Kool Kaleidoscope III by Ricky Tims

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Kool Kaleidoscope III is a fun quilt, and it’s a bit like the ultimate mystery quilt. There is a logic to how it’s going to look, but there is no way to plan or predict how it will look when you finish this quilt. It is made using strip sets. Surprisingly, I consider it an advanced beginner quilt. It looks far more complex than it really is.

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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!

  

 

2021 52 Week Challenge Class

Challenge: Board Game
Photo by Mary Kay Fosnacht

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Mary Kay says:

I also tried a similar composition on the front of the gameboard. It was very colorful but a little too busy for me.

2021 Smart Phone Challenge Group

Challenge: Letters
Photo by Karen Koehle

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Karen says:

I consider alphabet cards to be one of my personal icons because they represent my love of reading and the joy I feel when teaching young children to read.

My grandson (age 4) selected alphabet cards with the first initial of family members. He set them on top of the rest of the pile.

Cropped slightly on iPhone.

 

 

 

2021 Critique Group

Challenge: Multiple Exposure
Photo by Marion Seasholtz

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Marion says:

This was fun - I love to photograph old barns. There are many of them within minutes of our home in Vermont in various stages of repair. Last fall just before snowfall we had to have a large maple cut down so it wouldn't fall down across our driveway. They left the pieces on the lawn cut up ready to split for firewood. A couple of days ago I was walking the dog and took a photo of the logs covered in snow. It's been windy so they looked like miniature mountains. Someone in the group mentioned the app photo blender so I thought I would try it out. Then I brought the combined photo into LR to adjust light and color.

 

 

2021 52 Week Challenge Class

Challenge: Mirror Image
Photo by Kathleen Madden

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Kathleen says:

This is a sculpture titled "Fragmenta" by artist Osman Akan of dichroic glass for the Anchorage Crime Lab. The artist wanted to have the sun's light block and reveal certain rays...much like forensics work in solving a crime I drive by it often and it never looks the same. It also reminds me of the Aurora that we often see here in Alaska. This was a fun challenge.

2021 Smart Phone Challenge Group

Challenge: Blue (no sky)
Photo by Linda Rowberry

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Linda says:

I found a blue vase, so I added some blue flowers and a blue bow. I added an oil painting filter from the BeCasso app. I’m really liking that app!

 

 

 

2021 Critique Group

Challenge: It's Alive
Photo by Gail Garber

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Gail says:

Meet one of the two Greater Roadrunners that hang out in my back yard. I worked on photos at other sites around Albuquerque, but nothing gets as close up as these two very friendly birds (they ARE wild birds) that are hoping for a handout, like so many roadrunners of the southwestern U.S. This feels a lot like cheating; it was so easy. Very minimal edits in Lightroom and a slight crop to get rid of a bright sun streak across the top.

 

Ricky's Challenge Photos:

Challenge: Its Alive
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

I went with the mirror montage. I haven't created one in a while and they are fun. I tried many different subjects, but wasn't happy - until this one. This is a tray next to my cook top, looking down onto the tops of salt and pepper shakers and a teapot. Also a pottery jug with a zippy bag inside. I thought the critter looked a bit intense - very much alive.

 

 

Challenge: Blue
from the 2021 Smart Phone Challenge Group

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Ricky says:

I kind a grab just about everything that was in sight that was blue because there’s not much blue which makes it a challenge. Duh

Gaelic Blessing by Ricky Tims

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I have a love affair with Ireland and I have been 9-10 times. I go as often as I can.  As a result, I was inspired  to make a Double Irish Chain quilt. As is my way, I didn’t follow the rules or adhere to typical look of the quilt. So instead of using the usual grid of equal sized squares, I shifted the lines on the grid so there were a series of squares and rectangles. Within that framework, I wanted to incorporate a Celtic Cross. I figured out that by removing six of the center blocks I could replace those blocks with a single Celtic Cross using a minimal amount of appliqué. To contain all of the design and create a border, instead of sewing on a regular border, I just colored the grid differently so that the border was incorporated into the blocks of the quilt. 

In today’s methods and techniques a Double Irish Chain made from squares can be done relatively quickly by shifting the grid and incorporating the different fabrics for coloration. This quilt is only slightly more complex but is still made using traditional rotary cutting methods. The fact that there is not very much appliqué means that those sections will be completed quickly as well. 

It was a fun quilt to make and if you are Irish, of Irish heritage or connect with Ireland this might just be a fun quilt for you to make!

P.S. Be sure to click for detailed view and see the shamrocks that I free-motion quilted into the 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!

  

 

2021 Smart Phone Group

Challenge: Tilted
Photo by Lucy Snyder

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Lucy says:

"Tilting at Windmills" and Don Quixote is a major theme in my life and relationships, so this week I took photos of the several Quixotes in our collection. I removed the background in the Canva program and replaced it with an image in that same program. Made some small edits in LRC and voila!

2021 52 Week Challenge Class

Challenge: Abandoned
Photo by Emma Voss

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Emma says:

No boats in the marina. It's amazing to see the difference in the place between winter and summer! It's such a cold desolate feeling place here in February, whereas in summer there is a comforting hustle and bustle to the place.

 

 

 

2021 Critique Group

Challenge: Pins & Needles
Photo by Cate Armstrong

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Ricky's Challenge Photos:

Challenge: Pins & Needles
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

This started with one felt ball and I put pins with yellow ball heads radiating out. In between those I used flower head pins. I added a few other color flower head pins closer to the center. This was then set on a black box so I could spin it like a top and push in while spinning. I opted for my iPhone because of the angle and the situation, but also to share this bit of info if you don't know it. I shot using the LIVE option. When you shoot an image with LIVE it captures a second or so of 'video'. If you swipe up from the bottom you get options. The far right option is "Long Exposure" where it blends the little short movie into one single image. From there, I went to Topaz for a filter called City Lights which gave it some punch and a pseudo dreamscape appearance. Cropped square.

 

 

Challenge: Tilted
from the 2021 Smart Phone Challenge Group

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Ricky says:

This is my little favorite tea pot, from Dingle pottery on the Dingle peninsula and Ireland. I used snap seed to clone out my fingertips because I wanted the teapot floating. The level of the tea in the cup should mess with your mind a little bit.

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