The Legacy Quilt 

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In 2015, the theater company in our little village of La Veta, Colorado decided to put on a production of The Quilters, a musical that depicted the lives of several pioneer women and the vignettes, or small stories, were inspired by traditional quilt blocks. Blocks are used in the play, and at the end, the finished Legacy quilt is revealed on stage. Our stage is somewhat small, so the quilt had to be created horizontally. I designed the quilt using the blocks listed in the play and members of the Colorado Quilt Council (our state guild) made two of each of the blocks. One for the stage - and one for the quilt. 

Cyndi McChesney quilted this quilt which was raffled off and the proceeds went to the our theater company. It was a fun project and the play was well attended in our community. 

Did you know? I have the pattens for these blocks on my website - free to all. CHECK IT OUT. One of my high school cohorts, Connie Ryle Newman, is deeply involved with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research association. She provided commentary and snippets from Wilder’s writings to compliment this project. You’ll find those on the Legacy Quilt Club page too.

 
 
 

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 52

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 52, Personal Best

Photo by Pam Pengelly

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52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 52 - Personal Best

Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 52, Personal Best

Photo by Jill Kerttula

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Jill says:

This was shoot and Edited during "Dreamscape" week . I have gone back to this place several times since, but have never gotten the same light. or composition. I love the strong diagonal and circlular repition, the contridiction of the beautiful light and the rusty and dirty bikes.

 

Smart Phone Photo Challenges
Week 52 - Personal Best

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 52, Personal Best

Photo by Charlotte MacNaughton 

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Charlotte says:

Went on a late sept camping trip with my Mom to one of the most beautiful places in the world: Lake O’Hara. Being there in Sept means that the larches are stunning and their colours turn.

Ricky's Challenge Photos

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 52, Personal Best

Photo by Ricky Tims

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Ricky says:

I enjoyed the filter on this - it's real and not real at the same time. Bold and strong - impact with minimal distractions. 

 

Critique Group Challenge:

Week 52, Personal Best

Photo by Ricky Tims
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

This was my choice for the "introspective" challenge and I find it unique - fun - and meaningful. As with everyone, it's hard to pick a personal best (which is not a favorite). This was in my top options and also set well with my spirit. It was taken in Taos, NM.

 

Photos of the Week - Week 51

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 51, Seasonal Sensations

Photo by Wendy Hodina

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Wendy says:

Seasons Sensations -- or maybe Sensational?! Seasons greetings from Cleveland, Ohio and the Christmas Story House. Stopped by there this morning so our Chicago visitors could get a peek before they headed home. the line was out the door with people wanting to walk through the house. We settled for a stop at the gift shop and outside photos. Such a fun way to spend the morning and a lot of laughs! Saw the move this weekend too.
Topaz Filter Starlight Glitter

 

52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 51 - Celestial Celebration

Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 51, Celestial Celebration

Photo by Richard Stebbins

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Richard says:

My take on this weeks photo comes from John Denver ( I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky). This is from a beautiful Colorado morning sky. I played with the Gamut Warning to make the colors would be printable. I had to go through several layers to capture all the colors that were grayed out.

 

Smart Phone Photo Challenges
Week 51 - Heartwarming

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 51, Little Star

Photo by MJ Hovis  

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MJ says:

There is nothing more heartwarming to me than having all the chicks back in the nest. and apparently we really like our Bombas Christmas socks that arrived in everyone's Christmas stockings this morning. Merry Christmas everyone!

Ricky's Challenge Photos

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 51, Heartwarming

Photo by Ricky Tims

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Ricky says:

What is more heartwarming than a loving family coming together for celebration and festivities. This setting represents a wonderful family time with much loving care taken to cook, decorate, and create a wonderful family memory for our dinner. 

 

Critique Group Challenge:

Week 51, Seasonal Sensations

Photo by Ricky Tims
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

For the past eight years I have been invited to be the "graphic artist" to create the Christmas card for my nephew and his family. They choose their theme, and I put it together. This year was Scooby Doo. There was actually a "mystery machine' on display in the decorated lawns in the country club area of Wichita Falls. Merry Christmas y'all!

