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Sampler with Rings

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One of my absolute favorite things about vintage quilts is discovering something that begs the questions, “What was she thinking?”. In the case of this quilt, Sampler with Rings, the entire quilt made me ask that question. The scrappy, haphazard design makes me so happy. It inspired me so much that I purchased the quilt from the collector Julie Silber and then Alex Anderson and myself both used it as a jumping off point of inspiration for our own quilt challenge.
 
When I was working on designing fabrics for the Lizzy Albright vintage fabrics, I found inspiration in some of these fabrics. This quilt is likely a 1940’s quilt. I hope it will make you scratch you head, but also hope it makes you smile. It is a FUN jigsaw puzzle. Give it a try.

 

Choose your own difficulty. Click the 9-patch grid to change number of pieces. Click the circle arrow to make the puzzle pieces rotating instead of stable orientation. Also, there are tips under the "?" on the upper right of the puzzle. If you'd like a full screen version, click the button below. Have fun!

 

Smart Phone Photo Challenge - Week 35 

Smart Phone Photo Challenges
Week 35 : Song Title

Photo by Marleen Hoffman

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Marleen says:

What a week. Been super busy with everything except photoing. Guess time flies while you busy doing stuff. Took some photos on my iPhone today and dedicated the time to play. Ended up using the PIP camera app. Minor adjustments and edits in photos and ready to submit for this weeks homework. Hope you found some time to play & recharge your batteries. Did you guess it? Time in a Bottle!

52-Week Photo Critique Group
Week 35 - Movie Title

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 35, Movie Title

Photo by Michael Novak

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Michael says:

Taken about 30 minutes before dawn--fyi. That info has nothing to do with the movie title. Basic Lr adjustments.

Did you guess it?

On the Waterfront

 

52-Week Photo Challenge Class: Week 35, White on White

Photo Challenge Class:

Week 35, White on White

Photo by Olivia Edwards

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Olivia says:

Sunday was laundry day so I was consumed with taking pictures of piles of sheets and other things. Later, when I opened the dryer door, I was mesmerized. I pulled up a chair and took lots of photos of the dry sheets tumbled together in the dryer. Using LR I got rid of the dryer light's yellow effect and whitened some of the shadows. I felt as if the sheets were swirling under water. Loved finding them!

Ricky's Challenge Photos

 

Critique Group Challenge:

Week 35, Movie Title

Photo by Ricky Tims
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky  says:

This will be easy peasy, but if you knew how much I'm hoping to just get a single reasonable ripe one - this was sacrificed for the cause.

Did you guess it? Fried Green Tomatoes.

 

 

 

 

Anasazi Enigma


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Many years ago while teaching in the UK I was smitten by this quilt which had won Best of Show. I loved the images representing the ancient Desert Southwest and was impressed with the artist ability to nail these themes. Liz Heywood had researched the Anasazi (the ancient ones), and assemble this wonderful quilt. I’ve had this quilt hanging either in my office or my home ever since I purchased it. At the time, I was living in St. Louis, far from desert southwest vibes. Now, that region is my home.

You must take time to look at the detail images and see the machine stitching, the hand seed stitching...hidden, tiny prairie points, and so many other techniques. Even after all these years I still find things I never noticed before.

 

Choose your own difficulty. Click the 9-patch grid to change number of pieces. Click the circle arrow to make the puzzle pieces rotating instead of stable orientation. Also, there are tips under the "?" on the upper right of the puzzle. If you'd like a full screen version, click the button below. Have fun!

Challenge Photos from Week 34

52-Week Photo Challenge Class: Week 34, Power Of One

Photo by Lynn Watkins

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One basketball in the pool

52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 34 - The Eyes Have It

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 34, The Eyes Have It

Photo by Marion Seasholtz

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Marion says:

Ruby our cat - I played around with her eye color, but decided to go with the actual color. Filter from BeCasso

 

Smart Phone Photo Challenges
Week 34 - Simple Pleasures

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 34, Simple Pleasures

Photo by Deb Story

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Deb says:

My happy place this week when Western New York temperatures approached 90 degrees! BeCassp filter and Snapseed edits.

Ricky's Challenge Photos

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 34, The Eyes Have It

Photo by Ricky Tims

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Ricky says:

This is my co-host, Alex Anderson. It's a triple exposure layered in Photoshop with each layer a different size and the Lighten blending mode creating the effect. I made adjustments to the original layer before duplicating. I wanted the impact of the eye to dominate, but the rest to feel a bit surreal or dream-like.

 

Critique Group Challenge:

Week 34, Simple Pleasures

Photo by Ricky Tims
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky  says:

Simple pleasures, but also amazing technology. This is Hugo, in Portugal. The simple pleasure is putting your feet up and just enjoying a moment. But also, it's a pleasure, and an amzement to use visual technology to communicate when borders are closed and we cannot visit face to face. I asked to see "his view" and this was it. It's a screen capture of the moment and I cloned out my little thumbnail window showing myself. So essentioally, I took my photo in Portugal this week (smile).

 

 

 

 

 

Nude Shoe Reclining
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The original painting (inspiration) by Pierre Bonnard

I made Nude Shoe Reclining many years ago as part of an art quilt group challenge that was to be based on a famous painting. The catch was that the new version must include a shoe. Well, I duplicated a hand-dyed tennis shoe and replaced the bathtub with the nude lady. It's fun - and whimsical.

TRY THE JIGSAW PUZZLE

Choose your own difficulty. Click the 9-patch grid to change number of pieces. Click the circle arrow to make the puzzle pieces rotating instead of stable orientation. Also, there are tips under the "?" on the upper right of the puzzle. If you'd like a full screen version, click the button below. Have fun!

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