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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.

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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!

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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. 

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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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If you have ever wondered where the "official" APQS Eagle landed after leaving the roost in Iowa, well he has been found. Sporting official 4th of July attire, he is resting in Livermore CA, in the yard of my parents. It was a long journey to CA, but apparently the Eagle has settled in and feels right at home.

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- Gentle Reminder - Times a Ticking - take a few moments to post your six quilts and you will be eligable to win a stuffed and autographed Bernina goodie bag (thank you gizmo girl and guest artisits) in addition to being eligible to win Ricky's quilt! First drawing for the bags will be July 23. Remember the old saying? "You snooze you lose" Join the fun as we build our World Quilt Community.

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Photo: Gregory Case - The Quilt Show's Official Photo Man

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I recently had the extreme pleasure of attending the taping of The Quilt Show series. What a treat! Everything was professional and what you would expect to see in a New York studio - but in La Veta, Colorado! This is amazing because La Veta is a really, really small (but beautiful) town southwest of Pueblo. As we watched the first segment of filming (careful to do our "hummingbird claps" just as Justin the Terrible, aka "Bad Bart", instructed us to) I was delighted to see Ricky and Alex doing their thing in the best way possible. Their dialogue was so smooth I commented to Alex during the break that I bet she was happy there was a teleprompter. "No teleprompter," she told me. All they work with is a small index card with some cryptic notes. WOW! Surprised I was blown away! Read more aout the trip with photos on my blog at www.stitchinheaven.com/blog

Deb Luttrell, Stichin' Heaven

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You may remember past blogs about Ami Simms' Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. You saw the piece we did together on the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts portion of that Initiative in episode # 103, and you've probably been to www.AlzQuilts.org to see all the other creative ways Ami is raising awareness and funding research. Now that her new book, Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece (featuring the magnificent quilts of the traveling Alzheimer's quilt exhibit of the same name) is flying off the shelves, with all the profit being donated to Alzheimer's research, she thinks it's time to get some national media attention for all the quilters participating in the project. She wants to get on Oprah. Let's help her do it!

Ami has made a difference one quilt at a time. Now it's time for us to help her get Oprah's attention one email at a time. I've written my email, will you write one, too?

Here is Oprah's link: http://tinyurl.com/qr6q
Think about this when you write:
1. Has Alzheimer's touched your life? If so, how?
2. Has the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative given you hope, provided a way for you to cope or heal, helped you understand, or motivated you to act? If so, how?
3. If you've seen the quilts, how did they make you feel?
If you've read the book, how did it make you feel?
If you've listened to and watched the CD, how did it make you feel?
If you've donated a Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt, how did it make you feel?
If you bid on a Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt, how did it make you feel?
4. Ask Oprah to feature the "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" quilts and the artists who made them on a future show. Ask her to fill her studio audience with quilters who bring Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts to donate. Ask her to recognize the efforts of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in response to a terrifying illness that touches people in every corner of this country.
5. Use as many of these KEY WORDS as possible:
Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece
Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts
www.AlzQuilts.org
Ami Simms
6. DO NOT COPY AND PASTE. Your email will be much more effective if you write from your heart. "Short & Sweet" is best…they prefer you to keep it under 2,000 characters, a little longer than what I just wrote to you would be the maximum.

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If you have not been able meet us for chat then you have missed out on some good quilting information. But not to worry, in the next three weeks we have 6 GREAT reasons for you to make time to join us. Coming up we have:

Ami Simms-Alzheimer's Quilt Project

Denise Labadie-Episode 106

Cheryl Uribe-APQS Long Arm Quilting Machines

Photo Man-Gregory Case

Barbara Olson-Episode 105

Bernina Sewing Machines

Wow! What a fantastic line-up. The topics are as varied as the guests.

To all of you who heeded our request to be patient with questions and to stay on topic while in the chat room with a special guest, a big "THANK YOU, THANK YOU". To see who is in the chat room on which date click here. We look forward to visiting with you.

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Everyone knows that Ricky DOES music and his life as a musician has blended perfectly with his quilting career. In addition to offering spectacular exhibitions of art quilts, the Tims Art Quilt Studio and Gallery in La Veta, Colorado (home of The Quilt Show) offers musical concerts most Sunday afternoons throughout the summer. This year is the second season for the Gallery Concert Series that features a variety of music from classical to New Age to bluegrass. Yesterday a group called Fireweed, a bluegrass band from Pueblo, Colorado, delivered a fun-filled concert with plenty of pickin' and grinnin'.

This concert was a perfect match for the quilts that went up on Friday. The new gallery show is called Oklahoma Holdups and features a solo show by Carol Ann Sinnreich of Lawton, Oklahoma. Much of Carol's work represents subjects of the great American west. She also has a few traditional patchwork and applique quilts and quilts with a botanical theme. The entire collection demonstrates her unique humor and original artistic flair.

On the short video provided with this blog, Carol tells about two of her most significant quilts. The music is Fireweed, the bluegrass band.



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