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Thread: Where's Alex Andersen?

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    My morning usually starts with Alex at 8:30 M-F on HGTV and 10:30 Tu DIY. Today when I tuned in at 8:30, no Alex. I realize we have been watching reruns for sometime, but at least we could see a show specializing in our (you and me and thousands of others) main interest. And even if I'd seen the show several times, I could always pick up something. Other stations have dropped "sewing" in general as well.

    Are you as disappointed as me? How can we collectively object? Any ideas? Suzanne

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    Suz--same here! Aaargh! But the schedule on HGTV had a show scheduled for yesterday, and then not again until the 11th. Seems odd, but who knows? We may not need to stage a Quilter's Revolt yet.

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    I heard several months ago that her show would be cancelled by the end of the year and it seems they were filming no more new shows after October. I do not remember where I heard this, but it was on the media somewhere. She will be active on her website. http://www.alexandersonquilts.com/main.php

    It does not mention anything about cancellation, but I think it would not hurt for all of us to contact HGTV and let them know how much we like the show. This is the link.
    http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/about_us/text/0,1783,HGTV_3080_4964,00.html

    This link is a schedule of her shows. There is no show Dec 8.
    http://alexandersonquilts.com/simplyquilts/index.php?year=2006&month=12

    We can let HGTV know how much we appreciate Alex"s show. It may change their minds about cancellation, or at least, they will know how many want to keep her on. They may have already changed their minds, but I have not heard about that.
    Alex's show is the only reason I wanted a satellite dish.

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    I had heard last spring that this was going to happen. It seems that there was a plan for another quilty show, but not heard anymore about that either. Anyone with solid information should let us know.

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    Thank you, Norah. I just e-mailed HGTV and hope they get the message. ***As I was writing this, my e-mail messenger posted a reply from HGTV. It's one of those automated response things...but at least they got the e-mail. Let's all 500+ of us send our thoughts!

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    Yes I to am a fan of ALEX, I was reaally disappointed when it was'nt on today, I know a couple of shows they could take off and put more quilting shows on. I hope I still have America Quilts creatively on Sat AM, As far as I'n concerned they need alot more sewing shows,

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    Alex is off as of the end of the yr the way I understand it. A lot of quilters from several boards that I have read did the same and tried to make HGTV change thier mind to no avail. But Alex now has an ipod shoot I don't know what its called but she has upgraded to IPods now . I used to have the addy but my computer took a dump and I lost it. But I am sure going to her web page you can find it on there. I understand from what I have seen its her new adventure. I know nothing about IPods shoot I am lucky if I even k now about computers. In fact on second thought I don't. But get by is all. We are still on dial up so couldn't get it anyway. Hope this helps you all.

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    Whats her Web-page? And I hope HGTV sees what a mistake it was taking her off, whether it was her idea or theirs, They need to replace it with another QUILTING SHOW

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    I know they do but they are into reality shows, fixer uppers and the like, so they feel like we don't count I guess and have moved on. Its sad too cause that is about the only reason I watched HGTV, I now have trouble finding anything to watch.

    Rita

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    Rita,
    Norah lists the addresses you need above in the third message.
    Years ago Simply quilts was on MWF in the morning and also in the afternoon as well as two shows on Saturday. Sandra Bastina was on TTh in the same time slot. When we moved to PA, we didn't get HGTV and I was so disappointed. Not this!!! I am not a happy camper --- sorry, happy quilter.
    I doubt HGTV recognizes that quilting is the largest growing "craft" today. How many CRAFT shows, home repair, redos . . . . . . can we tolerate? They surely should have done some kind of survey to find our (quilter) numbers.
    Someone mentioned other forums. Can you share these addys? Thanks. Suzanne

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    While we're contacting HGTV, we need to tell them to air her show or any sewing/crafting shows in the evening!!! It's sad for those of us who have work to support our sewing addictions, HGTV show all the good shows while we're headed to work. Once we finally get to our sewing rooms all we get to see is gardening and redecorating. I have nothing against those, but really how many shows do those topics need??

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    Thats a great idea, I drive a school bus for special need children so I always miss it. I was looking forward to my 2 1/2 wks off, mainly so I could watch Alex.

