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In this tutorial we show how to upload your pictures onto the site.  (This assumes you know how to get a picture from your camera onto the computer.) Your pictures are an important part of the sharing on the site.  Watch the tutorial and then give it a try.

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Click here for a lesson on using Show & Tell. Show & Tell gives everyone a place to share and learn and be inspired. But how do you find the BOM pictures? How to find the rest of the Show & Tell? Here's how.

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Saturday, February 7th - Today we get to visit SANTIAGO ISLAND. We expect to walk along the rocky coast enjoying some of the Galapagos Island’s best tide pools where sponges, snails, hermit crabs, barnacles and fish (including the endemic four-eyed blenny) can be seen. In the afternoon, we'll sail to RABIDA ISLAND. where red is the most prevalent color. The male frigate bird (above) carries a red pouch, the oystercatcher holds a red beak, the male vermillion flycatcher stands out from plants with its bright red color, and even the terrain is red, as it stands out against the blue ocean. I expect this island is an artist’s and photographer’s dream.

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The 2008 Quilter's Newsletter Reader's Choice Awards were just announced. And the reader's choice for:

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN THE QUILTING INDUSTRY:

(tie) Karey Bresenhan, Ricky Tims, and Alex Anderson

To read the entire "2008 QN Reader's Choice Awards" covering everything from shopping, books, teachers to fun things, pick up your copy of the February/March 2009 issue.

Congratulations Karey, Ricky and Alex on making such a positive impact on quilter's lives all around the world!

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"Inside Alex Anderson's Place" 

The March 2009 issue of "Quilter's Home" takes a behind the scenes tour of Alex Anderson at her home and shows you inside her studio.

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Today we are touring the northern part of Isabella Island which we are told will be remote, wild and even forbidding. The main feature is a line of volcanoes. Volcan Darwin was named to honor Charles Darwin, the Galapagos’ most famous visitor. The Equator runs through the caldera of Volcan Wolf which is named after the Ecuadorian geologist. Sailing around Volcan Ecuador, we will see that half of the volcano has slipped into the ocean. In the afternoon we will arrive at Fernandina Island and venture off the vessel. Here we will see a wide variety of animals such as marine and land iguanas, tortoises, hawks, sea lions and a great variety of sea birds, such as the flightless cormorants.

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Pam was teaching at Road 2 CA.  I didn't realize she was there until I saw this quilt labeled "Faculty".

If you haven't seen her videos, go to "Articles" and click on the Pam Holland Videos button.

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Thursday, February 5th - Today we will arrive at the Baltra airport at the GALAPAGOS ISLANDS and board the 100 passenger Galapagos Legend cruise ship. We will sail to the beautiful BARTOLOME ISLAND, and see unique volcanic features: lava flows, cinder cones and lava tubes. We’ll make our way to the shoreline where we will see an unusual sight - the only tropical penguin on Earth. There will be time for us to “take the plunge” and enjoy the Galapagos Marine Reserve as we swim with the penguins and colorful fish.

More about Bartolome Island.

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Story Submitted by: quiltwonder

In March of 2006, I was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. After getting over the shock, I began a year long series of chemotherapy. My family, neighbors, and friends were the cornerstone of getting back and forth to chemotherapy which started at 8am and finished around 4:00pm. One of the women who volunteered to take me was Nancy Wright and I had never met her. She had recently moved from Missouri to Georgia and her son had been diagnosed with cancer and his friends had rallied around him and she was so grateful that she just wanted to help someone else, a pay it forward kind of act. During our ride and through the day, we discussed many things as we are both retired teachers. She mentioned how she wanted to put her mother's clothes in a quilt. I told her that I would be more than happy to help whenever she was ready. A year later, she called and said she was ready to make the quilt and would I help her. She brought several bags of clothes and my initial reaction was one of quiet surprise. Many of her mother's clothes were made of polyester and some were fragile and well worn. Of course, the colors appeared to have no harmony. I knew how important this memory quilt was so we set about piling the clothes into color groups and to our surprise, we found some colorful relationships. Next, we chose a simple 9 patch since she had never done any quilting. We worked many days happily cutting and teaching her how to chain and make half square triangles etc. When she was telling her adult son about the quilt he told her that she needed to make a quilt for each of her siblings. That was quite a challenge as she has 7 siblings. In the end, after many many hours of sewing blocks (63 per quilt) Nancy very successfully and with such patience, completed all 8 tops. Nancy used an old Singer machine that I lent her. She learned how to use a rotary cutting tool, how to make binding, etc and many days she stretched her comfort level. She varied the pattern on all eight quilt tops. With determination and resolve she completed all eight tops just before Christmas and each top made it to her siblings. The tops are all beautiful and a wonderful memory of their beloved mother. Since, my diagnosis, I have been so amazed at the kindness and generosity of people willing to give of themselves to help others, like Nancy did for me. I met and have a new friend, got through the first year of chemotherapy because of the many people who were there for me. Quilting has been my therapy and many days it helped me through the cancer treatments. The challenge of making a quilt let me escape the worry and the cancer.


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