Ruth Lee was born in Nebraska and moved to Kansas at the age of three. She liked to tell the story of tumbling out of the wagon and rolling under the wheel, but suffering no serious damage to her daughter Loretta.

She was an excellent seamstress and earned money tailoring furs and remaking men's suits into women's. This quilt was made in 1930 and is about 70" x 90."  It is made from cotton and hand pieced and hand quilted. Of all of the thousands of Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts, this one stands above the others.

To learn more about Ruth, click here.

Grandmother's Flower Garden 1 - 99 pieces non-rotating

Grandmother's Flower Garden 2 - 90 pieces rotating




This amazing quilt has delicate applique, elaborate quilting (with trapunto), beautiful colors and and interesting subject matter; unfortunately all we know of the maker are the initials "AY."  It was created in 1937, possibly from a pattern.  It is made up of cottons and hand appliqued and hand pieced.

Medallion1 - 100 pieces non-rotating

Medallion2 - 90 pieces rotating




This wonderful Diamond in a Square quilt was created by an unknown Amish artist around 1925.  It is 77" x 77" and is made of wools, hand pieced, and hand quilted.  It is a classic Lancaster County Amish quilt.  The Lancaster Amish focused on the simplest of pieced patterns.  In this example there are only 29 pieces of fabric. The simplicity of the design combined with the bold colors and magnificent quilting create a quilt of quiet power and beauty.

Amish1 - 100 pieces non-rotating

Amish2 - 90 pieces rotating



The AIDS Memorial Quilt has been displayed in its entirety only five times -- in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992 and 1996. Each display was on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The quilt was founded in 1987 and is a memorial to those who have died from AIDS and is used as a tool in the prevention of HIV.  Each section is twelve feet square and is typically made up of eight individual 3' x 6' panels sewn together.  Each panel memorializes the life of someone lost to AIDS.  There are currently more than 44,000 panels.  To learn more, click here.

Memorial1 - 90 pieces non-rotating

Memorial2 - 90 pieces rotating




Can't you just hear the pounding of the hooves, see the dirt flying through the air, feel the energy of the horses as they explode down the track?  Shirley Kelly has combined her love for horses and her love for quilting into this fabulous quilt, Two Minutes in May.  Her dad was a jockey, her grandfather used horses in his business, and her daughter's horses share her property.  I think Shirley might just know what she's quilting about.  Keen attention is paid to every detail of the horses' musculature and movement.  It seems as if they are coming right at you, better jump out of the way.

Two Minutes in May was completed in 1995.  It is 78" x 41" and made from cottons, hand-appliqued and pieced, and machine-quilted.

May1 - 91 pieces no rotation

May2 - 91 pieces with rotation



This is the second week in a row that the Top 100 Puzzle has featured a quilt by Jonathan Shannon.  It is a quite different quilt than Air Show.  As Jonathan said,

"Amigos Muertos' is a memorial to all those artists who have died from AIDS and cancer, and espeically to my friend, Lynn Piercy, who died as the quilt was being completed.  In quiltmaking, there is an honored tradition of using this medium to express personal feelings of both joy and sorrow.  Making this quilt was my way to feel close to those who have died too young.  For 16 months I used my finest stitches in their honor.  It is a loving, even joyful, work.  These skeletons play music and dance in a field of flowers and vines surrounded by a border of intricate cutwork applique.  While we who are left behind may be saddened by death, who is to say the dead are sad?"

Amigos1 - 90 pieces non-rotating

Amigos2 - 81 pieces rotating



TQS BOM 2019 "SIZZLE" by Becky Goldsmith

SIZZLE Quilt - Warm

SIZZLE Quilt - Cool


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