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    I just went to the HGTV web site. Their program guide (I checked 1 Feb 07), list of "What's on TV", "Shows Z-Z" all still include Simply Quilts. So either they've kept it on after all or they haven't updated their web site.

    I'm already at the office before 8:30 most days, so won't be able to check until Monday morning. I'm going to be really cranky if they've cancelled it. Crankier still if I can't access all the episodes through the web site. Talk about a treasure trove of ideas, instructions, web links, and inspiration!!!

    For as long as it lasts, the link to the list of all episodes is
    http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/episode_archive/0,1783,HGTV_3876_54,00.html

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    Two falls ago at Quilting in the Garden we were told that Simply Quilts would be going off of the air at the end of 2006. This fall Alex told us she was pod casting. You can find her pod casts on her web site
    http://alexandersonquilts.com./main.php

    or on the i-tunes site with a free down load/play.

    Also, while surfing around, I found this web site.

    http://www.thequiltshow.com/blog/

    It seems Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson are partnering up to do a quilt show on the internet to be viewed at any time you want. You'll have to subscirbe. Not sure $$. They hope to have it up and running by April.

    Alex says her contract with HGTV prevented her from competing with them after they canceled her show. It was interesting to listen to her and Ricky explain their new plans.

    Not sure how much longer Simply Quilts will be on HGTV but the schedule can also be found on Alex's web site.

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    They cancelled it. I emailed them when I first heard the rumors quite a while ago, as did a kazillion of other quilters from all over, but all to no avail. It seems when they make up their minds to dump a show, they DO. Millions of quilters don't matter at all to them. My entire guild added their voices, but nothing mattered. We got polite form letters, that's all. I will miss her show. I always had my second cup of coffee while watching and frequently took notes.

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    At least you got a letter! I emailed AND snail mailed, and got no response at all. Now about all they run on HGTV is how to sell your house or decorate it. Too bad they don't realize the buying power of quilters.


    sue

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    I, too, miss Alex. I have watched her shows for several years. All of a sudden they were gone. I e-mailed HGTV also, but to no avail. I am a little leery to pay $25 per yr to watch a show that may not be that good. Has anyone paid the money and has seen a show? Is it worthwhile?
    Please let the rest of us quilters know. Thanks and happy quilting!

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    Yes! I am a paid member of thequiltshow.com! You have to have at least a DSL connection to watch the shows, but I am very happy I paid! Each one of the shows seems to improve on the ones before & Alex & Ricky Tims work very well together! They are supposed to be putting in more 'how-to" segments in the upcoming series of shows, and they have been showing new tools & info on threads & how to pick photos to use in your quilts. Alex & Ricky seem to be having lots of fun & so does the studio audience. I have been lucky enough to attend lectures with both Alex & Ricky in the past, so maybe I was already biased to like their show! They bring plenty of humor & laughter to their quilting, and "in person" they appear to be just regular folks like us. :D

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    Thank you for your reply. I have DSL so I should be able to watch it.
    HGTV has done us a great injustice and they don't care. I don't even watch HGTV anymore.

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    I was one of those kazillions Bev and I didn't even get a nice form letter. :cry: I miss her show. I even loved the re-runs. I learned so much from watching her and her guests. It was on DIY around here until just a few weeks ago. Only three times a week, but that was better than nothing. I DVR'd it so I'd never miss it. Ah well. Good things don't always last forever.

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    Just read your post xyz. Thanks for all the info on the show. I bet they make a great pair! Lucky you for having gotten to meet them both. Ricky visited out guild a few years back but I couldn't make the meeting and missed him. But I did attend when Liz Porter came for a lecture, and she signed one of my quilts. She was really a neat person. So funny and down to earth.

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    Here is a link to watch episodes of Alex on the computer for free

    http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/pac_ctnt_988/text/0,,HGTV_22056_58466,00.html

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    Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson is back on HGTV at 7:00 a.m. Central Time.

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    i don't undersatand i'm right here in pasadena TEXAS and i get 1 whole hour of simply quilts. sure it starts at 7 in the morn. i usually miss some of it though. taking the boys to school and all but i get it over here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annmarie
    Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson is back on HGTV at 7:00 a.m. Central Time.
    Thanks... I did not know she was back on.. I just set the DVR so I can record them all again.. After I get a few I copy them on to a tape..

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