Serenity by Ricky Tims (March 2021)
19.5” x 24.5” hand-dyed fabric, machine appliqué, free-motion machine quilted
based on a photo taken on the island of Madeira, by Hugo Dos Santos

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Inspiration comes from many sources. Often it is an event, or an emotion. Sometimes it comes from stories, people, or places. I was in the mood to create. I had a small window of creative time and took advantage of it by creating this small piece based on a photo that was recently sent to me which was taken on the island of Madeira (southwest of Portugal). My goal was to use my hand-dyed fabrics and create a colorful version of the scene. I really enjoyed the process. I personally don’t give this one an A+, but the impact of having time to create it scored a home run for my soul.

 

Inspiration photo by Hugo Dos Santos

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Serenity detail

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2021 52 Week Challenge Class

52 Week Challenge Class: Do Over - Selective Focus
Photo by Mark Alexander

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Mark says:

This is my do over for selective focus. I visited a wildlife refuge and captured this image of an mature bull bison and selelectively focused of his face using f/5.6 at 400mm..

2021 Smart Phone Challenge Group

Challenge: Folded
Photo by JoAnn Banks

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JoAnn says:

This is a knitting pattern book. I began in the center and folded some of the pages inward. I placed the book on a picture frame that has black fabric inserted to get the reflection.

 

 

 

2021 Critique Group

Challenge: Magical Light
Photo by Jill Chisholm

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Jill says:

Just after sunrise at Wentworth Falls Lake. Quite chilly and my hands were cold even though I was well rugged up but this older man always wears just shorts and singlet and does multiple laps of the lake. He's heading into the mist on the water and towards the sunrise which is creating the white reflections of the ripples on the water. Basic LR edits

 

Ricky's Challenge Photos:

Challenge: Magical Light
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

I attempted several shots of various subjects, but I liked my outdoor lights with the "elk god" (for lack of a better name).

 

 

Challenge: Folded
from the 2021 Smart Phone Challenge Group

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Ricky says:

I attempted several shots of various subjects, but I liked my outdoor lights with the "elk god" (for lack of a better name).


The Raven by Natalia Lashko,
Kamienets Podilskyi Khumelnitskyi region, Ukraine

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I am very much connected to ravens. My house is filled with raven art. I even named my house, The Rookery (a gathering place for ravens). You may know that a group of crows is called a murder…but did you know that a group of ravens is called an unkindness?
 
This raven quilt is one of my most treasured pieces. It was made by Natalia Lashko. She is from Ukraine and for many years has created amazing embroideries using straw - yes… straw! That experience led her to quilting, and fabric... and you can see in this piece how she weaves hand-stitched, turned edge fabric that is no wider than a piece of straw.
 
The quilting scene in Ukraine has grown significantly in recent years. I saw my first Ukrainian quilt exhibition when I lectured in Moscow in 2012. One part of the show featured the Ukrainian quilts. I love that they are not bound by our traditions, but find great value in exploring and trying new things. 
 
Keep your eyes open… a Ukrainian quilt might just be coming to a show near you!

 

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2021 Critique Group

Challenge: Timepiece
Photo by Rocky Wells

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Rocky says:

Went more "traditional" with the subject matter this week but still had to include some of my obsession with editing by utilizing a few tricks from Topaz Studio 2 and Luminar AI. This is a pocket watch that my 2 younger sons brought back from Spain about 18 years ago when they were there participating in an International Study program for 6 weeks. At least they didn't bring me a present that read "My Kids Went To Spain and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt"... LOL

The rays of sunshine were added to reflect the fact that joy radiates from our hearts & souls when family members do something thoughtful and totally unexpected for us... it doesn't happen often! VBG.

2021 Smart Phone Challenge Group

Challenge: Nuts & Bolts
Photo by Pam Clark

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Pam says:

I noticed the nut and bolt on a Stop Sign post on the corner as I came into Kingsley. The convenience store is in the background. I added a Pencil filter in BeCasso, then did a few tweaks and strainghtened in LR. There are bits of snow clinging to the post and lots of peeling paint. I really had fun this week taking all kinds of photos of nuts and bolts. It's amazing all the possibilities you find once you have a topic to work on.

 

 

 

2021 52 Week Challenge Class

Challenge: Shutter Rotate
Photo by Shirley Sandoz

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Shirley says:

Walking along the path.

 

Kool Kaleidoscope III by Ricky Tims

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Kool Kaleidoscope III is a fun quilt, and it’s a bit like the ultimate mystery quilt. There is a logic to how it’s going to look, but there is no way to plan or predict how it will look when you finish this quilt. It is made using strip sets. Surprisingly, I consider it an advanced beginner quilt. It looks far more complex than it really is.

Look for the announcement for this online class on www.thequiltshow.com in the coming weeks.

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