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We returned from Chicago late Sunday night/ Monday morning, and three days later we’ve finally chiseled our tired, groggy selves off the floor.

Thanks so much to everybody who joined us in Chicago last week. We were stunned by the sheer number of people interested in taking the workshops, and we’re eager to continue this learning opportunity and expand all aspects for Make it U! with Cloth Paper Scissors in Houston. People often waited in long lines to get the opportunity to take these workshops, and given the level of enthusiasm and eagerness to learn new mixed-media techniques, we’re planning on making the workshops in Houston even more accessible for everyone. If you either took a workshop or two, have feedback, or ideas on what you’d like to see more of, please email us at editorial@quiltingartsllc.com.

Everyone who participated or observed this unique area of the show was mezmerized by the beautiful work that you, our readers, created for the “Do With Me What You Will,” ATC, and Creative Self-portrait Exhibits. Thanks again for sharing your artistic talents with the greater world!

I wish I had the opportunity to take more photographs but unfortunately I was tied up the entire time.  Sally and I did, however,  sneak out of the booth to take a few of these Saturday afternoon.


ATCs submitted for the Chicago show. I have some extras that I made so if you missed out and you’d like to trade with me (two ATC limit per person please), send your ATC(s) to QUILTING ARTS LLC attn: Patricia Bolton, PO Box 685, Stow, MA, 01775, and I’ll send up to two ATC’s back to you. (Trade Deadline is May 15th.)


Before the show opened on Saturday morning.The crowds were mind boggling.


No quilt show is complete without Marie Osmond! Ms. Osmond is collaborating with both OESD and Bernina, and on Saturday afternoon she was signing autographs and taking pictures in the OESD booth. Security was very tight and the lines were rather long.


Shelley Stokes, author of Paintstiks on Fabric, teaching one of her Make It U! workshops. Here, students got a sample of hand-dyed fabric, a rubbing plate, and a Shiva Paintstik.


Four-year-old Emma McCoy proudly displays her ATCs she made in Jill Haglund’s of Tweety Jill Publications ATC class.


Here I am teaching the brag book class with Peltex Saturday night. I was surprised the class filled; I thought on a Saturday night after walking the show all day, most everybody would be heading out for a much-needed margarita!


And lastly, my TV appearance on local ABC news to promote the show.  Here I brought a lot of art work, including several of Beryl Taylor’s mixed-media pieces from the Make It U! section. The anchor was blown away by all of the intricate embellishments.

Tomorrow we’ll be posting the 2007 Quilting Arts Calendar Contest finalists both on the web site and on this blog, so stay tuned.