to get said quilts off to be shipped (the next day). Alrighty then... one quilt clean, two quilts clean, three quilts clean and then onto the final fourth - the one with the kitties. "Wow, we're almost finished", they said. As she and her husband were waving their lint brushes and using some very mild scotch tape to pull out the stubborn cat hairs on this last quilt, he said to her, "This works much better than regular scotch tape!" She turned around to see her husband with the dreaded silver duct tape wrapped around his palm..... need I say more. Off came the kittens' faces. She thought she would have a heart attack! There is no hope. She decided to run to the craft store after having purchased this iron-on so-o-o long ago with the high hopes of finding another. What a miracle. Lo and behold, they had not one, but three of them left in the store. She whipped out her wallet and purchased all three. At this point, with time running out, there had to be a better way. While almost crying over this major dilemma, she meticulously picked out the stitches from the machine applique and scraped off the rest of the kitties. Aha ! A light bulb moment.. photo transfer. The kittens were now scanned into the computer, printed on some fabric, fussy cut and hand-appliqued back into their home to hide in the center of the quilt while other collateral damage repairs were done as well. The 4 quilts were on their way to the quilt show "just in time". She lived happily ever after. Can you guess who this quilter was? Yep...it was me, Pattiwatti



Gregory Case, the quilt show photographer, gave Alex and me a bottle of champagne when he arrived before the tapings last weekend. In all the hustle and bustle we never remembered to pop it open. So, Alex just called and suggested that our dye class celebrate our 10,000 member mark. We just did - complete with dye gloves! Justin is teaching the class today - I am tomorrow. Tonight - all of our Wolrd Quilt Community members should raise a glass! We've reached our first milestone. This is only the beginning! Whoo Hoo and here's to all of you!

(Photo by Shirley Hammond) 


206_971951.jpg Ten thousand!!!! Welcome everyone to our growing web community! Hey RICKY - where is that bubblie Gregory brought to the set? Break it open for Justin's class (he's teaching  a dye class today) and tip the glass for me, ok? What an exciting journey this continues to be!!!!!Tongue out



The stories link in the menu bar has new member-submitted quilt stories for you to read. If you would like to submit a story, just do so in that link by typing the story - submit it - then upload a photo to go with it. Once it gets approved it will post right on the Stories link. If you want to read the author's profile, just click their name and you will go to the profile page. There you have the opportunity to email them if you like.- Enjoy!

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