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The aisles are numbered.  The floors are set with padding and carpet.  The tables are brought in.  Aluminum poles create an outline of the booth covered by curtains.  Fork lifts bring in pallets of merchandise while special boxes are wheeled in.  Quilt Market is being set up. 

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Hey wait a minute!!! I thought it was supposed to be about fabric, books and patterns - but look what caught Ricky's attention.................lucky thing the store was closed - it could have been a costly stop - Like the mother of the groom dress I found (and bought) in Portland OR! - While attending market! Surprised

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When it is spring and we are on the road, chances are it includes Spring market. Market is where quilt stores check out the latest and greatest for YOU! Market is where they decide where and how to spend their pennies. For folks like Ricky and myself it is a time of gathering with friends - this year market is being held in Portland, Or. LOVE this city.  First night? Fish flambe at a most fabulous Thai resteraunt - with Ricky, John and Matt (my beloved web master for www.alexandersonquilts.com) Yummie, yumnmie - good for the tummie.

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UPDATED:

Our misuderstanding that Bonnie owned a quilt shop - she and her husband owned a marine shop and they lost everything. The story is riveting. Do read it.

TQS Member, Bonnie Caldwell (Bonnie23), and her husband lost their marine business in a tornado on Mother's Day. To read the account in her own words, visit STORIES.

Bonnie, the entire TQS family is sending good thoughts and prayers your way.

Submit comments for Bonnie above - email her on her profile page.

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Story Submitted by: Bonnie23

I learned this Mother's Day the strength of bond in a quilt. I live in south Georgia and my Mother's Day began by going to our favorite family restaurant for breakfast. Earlier than normal as there was threat of severe thunderstorms in our area by mid morning. Back at home we were monitoring the weather from our local (60 mi. away) tv station. Our meteorologist was bringing constant live updates and had spotted a supercell capable of a tornado about 12 mi west of our shop and it is about 3 mi. west of our home. Within minutes the clouds grew darker and darker and the rain began to pour. BAM, our cable and internet goes off the air. We immediately knew there was trouble! The equipment for cable and internet for our county was housed in the Industrial Park 650 feet from our shop. We own a Marine Sales and Service business. Minutes after and the cable still off the air, my husband got a call from a friend that lives near our business. "Come to your shop, a tornado just blew it away!" He rushed out not knowing what to expect and preparing for the worst. Or so he thought! He certainly was not prepared! I stayed behind to wait for the weather to settle off, because we have 4 dogs that live with us and are terrified of thunder and lightning! I shouldn't leave them, but I couldn't stay. I grabbed a jacket and started out with my husband on the phone saying "Please understand, there is nothing left of our building and boats are everywhere! Preparing for the worst, or so I thought! I certainly was not! Still raining and lightning popping in the area, I stared in utter disbelief! Where our shop stood on Saturday, a sparkling, clean concrete slab was left! As far as you could see there was devastation! A building between our shop the the cable substation was a rehabilitation center and had 20 to 30 people inside. Their building destroyed, but still there. With no warning of the coming storm, they had gathered in the center of the building for a church service. All of their lives were spared with a couple of broken arms and minor cuts and scrapes. I began to pace. Walking though engines with most missing parts nowhere to be found, boats cracked and turned upside down, and with the exception of a very few tools most things from our building reduced to unrecognizable rubble! Beams that required bucket and boom trucks to raise into place were bent double and tossed hundreds of feet into an open field. Power lines twisted hundreds if not a thousand times. Two of my quilts were in my office inside the building as well as some bolts of fabric. Still in shock and walking the path of the storm searching for anything to salvage. Picking up tools, fabrics that was unwound from the bolts and some still all wrapped up. I saw what appeared to be another boat off in the distance across a dirt road in the newly created trail from the storm. The National Weather Service later measured this boat to be over 2000 yards from our shop. I made my way to the area to see if I could recognize anything there. As I scanned the area, I saw what appeared to be another bolt of fabric. Still raining I bogged though ankle deep water and discovered it was one of my quilts! Wrapped around the tree and twisted in briers, but I gently pulled it to safety! The queen size quilt, soaking wet and looked like it had been dragged through a mud pit was in one piece! Quilt in arms and against my white T Shirt and a black jacket, blue jeans with water dripping out of them and water sloshing out of my shoes. I headed straight for my truck. Between shock and adrenaline, I carried that quilt nearly 1 mile without breaking stride - straight to the bed of our truck. As friends arrived and joined the salvage effort, the other quilt was found under some debris in the same state as the other. Near the second quilt was more bolts of fabric. I called a friend to pick up the quilts to be rinsed before the hot sun set the dirt and grime in permanently. I haven't gotten them back yet, but they survived with a few small tears and a couple of stains that may not come out. I washed some of the fabric last night and am washing more as I write tonight (or morning). It is truly amazing to me that the fury of this storm ripped apart over 8000 pound boats, yet I still have my quilts and hopefully can salvage enough fabric to make a "Tornado Quilt". I suppose the same strong bond that binds quilters, shares the same magic in their quilts!