 

 

 

Texas Horned Lizard by Carol Jones Morrissey 
62" x 44"

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A few years ago while walking through the International Quilt Festival in Houston, I came across this quilt that captured my heart immediately. Growing up in north Texas, I saw (and played with) many “horny toads”. They were a childhood favorite and they were abundant and easily found in my neighborhood. Over the years their numbers have significantly declined and this Texas state reptile is now listed in Texas as “threatened”. Their decline is not due to little boys capturing them for an hour or so before letting them back into the wild, but there have been concerns about their food source (insects) being taken away due to pesticides. Conservation efforts are underway. These amazing critters are generally docile and are an iconic part of the Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and New Mexico. Carol worked from a photograph to create this amazing quilt which features raw edge appliqué and free-motion machine quilting. I love having this quilt in my collection. It hangs in my breakfast nook and makes me happy each time I see it.
 
Carol says, "The quilt was based on a photo taken by Dr. Shawn Billerman, an ornithologist and herpetologist. I found the photo online and was able to track down the source through his friend's blog post about their birding/herping trip in southeast Colorado. They were driving along very slowly and spotted something dart past, and realized it was a Horned Lizard. They stopped the car and ran after it to take photos. Dr. Billerman seemed surprised when I asked him if I could use his photo as a reference for a quilt! He seemed even more surprised when I sent him a photo of the finished 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!

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 Critique Group Challenge from week 50

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 50, Introspective

Photo by Linda Bennett

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Linda says:

Introspective….thought provoking. The water has always meant so much to me, very introspective for my soul to gaze on a beautiful sunrise over the water. Thought provoking….will life be sunny or full of rain? Is a single man insignificant in the vastness?


This is sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean at Ormond Beach, Fl. I spent a couple of days here for my birthday trip. I was not expecting to wake up to rain storms over the Atlantic but it added so much to the morning.

 

52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 50 - Silence

Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 50, Silence

Photo by Lyndsay Brandon

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Lyndsay says:

It is a cloudy day and we got a fresh dump of snow last night so everything is pristine. The black and white is exactly as I shot the photo .

 

Smart Phone Photo Challenges
Week 50 - Little Star

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 50, Little Star

Photo by Georgia Brown 

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Georgia says:

I took a photo of one of the star lights in my window and used the ArtLeap app to place it in the glass dome. A nice holiday affect. I love all the editing apps suggested by all the participants this year.

Ricky's Challenge Photos

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 50, Little Star

Photo by Ricky Tims

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Ricky says:

Tis the season where little stars abound. This one hangs on the Christmas tree here at home. I edited in two apps - BeCasso and then into Prisma. Wishing you the best season possible.

 

Critique Group Challenge:

Week 50, Introspective

Photo by Ricky Tims
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

I got married this week - to a man! (I should add...I've never been married before.) As a sixty-five year old, making that statement is somewhat surreal. I could write a book (and maybe I will someday) on the evolution of my acceptance of myself and the very long journey that led me to be the "me" I am today. 


After the wedding, Hugo and I took a very short trip to Santa Fe. We stopped in Taos for lunch and went to the plaza for a walk about. Tucked into a nook at the entrance to the plaza I stumbled upon this scene. The colors drip from the roof and pour down the side of the building. They mingle, mix, and come together at the bottom. I took the photo because it captivated me. It was clever. But as I thought about it afterwards, it became a symbol for many metaphorical thoughts. While I don't necessarily think this image is "introspective" on its own - it inspired many introspective thoughts for me - and perhaps it might also create some introspective thoughts for you too. I have no words to fully express how thankful and blessed I feel now - compared to the insecurities, fears, and self-loathing I experienced when I was young and well into my middle years. I can honestly say I'm well past caring what anyone else thinks. One lady on Facebook wrote..."disgusting". To each his own, but negative comments and hateful opinions no longer stick. They are now deflected against a strong armor self assurance and dignity.

Life is precious - love is precious - freedom and peace are invaluable. The "gay rainbow flag" colors are not about gay identity. The rainbow of colors are for all who embrace the idea that we can live together with joy and peace in this world and we are not required to become homogenized into a melting pot of the same thoughts, ideas, and creeds. Anyone who embraces and celebrates diversity will appreciate this image and the various introspective thoughts it might bring.

 

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