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    Walk in the Woods Wednesday

    The warmth of the landscape is everywhere right now. Countryside woods, county lanes, and front yards are blanketed with orange, yellow, dark green and brown. The ground looks like it is hand stitched with irregular sized threads of maple, oak, elm and 17 other variety of trees leaves. Patterns form and then are whirled by south, east and north winds. Either the tree is on fire, or the artist is showing off the paint pallet!Zooming down the highwayThe stands of trees by the highway make me happy that I am the passenger in the car as my eyes zoom through the depths of the foliage. I love this time of…

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    Set the world into a calidiscope of color: One lesson at a time.

    Ricki taught me about quilting. She opened a world to me of cutting, pasting, pinning, precision, and above all patience. I saw folded pieces of cloth translate into fat quarters. Ricki taught me to distinguish the value of colors. I valued friendship. I valued time well spent. I valued money.I had no idea what she was talking about in the value of colors. I know that chocolates come in light, dark and milk: each type with an appreciation of it’s own.NowI knowthat colors have values too.And I know that they are just as intoxicating as a great piece of chocolate! Before I started a quilting class, the fabric store I…

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    Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) Operation Kid Comfort Program

    I just received this information from our FRG leader and thought I would pass it along for our deployed-families out there: Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) Operation Kid Comfort ProgramThis program is designed to address the emotional stress that children of military personnel suffer during a parent’s absence from home. Operation KidComfort serves children of deployed Service members. ASYMCA volunteers collect photographs from military families to make “photo-transfer” quilts (for children 5 years old and under; pillows for those over 5) that bear the images of the deployed family member, alone or interacting with the family. Photographs of the deployed parent are scanned into a computer, printed, and then placed onto…

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    The Great Watercolor Fabric Swap

    Love Quilting? Do you have enough fabric to cover the state of Texas? I am so afraid that I might fit into both of those… not that the first is a problem… but it brought on the second!The best part of quilting is the creative energies that are generated – and the production of your own piece of art and comfort!Here is a great way to get together with fellow quilters and share the lot: The Great Watercolor Fabric Swap. I love these quilts, as the use a variety of fabric (all 100% cotton). When you buy watercolor fabrics, remember:Easy to blend: MulticolorIrregular, organicMedium sized motifsFlowersPainterly designs Multi-valuedLoud fabricsBusy Fabrics…