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We currently have season one DVD's in the warehouse. Here is what you need to know:

1. If you pre purchased last year - your DVD has been shipped, you will get it any day now.

2. We are in the middle of testing the ordering process to make sure that everyone receives the correct discount (this has been a challenging process).

Light a candle and send good wishes - we hope to have the DVDs available very soon. We will blast it from the rooftops when they are good to go!

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Cleveland, Ohio, USA May 16 -June 1, 2008  The Cleveland Museum of Art in conjunction with the Textile Art Alliance of Cleveland presents this bi-annual juried show of contemporary fiber art.  The exhibit is on display at the Cleveland State University Art Gallery.  For more information about this exhibit click here.

Polaris, shown above, was created by Si-Yun Chang.  It is hand stitched and embroidered over the surface, which is woven with mulberry paper.  41x35 in.

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Time is running out.  Don't miss your chance to win a trip to a taping of The Quilt Show in La Veta, CO. This new member campaign/contest is your 'ticket'. Basically, it works like this. Every time a new person joins and lists you as their reference, you get a "cyber ticket" put into the "cyber hat". One ticket for each person who lists you! The winner will be chosen May 30, 2008 and announced shortly thereafter.  So, don't wait around or it might be too late.  We want to meet you in September for our next round of tapings.

The more friends you tell, and the more friends who join referencing you, the better your odds will be during the drawing. For complete rules and details click here or on the banner on the right. To see the join page with the Tell a Friend entry box, click here and look at the very bottom of the page. Every time someone joins and lists you, you will receive an email notification. You can check your personal tally in your My Account link in the menu bar.

Blast an email to your friends - give them your screen name, first and last name (they should be spelled correctly) and have everyone of your quilting friends join TQS. Don't forget to end your email with your screen name, first, and last name.

Please take the tour at www.thequiltshow.com and join today.

It's a New Day! Everyday!

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Beth Ferrier: Teacher, Designer and author considers herself an appliquist – and wows us as she teaches how to hand appliqué by machine (visit her blog at http://applewd.com/blog). Show includes piecing tips for a 4” postage stamp basket with Alex and a visit from Bob, The Thread Guy discussing tension. The tips and techniques on this show will transcend into all aspects of your quiltmaking. Plus a smile or two is guaranteed!-from Beth’s campy attitude AND a TQS contest currently in place! To watch go here.

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Photo by Gregory Case

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In the Canada (thank you butterflybeve) , Australia (thank you Maureent), New Zealand and the United States this is the official day we honor our mother's.  We at The Quilt Show want to wish each of you the Happiest day surrounded by family, flowers, breakfast in bed, a new toaster, lots of phone calls, and a promise to help so you get more time to quilt.  Thank you, Mom.  When is Mother's Day celebrated in your country?



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