Viva Violetta by Ricky Tims 

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This Rhapsody-style quilt celebrates the color purple - or rather, violet. It features whimsical flowers and flowing curves. It’s also one of the few Rhapsody quilt patterns that I have. These quilts feature soft curved pieced units that have appliqué motifs exploding in a somewhat kaleidoscopic way. This quilt measures 58” x 58” so it is a great quilt to cut your teeth on if you want to try exploring Ricky’s Rhapsody-style quilts. Although they don’t use straight seams, squares, or triangles (which are common in quilting), they are actually easier to put together than most traditional quilting methods.

 
There are no longer kits available for this quilt, but you have the flexibility to choose your own colors and fabrics. The pattern is available here:
 
Due to the large size of the Rhapsody quilt patterns, they are printed on-demand and do cost more than typical quilt patterns. The result is well worth the investment.
 
Get the Pattern
$59.98

 

Viva Violetta detail  

 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!

  

Alvin and his mates may be cute - but the real guys have me snorting fire! It’s one thing to fight and struggle to grow a garden in zone 3 at nearly 9000 ft. elevation, but it’s even worse when the chipmunks and voles destroy all my progress and I watch all the money I spent on plants go into their bellies. 

 
I’m open to any and all suggestions to rid these pesky varmints. So far, live traps, essential oils, coffee grounds, and garlic/cayenne tea have been used.
 
I have three dogs, so I worry about the sonic systems, and am concerned the birds won’t like that either.
 
Mr. Google has tons of suggestions, but I don't need suggestions. I need experienced folks who have successfully gotten rid of these critters to chime in and give me some real advice.

Photos of the Week - Week 18

 

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 18, Light Painting

Photo by Lynn Watkins

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Lynn says:

So much fun this week. I tried wands and light writers and brushes, etc. I ran out of time to edit the one I wanted to use but looking forward to coming back to it when I get home. I had a lot of nice smooth ribbons with wands that I liked but I decided to post this one because of the unusual texture. I wish that I had noticed to avoid the light on the wall behind!!

 

 

52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 18 - Red

 

Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 18, Red

Photo by Laurie Lee

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Laurie says: 

First, this is a cell phone photo. I went to a local high school's annual play the other night but didn't bring my "formal" camera with me, which I regard still. When I saw this scene on the stage, I knew I had to give it a shot. Red is associated with the meanings of love, passion, joy, strength, courage, determination and more. I saw those great characters on this group of high schoolers. The last show on this stage was 2019. We all know the story after that. The play was such a success. Back to the image itself, with it being a jpeg phone photo I had limitation on editing quality but I managed to use several skills I have learned in this class and hope to bring some good of it. In addtion to the basic LR, I added a gaussian blur to soft the image first, then add a composite layer to break the totally black and dark stage background. Used brush to clear out some faces from the composite layer. Still wish I have had my camera with me that moment.

 

Smart Phone Photo Challenges
Week 18 - Morning Mood

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 18, Morning Mood

Photo by Linda Rowberry

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Linda says:

My Cheerios told me it’s going to be a great day in spite of waking up to dark skies and rain! Edited in BeCasso.

 

 

 

Photos of the Week - Week 17

 

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 17, Cracks

Photo by Mary degreef

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Mary says:

Getting hot here in Florida. These is just a few cracks in a big pile of dirt on the farm. I put a photo of fire on top, layer masked that all out, then brushed back in the cracks. I put the fire on top so the photo would have the meta data for this week. Used a filter from Topaz.

 

 

52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 17 - Dreamscape

 

Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 17, Dreamscape

Photo by Nancy Maciolek Blake

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Nancy says: 

I thought I would like using the dreamscape technique with flowers – and I do – but I found that I especially like it applied to structures like nest boxes and buildings. Softening the texture while keeping the lines of the shape is really appealing to me. This nest box is one of several used every year by Tree Swallows. Later in the summer, the fields are filled with lovely pink Joe Pye Weed but right now there is only a hint of the beauty to come.


Basic edits in LR, no cropping. In PS, used a Gaussian blur layer of 110 pixels, multiply blending, followed by adjusting the levels of the flattened image.

 

Smart Phone Photo Challenges
Week 17 - Corner

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 17, Corner

Photo by Deb Story

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Deb says:

This is the corner of my creative space. I’m able to see outside. But also I have several little knickknacks and things that are part of my past. I edited this with both distressed fx and BeCasso

Ricky's Challenge Photos

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 17, Corner

Photo by Ricky Tims

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Ricky says:

 

 

 

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Critique Group Challenge:

Week 17, Cracks

Photo by Ricky Tims
from the 2022 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

This is an old Douglas fir log with a huge crack. It's essentially a large votive candle holder shot from the side. I saturated the colors and did a dreamscape which gave it a sort of sunset landscape effect.

 

 

Serenity by Ricky Tims (March 2021)
19.5” x 24.5” hand-dyed fabric, machine appliqué, free-motion machine quilted
based on a photo taken on the island of Madeira, by Hugo Dos Santos

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Inspiration comes from many sources. Often it is an event, or an emotion. Sometimes it comes from stories, people, or places. I was in the mood to create. I had a small window of creative time and took advantage of it by creating this small piece based on a photo that was recently sent to me which was taken on the island of Madeira (southwest of Portugal). My goal was to use my hand-dyed fabrics and create a colorful version of the scene. I really enjoyed the process. I personally don’t give this one an A+, but the impact of having time to create it scored a home run for my soul.

 

Inspiration photo by Hugo Dos Santos

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Serenity detail

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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!

  

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