(Alex, Ricky and Gregory on the set of The Quilt Show)

Gregory Case, known to all of you as "Photo Guy" will be discussing photography and how it relates to your quilts.  This is a great opportunity for you to learn from a very talented and creative individual.  So join us in chat room "Featured Guest" on Wednesday July 18 at 6:00pm Pacific/9:00pm Eastern. 



We spent most of the day driving across Kansas - the portal to the land of Oz. Funny that Alex should use a similar theme for her blog. Kansas! Can you say flat?. I've heard some people in Kansas say it's so flat you can stand on a beer can and see all the way to Texas. At at travel center I had to find something from the Land of Oz, and I found some fun stickers. So Alex is singing, "If I only had a brain.".


Alex, congratulations! - you are getting more techie every day!

Hey, all you Kansans. Tell us about your state? What's great? What kind of quilting do you do? I know there is a Kansas Dugout block? Is it popular in Kansas?

Ricky, having left Oz and now just barely in Missouri (Blue Springs).



OK folks - patience is a virture - but I am learning!!! YYIIPPEE Tongue out

As many of you are not able to join us in the chat room due to your "other" life, we don't want you to miss the great information that is being shared by our special guests. Sooo...our wonderful web guy Bob has come to the rescue. Yeah!! When you click on CHAT you will notice a new button "Chat Transcripts". Click on this button and select the chat room by date/guest. That's all there is to it. So next time life throws you a curve, you can still keep up knowing that the information is just a click away.



It's a New Day - and we are off to Richmond, Virginia for the Super Quilt Seminar. Hope to see many of you there. We'll report in on the way. Three days of diriving - should be fun! - Ricky leaving my heart in La Veta where the sunrise was awesome!



You all know her as the "Gizmo Gal", but Cheryl Uribe is also an Educator and Rep. for APQS (one of our great Quilt Show sponsors).  So, if you are like me and want to find out more about long arm quilting systems be sure to join us in "Gone Quilting" chat room tomorrow (July 17, 2007) at 4:30pm Pacific/7:30pm Eastern. 




Kingfisher Bayou, Louisianna, USA, July 13, 2007 - A quilt blew off a quilt frame causing a bystander to fall into the swamp at the Spanish Moss Hanging Gardens Quilt Show. A wind gust caused the quilt to fall on Phoebe Leblanc. The 83 year old great-grandmother and quilt enthusiast became entangled in the quilt. One unnamed witness stated that she saw Leblanc "flailing her arms and twirling blindly in circles." During the melee she lost her balance and fell into the shallow swampy waters of Spanish Moss Hanging Gardens where the 2007 Quilting In The Swamp show was being held.

Upon hearing the comotion, Marlin Muckitup, a quick-thinking security guard found a long stick thinking it would help to assist Leblanc to safety. "It didn't work", said Muckitup, "I finally had to get in the swamp to help her. Muckitup received much praise for his heroic efforts. A spokesperson for the gardens said Mrs. Leblanc got "sopping wet" but managed to throw the quilt free to safety before falling into the swamp.

Miss Gota Nozup, quilt show chairperson said, "She flung the quilt away just as she fell off the boardwalk. Thank goodness the quilt did not get wet!" This seemed to be the general consensus heard by of most of the attendees.

"I've never been attacked by a quilt before," scowled Leblanc, "I thought this would be a safe thing to do today. It's a quilt show for #*&@*!!!" The quilt show continues through Sunday and the organizers have promised to "secure the quilts so that this sort of thing will not happen again."

How many of the quilts do you recognize in the photo? Who posted these quilts? We need titles and screen names from the quilt profiles of the quilts shown here. The first member to identify four of the six will win a yard of Ricky Tims' hand-dyed fabric. - Enjoy the hunt. Put your guesses in the comments section of this blog (along with any other comments).

See how fun it can be to post your quilts! Don't know how? Click here for the Post Your Quilts contest rules, and info on uploading images.




Quilting in the Garden 2007 at Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, CA has officially kicked off. Mark your calendar for the forth weekend in September (22&23) and check out all the activities Alden Lane is providing for our enjoyment. This year’s special guest artist is Valori Wells from Sisters Oregon. Her work, is fresh, young and beautiful. In addition to Valori’s work, the quilt show is being open to local quilters to strut their stuff. For those of you who have had the opportunity to attend, you will agree that this is a very unique venue – and we as quilters Are very lucky to have such an environment at our disposal. Please visit www.aldenlane.com for information and to sign up for classes, lectures and the garden tour. I’ll see you there!



Thank you member Pamelaw for this most excellent information - together we will learn and keep safe.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers, hunters and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears while in the field.

They advise that campers wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren't expecting them. They also advise campers to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear.

It is a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Campers should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear dung. Black bear dung is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur.

Whereas, Grizzly dung is larger and has little bells in it and smells like pepper spray.




So, you seem to like having the thumbnail pics on the comments in the blog! Did you know that if you click on the thumbnail it will open a larger photo? Give it a try. Now the member thumbnail photos are on the Quilt Profile pages. If you browse the Quilt Gallery and select a quilt, you are taken to the Quilt Profile page for that quilt. Now, next to where it says, "presented by," you'll see the thumbnail photo of the member who posted the quilt.

As previously mentioned, clicking on the thumbnail opens a larger image of the member. However, clicking on the thumbnail of the quilt will also open up a larger image so you can get a bit closer look at the quilt!

Pretty kewl - huh?


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