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String Tumblers by Ricky Tims

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While I love creating totally original quilt designs, I also love finding inspiration in antique quilts. This is one such quilt—inspired by an antique. I saw a string quilt where the units were the shape of “tumblers”. I realized that by shaking it up, and careful fabric placement, a it could become a very contemporary quilt. In case you don’t know, a string quilt is one that is made by sewing strips of fabrics together in varying widths. The final shape of the units can be cut from these striped-pieced fabrics. I had fun finding some whimsical fabrics for this quilt. If was featured on an episode of The Quilt Show.


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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 Critique Group Challenge from week 45

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 45, History/Historic

Photo by LeRoy Messenger

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LeRoy says:

A collection of glass containers, from the assayers's office in the Vulture City Mine, SW of Wickenburg, AZ. The assay office was part of a two-story lab, built in 1884, and used to create bars of gold/silver. Mining started in 1863 when Henry Wickenburg discovered a quartz formation while looking for a vulture he had shot. The mine was closed in 1942 According to the Vulture City Mine website, Phoenix, AZ, "grew up around the agricultural center spawned by the needs of the Vulture City Mine".


52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 45 - DrivePan 

Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 45, DrivePan

Photo by Debra Gagnon

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Debra  says:

For Pete's sake, this was hard. Beautiful sunny day in the 50s. Lake Jacomo in Missouri, east of Kansas City. Lovely drive. Used all the speeds Ricky suggested. Thought this one best represented this weeks theme, although I feel it was pure chance. Will definately have to try this one again in the future.


Smart Phone Photo Challenges
Week 45 - Dinnertime

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 45, Dinnertime

Photo by Star Carpenter

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Star says:

Photo taken in portrait mode with stage lightening..

Ricky's Challenge Photos

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 45, Dinertime

Photo by Ricky Tims

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Ricky says:

Here's the gas stovetop...waiting for dinner to begin. Edited in Prisma app with Umbrella


Critique Group Challenge:

Week 45, History/Historic

Photo by Ricky Tims
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

These are the historic Great Sand Dunes. This national monumnet is one of my favorite places to photograph and I had the oppoutury to make a trip there this wek. The dunes have a long history of monotonous repetition. The Medano river flows and washes the sands back out into the valley. The notorious winds blow the sands back up onto these 750' tall dunes. This cycle has been happening now for about 440,000 years. I barely remember yesterday (smile).



Guardian of the Ravens by Silke Cliatt

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I received a parcel at the post office that was a bit of a mystery, from a name I didn’t recognize. A quick peek inside revealed the corner of a quilt. I couldn’t wait to get home to open it. It seems a thoughtful and generous quilter is aware that I have a connection to ravens and created this piece for me. Silke is working in a series of “Guardians” and I’m very honored to receive this one and display it at home. This small art quilt is cotton with glass and metal beads. Thank you Silke, I am truly humbled and it will remain a treasure in my  collection of quilts.


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!


Sonoma Sorrows 

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“Sonoma Sorrows”

Autumn 2017 was a time of horrific wildfires in the northern parts of California. I made this art quilt during the 2017-2018 winter, but it could also be used to portray wildfires since that time that have occurred in the same area.

The quilt is raw-edge appliqué (this seems to be my “go-to” technique, satin stitching, and free-motion stitching. And of course, grapevines and the produce needed to be seen on the quilt as well, as well as burned structures.



Estes Park Flooding

“Estes Park Flooding” 

In September 2013, flooding occurred in Estes Park, Colorado. Living in that beautiful town at that time, I awakened at 2:00AM - something didn’t feel just right. I went to the front window that overlooked the main road in town down the hill from our home. I didn’t’ see a road, I saw a muddy river. Much devastation occurred to the businesses along that road and also in neighboring towns. 

This quilt starts with beautiful skies, crystal clear days, and, working down to the bottom of the quilt, the devastation that occurred. I started with satins at the top, ended with burlap at the bottom. Although I no longer live there, the town is still exceptionally beautiful, even after the devastating flood.




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2020 introduced us to a world-wide pandemic, Covid-19. When this began making news and changing our lives at an alarming rate, for me it was almost planting season. Thinking of spring gardening, maybe a few flowers, maybe some vines on my trellises, I realized the art quilt version of this disaster was calling for me to combine the pandemic and my gardening dreams. Thus, I came up with my “Coronavine”. If you look closely at the white trellis in the background, it may morph into white cemetery crosses.

The “virus” flowers are painted with acrylic paints. Most of the quilt is raw-edge appliqué. The “seed packets” in the center contain all of the information that a normal seed packet may contain. This quilt has recently been published in a book, “Quarantine Quilts” Creativity in the Midst of Chaos”, edited by Sandra Sider. 




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Flooding occurred in Houston in 2017 (and many times since then). This was a result of Hurricane Harvey. Thousands of people had to flee their homes. The death toll was between 68 and 103 depending on how the deaths were tracked. 

For this quilt I compiled words from many of the newspapers from around the country that were reporting on this tragedy. I used this words on shredded strips on the lower half of the quilt. I also have miniature water bottles (reportedly, water was in very short supply), wooden crosses to denote those who were killed, miniature cars, twigs, etc., all adding up to give the viewer an idea of the devastation. The top part of the quilt is a combination of various buildings that make up the Houston skyline.

 Convergence: Past and Present


“Convergence: Past and Present”

A little bit of whimsy about the pandemic. I frequently switch from tragedies to whimsical quilts while I’m working in my studio. It provides a good balance for me that I need when working on the more serious “tragedy” quilts. 

This quilt is reminiscent of my childhood summers spent traveling to Colorado. I would frequently see the consecutive advertising signs along the road. I always loved seeing them - it meant I was on vacation! I decided to combine this favorite memory with what might be seen on those signs today. “Wash your hands, stay six feet away, shelter in place, til another day. Covid-19”

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