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Vote Tomorrow – Saturday!

Hawks Aloft PostcardTomorrow,  Saturday, July 28 is the day! The day to vote for Hawks Aloft in the Toyota 100 Cars for Good contest!

As you know, in my non quilting life, I am Executive Director of Hawks Aloft, an Albuquerque organization that works to conserve indigenous wild birds and their habitats through conservation education, avian research, and cooperation with other bird oriented and wildlife organizations. We are a finalist in the Toyota 100 Cars for Good competition. The day to vote for us is TODAY!

We need this vehicle for an avian ambulance and to transport our educational birds. For more information on how we will use this vehicle, please watch our video on Facebook.

Click on the link below to go to the Facebook page and vote. THANK YOU!!!

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Tote bags

Tote bags are the perfect way to express yourself in a small project! I just finished these two bags for my friends, Ruth and Charles, who both participated in my November birding trip to New Zealand. We had a blast. Each bag features a hand-screened print of one of the native species. For Charles, I selected the Kiwi because we watched a Kiwi foraging in broad daylight for over 20 minutes. It was a thrill. I wanted his bag to be more masculine so I put the funky New Zealand fabric on the inside of the bag. For Ruth, I selected the Kereru, or Wood Pigeon a beautiful large bird that we saw often.

I hope they like them!

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Viva Las Vegas!

Karen Garth sent me this photo of the logo quilt that she made, based on the material she learned in my class in Las Vegas in April 2012. I cannot believe that she has already finished this masterpiece.

Here’s what Karen has to say:

Thank you for your classes in Las Vegas!

Hi Gail.

I enjoyed your classes last April in Las Vegas very much. I wanted to share a photograph of the quilt I made after that for our guild logo contest. Your workshops in drafting and constructing mariner’s stars and curved flying geese were timed perfectly for this project.

The guild voted at their meeting last night for the new logo, and mine was the winner. Thank you for providing me the tools to do it! 🙂

Karen Garth

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A Little Trip to Northern New Mexico

I had a great time  in Farmington New Mexico last week for the San Juan Quilter’s Guild Meeting and to teach the Sensational Stars class. Here’s some photos from show and tell:

Donna Schmitt
Donna Schmitt showed this quilt at the guild meeting. The blocks were made by her mother-in-law from fabrics that belonged to her mother and mother-in-law some 60-70 years ago. She decided it was time to sew them together! A very special quilt!

The guild had been doing Round Robins and this was one of those displayed.  A truly beautiful example of a round robin quilt.

They also had a project to teach young people to quilt. Two girls were at the meeting and showed off their quilt tops.  Here is a photo of one of the students and one of the student quilts.

Made as a gift for the groom

Made as a gift for the groom

Made as a gift for the bride

Made as a gift for the bride

And these beautiful bride and groom quilts were made by a woman for her daughter and son-in-law to be.

Susan Wood
Susan Wood designed and stitched this circular star in one day in the Sensational Stars class. Way to go, Susan!

Diane Mattern

One last image from my trip to Farmington, NM: Here’s a star that Diane Mattern designed in a class that I taught in Durango, CO the year before. I love it!

I’ll be back in Farmington at the end of August to teach again for the San Juan Quilter’s Guild. I’ll be teaching a two day Flying Colors workshop. Hope to see some of you wonderful ladies again!

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Cartwheel Constellation

I just found out that my design, Cartwheel Constellation will be  going on Appalachian Design – a furniture and craftsman shop in Burnsville, in western North Carolina as part of the Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina. The man who requested it has hung almost all of their big quilt blocks since 2006. He could choose any block he wanted. According to the organizers, it will be the most sensational block on the NC Quilt Trail. I’m so excited!

Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina has over 200 quilt blocks, the highest concentration anywhere in the USA!

Cartwheel  Constellation

And, here’s a photo of Cartwheel Constellation which was featured on the cover of American Quilter magazine in January 2011.  I can’t wait to see how it is interpreted

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Friendship Quilt

Friendship Quilt

Here’s the friendship quilt we made for my friend Michele. She was diagnosed with cancer in May and we put the word out! Blocks came in from all over the country. Some people had sewing days to make blocks for non-sewers. Donna and I put it together a couple of weeks ago, Margaret E. got it all quilted and Anita McSorley put the binding on! We wanted to get it done before her second round of chemo.

Friendship Quilt

And here’s a photo of the whole quilt! Ironically, Michele sewed the two big blocks that make up the top row so I would have samples to demonstrate on when I taught for the Allure of Paper Foundation Piecing Cruise. It was a blast to make. The hardest part was not letting it slip so it would be a surprise! I even finagled an invitation to her July 4th barbecue — very clever! She didn’t suspect a thing!

Here’s a close-up photo of the top row. This quilt will be a great comfort to Michele as she continues treatment.

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