Every year at Bernina university there is a sort of recognition dinner - for dealers who perform at a certain level - not sure what that is, don't need to know. THIS year we went to Sea World (remember we are in Orlando right now) for this dinner. After a delicious meal we got to see the killer whale show. It was simply incredible. To watch the trainers and their whales work together was magic. To see the Mama whale with the baby whales was nature at its best (if possible in this sort of environment). It was WONDERFUL!!!!! After that we got another round of desserts to munch on, the fireworks began. My reputation at BU might never be the same because I snuck out of the party area into the bushes to see the fireworks at a better advantage.............apparently it didn't look lady like - oh well, what's new? Cool





Join us to in the "Featured Guest" chat room tonight at 6:00pm Pacific/9:00pm Eastern.  Ami Simms of the "Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative" will be there to discuss what is going on with this project and how you can help.  Be sure to check out her website here and let's find out how we can do more to fight this disease.



I was glancing through quilt gallery the other day when I saw Cathy Boerio’s quilt “Triple Treat”. I read the commentary and thought we as a quilting community could definitely help out. Mary was attending a Quilt Lover’s Hang Out click here lock- in when she heard from the owners (Debbie and Gayle) that many troops in Iraq were needing more blankets to keep warm at night. Keep in mind that the average daily temperature can go as high as 107 during the day and drop to 85 at night. While this does not seem drastic, it is when you are sleeping in a tent in the desert.

Everyone was excited and wanted to help make one that night. Debbie and Gayle even offered free fabric for the ladies to use from their stock in the store. Talk about a great team effort.

I know that we all have enough fabric in our stash to make 1 quilt for a soldier. Cathy used a simple 3 piece pattern from the book “The Happy Hour” and batiks from her stash. She said the quilt took no time to complete. So, before you get started here are the details:

Contact shop directly by e-mail quiltlovershangout@yahoo.com or phone 239-995-0045 to get more information on this project and where to send your quilt.

They would prefer finished quilts, but will gladly take tops.

TWIN size (only)

The quilt needs to have light weight (poly) batting. In the desert cotton and wool do not dry quickly.

Quilts made of polar fleece or Minky Chenille are both light weight and cuddly.

No Red , White, and Blue quilts please

Regardless of your stance on the war, our troops need our support and what better way to let them know we are thinking of them than when they lie down under YOUR quilt at night.




Story Submitted by: lilyf

I was so excited about entering a quilt for the first time in my quilt guild's show. I decided to do an art quilt. This was a fused, raw edged applique wall hanging with free motion embroidery and quilting. The applique went together beautifully, but when I started the free motion embroidery, I started getting missed stitches and I was breaking needles. I went through the 'drill' of checking to make sure I was doing everything right. I made sure I had the right needle, I adjusted the tension, the thread was quality embroidery thread, etc. My machine was fairly new and a top of the line machine. I just couldn't figure out what was going wrong! I did continue working on the quilt; I felt I had an obligation to myself to get this in the show. It was just a few days before the show and I was so frustrated that I called the guild president, partly to vent my frustration and to ask her if I should give up or finish the quilt. Of course, she said CONTINUE! and gave me lots of (much needed)encouragement. Needless to say, I did finish my wallhanging. My quilt won an honorable mention, so I guess I did more things right than wrong! I learned a few things, too. I learned about thread painting and free motion embroidery and quilting and I learned perserverance. I learned that even though things don't always go your way, somehow they usually turn out OK. I learned that when in doubt, call a friend. A few days after the show, when I went to use my sewing machine, I realized I had not dropped the feed dogs during the free motion sewing. I almost cried, because I knew there was nothing wrong with my machine! Just the operator! Don't give up! Dawn Paoletti


Gregory Case, The Quilt Show's official photographer (Photo Man) knocked himself out this round! We have decided to split the photos into four sets - with no particular order. For those who want a sneek peek at what we did and who we highlghted this past tapimg round in La Veta - here you go. Grab a cup of Java and enjoy! Stay tuned - more to come................




Look - Look - everyone! I found more Florida wilderness - NOW I need to find Florida Wilderness shoes................





Episode 106, A Touch of Ireland posted today. To watch this show, go to Watch a Show and scroll down to Episode 106 and click Watch Now. Choose from an environment and enjoy the show. Below the enviornments you'll find the Segment List. The Segment List is there to help you find anything associated with that particular show. Enjoy!


Story Submitted by: QueenNonna

Katie and Loren live not to far from me, we would get together often. While there I would covet one of her quilts, Grandmothers Garden. It was made by Lorens Great Aunt, it is in the fabrics that I love most. Well, Loren (74) lost his life last year to a heart attach, he had been doing chemo for kidney cancer and went through with flying colors but his heart was not up to the chemo. Loren was a voluteer paramedic and firefighter for our little community. He was loved by everyone who came into contact with him, our community honored him just before he died with the Citizen of the Year award. I decided to make Katie a quilt with Lorens clothes, his shirts for the blocks (crazy patch), his pants for the sashing, and his patches from the fire department and paramedics for the corner stones. Needless to say Katie dearly loves and treasures her piece of Loren. A few weeks later Katie called to invite me over so she could take pictures of us with the quilt. Just before leaving Katie gave me the Grandmothers Garden quilt, she knew that Loren would want me to have it. What a treasure, we both now have great treasures to love.


Who says you have to be in CO to have a wilderness adventure?! On the way to the Grande Cypress Resort (You will like this place Ricky!) - I was keeping a pealed eye for alligators beside the road. Yes, I do know they are around here - but imagine my surprise when this happy little fellow showed up - maybe we don't have to go to Antartica after all!


Looking for gaters - looking for gaters - looking for gaters................




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Rubia, Inc. is a New Hampshire, USA, non-profit organization working with Rubia in Afghanistan to serve women in rural Afghanistan, through education, skills training and the promotion of their hand-embroidered textiles.

 Named for a red root used to dye yarn, Rubia is creating new traditions in textiles by translating the heritage and skills of Afghan women into sustainable livelihoods. All aspects of the development and implementation of Rubia’s programs are rooted in Afghanstan, using community members at all levels to help build the economy and capacity in their home region.

EMBROIDERY IS THE HEART AND SOUL OF TRADITIONAL AFGHAN TEXTILES.   Traditionally, embroidery has been women’s handwork, done at home, between domestic chores, to enhance their surroundings.  Rubia integrates these traditional elements with the new benefit of earning an income while maintaining fragile elements of their tectile heritage: plant dyes, natural fibers and designs drawn from ancient Afghan tribal patterns. 


Alternative livelihoods are the key to Afghanistan’s social and economic recovery.  Subsistence farmers who had supported their families with poppy cultivation are now seeking other means of economic empowerment.  Poppy flowers and other designs embroidered by women in the valley of Darrai Noor provide a legitimate source of income, a new tradition in textiles. 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, TOO, by purchasing beautiful Rubia embroidery to support a self-sustaining business.  Visit their online catalog at http://rubiahandwork.org/catalog/index.html 

Rubia is a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a registered public charity, which provides non-profit status.  www.saveourplanet.org 

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