Stars and Stripes Forever
Designed by Ricky Tims
Made by Cyndi McChesney
 
Many moons ago when I was just starting to quilt, I joined a block exchange group at my local guild in St. Louis. When it was my turn to share a pattern, I designed my own pieced star block—but there was a twist. The points of the stars were in the adjoining blocks. At the time, I loved big prints o I gave the guidelines to use large prints, yellow in certain patches, and red in certain patches. I provided the blue and lavender fabrics. That quilt is shown at the bottom of the article. The quilt top was set aside and during my move to Colorado, the quilt was essentially lost in boxes that never got unpacked.
 
Fast forward
I was invited to create a quilt for Quilted in Honor and decided that this star quilt pattern would be a great option. However, there was only one problem...I didn't have that pattern...nor could I find the original quilt to use to redraft the pattern. So I had to work from scratch and do my best to redraw the block from memory. Stars and Stripes shown here is that revised version. It is created in America patriotic colors. The patten, however, was designed to be versatile and  not just patriotic. To see an alternative color way, you will need to solve the jigsaw puzzle. 
 
What happened to the quilt top?
It was discovered and I realized that it never got a border. Fortunately, there were still leftover fabrics in the bag with the quilt top so I was able to create a border for it.
 
 

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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!

Itchy's Marvelous Dish
by Kat Bowser, quilted by Ricky Tims
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While Kat has a degree in fashion merchandising, her career has been that of a professional singer. She's never made a quilt and never really seemed to want to. I've known her for such a long time that she's fallen in love with quilting and she was the brain behind using a quilt as inspiration for a story (see Lizzy Albright and the Attic Window, the fantasy novel we co-wrote). 
 
During her recent visit she asked about making a bulldog block, but while I was out of the room, she pulled up a photo of Itchy, the Brazilian Spider Monkey she feeds from time to time, and asked if she could create her instead. Well, of course! I was so excited to be leading her down this journey.
 
Selecting fabrics was fun and Kat agrees she learned a lot about how fabric might look one way as a piece of cloth, but cut up into a shape and placed into the scene, gave it a completely different vibe.
 
Kat works at a place in Floria that has several acres of green space. There used to be forty or more Brazilian spider monkeys on the property, but now only one remains - her name is Itchy. Whenever Itchy insists on a treat, Kat takes a red solo cup full of cashews out to greet her.
 
I had a blast helping Kat make her first quilt. She used her original photo which show her holding the cup up for Itchy. The friendly primate fills her mouth, then one hand, and then the other and off she goes.
 

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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!

Photos of the Week - Week 23

 

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 23, On the Fence

Photo by Julie Titus

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Julie says:

Downpour of raindrops splashes off the fence and makes fireworks.

 

52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 23 - Do Over

 

Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 23, Do Over

Photo by Michele Naugler

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Michele says: 

My Do Over is a square crop and dreamscape of a flower and bee. Increasing the vibrance made the colors pop and the dreamscape technique really intensified the effect.

 

Smart Phone Photo Challenges
Week 23 - Chair

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 23, Chair

Photo by Deb Story

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Deb says: 

This is an old rocking chair that was in my grandparents’ house. It sat by the heater and I spent many hours at their house sitting in it. It now sits in my living room but isn’t used much because everyone wants to sit in the comfy chairs! It reminds me of my grandparents tho…and I love it! Edited in Prisma app with Waiting

 

 

 

Photos of the Week - Week 22

 

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 22, Abandoned

Photo by Dennis Crawford

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Dennis says:

Our beautiful, Nationally protected, Audobon bird sanctuary is a lovely place for a quiet walk, and bird watching. However not everyone sees it that way. There's no explanation for people who decide it's there for their personal trash dump. Nothing like an abandoned water bottle to beautify the place. Construction workers? Visiting grandkids? Who knows? What a pity 

 

52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 22 - Panning

 

Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 22, Panning

Photo by Maria Cooper

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Maria says: 

On a winters morning, with a cloudy sky and the sun hiding behind those clouds, I took this photo of a Kowhai tree. A tree that the New Zealand bird, the Tui, loves...

This is the first time I have felt ready to continue on this jouney after spending the last four months nursing my husband through a terminal illness.

Marlborough, New Zealand

 

Smart Phone Photo Challenges
Week 22 - Lone Tree

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 22, Lone Tree

Photo by Joan Maryez

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Ricky's Challenge Photos

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Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 22, Lone Tree

Photo by Ricky Tims

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Ricky says:

 

 

 

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Critique Group Challenge:

Week 22, Abandoned

Photo by Ricky Tims
from the 2022 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

Indeed we had a pair of bluebirds working so hard to build a home in the western village barber shop birdhouse The late unusual winter storm brought extreme low temps and it seems that was the end of their house making. The nest is visible, but not the birds

 

 

It Will Be Green Again
by Daphne Greig and friends
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Most you you will know that in July of 2018, a devastating and very large wildfire ravaged south central Colorado. The spring fire grew to 109,000 acres and on July 2, blazed through my little 40 acres of paradise, located in a high elevation fir forest. The fire literally came within feet of the house which was miraculously spared. The experience was life changing. 
 
A few months after the wildfire a parcel arrived. Inside was this quilt. It was a labor of love created by members of a quilt guild in Victoria, British Columbia. Quilter, designer, and teacher, Daphne Greig, organized the effort. It was an amazing and humbling experience to receive such a gift. I had never been on the receiving end of such an outpouring of love. 
 
The quilt is titled It Will Be Green. And, indeed the mountain is starting to come back. The oaks and undergrowth have skyrocketed. Previously I only had six or seven mature aspen trees. Those burned, but they produced thousands of offspring and the new aspen forest will be a joy to behold each Autumn. The fir forest doesn’t recover without help. To date over 2000 fir, pine, and spruce saplings have been planted. While many don’t survive, I feel there is a good survival rate and some of those planted in 2019 are now almost knee high!
 
This week, the first week of June, in 2019 was when volunteers arrived from all over to help put those baby trees in the ground. The outpouring of love is exemplified in this beautiful quilt and I treasure the friendships and love that continue to flow my way from my extended creative family.
 

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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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