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Quilting Gallery Newsletter – Issue #5 – October 2008

Welcome to the fifth issue of the Quilting Gallery Newsletter.

I can’t believe it’s almost the middle of October, and the Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend, and then we vote on Tuesday. It sure has been a whirlwind of activity around here.

October is filled with great things for me too, including a Kaleidoscope of Colour lecture by Kaffe Fassett next week, participation in the 2008 Victoria Quilts Canada Quilt-A-Thon later in the month, and the anticipated arrival of my second niece (due October 24th). What an exciting month!

I’d like to congratulate the three winners of the Lazy Days of Summer Photo Contest and thank everyone for their entries. A special thanks also goes to Lynn for her beautiful donation of 12 hand-dyed fabrics. The three winners:

Best Hobby Blog

The Quilting Gallery site has been nominated for the Best Hobby Blog in the Blogger’s Choice Awards. Please vote for me! It will only take a couple of minutes. I think a site about all about Quilting deserves to win, don’t you? Thanks!

I hope you will enjoy this edition of the Quilting Gallery Newsletter. It’s jam packed with lots of goodies (including a new Contest), great sites to visit and some funny humour at the end.

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, I want to hear from you! Send me an email at michele@quiltinggallery.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Quilting!

Michele (aka Mishka)
Quilting Gallery

News from the Quilting Gallery

Falling Leaves Quilt Show Photo Contest

  • I had so much fun hosting the Lazy Days of Summer Contest, that I’m thrilled to announce the Falling Leaves Quilt Show Photo Contest. A big thank you goes out to the three wonderful sponsors for this contest: Laura Sampsel, Patsy Thompson and Dorothy Baker. Thank you for your generosity.
  • The Quilting Bloggers directory has reached more than 1,700 bloggers representing 50 different countries (that’s four new countries this month!).
  • In case you missed it, Fleur from the Netherlands wrote a heart-warming guest blogger post. (If you’re interested in being a guest blogger, just drop me an email to discuss.)
  • Quilt Shop Locator

  • I have been working hard to promote the Quilt Shop Locator the past month. Based on some wonderful feedback, I’ve added several new search criteria which will make it even easier for owners to identify what they do. I’m always open to new ideas, so if you would like to see something added, please let me know.

    Over the next few weeks, I’ll be working on the public search pages, so please keep checking back. Rates to join are still at the intro special of 50% off. Now’s a great time to get listed and save money too. Join Now!

Mishka’s Picks

Here are my picks for September:

  • The Simply Hearts Table Runner from Rochelle of Cottage Quilt Designs makes me smile. I’m hoping to find some time this weekend to make up a few blocks.
  • The Wonky Log Cabin Block from Jacquie lends itself to using up scraps, which I love.

Around the Web

free-motion quilting designs

Two great places worth visiting:

  • Patty Thompson has these amazing free-motion quilting designs that you can download from her site. Designs for many different skill levels are available, and the best part, they’re all free. These make perfect practice worksheets. Also, check back at the end of the month when Patsy releases 35 new line drawings for you to download to coincide with her latest video release.
  • I came across this great site, QuiltSteam.com that aggregates quilting videos from different sources. I really enjoyed the Terry White videos on thread painting. Lots of great ideas and very inspiring.

Chuckle Time

Is it beer time yet?

Cure a Cough

John was a clerk in a small drugstore but he was not much of a salesman. He could never find the item the customer wanted. Bob, the owner, had had about enough and warned John that the next sale he missed would be his last.

Just then a man came in coughing and he asked John for their best cough syrup. Try as he might John could not find the cough syrup. Remembering Bob’s warning he sold the man a box of laxatives and told him to take it all at once. The customer did as John said and then walked outside and leaned against a lamp post.

Bob had seen the whole thing and came over to ask John what had transpired.

"He wanted something for his cough but I couldn’t find the cough syrup. I substituted laxatives and told him to take it all at once," John explained.

"Laxatives won’t cure a cough!" Bob shouted angrily.

"Sure it will," John said, pointing at the man leaning on the lamp post.

"Look at him. He’s afraid to cough."

Humour brought to you by Is it Beer Time Yet? (Note: May not be family- or work-friendly.)

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