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Wow! What a rain strom! However it ended during the evening and clear skies prevailed for my mini-semianrs at Sew What in Beaumont, Tx. I'm hear a lot of you are blanketed in snow and ice - right? Hope you are keeping warm and staying safe.

While the weather was cool, the hearts were warm and the day was just outstanding. Patty, one of the students, purchased a new sewing machine, was expecting a call about the birth of a new grandbaby, and also won a door prize. It was surely a good day for her! I told her to name hew sewing machine after the baby.

Finally, I wanted to see Anita Murphy. Many of you konw Anita as a legend in the quilt world. She was teaching long before it was popular. She was the Texas winner in the 1986 Statue of Liberty quilt contest. She has also been the person who has organized the raffle quilt for the Inteternal Quilt Association show each year. Anita told me that she will turn 80 in a few months. She looked beautiful (as always) and was witty as ever.

There are so many like Anita that paved the way for us and are responsible for building the quilting industry. Our quilt heritage is rich with with folks like Anita. Let's not forget to remember and thank them. - Who was your inspiration?

Thanks you Glenda and staff for putting on such a great event!

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145_829796.jpgAfter 60 years of marraige you might think that Valentines day is passe', but not so. Avvioding the rush, we decided to go out to dinner last night with Mom and Dad. We chose Uncle Yu's near the down town flag pole as our choice of destination. Their neighbor, Nick is the head hauncho and treated us very well, including compolimentary desserts. You might theink the chocolate would have been the best, but it didn't hold a candle to the mango sorbet from Italy. SSOO good! If you are in the area, I highly recommend this resturant, make sure you get the walnut prawns. In addition to 60 years, we are celebrating a 1 year anniversary, Joey and Shelly's engagment. Now we have THREE great kids!

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For over 5 ½ years, Freedom Quilts has made and collected quilts to give to families of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and families of fallen soldiers.  Over 5,600 quilts have been given to families and the number continues to grow.  Requests continue for these quilts but funding is limited so it was decided to create a red, white and blue quilt to be raffled off to assist with funding for this project. For over 5 ½ years Betty Nielsen's home has been the place for designing quilts for these families.  However, if enough funds can be raised, there are plans to have a building from where the quilts can be designed.For information or to see the quilt that is being raffled, visit www.freedomquilts.net. 

 Also, War Paint (pictured above), one of the original quilts designed for this effort, has been donated by Freedom Quilts to The World Trade Center Memorial Museum in New York City.   Everyone’s help is needed to continue comforting families.  If interested, please contact Betty Nielsen at debeniel@ncn.net 

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Brunswick, OH – March 13 – March 18, 2007 -  Handmade quilts from Ohio Amish Country are collected and displayed in the banquet room at Mapleside Farms and Restaurant.  There are about 65 queen and king sized quilts, 150 wall hangings and various other Amish-made crafts.  There will be quilting books, fat quarters and patterns.  Come and enjoy a meal cooked in our rustic country restaurant and browse through the shops, including a  farm market, bakery, gift shop, deli and café. Contact www.mapleside.com for more information.

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Tulare, CA - April 20-22, 2007 – The quilt show will feature regional quilts, wearable art, and cloth dolls and will be held at the International Agri-Center’s Heritage Complex,  south of Tulare, on Highway 99.  For more information please visit www.antiquefarmshow.org or contact antique@farmshow.org

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Pleasanton, CA - Saturday, March 10.  Jo Morton will be the guest speaker for the Amador Valley Quilters Guild.  Jo plans to share how she selects fabrics to achieve the look of 19th century quilts in her work.  For information about the guild and upcoming speaker, Becky Goldsmith, please check out the website www.amadorvalleyquilters.org

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I have made it to south Texas where it has rained most of the afternoon. The worst of it looks to be over so I can head on into Beaumont tomorrow morning for a full day of classes. However, I had to get online long enough to share the following with you.

Quilters and food just naturally go together. Yesterday, during the class break in W. Monroe, LA, there was an incredible snack on the table. I asked if I could get the recipe to share with you and it arrived in my email box today. So - - here it is. How many of you have a quilt event in the next week or so where you'll need to prepare a treat? Here ya go!

Graham Cracker Cookie

1 1/2 sticks margarine
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1/2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 c. coconut
1 c. nuts
1/2 stick margarine
2 Tbsp. evaporated milk
1/2 box powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
whole graham crackers

Mix the first 4 ingredients and boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the vanilla, graham cracker crumbs, coconut and nuts. Cover bottom of a 9 x 12 pan with whole graham crackers. Spread filling over layer of whole graham crackers. Cover with second layer of whole graham crackers. Combine 1/2 stick margarine, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk and spread on whole graham crackers.
Cover with foil and refrigerate. Take out and cut in desired pieces.

Courtesy of Norma Steffenson
Quilt N' Stitch

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Let's talk this Tuesday night 5:00 west coast time (8:00 pm east coast time) in the chat room. Subject matter: How to best use this site to grow our community. Please drop in to the room, Anybody Out there? I'll be there and hopefully so will you!

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San Diego, CA - The Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar (March 29-31) will be held at the Californina Center for the Arts, Excondido and will featre the best of the best from Ricky Tims, Alex Anderson, and Libby Lehman. While the event is regional and draws registrants from the southern Californina area, there are those who make a special trip. The registration costs for the seminar is tiered - meaning that groups registering early receive discounts. The final discounted registration price is currently for groups of two or more. This last discount dealdline ends on February 17 - one week from now, after which the full registration price is required. Registrations must be postmarked by that date in order to get the discount.

Complete with a show of awarding-winning quilts, this may be the only quilting event that promises to meet or exceed your expectations and backs it up with a money back gaurantee. All registratnts attend all sessions and get all the teachers. There is no picking or choosing - simply put - it is like nothing else in the quilting world. For registration forms and all the details about this event - visit www.rickytims.com - then select Seminars.



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