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Lizzy Albright Sampler Quilt, Baerbl Vollertsen 

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The German Patchwork Guild is doing a sew-along this year that is featuring my Lizzy Albright quilt. I wanted to feature some of the fun fabrics that are being used by the German quilters. This week’s quilt, from Baerbl Vollertsen, features the Grunge fabrics from Moda. 
Baerbl says:

After sewing 2 lockdown quilts from existing fabrics, it was huge fun to choose the
wonderful Grunge fabrics from Moda in the store. I'm working in a gradient
from pink/red (bottom right) to blue/purple (top left). Our members are very
fortunate to have Ricky supporting us through Zoom meetings.

Great work, Baerbl! Thanks for sharing your progress with us.

If you would like to make the Lizzy Albright quilt, I have the pattern book for those wanting to use your own fabrics - but also the Lizzy Albright quilt fabric kit which includes the pattern book.

Read here about Silke VonHoffman's quilt from last week.




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.


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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