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Mark your calendar for this Thursday, February 7, 2008, when Suzanne Marshall will be our guest in Chat room Featured Guest at 5:00pm Pacific/8:00pm Eastern.  Suzanne will share tips on how to make your applique project more successful.  Join us for what will definitely be an hour well spent learning from a master applique artist. 

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Listen up folks - show number 203 (launched today) is a MUST see for everyone! Suzanne's work is astonishing AND her tips are excellent! The timing of this show couldn't be better with the early advent of our block of the month - check this out today!!!! PS: also Alex gives beginning piecing tips for aligning seams - AND the quilt she is working on is available in the shoppe  (shipping free in the U.S. - and a shipping price break for internaional for a limited amount of time). Let's get quilting - TODAY!

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While the NY Giant won the Super Bowl with an upset over the New England Patriots, Quiltnmama from Rohnert Park, CA has won the drawing for my autographed copy of my Rhapsody Quilts book! The beautiful quilt, Amish Sunshine & Shadow - also called Trip Around the World was made by Alibeoley from Redditch, WORCESTERSHIRE, Enlgand. Over forty of you went on the quilt search and GOT IT RIGHT! Hope you saw many other beautiful quilts during the search.

Not only will Quiltnmana get a book, but I'll be sending a signed copy to aliboley for using her quilt in the contest.

It's a new day! Everyday!

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We are just about to head out to our friends house for a party! Not being a huge football fan, I decided to get busy on my BOM - perfect to take along to work on. As I looked at this photograph I realized the center part of our star logo is missing - oh well, I guess that will be the ONLY place there is a mistake on my quilt - lol. BTW: You will LOVE Suzanne's show which airs tomorrow - she has GREAT tips for tackling applique. I used her bias method for this block. I had never seen it before - perfect show at the perfect time.

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So long Livermore (I DO love my town), we are moving on - It is Paducah or BUST! To sign up for our next Super Seminar in Paducah, KY (the ultimate quilting pre-party) go here to special events and register today. Please note - the registration for this event is on the AQS site. However, for general information regarding the S.S. visit Ricky's site.

We look forward to meeting you!

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                                                                      "They Came From Outer Space" by bakewell 

Have you finished a quilt top but found that it needed a little bit more sparkle?  Why not add a touch of something from the sewing department of your local fabric store?  The trim and edging section is filled with dozens of ways to add unique details to a project.

Sold by the yard or pre-packaged, edgings include many options such as piping, rick rack, lace, and ribbon with beads.  You just may find the perfect piece to set off your quilt.  bakewell found that black rick rack was just the touch she needed for her "They Came From Outer Space" quilt.  So, the next time a quilt has you stumped for ideas take a stroll through the sewing department for inspiration.

 

 

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This priceless photo is Alex Goodwin - photo by Ruth Goodwin (mom) 

No, neither Alex nor Lilo (TQSWizard) have had a baby. Thank goodness! However, ARJJ has added a new person to our family, Marketing Director, Ruth Goodwin. Ruth lives in North Carolina. As time goes on we'll tell you more about her. But first, you need to meet her four year old son, Alex - yes, Alex. Here is what Ruth sent folllowing a conference call:

"So I was on the phone with yall and lo and behold I look out my office window and this is what I saw riding around in my driveway.  So as soon as we hung up, I HAD to run out and take a photo to share. The boy under the outfit is my 4 year old Alex.  The Hunter orange vest is a vest that he HAD to get when we were at Dick's Sporting Goods last night (on sale for 93 cents. Yippee!).  The bike is his new "ride" from Christmas. 

You gotta love the outfit, the bike - we'll - everything!

Now get this - Ruth's son Alex is named after her father who is named Alexander Thomas Anderson.  While her dad goes by Thom Anderson her grandfather was Alexander Anderson.

Go figure!

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Think my green shoes are happening? Look what Linda emailed me green shoes and more.........Now what is a gal to do??
 
N096 Strap Clog - El Naturalista    

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February 3rd is Super Bowl Sunday. Even if you are not a sports fan, Super Bowl Sunday is usually a big deal - well, here in the U.S. anyway. Quilters have found unique ways to celebrate this day. Quilt shops often have sew-a-thons, sales, and other clever events.

While the New England Patriots and New Your Giants are battling it out on the gridiron, what will you be doing? Tell us what your LQS does. And, oh yes, who do you want to win - who do you predict will win? Do our international members have anything similar in your country that you will share with us? If not, just use the Super Bowl as a good excuse to focus on a quilting project like the TQS Block of the Month.

Now, for a little TQS competitive fun, if you can tell me the screen name of the maker of the quilt in the background in the image above, I'll put your name in a drawing for an autographed copy of my new Rhapsody Quilts book. Use the "Submit a Comment" at the head of this blog to enter. The maker's name will be replaced with GOT IT RIGHT in the comments. We'll draw a winner on Monday.

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February Block "Crazy Daisies" by Sue Garman

It's time to get a little crazy. This month Sue Garman features fun and colorful daisies that you won't find in any garden, but are sure to perk you up. The finished block measures 16-inches and is the second in our Block of the Month exclusive TQS pattern. Sue's clear and concise directions help you through the entire process. Why not try Suzanne Marshall's technique for making bias stems demonstrated in Episode 203 that posts on Monday, February 4, 2008.

If you have not started this project it's not too late. Simply click on the Block of the Month image to the right and download your free pattern. Blocks are also available for sale in the TQS Shoppe for those who don't wish to be a TQS Star Member. Having trouble deciding on fabrics? The TQS Shoppe has done all the work for you by assembling an entire kit that will be shipped directly to you.

 

 


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