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2021 52 Week Challenge Class

 

52 Week Challenge Class: Stuck In Place
Photo by Debra Gagnon

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Debra says:

Chose morning 0600 - 0700 on the patio under our deck. The photo with the tripod was out of focus, but since it had some features of week 22, panning (which I missed) I decided to include it. Wasn't trying to pan, but the little tiny checkmarks made me think I somewhat did OK. I like the texture and color of the hosta. It also looked great in B&W. The mirror montage is looking up at the underside of the deck. The hard part for me was deciding which 4 photos to select. Blue Springs, Missouri.

2021 Smart Phone Challenge Group

Challenge: Cracked
Photo by Brian Savon

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Brian says:

Off Hwy 319 south of Crawfordville, Fl is a collection of old Ford trucks and cars dating from the early 1900’s to the mid-70’s. Placed there by Pat Harvey, they had all been used on the nearby Harvey family farm. This photo was taken inside one car with a cracked windshield; you can see sections of two other wrecked vehicles in front of it.
 

 

 

2021 Critique Group

Challenge: Wide Lens
Photo by MaryBeth Moran

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MaryBeth says:

18mm view of Lake Winnipesaukee looking toward the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Photo taken from Lincoln Park, a very small park, gifted to the town of Gilford NH in 1924. The park has a small patch of grass and 6 picnic tables to enjoy lunch and the views. I was concerned about the heavy cloud cover today. However, after adjustments in LR, taken to PS and used the adaptive wide-angle filter to highlight the vastness of the area. Lake Winnipesaukee is 20 miles long and the White Mountains in the distance are about 40 miles away in bird distance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ricky's Challenge Photo: 

Challenge: Cracked
from the 2021 Smart Phone Challenge Group

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Ricky says:

I have many Douglas fir beams in my house and I'm always fascinated with the lines and movement created from wood grain. The beams are known for cracking, which adds to their character. Edited in Prisma app with Cactus

 

Lizzy Albright Sampler Quilt, Silke Von Hoffman

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The German Patchwork Guild holds a nationwide sew-along every year, which is decided upon via a vote of the membership. This year the Lizzy Albright quilt by Ricky Tims was chosen. Every Friday the participants meet, the new block is presented, along with a how-to demonstration. I meet with the participants and provides support via Zoom.  I am so inspired and exhilarated by the creativity I see with this group!
 
For the next 4 weeks, I am featuring some of this amazing work and giving space in my blog to for the German quilters to share their stories. This week’s quilt, from Silke VonHoffman, features the Lizzy fabrics I designed for Benartex.  

Silke says:

This is my second sampler quilt I've sewn and even though I've been doing patchwork for over 25 years. I usually sew more modern, I also prefer hand dyed and batik fabrics.

But when I saw this great quilt with the story that goes with it, I knew I wanted to make it in the original fabrics. With each block I look at the pattern and just choose the fabric combination according to the mood of the day. There is no overall concept or working by color gradient. Only the yellow fabrics I try to use distributed throughout the quilt.

Congratulations, Silke!

 

 

2021 52 Week Challenge Class

 

52 Week Challenge Class: Panning
Photo by Brenda Bolton

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Brenda says:

seagull in flight at Gibson dam

2021 Smart Phone Challenge Group

Challenge: Door Knob
Photo by Bob Greenlee

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Bob says:

Actually a ‘drawerknob’. Shot with iPhone, applied Prisma Lemur.

 

 

 

2021 Critique Group

Challenge: Use Liquify
Photo by Lois Bennett

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Lois says:

A peony liquified,. Basically I swirled and distorted the flower petals and background using liquify. I left the center of the flower as it was originally. Also added a slight vignette.

 

Ricky's Challenge Photo:

Challenge: Use Liquify
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

This is a plant I've never seen before - and the color is not altered. I'm clueless what it is, but it was about 6" across and had a very unique radial symmetry with these pink and green leaves. After playing with liquify on the 'petals', I decided a mirror might be fun too, and maybe it's a bit of Angry Birds now.

 

 

 

 

Dad's Lone Star by Richard and Ricky Tims
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 Dad's Lone Star detail

My dad and I started quilting at the same time, in 1991, the same week, without knowing the other was doing so. There's a longer story to tell about that, but for this message I want to share that his love for quilting, and his excellence in piecing, was inspirational. Quilting brought us together and we collaborated on several quilts. This quilt is called Dad's Lone Star because my dad pieced all of the diamonds to make the Lone Star. It was a quilt that we entered in many shows and it won awards in places like Paducah and Houston. 

For Father's Day I wanted to honor him by sharing this quilt and also to tell a few stories about him in order that you might have a small glimpse into the heart and soul of my dad. I lost him to Alzheimer's in 2015, but his spirit stays with me. I hope that this quilt and these stories will be an inspiration to you.

Click to hear the stories on YouTube 

 

Yes there is a pattern for this quilt.

 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!

  

 

 

Love is Love by Ricky Tims
81"x81"

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Love is Love is the most unexpected quilt and pattern I’ve ever created. It happened when two significant events collided. June is the month for LGBTQ awareness and the perfect time for sharing this quilt and the story behind it. Many of you will remember the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre that occurred on June 12, 2016 where a gunman took the lives of 49 souls and wounded 53 others. For me, that day married triumph and tragedy. You see, I had become a huge fan of Hamilton (the musical). I was so inspired by the genius of Lin Manuel Miranda that I wanted to go to NYC and see him and the original cast before they left the show. On June 6, 2016, I did. Six days later I was back in Colorado and I was excited about the Tony awards which were to take place on the evening of June 12, 2016. Hamilton was the projected favorite to win Best Musical. I woke up that morning to the news of the shooting  in Orlando. It was such a shock—numbing. I wondered how it might affect the Tony awards, which would surely proceed as planned, but the mood would, no doubt, be somber.

 
Lin Manuel’s acceptance speech for Best Musical was poignant. It ended with this…
 
"This show is proof that history remembers. We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall and light from dying embers. Remembrances that hope and love live longer. And love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside." 
 
I was so moved by the words that night that I immediately designed Love is Love fabric and made it available for sale on Spoonflower.com. I ordered my own yardage, and when it arrived, I felt strongly that I needed to use it somehow in a quilt. I had little time, so I decided on big chucks. The diamonds of a Lone Star seemed reasonable. As I moved forward, it (the quilt) was begging for another round of diamonds to become a Broken Star. The quilt then pleaded for appliqué with the words, LOVE IS LOVE - and those became the feathery appliqué. The pattern is available. The Love is Love fabric is only available from www.spoonflower.com
 
The fabric sales allowed me to contribute to the LGBTQ community and to help raise awareness... that love is love is love is love is love and cannot be killed or swept aside. 
 

 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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