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I am looking, I am looking - "WHERE DID YOU GO?"

COWABUNGA!

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I was so excited that in this session I got to use my camera and projector to teach the class. No more sea of bodies hovering around the table to see a Y seam - Also with my trusty camera in hand, I also was thrilled to go to the beach and talk to a REALLY cute surfer and get it on tape (to share to the world). I asked him if he was a quilter and as you can imagine, it was the perfect pick-up line. LOL. As I was transfering the information into my computer to edit, something went super wrong - the electricity went out - the up shot - end of story? I taped over my most amazing old lady flirty lines!!! hhmmm- better stick to my day job!

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I am teaching stars in Merrill hall. The weather is extraordinary - California at its best. We are making stars, and it is safe to say my students are true stars - Also, I have been hearing "It's a New day" around many bends and corners!

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Would you like to create quilts that combine free form curves along with traditional blocks? How about quilt blocks that require no pins or intersections to match? Why not join us on Thursday, February 28 at 5:00pm Pacific/8:00pm Eastern when our own TQS member Peggy Barkle will be our special guest in chat room "Featured Guest". Peggy's new book Blendable Curves allows you to create a stunning and fun quilt in a weekend using these easy techniques.

Peggy was born in Seattle, Washington, but she considers herself a Northern California girl having spent most of her life in the Sunshine state. After marriage followed a set of twins that kept her busy with the usual duties of cleaning, diapering and cooking. While looking for an "adult" escape, Peggy discovered quilting with Eleanor Burns on PBS. And the rest, as they say, is history.

"We moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1995, after a brief stay in Arkansas. The kids are grown now and, fortunately, so has my 'stash'. Quilting has kept me sane, and my family safe all these years. I have a room full of yardage and brain full of ideas. I could not imagine doing anything else with my life, and being able to share what I love has been an unbelievable blessing."


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Every year I have the delicious opportunity to teach at Asilomar (note the former blogs regarding the history of this facility). How appropriate that my sleeping room is in.....................HOW DID THEY KNOW!?795_asilomar_1_001.jpg

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Attention all quilt shops and quilting teachers.  TQS is proud to introduce MyAds Advertising - the new way for TQS members to promote their quilt shop or quilting services to quilters in their area.  No long contracts, no large fees.  MyAds are simple.  You choose how long to run your ad, your geographical area, and pay online.  It's that easy to promote your business to other quilters in your targeted geographical area.  You set the start date, and then your ad will run for the number of months for which you have paid.  And any TQS members can advertise!

But wait - there's more! When you purchase a minimum of three consecutive months of MyAds, you will automatically receive FREE Gift Certificates for subscriptions to The Quilt Show!  These Series Subscription Gift Certificates are applied toward the purchase of any active Series and are yours to resell at face value or give away to your customers.  This is our gift to you!  If you utilize the gift certificates to your advantage, your ad is practically free. That makes your listing on TQS, to your targeted geographical area, only pennies per day!

TQS encourages our members to support quilt businesses in their area.  MyAds are one more way The Quilt Show is making the quilting community more accessible to quilters everywhere.  We welcome you to tell your local quilt shop or quilting professional of this unique opportunity to get the word out!

Don't wait another minute!  Start a new campaign now by clicking the "advertise here" button in the MyAds section in the right hand column.

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Meet my buddy Pam - she is a true celebrity stunt sewer - meaning she covers our backs when we are under a deadline. Recently when Ricky was in town, Pam stopped by with a drop dead fabric line project I had to make. THANKS PAM!!!! Also visit her wonderful blog, if you haven't found it already. Pam is a kick and my kitty loves her also!

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Edmonton, Canada, March 14-15, 2008 - The 12 Annual Creative Stitches and Crafting Alive! Show will be held at the Northlands Sportex and will feature national and international experts, exhibitors, a fashion show and over 100 free workshops and demos.  Click here for more information. 

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Paducah, Kentucky, USA - The National Quilt Museum, Museum of the American Quilter's Society, is pleased to announce the 18 winning quilts of the 2008 Sawtooth-themed "New Quilts from an Old Favorite" contest.  These innovative quilts represent quilters from 12 different U.S. states as well as Japan. 

First place was awarded to Claudia Clark Myers and Marilyn Badger of Duluth, MN, for their quilt titled Berry Patch (pictured above).  Second place was Ann Horton, with her quilt titled Web of Life.  Ann L. Peterson of Aurora, Colorado won third place with her quilt Carmelized Sawblades.  

A book featuring full-color photos of the 18 finalists and their award-winning quilts, biographical information and tips, techniques and patterns will be published by the American Quilter's Society and will be available for purchase at the Museum in March 2008.  In addition, the quilts will be on exhibit at the Museum of American Quilter's Society March 28- June 12,2008.  Afterwards, it will travel as an exhibit to other museums through December 2009.

Quilters wishing to enter the 2009 "New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Burgoyne Surrounded" contest can request an entry form by sending an SASE to MAQS, PO Box 1540, Paducah, KY 42002-1540 or visit the museum's website.  Upcoming themes are Sunflower in 2010, Orange Peel in 2011 and Baskets in 2012.     

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Asilomar started as a place to help women who were coming to the cities to find work.  The story includes names like Hearst and Scripps.  It has a rich history including the "Stuck ups" and "Pirates". 

 To learn more click here.


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