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Some quilty news stuff you’ll just love!

The Crafty Gemini wins YouTube’s NextUp Contest

Congratulations to quilter Vanessa Wilson of the Crafty Gemini for winning YouTube’s NextUp Contest. Vanessa’s been putting together awesome video tutorials on quilting, crafting, sewing and cooking for the past year and a bit.

See Vanessa’s contest entry video, and her welcome/acceptance video below:

In addition to being totally awesome for Vanessa, I think this is fantastic that YouTube recognized the value of quilting/crafting videos and tutorials and recognized Vanessa’s efforts. We can all look forward to more awesome tutorials by Vanessa and I’m sure her story will inspire others too. Very proud of you Vanessa!!

Vanessa was a guest blogger here late last year, read her story and see pictures of her lovely family. Vanessa’s winning story was also picked up in her local news too, here and here.

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2014 Olympic Branding

Thanks to Jovita who first shared this with me on Facebook last week.

Here is the branding chosen for the 2014 Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi, Russia. Isn’t it fabulous? It will be fantastic to see quilting so prominently in the spotlight during the Games.


At the heart of the Look of the Games concept design lies the principle of the “patchwork quilt” – a combination of 16 designs representing the most famous traditional Russian arts and crafts, ranging from Gzhel to Khokhloma. The Look of the Games concept is the visual embodiment of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games philosophy and is intended to express the character of modern Russia whilst at the same time introducing guests from all over the world to traditional Russian hospitality. Credit


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I so want to pimp out my car like this:


Quilter’s Take Manhattan


A fun-filled trip and fund raiser announced by the Alliance for American Quilts earlier this week. Three events are planned: Modern Stories: Documenting the Modern Quilt Movement; Marianne & Jay on the Runway:A Quilter’s Alliance of Fabric & Fashion; and, NY’s Ultimate Block Party:Cocktails at The City Quilter. More info and ticket sales available here.

Quilts for Alabama Tornado Victims

I know many have seen the devastating photos of the Alabama Tornados that hit a few weeks ago. Here are a couple of blogs with info on making quilts for tornado victims:

If you know of other initiatives for the tornado victims, or even other charity quilting initiatives, please post in the comments or have the organizer send me an email. I’m always happy to help promote these projects.

Quilts for Japan

Congratulations to Bev Rogan and all the quilters that have so generously sent her more than 560 quilts for Japan. The quilts will be sent shortly from Canada. See the awesome donations here and more pictures here.

The Fresh Air Fund

While not quilting related, I thought my readers would like to know about this and might even be able to help out.

The Fresh Air Fund is in need of host families for this summer of 2011. Host families are volunteers who open their hearts and homes to children from the city to give them a Fresh Air experience that can change lives. It’s only for up to two weeks, but it’s an experience that can change their lives forever. Click here to find out how you can help.

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This post was published on May 18th, 2011. Post topics: Charity Quilting, Web Finds. Post tags: .

One Response to “Some quilty news stuff you’ll just love!”

  1. Deborah says:

    The Russian Olympic banners are gorgeous!!
    The Fresh Air program is a wonderful idea and makes me wish I had a bigger house.

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