Photo Challenge Class

Sue Vite 'Favorite'

Challenge: Favorite of 2020
photo by Sue Vite

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Sue says:

This is one of my favorites. Iconic Half Dome taken this November in Yosemite Valley with my sister, Cindy Bridges also in this class. My sister and I have gone in the past and she has always been more into the photography than me. However, this year, I enjoyed it more and had a much better understanding of my camera and possible enhancements. I turned up the reds and oranges. It was a cold day. I love the reflection in the water.



Critique Group

Challenge: Favorite of 2020 
photo by Linda Bennett

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Linda says:

I took this photo of flamingos at ZooTampa a couple of months ago. I cropped to accent the necks, adjusted sliders in LR and darkened the background.  I love everything about this, the composition, the sharpness and the subject. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.



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Cyndi Johnson used my Ricky Tims hand-dyed fabrics to make the Lizzy Albright Sampler Quilt, which gave it a completely different presentation. As the quilt is based on a 1930's quilt, the Lizzy Albright fabrics by Benartex are a little more muted to reflect the style of the times. She is currently getting it quilted as you can see with the picture on the right. We will update here when it is finished! She said she had a lot of fun working with traditional blocks to make the quilt! 

Has anyone else experimented with different fabrics for this quilt? We would love to see your work!  Please feel free to upload them to the Lizzy Albright Fan Page on Facebook. 




Deadwood Quilting 1

Deadwood Quilting 2 Deadwook Back

Deadwood by Ricky Tims
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In 1993, as an novice quilter with less that 2 years experience, I accepted the position as quilt show chairman for the Circle in the Square Quilt Guild in University City (St. Louis). As a thank you, the members created for me these cowboy boot blocks. They also provided a bit of the theme fabric so I could use it if necessary in creating the quilt. The boots sat in the UFO pile, tucked away (as we do). When i moved from St Louis to Denver, the box somehow got buried amidst other boxes and didn't opened. Then I made a move from Denver to La Veta, and boxes were moved, and stored, but left unopened.

I remember the day when I finally got around to sorting through many unopened boxes and finding these boot blocks was like Christmas morning! I was so excited and I set my mind to get this quilt made. The best thing to come from this is that all those years I was growing as a quilter and designer. Although it took about 21 years to finally join these blocks into a quilt, the result is much better because of my growth. 

You'll see sketches of the quilting designs I used on the boots, and the fun Alexander Henry bare-chested cowboys I used on the back. I should also add, the panel of the 'sheriff' and stage coaches was a piece that someone added. However, the top of the sheriff was at the bottom of the piece fabric and the legs of the sheriff were at the top. There was no full repetition of the design. So I cut the fabric and joined it to make the complete sheriff as the center focus of this quilt.

Here one final tip. I purposefully chose to put these boots into an attic window. As is the case of many group projects, none of the boots were the exact/correct size. By putting the attic window on two sides, I could trim THAT away if necessary rather then trimming any part of the boots - so that each block was the exact size and assembly would be clean and flat.



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!



Critique Group


Challenge: Shimmering
photo by Claudia Schumacher

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Claudia says:

I captured the lighted tree in our local park. Then later, as we walked on the beach and I saw the Gulf shimmering and captured a sunstar. With much experimentation I combined the photos using each one as the bottom layer but was not completely happy with the results so I wondered if I could embed the sunstar photo and then erase the sky from the picture and maintain the shimmer of the tree. So I did and it worked. The sunstar is visible and the shimmer of the Gulf is as well but I also have the magic of the night.



Photo Challenge Class

Challenge: Celestial Celebration 
photo by Rhonda Schmelzer

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Rhonda says:

This morning's sunrise was the best Celestial Celebration I could think of. I reviewed the week on Panorama because I wanted to shot the whole sky and needed a refresher. I edited in LR then PS and reduced the size.

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