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YES - You can over cook a hard boiled egg - A word of wisdom for the Easter Bunny.

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Ring the Bell – Session two is about to begin. By your request - Alex will teach you the fundamentals of choosing appropriate quilting designs. There are many basics that you can learn to help your quilt look the best it was meant to be! Also, Alex will share tips on what to consider when choosing or drawing designs for yourself. This session is a MUST NOT MISS for all quilters today!

Also make sure you have not missed Alex's session one - handquilting was the subject with EVERYTHING you need to know to get started or improve your stitching.. Including How to quilt with your thumb, picking the right needle, and using a hoop or a frame.  It is recommended to start with lesson one and work through the units in order.

Subscribe today to Series One, Two or Three to secure the magic key to let you into Alex's class room.

Just a reminder that the Block of the Month is free (a $90 value) all year with any subscription. 

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Also, always remember to floss daily.

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The Texas Museum of Fiber Arts in Austin, Texas is pleased to announce a Call for Entries for the Deep in the Art of Texas Fiber Arts Exhibit over the Memorial Day week end, May 24th, 25th and 27th, 2008. Fiber Arts, fine arts, refreshments, and educational speakers are arranged for the weekend exhibit.

Carol Ikard, Executive Director states, "...we feel if someone was born in Texas and then moved away…living in Texas contributed to them as an artist. If people were schooled in Texas, but now moved away, that contributed to them as an artist. So artists don’t have to be living in Texas right now, to participate---they just have to have spent time in Texas."

For complete details about the museum and the upcoming show visit their website.

For call of entries info - click here. The entry deadline is April 5, 2008. Cash prizes! For additional questions, email Carol Ikard

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Kim Caskey-Dalmer! Kim had quite a weekend in Edmonton at the Creative Stitches Show. Here is her 1st place Rhapsody Quilt.

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The shop where Kim teaches--Earthly Goods--won Best Booth. Also, Kim and her mother hosted The Quilt Show booth where quilters entered a contest to win Subscriptions to our Website. We couldn't have had better representatives.

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Notice the choice of Fabric.

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Photo by Gregory Case

Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Fun Quilts are the artists featured in Episode 206. Weeks and Bill create fun, colorful, contemporary quilts based on a unique approach to color and design. Passionate about helping others, follow along as TQS visits the organization Weeks and Bill created to help provide training and jobs for developmentally challenged adults.

Weeks and Bill will also be our guests in chat room "Featured Guest", March 18, 2008 at 6:00pm Pacific/9:00pm Eastern. Mark your calendar, and join us for what is sure to be a fun hour of great information.

To watch go here.

To subscribe to Series Two go here.

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If you missed it - or if you are not in the USA, please click this link to see the national spotlight on quilting presented by CBS news. Click this link then look for Quilt-for-sale. Please don't forget to thank CBS - write an email now.

By the way 7:06 minutes for a spot on a national program is HUGE. Even if you wish it could have been longer. Notice most are 3-4 minutes.

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"Quilts For Sale" Quilting is a billion-dollar industry where creativity and skill entwine. Seth Doane reports on the booming art form and talks with quilting celebrity, Ricky Tims.  To watch the video, the link is: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=3942008n%3fsource=search_video

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If you saw the CBS profile on quilting that featured Ricky, why not send CBS a thank you email. Perhaps if we let them know we watched, there might be more quilting features in the future.

What did you think about the profile?

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Story Submitted by: NancyAnn1959

A friend of a friend, Desiree, had an idea for her 50th birthday. She would have her friends, family and co-workers decorate blocks and she'd make a quilt. She went to JoAnn's and got help estimating how much muslin to buy and picked out a couple of other fabrics. It took Desiree almost a year to get all the blocks back and by then, she had lost her nerve, having never made a quilt before. I met with her and gave her some tips about cutting sashing strips and sewing the blocks together in rows. Months later, I ran into Desiree who sheepishly admitted that she still had not done anything about making the quilt. I said "why don't you just let me make it for you?" She was happy and relieved. The first problem I had was that the blocks were so different! Some were heavily beaded and embellished. Some were stiff with paint. Desiree had not told them to leave seam allowance, so some of the designs extended right to the edges. One was simply a square of knitting. Some of them show things about the maker, others show things about their relationship with Desiree. A few contain photos. I decided that in order to sew them together, I would first have to applique them each onto another piece of beige fabric so that I would have seam allowance to work with. I had recently purchased a new machine and had fun experimenting with all the decorative stitches. I then sashed all the blocks with her fabrics and decided that it might look more interesting to tip the blocks and make them "wonky". I found a nice border fabric and got enough for the backing as well. It came together nicely but was quite a challenge to quilt, since many of the blocks were stiff and I had to quilt around the beads and charms. It's also quite heavy. Desiree has plans for a "reveal" party and she's going to have everyone sign the label for the back of the quilt. It was alot of fun working on this for her and even though I don't know her well, I learned alot about her and her friends from seeing what the blocks are. She plans on hanging the quilt on her dining room wall and is glad it only took 3 1/2 years to complete!

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Yesterday was a long day.  Then I looked at the daily blog (“…EveryDay”) and found a direct contradiction to the phrase “There is something about a man in uniform”.  Apparently in some cases there isn’t. 

Thank you for the encouraging words.  I’m looking forward to being able to focus full time on how to work with you to continue the creation of a dynamic and fun website.  We have had a lot of ideas that didn’t make it to the site because we looked around and said, “Great idea, who is going to do it”?  Here is a warning: I like to make lists.  It all starts with our Mission Statement:

To educate, inspire, entertain, connect and grow the world quilting community in a fun, positive, interactive environment.

By the way, I’m warning you now, I take the word “interactive” very seriously.  Get ready to play.  Yes we do own the domain “quiltipedia”, but first things first.  And what is first?  I’m still working hard on this and this is what I have so far:

1.       Learn Photoshop

2.       Get Revenge

3.       …???

How am I doing?

To answer the other question, yes I am going to do a quilt.  Here is my first list on that:

1.       Where can I find a teacher? 

2.       A Baltimore Album quilt

3.       A replica of the 1776 quilt

4.       Learn to spell Sienkiewicz without looking at the book.

5.       A sewing card.

I want and need your ideas and suggestions.  Enjoy National Quilting Day.

John Anderson, CPA

Capt’n John


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