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Okay gang - here ya go! We're giving you a sneak peek by showing you the After Set from show 101. The After Set is the informal talk that we have once the show has been shot. So while you won't see the show - yet - you'll see our interaction and get a glimpse of our first guest - Joe Cunningham.

This preview may have some quirks and we need to know about them, however, please don't email tech support - just reply to this blog with your results - yes, it played with no problem - no, it didn't play. You don't need to click on the remote - the video is set for auto-play. If it does not play within a few seconds - refresh your screen and we are interested in how it is behaving for our members.

Where do you watch it? Click on the Watch a show link in the menu bar at the top and select your environment. For now, you don't need to click play. Just click and watch. Enjoy! - Ricky

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Glen Eyrie Castle, Colorado Springs, CO, September 11-17, 2007 - Immerse yourself in six days and seven nights of your favorite art at the foot of Pikes Peak.  You’ll be treated like royalty at Glen Eyrie Castle and Conference Center.  You can even stay in the castle.  This retreat will feature some of the textile world’s most sought-after names and is the perfect balance of workshops, social activities and free time.  

Mickey Lawler is teaching a class titled “Paints on Fabric”, Ann Johnston’s class involves “Stamping with Dyes” and Judith Baker Montano will assist her students in creating a work of art using burned and wrinkled fabrics, smocking and a variety of fabrics and threads. Space is extremely limited with a registration deadline of August 11, 2007.  For more information visit www.gleneyrie.org/textiles or call 1-877-488-8787.

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Story Submitted by: MarietNieskens

After living in St Louis for 5 years I was really in to baseball. In the Netherlands where I am from you don't find a lot of people playing or watching this sport. I love it and We (my husband and me ) saw Mark McGuyer hit his 70the homerun. As an ode to him this is No 71. We moved in 2000 to India and I missed the baseball. Now back in the US we again go to the baseball and in 2 weeks I will see my favorite team again. We live in Houston but I will silently be cheering for the St Louis Cardinals

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223_859049.jpgYou might just want to check out "watch a show" for a REAL sneak peek to see Alex and Ricky at work, or is it really play?

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The question has come up, why the need to register (even as a basic member)? It is such a good question, I felt the need to devote a blog to it. Because we have a full service / inneractive site, the registration is for your own protection. "How's that?" you might wonder. If someone becomes "naughtie" it gives administration the opportunity to resolve the situation with out punishing the entire community. It is simply a safety issue....Smile

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Story Submitted by: annasgirl

Our son, Bryan, has been in the U.S. Army for almost two years and will leave for his first deployment soon. In 2006 he asked me to make a quilt with his treasured cavalry flag on it and sent some patches for me to attach as well. Of course, before I sent the quilt to Bry it became part of show-n-tell at quilt guild meetings and bees. During one of the show-n-tells a friend introduced me to the Quilts of Valor Foundation. I have now made two quilts for injured soldiers through QOV and will be busy quilting away the anxious days until Bry comes home.

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Regarding folloiw blog - posted earlier today - in no way am I frustrated or annoyed with the letter to Alex. Believe me - it is tame. The point of the blog post is to urge our members to be on guard for similar, uneducated comments, and through your experiences, enlighten and educate those who do not understand how or why we have moved to the internet. I'm amused - and thankful - that some of you are on the defense, but the reality is that we need you to help us to keep the information about The Quilt Show accurate. - Thanks - Ricky

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Recently, Alex got the following email:

"Alex's new show was the topic of our bee meeting the other night. We are saddened that she has taken this route of a computer show that we must pay additionally for. Several of our bee members have limited funds and loved watching simply quilts. We have others that have very limited computer skills and this turned them off to alex immediately. I just just very disappointed. I know this means nothing, but she has just lost 12 fans."

Here are some facts:

1. Alex did not leave Simply Quilts - HGTV cancelled the show, and in my words, left Alex and the entire quilting community out in the cold with no reasonable explanation of why. Over - done - kaput!

2. Watching Simply Quilts was not free. HGTV is accessible via Cable or satellite A portion of each month's bill goes to those networks. Many quilters never saw Simply Quilts because they didn't have premium cable service or lived in other countries where it was not shown.

3. Our options were: 1.Create our own show on the internet - 2. Do nothing at all. We felt the later was not really a vialbe option.

We realize that the likelihood of having any network accept our show was close to zero (they are just not interested in a quilting show) and if we had pursued the network option and gotten accepted, we (and all quilters) would be at the mercy of their executive decisions and neither Alex nor myself would have any creative control over the show. Alex did not have creative control with Simply Quilts. Many people don't realize that.

Regarding limited computer skills. I will use my mom and dad as an example and I wish to commend them. For the past 3-4 years, I have tried to get them 'tuned on' to email, but they continued to avoid it and not embrace it. The day Justin helped them join the The Quilt Show, it was daunting for each of them. However, they were determined to learn how to log on - read blogs, enter chat, and read and post in the forum. My mom has turned into a site junkie and signs on every day, sometimes several times a day, to read what's new. We have tried to make a very complex and complicated site as user friendly as possible. With a little experience and guidance anyone can do it.

I can honesty understand the knee-jerk reaction seen in the letter to Alex, but I also think that if we can educate and enlighten people on the hows and whys, they will understand and appreciate the fact that we are trying to do something really great for quilters. I continue to be thrilled that this endeavor is open to everyone worldwide - instantly.

Combine all that with the fact that there has never been a full-service, interactive web site for quilters to share information, post their quilts, chat, find shops, find shows, find teachers - well, - I'm preaching to the choir - cause you already know how great it is.

In the end - we realize that no matter how hard we try, we cannot please everyone. We will try to do our best to provide you with a site that will engage quilters and continue supporting the entire industry. We are thankful that Bernina shared our vision and saw the wonderful possibilities of using the internet and agreed to be our Production Sponsor - you can thank them yourself (marketing@berninausa.com) - We are also thankful to our site sponsors and members who have made the site so very exciting.

--Ricky

See also - Why Subscribe To Our Show blog (March 12)

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218_491758.jpg Once in a while Mom and I go to Sonora, Ca to go shopping. Sonora is a tiny town nestled in the foothills of CA. It is rich with history dating back to the Gold Rush days. Stores seem to come and go and sometimes the town is bustling (yesterday) and sometimes it is quiet and sleepy. For some reason we walked a little longer on main and we saw a window filled with a delicious assortment of shoes! I never thought of my self as a shoe person, but that changed yesterday. I couldn't believe how knowledgable the people were and how willing to work with two ladies going NUTS over their merchandise. I bought three pairs............John hates the green ones, but let me say they are SSOO comfortable and frankly I think they are cute. Then check out the soles of the other pair - love at first site.

http://www.hammondshoesinc.com/content/HSIWFeatures.asp?id=2

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Story Submitted by: MarietNieskens

On my husbands 50 birthday I gave him what one day would be a quilt of him 3 years old on a tricycle. He already loved it and it was only just started. I made the quilt from a picture his mother gave me (2X2 inch big and black and white) Next month he will be 54 and guess what he will get the finished pieced because I DID it. The quilt is finished and it is great. He looks realy 3 years and cycling. My husband still love to cycle and maybe one day I will make a quilt of him now on his bycicle. Will be continued.......


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