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Story Submitted by: richandrita

Quilt top originally pieced by Betty (Lisa's mom) who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's while she was working on this quilt top. Lisa asked me to rework the top because of the condition of the top and I agreed. I pulled the top apart and resewed all of the pinwheels. Then I added the original red border and pieced the outside border with leftover pieces of the original. Finally, I quilted the top after taking several machine quilting classes and doing several smaller projects. This was the first large quilt that I had machine quilted. Lisa's mom is in the final stages of Alzheimer's but Lisa has a quilt to remind her of her mom before the disease.

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More than 100,000 people have seen the 52 extraordinary quilts in the "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" traveling exhibit. As you know, this isn't an easy exhibit to see. Many people find they can only look at a few quilts at a time before becoming overwhelmed with emotion. Some just find the experience too much to bear. The CD of the quilts has helped a lot, letting people click through the quilts at home, in private, listening to the voices of the artists tell about their work. (I always recommend tissues and chocolate.)
Now we will have a book! Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece will be published this summer. You can order your copy NOW for a June delivery at http://www.amisimms.com/buybook.html
Purchase a book to experience the quilts AND to help find a cure. All profit is being donated to Alzheimer's research. For yourself, for a friend, for someone walking in the shadow of Alzheimer's...you can help.

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Wausau, WI – September 29-30, 2007 – Pine Tree Quilters Quilt Guild will host their 13th annual show this year.  Nancy Kunst Smith will be there to do certified quilt appraisals during show hours.  ½ hour appointments per quilt should be scheduled prior to the show directly with Nancy.  Please contact her site at www.nancykunstsmith.com.  For more information about the show in general visit www.pinetreequilters.org 

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Story Submitted by: sunshinequilts

In 2004, when American Patchwork & Quilting was collecting blocks for making quilts to be auctioned to raise money for the Susan Komen for the Cure project, many of us who were on Alex Anderson's message board decided to make a whole quilt to be auctioned. Details of the blocks to be sent were worked out. Some sent blocks with light pink centers and dark backgrounds and others sent the opposite. All sent some extra fabric for the sashing. I assembled and quilted the top and sent it off to be auctioned on ebay. I anxiously awaited our quilt being auctioned because I wanted it back! When it was posted, I began bidding but despite my best efforts to win the auction, every time I would bid, this one other bidder would outbid me. I finally gave up as it was getting to be more than I could afford to spend. I lost the auction and several friends from the AAMB began trying to help me find out who the person was who wanted this quilt so badly that they kept oubidding me. There was a "behind the scenes" story going on and I didn't know it but everyone else did. It ended up that my friend, Vicky McGee from CA, was the person bidding against me and she was trying to get the quilt to give to me. Little did I know! In June, 2005, while at a retreat in Paducah, KY, Vicky had planned to be there and present the quilt to me. She could not make it but was able to send the quilt to another friend to make the presentation, along with the sweetest note from Vicky. I had given up on ever seeing this quilt again and was thrilled beyond belief to see it again and realize that it was being given to me!

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Houston – March 26, 2007 – Quilts, Inc. announced that the recipient of the Silver Star Award is Michael James of Lincoln, NE.  This award is given annually to living persons who have made a lasting and positive impact on the field of quilting and textile art over their careers. 

James – a member of the Quilter’s Hall of Fame – was chosen for a lifetime of work that has seen him move through various styles and techniques, but always remain on the cutting edge of quilt design, construction, and scholarship.  

Michael’s approach to quiltmaking is greatly influenced by his background as a painter.  He is currently the department chair in Textiles, Clothing & Design at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln and a Faculty Fellow at the International Quilt Study Center.  

His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions too numerous to list, and appears in more than a dozen museum collections.  Finally, his quilts have won many awards, and two of them (Aurora and Rhythm/Color: Improvisation) made the list of the 20th Century’s Best American Quilts. 

James will be honored at the Silver Star Salute, part of the events at the 2007 fall edition of International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX.  This special dinner is Saturday, November 3, from 7:30-10:00 p.m., and will feature a speech from James along with a visual career retrospective.  Work and memorabilia from his entire career will also be on display in the “Silver Star Salute” special exhibit on Festival’s show floor.   For more information visit www.quilts.com

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Story Submitted by: maryw

I made this quilt for my executive who was retiring. I've worked as his administrative assistant for over 12 years and have learned a lot about him during that time. However, while making the quilt I learned a lot more about him. All of the fabric has some significance to things he likes or has done (i.e. golf, bowling, woodworking, various types of food he likes, etc.). The photos were copied onto material. All photos are from his early years (about age 2) through current (age 62). In addition to the photos and fabric I sent a square of material to family, friends and co-workers asking for them to sign the square or write a message to Don (I used acid free pens). I also was able to secure a signature square from some of his favorite publc people (Barbara Mandrell, Statler Brothers, Riders In The Sky, and President Bush). This was the first quilt I ever made. I learned a lot from making it but the best part was the pleasure of seeing the excitement on Don's face when I presented it to him. The quilt measures about 90 inches wide and 104 inches long. All sewing was done on my sewing machine. I started the quilt in early 2005 and completed it in early March 2007; Don retired March 31, 2007. Thank you for considering including this quilt and story.

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Spring Market is around the corner in Salt Lake City. It is a time when your local quilt shop owner checks out what is hot and new for you. This year we at The Quilt Show will have a booth where we can chat and meet those who are attending. In addition to the booth, my new fabric line will debute with P&B Textiles - Garden Rose, my newest Book - Machine Quilting (you can order an autographed copy on my site (www.alexandersonquilts.com) and newest pattern - Star Party with JWD Publishing. To say it has been a crazy half year is an understatement. One of the responsibilties of celebrating a new fabric line is making a new quilt. Here's mine! I put it together in two days and then Cheryl Uribe APQSed it in another two days. Pretty good for basically an overnight effort, if I say so myself! By the way, half the circles are pieced and the other half appliqued.

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Marshfield, WI – October 26-28, 2007, The Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Central Wisconsin and Marshfield Convention and Visitors Bureau is sponsoring the 13th Annual Treasures of Tomorrow Quilt Show and Competition. There will be over $4000 in prizes, full and half day classes, 1 hour classes with fabric kits included, and a beginning quilting class. Also included will be over 150 quilts and wall hangings and more than 25 vendors. There will be a raffle quilt and hundreds of items for sale. Also offered are appraisals by appointment, machine cleaning and tune-up for $30, neck massages and food and refreshments. On Sunday only there will be free demonstrations and guided tours of prize winning quilts. General admission is $5 or $8 for a two day pass. For more information visit www.visitmarshfieldwi.com.

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All of us at The Quilt Show are saddened to learn of the horrible tragedy that occured today at Virginia Tech where 32 students and a gunman lost their lives in the deadliest shooting rampage in American history. We send our thoughts and our prayers to those who are directly affected by this horrible massacre. We offer this opportunity for our World Quilt Community Members to post their thoughts as we join together in helping each other during this time of national grief.

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OK, Kevin Daddy (woops - Daddykevin - my bad) you are on! Great idea...........Who can guess who made what blocks on my birthday quilt? Email me your guess at alexandersonquilts@hotmail.com (I have created this email account ONLY for this contest). I will go through your answers and on Tuesday the 24th will announce the winner. Winner gets an autographed book of mine (your pick) and of course a spool of masterpiece by superior threads. I reserve the right to eliminate any cheaters (like my friends who are not ALL cheaters - but I will be watching LOL). Let the game begin!

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