Controlled Chaos by Anonymous

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This was a fun find in an antique store during a brief stop in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The price was most definitely right—actually, a steal of a deal. Each patch is hand sewn with a technique that uses a type of quilting running stitch that is top stitched right along the folded edges. It doesn’t use the typical blind stitch used in traditional appliqué.

I bought the quilt in a bit of haste, but once I got it home an got a good look, I was so pleased to see the harmony of all these fabric. They repeat in places over the surface giving continuity in overall color. They also are all of the same era, same general style.

Then, the craziness of the crazy patchwork is subdued by the blocks having definition. There are nine rectangular primary blocks in the quilt. The top doesn’t have an additional border, but the left, right, and bottom, have an obvious border which also controls the chaos. Thus, the name I have given this wonderful find in my collection.

Like a typical crazy quilt, there is no batting inside - so it is more of a summer coverlet. But unlike a typical crazy quilt, there are no embroidered embellishments anywhere on it. Now - for one of the hardest jigsaw puzzled to date. Are you up for the challenge?

 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!

  

The Beat Goes On by Ricky Tims

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On April 24 in the year 2000, I had quadruple heart bypass surgery. I was 44 years old. Of course it was an unexpected turn of events and it was a serious life-changing situation. Fortunately I was home in about three days, and after about two days of writing thank you notes for all the cards I received, I was ready to make a quilt. Exactly one week to the day after my surgery I went to my studio and began drawing this quilt. 


My mom and dad were visiting. They were there for the surgery and helped me through the recovery. Since my dad was also a quilter he was very interested in spending time with me in the studio. I designed this quilt, and used my foundation string piecing method to put it together. Since I tear the strips for this method, I really couldn’t manage to tear them due to my surgery and having limited use of my arms, so my dad tore all the strips for me. I made the “top in less than four days. I waited a couple of weeks until I was ready to wrestle it under the machine to do the free motion quilting. I named it The Beat Goes On as a tribute to my heart surgery, but also, as you might expect, after the well-known song by Sonny and Cher. 


Love is in the air this week. Who does your heart beat for?

 

 

 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!

  

Mrs. Moo with her Viva Violetta

Mrs. Moo's Viva Violetta  

My original Viva Violetta
(pattern available)

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Mrs. Moo put her own spin on my Viva Violetta pattern and I love how it turned out!  Check out her story:

I have been quilting since 2000. We had moved from California to Colorado end of 2005. In 2009 I'm teaching begining quilting class at High Country Quilts CO. Saw your book Feathers & Urns, love the design and colors. I am always want to try a new technique and free motion quilting.


Also had your free motion DVD too.


I had start working on the quilt beginning 2011. This is the only quilt I have timed to see how long going to take to finished and it take about 380 hours to completed. I am very happy. Thanks to you "Ricky" your instructions are wonderful. Now I am teaching quilting class at First Stitches Pueblo and Canon City Colorado.

You can get my Viva Violetta pattern here. It is printed on demand so please allow an additional week or more for processing.

 

 

2021 Photo Critique Group

Challenge: Chair
Photo by Judith Baker Montano

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Judith says:

The weather changed rapidly on Sunday with cold overcast skies and a covering of fog. I had an idea about a lone chair set in unusual places and decided to scout out local area for my picture and got no further than the Town Lakes! I love mid-century Crossley Griffith chairs, because they remind me of my grandma Adeline Shantze and over the years, I have purchased a vintage assortment for the yard. I decided on the red chair and loaded it into the back of my car. I got up to the lakes around 3:00 p.m. and the fog was socked in. I must have been a sight, hiking from the road down to the iced over lake with a red metal chair slung over my shoulder, camera bag dangling off one elbow. Thank goodness for the weather and the Sunday afternoon football game, because no one was at the lake . I hauled the chair to the edge of the lake and then used it as a prop to walk out onto the ice. It reminded me of early days when I learned to ice skate using an old kitchen chair. Most Canadian kids can skate as soon as they can walk and it is quite common to see bundled up toddlers skating along, mostly on their ankles, just as happy as can be.

52 Week Challenge Class

Challenge: Long Depth
Photo by Barbara Chatelaine

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Barbara says:

This was bittersweet. I worked hard all week, and convinced myself to take a relaxing afternoon to take a photo of the Oaks and Oak Alley. Going to a plantation is a bittersweet experience to begin with. Then, you have to deal with ELEMENTS which has no concious or reasoning, and PEOPLE that do have concious and reasoning. These folks in the photo saw my set up, then decided to have a 20 minute CONVERSATION in my shot, all while looking at me. I sat there and waited. They walked away, then the cloud cover came, and I just felt so defeated. 

 

2021 Smart Phone Challenges

Challenge: Look Down
Photo by Mandella Edwards

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Mandella says:

Out for a walk we came across this frozen puddle with beautiful striations in the ice and a few hopeful blades of grass.

 

Ricky's Challenge Photos:

Challenge: Look Down
from the 2021 Smart Phone Challenges

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Ricky says:

I put my camera up against the bottom of the shelf in my pantry so it shot straight down on the cans below. I was pleasantly surprised with the repeated circles. This was edited in Prisma using one of the filters. I think it was called airplane.

 

 

Challenge: Chair
from the 2021 Photo Critique Group

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Ricky says:

This chair was hauled out of a alley next to a trash dumpster somewhere around 1980. In the 90s, my dad took it and refinished it and re-wove the seat. I liked the 'me and my shadow' feel for this. I went to Topaz 2 just to see what might help since is was mostly black and white and lifeless. I was surprised at this filter that made the nice purple and blue - so i went with it. The bit of wall texture added interest for me too.

 

 

 Music of the Spheres

Music of the Spheres by Ricky Tims, 46 inches square 
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 TRY THE JIGSAW PUZZLE

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