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As many of you know, I am currently cruising with a group of quilters up the east coast and into Canada. We are having a ball - I even got to meet Neen and Marcia! The problem is that the internet is painfully slow on ship and it is nearly impossible to load blogs. I AM taking video, and I DO have a few more Alden Lane pieces. So I beg your patience and will get back to the program as soon as I am in a technological friendly enviornment - I am SSSOOO spoiled by fast speed service. Missing you! (Look at the groovy green purse Neen made to match my SHOES!)

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     "Odd Man Out" by Elennah

Quilter's are a curious bunch.  We all use the same basic materials (fabric, thread, needles, etc.); however, the end results are as varied as are we.  And sometimes those results are not necessarily understood or appreciated by others.  Have you ever been to a meeting where an individual stood up to  shown a piece of work they were especially proud of only to receive "well that's interesting" comments from the audience?  It's at those times that the phrase "if you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all" comes to mind. 

Everyone has their own unique perspective when it comes to creating a quilt.  Wouldn't it be boring if we all made the same types of quilts?  So the next time you are shown a quilt that just doesn't appeal to you personally, try to find some aspect that you can praise.  Maybe you like the unusual fabrics, or the outstanding quilting.  Remember we are all here to support each other and the work we are doing.  We should be our biggest cheering squad.  Go Quilter's!!

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"Grizzly Lunch" by hansen

Our family has for a number of years had a great fascination with bears.  We have pieces of art, family members with bear tattoos, and all of our dogs are named after a type of bear.  So it was only natural that I was stopped in my tracks when I saw this quilt in the Quilt Gallery.  I have never been to Alaska, but what a sight it must be to see a bear hunting for salmon in the wild.  What a great reminder of a time spent in Alaska.

Lilo

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"Earth Beneath Our Feet" by pblair

Sometimes a piece of art can be deceiving to the eye. What appears one way from a distance can look totally different upon closer inspection. Think of impressionist paintings by Monet and Van Gogh. From a distance you are able to picture the scene in your mind' eye. But as you come closer towards the paintings you will notice that they really are created by a series of dots, dashes or blobs.

In the case of this piece done by pblair you can't be certain if it is a quilt or a water color painting. Enlarge the image and you will see that there is quite a bit of quilting. pblair does admit to "being a watercolor quilter". The fabric was primarily dyed and painted, but she then added quilting for that final touch. This piece certainly makes you want to examine it much more closely.

The next time you are glancing through the Quilt Gallery notice how the small image of a quilt can appear totally different than when enlarged (see Circles #3: Ripples). The image really fools the eye.

 

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One of the great supporters of quilting, quilting arts, and TQS in Ireland is our TQS Member, Margaret McCrory (MaggiMac). Margaret and her husband Bill live in Ballygowan, near Belfast in Northern Ireland (UK) and have arranged and hosted me on two visits to the Emerald Isle.

Margaret and Bill are on holiday in the US and took a few days to visit La Veta during their tour of the great Southwest. Upon her arrival I was presented with a quilt that featured the text to A Gaelic Blessing. She had no idea that I had been using the words from this blessing in my past two retreats. It still amazes me how worlds collide. The photo shows the quilt – here is the blessing.

Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shinning stars to you
Deep peace of the gentle night to you
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you

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   Photo by:  quiltinlady

Have you seen these two "hayseeds" around anywhere?  They were spotted in the Forum recently.  We are sure that they are up to no good.   Probably out hunting for bears again!  Let us know if you find them.  They have chores to finish.

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Here is yet another installment of my docudrama entitled "Quilting in the Garden 2007".

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Here again is the Quilt Show name badge logo. You can print it, embroider it, paint it, or applique it. Just remember to put your screen name in the bottom blue area. This is a great way to find other TQS members while attending shows. Many of you will travel to Houston in October. What fun it will be when someone sees your badge and says, "Hey, It's a New Day!"

To print the badge, click here. Then, simply print the page and cut it out with scissors.

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534_noraezell.jpgNora Ezell, the quilter from Alabama known for her African American styled storyelling panels, along with her vividly colored abstract quilts, died from a stroke on September 6, 2007. She was in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, at the home of one of her granddaughters at the time of her death.

Ms. Ezell's works are now in collections throughout the world, including the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan, New York. In 1992, she received a National Heritage Fellowship award from the National Endowment for the Arts. and a Folk Heritage Award from the Alabama State Council on the Arts in 1990. Please click here to read her obituary in The New York Times.

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    "Harvest 1" by CarolinNanaimo 

It's October, the time for pumpkins, changing leaves, and cooler nights. CarolinNanNaimo's quilt is a dazzling celebration of this time of the year.  The quilt hangs in the stairwell of her home in Canada.  Who wouldn't get excited about fall seeing this quilt every time they walked by?  Do you have a quilt that reminds you of a favorite time of the year?  Is it displayed all year or does it only make an appearance on special occasions?



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