Often I refer to quilting as “a preferred sport”, after all we often gather as if the super bowl was around the corner (wait, maybe it is? - like TODAY!). Today on Oahu, John and I saw what could be the next level of extreme, when the word is Sports. Winds were wicked and the surf was up! Fifty a mile winds kept many indoors, but not these brave folks. The waves were 16 feet high (although they looked much higher to me) and the winds were blowing off shore. It looked like someone dumped dry ice into the ocean. One camera person said these conditions only occurred about three times a year. What we shortly realized was that we were watching the pros have at it. Both surfers and windsurfers were taking advantage of the situation. In fact, as we surveyed the situation, many camera people were there taking “movie – b roll”. WOW! It was fun and exhilarating to watch, but I think I prefer quilting as my sport of choice.



It is Sunday - and in the US we have a Sunday morning TV show that always uses SUN as the theme for the different segments. This is my current "in progress" quilt. It is currently on hold - i can't imagine why! LOL. It is in my series of Rhapsody quilts. The central large sunflower and leaves are all pieced, the smaller sunflowers in the upper left are appliqued. I'm planning embellishments for the veins in the large leaves. I keep calling it Sunflower Rhapsody, but I'm certainly open to other names.

I know you my not be familiar with my Rhapsody quilts, but i've got a new book coming out soon that will give you all the nitty gritty of it. C&T (visit them on the left) will be publishing my new book on the subject and it will be out in a few months. I just thought you might like a sneak peek! - R


The Home Machine Quilting Seminar (HMQS) will be held April 19-21, 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Get Your HMQS Registrations In Today! Classes are Filling Up As You Read This E-mail! With over 100 classes to choose from on a variety of topics, we are sure you'll find many classes you just have to take at HMQS 2007! Classes will run Wednesday, April 18th through Saturday, April 21st, with evening classes available. There will be lots of hands-on classes, plus many fun projects and skills to learn. Some classes have limited space. To view the class schedule click here: http://www.hmqs.org/class_schedule.html. For class registration questions please contact Show Director, Ann Collet, at (801) 298-3844 or ann@hmqs.org




Okay, okay, so you couldn't see their pretty faces - here they are in all their silly glory - L to R - Katie, Wanda, and Raisin. In one word - Katie is Awesome - Wanda is Affectionate - Raisin is ahmm - well, Independent. Wanda has a funky eye and a funky ear so I almost named her Effie = F. E. Happy Weekend Everyone! Are you quilting?


Lake County Quilters Guild's 25th Annual FANtastic quilt show will be held March 1 & 2, 2007 in Mount Dora, Florida. Admission is $5. For more information contact kat@katsquilts.com




The traveling exhibit of quilts from the “Put a Roof Over Our Head” contest sponsored by The Alliance for American Quilts will be hanging from February 5 until March 17 at three locations in Texas, all of them divisions of the Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin. Please see http://www.centerforthequilt.org/contest_schedule.php for details.


New Limerick, ME - The Friends and Needle Quilt Guild will be hosting their 3rd Annual Make A Blanket Day Feb 10, 2007. On their first Make A Blanket Day over 125 quilts were made. Last year over 80 quilters showed up to make 200+ quilts in one day to help fill th cupboards for children in need. Since theGuild formed the chapter two years ago, they have donated over 400 quilts. For more information contact kquilts@pwless.com.




Did you know Star Members can search? Search for what you ask? Well, right now you can search for Members and Quilts. For example. If you click on Search, you'll see the option to Find a Member. If you click that, you can then put in all sorts of information and submit it for a search. For example, as of this posting, I was able to enter All Members - in Oregon - who condiser themselves Contemporary Quilters - I found 19! I then searched for all Male members living in TX - and found 8!

Why is this an advantage? Suppose you are planning a trip to Sweden and would like to meet a quilter while you are there. You can search for them on the site - click their profile - email them from their profile page - start a email/pen pal relationship and perhaps meet them when you go for your visit. The site is all about connecting us to each other. The information you provide in your profile is what drives the database. Please take a few minutes to update your profile and post your profile pics.

The Find a Quilt works just the same. I just did a search for quilts in Canada that were Totally Original Designs -there were 8 listed! By clicking on the quilt you can read more about it and see a larger image. But you have to post your quilts and enter accurate information in order for our community to find your quilts. If you see a quilt you like, you can email the member directly from the quilt page and tell them how much you admired their work. What a shot in the arm that will be for them just to get a bit of praise when it is least expected.

The search feature just sort things into more managable groups. So - - start seaching.

By the way - we have 12 members from Sweden!

Now, why didn't I think of this?Surprised
Singer Sewing Manual from 1949.
"Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do...never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates.
Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing....
When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals.
Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on....[If] you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should."


HOUSTON—January 15, 2007—It is the premiere wearable art event in the quilt and home sewing world, one which showcases the amazing creativity of seasoned artists and designers. The annual Bernina Fashion show brings together the best wearable art garments of the year, and the 43 designers whose creations will be featured in the 2007 edition, Diamond Odyssey, have been announced.

The show features meticulously sewn, quilted, and embellished garments from practical street wear to elaborate fantasy designs. And due to popular demand, there are more ways than ever to see the garments. In addition to the full fashion shows at the upcoming International Quilt Market and Festival this fall, each will feature a rotating daily display of garments. Festival will also feature a “Meet the Designers” section on the show floor.

The title of this year’s show is not just by chance—it celebrates a diamond anniversary. “2007 is the 75th anniversary of the Bernina Brand,” says Gayle Hillert, Senior Product Manager Bernina International/Special Projects Bernina of America. The company is actually 114 years old, but was originally called Fritz Gegauf AG, after the founder. “Bernina has been a family owned company for four generations. In 1932, we produced the first household sewing machine and named that division Bernina after a mountain in the Swiss Alps. And the rest is history."

Diamond Odyssey will premiere to the industry on October 28 at International Quilt Market, and to the public on November 1, at International Quilt Festival. Both shows are held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. The garments will then travel to several other shows and venues, including the spring 2008 International Quilt Festival in Chicago.
The show features professional models, live commentary on the garments’ creation by Jennifer Gigas, Director of Education/Training for Bernina, and top-quality lights, sound, and music. A panel of judges will also vote on the best garment to receive the Bernina Crème de la Crème Award.

Any designer is welcome to submit a garment portfolio for consideration for a Bernina Fashion Show, and a jury of wearable art experts narrows it down to the final list of who will be in the show. For a complete listing of this years Bernina Fashion Show Designers or to learn how to submit a portfolio for consideration, please visit www.quilts.com


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