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June 14, 2011
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Can You Keep Up?

With all of the new and convienient fabric selections and designs available, it’s pretty easy now to keep your quilt decorating in sync with the changing seasons, holidays, or even that unpredictible weatherman. Our newest issue of Love of Quilting (July/August 2011, on stands mid June), has great examples of heat-busting designs featuring cool colors like Aromatherapy or Montmartre, or the patriotic mood setting Stars of the Past which proudly displays the red/white and blues. And, make sure you check out the issue’s newest feature, ‘Quilt Chat’ – one single topic discussed by two of our favorite quilters, Marianne and Mary Fons.

Were You Thinking of Giving Your Mother-in-Law Some Frogs?

Ruth did! And they were gorgeous Batik ones. Check out our Facebook page and see what your fellow quilters come up with next! (Look, there’s Linda commenting on Ruth’s frog quilt now and thinking since her mom really hates frogs, this may be the perfect quilt …)

Quilting Cruise Update

And, we just got back from the Alaska quilting cruise and loved meeting and working with all of you! Check out the new facebook photos and comments…one fellow cruiser  Barbara Barbieri comments: enjoy ladies! Alaska is amazing and the quilt shops are wonderful!!!

4th of July Celebrations

What’s your favorite 4th of July recipe??? Love basil? Donna Delahanty shared a great Orzo Summer Veggie Salad that sounds amazing … but, we can’t wait that long, and, since we have some fresh basil in the garden … we’re trying it out tonight Donna, thank you! Find Donna’s recipe and/or add your own recipe to the Quilters’ Recipes at Online Extras.

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Hey Quilter, Take A Rookie Under Your Wings!

There have been over 43,000 Quilts of Valor presented since 2003, when Quilts of Valor Foundation (www.QOVF.org) first started its daily mission of quilting to honor and comfort wounded soldiers. What started as an effort to appropriately welcome home combat veterans from the war in Iraq now honors veterans from all American conflicts, including WW II, Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

As a fellow quilter, I invite you to take a Rookie (someone who has not made a quilt before) under your wings and help her/him make just one quilt, a Quilt of Valor. As Coach, you'll teach your Rookie to sew a simple 1/4" seam, then do the cutting, pinning, and pressing while your Rookie sews the simple patchwork blocks together. The Rookie selects and purchases their own a kit for a patriotic quilt of comfort, and from there, the Quilts of Valor web site locates a volunteer longarm machine quilter for your team's quilt, and helps you find a recipient and also records your giving.

Over 300 independent quilt shops around the country are already Official Under Our Wings shops. All are stocking special American Valor fabrics created specifically for Quilts of Valor. Go to http://www.qovf.org/localqov-list.html to find a participating shop near you. For more information about being a quilt Coach, go to http://www.qovf.org/content/uowcoach.html

Every month, QOVF is 150 quilts short of requests from military hospitals, both here and in Germany where wounded military service members are taken after injury.

We quilters already know how satisfying it is to make a quilt and give it to someone who needs it. By becoming an UOW Coach, you can help Rookie quilters experience the therapy of making and giving quilts.

Quilters Lose Everything in Tornado

The Town and Country Quilters of Joplin, MO lost everything, including their homes, in a recent and devastating tornado.  This quilting group is known for donating many of their quilts to local charities, and could use your help to get started again. They need all tools and supplies restocked because their storage house was also destroyed.  Gone are all of the supplies used in the making of charity quilts (rotary cutters, cutting mats, batting, fabric, etc.). If you or your quilt guild would like to donate items, please send them to guild member:

Gloria Park
2921 N. Hickory
Joplin, Missouri 64801

Quilts for Special Survivors

Submitted by K. Elizabeth Matthews  
Pocket Change for Global Change, Inc.
www.pocketchangeforglobalchange.com

Pocket Change for Global Change, Inc., recently exhibited an amazing variety of beautifully handcrafted quilts made special for young survivors of human trafficking.  These quilts are meant to be an object of affection gifted to the survivors to remind them that they are cared for, and to bring them hope.  In addition, 100% of the proceeds and survivor sponsorship funds will be contributed to Made by Survivors (www.madebysurvivors.com), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that works to rescue and rehabilitate young girls in multiple regions.

With human trafficking now ranking in the top three worst crimes across the globe, these young girls and women are increasingly being kidnapped, beaten and held against their will to perform exploitative acts for money.  Though it is often thought that the crime occurs mostly overseas, this type of criminal activity is on a severe incline here in the United States as well.  Pocket Change for Global Change, Inc., is raising the voice for the survivors with hope to provide more resources and compassion to contribute in the near future.

Nebraska Quilts and Quiltmakers

What:         Exhibition Showcases Nebraska Quilts and Quiltmakers
When:         April 8 – October 2, 2011
Where:        International Quilt Study Center & Museum
                     33rd and Holdrege Streets, Lincoln, NE USA

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will present the exhibition “Nebraska Quilts and Quiltmakers” from April 8 through October 2, 2011. This exhibition of 15 quilts celebrates the work of the Nebraska Quilt Project team – pioneering individuals who preserved an invaluable record of life in our state, told through the history of cherished quilts.

For more information and an event schedule, click here.

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Sew & Tell

Tip toeing through the scraps
submitted by Claudette Ford-Crowell

As a lover of tulips I was so excited when I received my 2010 Jan/Feb issue of Fons and Porter Love of Quilting Magazine.  I could not wait to get started. I used all my scraps of fabric to make this "happy" quilt.  Love of Quilting is the only magazine I now subscribe to and would not give it up.

 

 

 

Urban Peace
submitted by Susan Fraley

Our neighbor, Marie Tedesco Folderman, made this beautiful quilt for my daughter Zarrita's 16th birthday! I know she would be honored and thrilled to show her work to other quilters since quilting has been her passion for many years. 

 

 

We’re not in Kansas anymore
submitted by Maria Bergmann

My special sister loves the Wizard of Oz so when I saw this fabric a few years ago, I knew I wanted to make her a special quilt. I put together all of the fabric in such a way it would tell the story. Thank you for such a great pattern.

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