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Who can resist a child that wants to join in when you are quilting?  Allison's daughter has been surrounded by fabric and quilting all her young life.  It is only natural that she should want to start her own "project".  Read the entire article in Stories.  It is certain to make you smile.  Maybe there is someone in your life that wants to spend time learning about your passion of quilting.  Be a mentor and pass on the tradition.

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Sadly, Laurel Burch has passed away. Thank you trilby41 for bringing this to our community's attention in the member blogs. Laurel has been an incredible designer over the years and she will be greatly missed.

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Read more about Laurel Burch

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And so we tried.....................

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Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day - September 19th - ALL DAY

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San Diego, California, USA - The new Visions Art Quilt Gallery continues its inaugural year of exhibitions with a joint show of leading quilt artists.  The focus of the Gallery is to display the quilt medium as fine art. 

The current exhibition Three Voices/Three Visions, opened August 26, showcases the work of three remarkable artists:  Elizabeth Barton, Katie Pasquini-Masopust, and Fran Skiles. 

 For more informatio see Visions Art Quilt Gallery

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Story Submitted by: LufftoCraft

When my daughter was first born she slept in a sling on my chest while I sewed her baby quilt. Later I would lull her to sleep in her bouncy seat as it rocked on the table in time with my machine. When she learned how to crawl she stole small squares of fabric from my scrap bin and and would cry when I tried to take them back. Eventually when she started to talk and I made her quilted story books and she learned her animals from their squishy pages. When I was pregnant with my Son and she was just barely 2 she helped me sort my scraps into color boxes so I could start his baby quilt. Often when I'm auditioning fabrics on the design wall she adds "interesting" selections to the piles. On occassion when she hears my machine running she begins a chant of Sew Sew Sew as she skips around the house. I take her with me to the fabric stores and each time she insists on a piece (1/8th of a yard) just for her. She has them all stashed on her shelf in my sewing room. Then one day a few weeks ago I was out of energy because of chemotherapy treatments and hadn't sewn in weeks. I came downstairs to find her sitting at my sewing machine. She had turned the machine on all by herself and had piles of her stash fabric at her feet. With all the honesty and joy of a 2 1/2 Year Old she looked at me and said... "I sew for you Mommy!" I knew in that moment that I had shared my joy in Quilting with her and she, in her own way, had understood that I couldn't enjoy it. Whether it be giving them a teaching aid or asking them for a helping hand, children are never too young to learn the Joy of Fabric :) Though I now have to unplug my Sewing machine petal! (Just in Case) :)

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Color, texture and inspiration - what more could a quilter ask for? Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 & 23 - 9:00 - 4:00 - free. Featured artist - Valori Wells. For information please call 925-447-0280 concerning classes and lectures - we would love to see you!

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YIPEE! Quilting in the Garden is around the corner. Next weekend, September 22 & 23 Alden Lane Nursery op, Livermore, CA opens their doors to quilters world wide. Hours - 9:00 - 4:00, Saturday and Sunday - admission free - classes and lectures still open- Please call 925-447- 0280 for more information regarding prices and schedule. See you there!

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Yet another Super Seminar under our belts - We, Ricky, Libby, Justin, Pat and myself always feel a little torn when it is time to go home. New faces, new friends and just an all around SUPER time for us. Knoxville - thank you for opening your generous arms to us. It was GREAT meeting so many of YOU - we had a WONDERFUL time!! Livermore, CA - you are NEXT - my home town.

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Susan Cleveland, quilt designer, author and teacher will be our guest artist in chat room "Featured Guest" Monday September 17 at 6:00pm Pacific/9:00pm Eastern. Susan will share with us more tips on how she adds piping to curves to avoid curved piecing. Her piping technique adds just the right amount of "pop" to many of her award winning quilts.



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