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Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories, a project of The Alliance for American Quilts, is adding to its collection of more than 550 interviews!  Karen Musgrave, Alliance board member and chair of the project, will be interviewing 30 members of the Latina quilting group Los Hilos de la Vida (Threads of Life – loshilosdelavida.blogspot.com) in Boonville, California in March.   These women have been making compelling story quilts for many years.  For more information see http://www.centerforthequilt.org/qsos/qsos.html or contact Karen at karenmusgrave@sbcgloba.net.

 The Alliance for American Quilts is a national, member-driven nonprofit organization, committed to preserving and sharing the rich stories that quilts tell about our nation’s diverse people and communities. The Alliance’s Center for the Quilt Online, www.centerforthequilt.org offers a wealth of free resources related to quilts and quiltmakers.

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We are having a blast in HI, shifting from Island to Island. Perhaps the most stunning view was last night from our stateroom. On the big Island a recent earthquake opened up lava flow. The color was spectacular as the lava flowed off the side of the island into the ocean. When it hit the water, steam rose into the night air. In addition, it released a smell we could detect from the ship. Wow! Mother nature at her best!

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 Madison, WI – Sept. 13-15, 2007 – Enter your quilts NOW in this show to be held at the Exhibition Hall of the Alliant Energy Center. This three-day event is presented by Wisconsin Public Television and Sewing With Nancy®.  There are 10 categories with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes in each category.  First place wins $500, 2nd wins $300 and 3rd place earns $200.  The Best of Show winner will be awarded $1,500. The 2007 Quilt Expo quilt contest entry forms and 2006 winners are available at www.wiquiltexpo.com

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Wow, what a whirlwind! Florida was great - they have green stuff called grass - something I've not seen in quite a while! Yes, we are still buried in snow! On the drive home there are piles of it 10' high on the side of the road where it was cleared from the highways weeks ago. We've had snow every weekend for 7 weeks. It started again today. I got home Tuesday and this morning it started snowing. I think we've gotten about 10-12 inches and more on the way.

I've been keeping a spread-sheet on snow totals at our house since last September. As of right now we have had 129.5 inches of it! Our snowyest months are usually March and April, so we can expect that total to go up quite a bit.

I don't mean to bore you with the weather, but for me it is exciting. I love seeing everyhing white and we have needed this for several years. It should do a great deal of good to our area that has been struggeling with the drought. The pups love it! They would rather be outside rooting their noses through the snow than anything else. And since Alex has been getting special attention as a result of sharing her cat - it's time the dog lovers speak up for me. Justin and I have three dogs - Katie (who was Top Dog (first prize) for the 2005 Page-a-day calendar) and the two new pups Wanda and Raisin - littermates. They are all mutts and i adore all of them. I used to breed show Cocker Spaniels, so I"ve had a taste of it all - and I have to admit - I just love dogs! They are not fighting in the photo - they just love to wrestle and play in the snow.

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The dates for this year's International Quilt Festival in Chicago are April 13-15, 2007. The festival will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. For more information and advance ticket purchase or information on vendors, classes and exhibiits, visit www.quilts.com

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Hey World Quilt Community Members! Your forum is LIVE! We are considering these first few days a 'test' mode to see if there are any technical issues with it. Web Guru Bob has fully integrated the forum into our site so that it accesses your profile information and enables you to utilize the menu bar to navigate to other features on the website.

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Without teachers whose innovative ideas and passion for sharing their knowledge, there would not be machine quilting shows like Machine Quilters Exposition (MQX). These women and men have revolutionized machine quilting, turning the general quilting industry on its ear and brought machine quilting from being shunned to an accepted art form. MQX would like to acknowledge and honor one of these teachers with the First Annual Machine Quilting Teacher-of-the-Year Award.

Nominations for this award will be accepted from December 1, 2006 through February 1, 2007. Instead of this contest being exclusively by popular vote (although popularity will certainly be considered), the winner will be chosen from nomination essays received and reviewed by a panel of impartial members of the machine quilting community. In 300 words or less, please help our panel understand how this teacher has not only impacted you as a machine quilter, but how you feel this teacher may have impacted the machine quilting community as a whole.

This award is open to all machine quilting teachers throughout the industry, not just teachers at MQX. Please submit your nomination essay by email to MQXShow@comcast.net, in a Word document if at all possible, with "Machine Quilting Teacher-of-the-Year" in the subject line.

The winner of the 2007 Machine Quilting Teacher-of-the-Year Award will be notified by phone by April 2nd, and publicly announced at the MQX Banquet and Awards Celebration on Friday, April 13th, 2007.

For additional information, call 866-675-4355, email MQX@comcast.net or visit the website www.MQXShow.com

 

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Earlier this month I had the opportunity to go to Road to Ca. quilt show in southern Ca. It is always fun to attend these events because not only do I get to see good friends, but many times meet new friends. There never seems to be enough time at these venues. At this particular conference I had the pleasure to see the fruit of a quilt teacher's job. In my morning class, she brought several of her students and they showed me their quilts from my book Keep Quilting. In addition, the night before, a young lady came up and purchased her first quilt book, she was inspired to start quilting. The best part of my job? YOU! I can speak for all teachers, we love seeing and hearing where you are in your quilt journey.

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In preparation for our Quilt HI cruise I was warned, "you know it is winter in HI right now". As I was rummaging through my closet for summer attire, I kept thinking, but she said it is winter! Sand between the toes, sunscreen on and boats bobbing in the ocean, if this is winter i'll take it! If you think cruising is an idea for you please visit www.quiltcelebration.com for information about future adventures.


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