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Back from Chicago and 2008 Calendar Finalists

19 Apr 2007


Above: Debbi Crane, Patricia (Pokey) Bolton, Cheryl Prater

Thanks to everyone who came by MIU in Chicago last week! Between a flooded basement (came home to two feet of water) and a head cold, I'm just a tad beat, but I'm still laughing as I think about all the shenanigans that happened in Chicago at MIU.  The "Surviving the Runway" bunch who braved the collage challenge were such troopers to put up with me as their host (I even got them to sing the "Barney Song" in order to earn more gel medium for their project). I'm afraid I can't tell you more because we're doing it again in Houston this fall, and the prizes will even be better. I posted a photo gallery on our Quilting Arts website so be sure to have a peek at the images. I'm also looking for more photos to post on this blog so if you have some, please email them to me.

A VERY SPECIAL thanks go to the following artists who participated in the Virtual Studios:

Julaine Lofquist-Birch
Kelli Perkins
Cheryl Prater
Deb Silva
Debbi Crane
Judy Coates Perez
Lesley Riley
Virginia Spiegel (Who stayed the entire time!)

In other news...

Congratulations to our 2008 QUILTING ARTS MAGAZINE® Calendar finalists! With more than 220 entries, slimming it down to the following pool was not an easy task. Our deepest thanks goes to all of our participants and we hope you had fun interpreting a favorite story of yours.

Our editorial team also learned that you are a group of prolific readers. Some of the more popular books that were depicted in stitch included The Scarlet Letter, Alice in Wonderland, The Poisonwood Bible, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Secret Life of Bees, Anne of the Green Gables, The Alchemist, The Wizard of Oz, and The Color Purple.

The following artists are asked to ship their quilts to Quilting Arts by Wednesday, May 9, 2007 (please note this is a receive-by date). You may ship your quilt using UPS, DHL, Fed Ex, or USPS.

If using UPS, Fed Ex, or DHL, ship your quilt to:

Quilting Arts
ATTN: 2008 Calendar Contest
23 Gleasondale Rd.
Stow, MA

If using USPS, please ship to:

Quilting Arts
Attn: 2008 Calendar Contest
PO Box 685
Stow, MA

If you choose to ship using USPS, you must use our P.O. BOX; otherwise your piece will not be delivered to us.

Congratulations to the following finalists:

Donna Anderson (both entries)
Heather Arkinstall
Mary Arnold
Cynthia Bodene
Betsy Brandt-Kreutz (both entries)
Susan Brown
Maija Brummer
Vineta Cable
Susan Conaway
Marjorie DeQuincy
Michelle Dobrin
Karen Fricke
Marilyn Fromherz
N. Girod-Buet
Marie Grace
Margaret Hall
Jane Johnston
Susan Knapp
Karen McCarthy
Marin McFadden
Brenda Mosso
D. Page
Kristine Porter
Sheena Quayle
Wen Redmond (“Dance”)
D. Sawitsky
Rosalie Schroeder
Tamara Schultz
Carla Scott
Linda Sharp
Connie Simon
Nancy Smith
Julie Stockler
Patricia Styring
Linda Thompson

On Friday, May 25, 2007, we will announce the winners on our website. Please note: we reserve the right to keep the 13 winning quilts for display through December 31, 2007. All other quilts will be returned between June 1–15, 2007.

Thank you!

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Kelli Perkins wrote
on 19 Apr 2007 11:43 PM
The pleasure was on our end. Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors readers are the NICEST people in the world and they really made me feel welcome! It was so much fun to meet everyone and I hope not too many were singed by my incessant heat gun action! Sorry to hear about the flood--that happens virtually any time we travel. If we're really lucky, the dog will also run away and the newly planted blueberry bushes will shrivel and die, lol. We have traumatized more than one innocent person caring for our house and yard. May your shop-vac suck up both your water and your worries! Kelli
cher wrote
on 20 Apr 2007 9:03 AM
Kelli: did we have fun or what? you are so right about the QA/CPS readers, they made me feel like a rock star.
rita kelley wrote
on 25 Apr 2007 4:13 PM
Thanks for hosting Make It University. My daughter and I got into a few fun classes! I finally got to try some things I've been wanting to do. Thanks again. Rita Kelley
Angel wrote
on 8 Jun 2007 9:50 PM
Congratulations to all the winners!