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Carol Babbitt, president of Project Linus, has announced that Meryl Ann Butler will teach the techniques from her book, 90-Minute Quilts: 15+ Projects You Can Stitch in an Afternoon (www.90minutequilts.com ) at their next conference in June, 2008, in Bloomington, Illinois. The Project Linus Conference is an annual event held each summer as an educational tool for Chapter Coordinators. Project Linus (www.projectlinus.org ) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets.

An estimated 50,000 volunteer "blanketeers" in 400 chapters have donated over 2 million lovingly sewn, quilted and crocheted blankets since the inception of the project in 1995. The 90-Minute Quilts methods are perfect for community service projects, and several dozen quilts will be made in Meryl Ann's classes at the conference. All the materials are being donated: Quilting Treasures is providing the fabric from their new Marie Osmond Heirloom Gardens and Paddington lines, Henry Glass & Co. is supplying the backing and binding flannels, and Fairfield Processing is providing the batting.

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That's right all you World Quilt Community members. If you arrived here you most likely did by logging on in the new landing page. The new page offers a tour of the site for non-members - letting them take a better peek at what is inside - but Basic Members and even Star Members will benefit by just going through the four pages on the tour. For those of you who already know all the great things feature at The Quilt Show, this tour will give you the opportunity to tell your friends and encourage them to take a peek as well.

Thanks Web Guru Bob for helping launch this much needed aspect to those who find their way to The Quilt Show, but have no idea what to expect. Try the tour - www.thequiltshow.com

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It seems flooding has been in the news quite a bit lately. The UK had tremendous flooding and now our upper mid-west. We don't know at this point if there is anything we can do, but certainly we would like to know if any of you have been affected or if your quilting friends have been. Being such a small organization and not having staff to do what the Red Cross or Salvation Army or other groups can do, we simply ask that you tell us your stories and we hope that our community will find a way to help. So - we're watching and praying for those who have experienced any loss this summer and most recently in the mid-west.

Edited - PS. I was reminded by a member of the recent floods in Texas, Oklahoma, and neighboring states. How could I fail to mention that as my HOME TOWN was seriously flooded this summber too. Shame on me.-Ricky 

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How does it feel to be a year older today?

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As reported earlier this week, high school photograps of both Alex and Ricky are circulating the globe in a new edgy quilting magazine called Quilter's Home . Since Lilo (TQSWizard) has so bravely posted her high school pic, and many of you can not locate the images from the magazine, I have posted them here for your amusement. How about being brave enough to post your high school photo in YOUR profile? What's next, our baby photos?

Oh yeah, I am the one on the right!

 

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Don't you just "love it" when a person says, "look what I got! - for practically nothing?" A twang of jealousy rushes through your body - (oh come on, we have all been there. LOL )- Well, LOOK WHAT I FOUND - I even got it half off, for $1.00 - they just don't make them like they used to. Time to fess up - what cool thing have you found and purchased that made your quilter buddies green with envy? (BTW: Off to the book store - I will let you know what I decide on - thanks for all the titles).

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 (Lilo-TQSWizard)

While reading through the Forum yesterday we saw a number of members mention the magazine Quilter's Home.  We went out and bought a copy of the Sept/Oct 2007 issue and what did we find but an article with actual High School Senior photos of some of the quilting world's notable artists including---you guessed it---our own Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.  The photos are great fun, but we surmize that hairspray sales have taken a serious hit since some of these individuals graduated. 

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Although I am home for a few days - my mind is on the road. This weekend I will be in upstate NY (sort of) visiting my Bernina Family and friends (please visit www.alexandersonquilts.com for agenda). This is a LLOOOONNNGGG trip across country - my chance to read. I LOVED My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult - in fact I love all her books. So that in mind, any suggestions?

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The Omaha Quilt Guild has an amazing number of organized photos on their site that were taken at the Super Quilt Seminar. There were so many thumbnails in the Quilts Category that I had to scroll right to see the full image. - If you'd like to get a glimpse into the event, this is by far the best way to do it. Way to go, Omaha Quilters Guild - this looks terrific. - Click Here.

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The Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar in Omaha was described as a "Wow!" Alex, Libby, Bob the Thread Guy and myself, all enjoyed a tremdous number of positive comments. Thank you Omaha Quilters Guild and everyone who came from far and wide to spend your weekend with us! If you attended, maybe joined The Quilt Show as a result, or hope to go someday, we'd love for you to post a comment.

On Friday evening, I always do a concert. My shadow, Clara, snapped this photo and I think it speaks for itself. The volunteers stayed to the bitter end and they are pictured in the loading dock after we were packed and ready to leave. It really takes a village to make this happen. The event raised $7,701.00 for the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.



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