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Spirogyra #2 by Caryl Bryer Fallert was inspired by photo taken through a microscope of spirogyra, a single cell, filamentous algae, commonly known as pond scum. 

This entire quilt is a study in intersecting color and value gradations. The four fabrics  are from Cryl's Gradations collection for Benartex. The dots are quilted in a pebbly pattern with heavy (#30) top stitching thread from the Superior Brytes collection. She matched the color of the background fabric behind each dot, so the pebbles appear to float. The wavy background stripes were quilted in matching colors (three shades of each color) with fine (#60) thread from the Superior Bottom Line collection.

Caryl used her Applipiecing technique to create the quilt. You can see photos of how she put this quilt together on her website, click here.

You can watch Caryl in Episode 1308 - Techniques, Tips...and a Very Special Tour for Quilters which debuts on October 7.

Spirogyra #2 - 36 pieces non-rotating

Spirogyra #2 - 100 pieces non-rotating

Spirogyra #2 - 289 pieces non-rotating

Spirogyra #2 - 100 pieces rotating

Spirogyra #2 - 289 pieces rotating

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This week's puzzle, Positive Energy 4 - was created using Karen's "layered Curves and Peaks" technique. 

“Layered Curves" (aka Layered Waves) makes curves faster and easier to do than curved piecing and unlike the raw edges in fabric collage, the edges in “Layered Curves” are neat and tidy.  It is also the subject of her books  "Layered Waves" (2009) and "Wearable Waves" (2012). Dramatic angles and points can be also be made using this technique, which contrast beautifully with the flowing lines.

Watch Karen in Episode 1109 - Accidental Landscapes

Positive Energy 4 - 35 pieces non-rotating

Positive Energy 4 - 99 pieces non-rotating

Positive Energy 4 - 300 pieces non-rotating

Positive Energy 4 - 99 pieces rotating

Positive Energy 4 - 300 pieces rotating

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Alex says, "Scrap quilts rule in my book! This quilt celebrates the entirety of my vast fabric collection."  Want to make your own scrap quilt, check out Alex's new book.

Here's one of her scrappy works - How many fabrics can you count?

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Scrappy Bowties - 36 pieces non-rotating

Scrappy Bowties - 100 pieces non-rotating

Scrappy Bowties - 100 pieces rotating

Scrappy Bowties - 289 pieces non-rotating

Scrappy Bowties - 289 pieces rotating

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Sheila created Electric Faerie of the Getty Garden for the International Quilt Festival Special Exhibit: Good for You 2011.  This was an international juried and judged exhibition of art quilts where the theme was Good for You - as in, "what's good for you? Chocolate, wine, video games? As long as the quilt spoke to the theme, it was acceptable.

Electric Faerie of the Getty Garden - 36 pieces non-rotating

Electric Faerie of the Getty Garden - 100 pieces non-rotating

Electric Faerie of the Getty Garden - 300 pieces non-rotating

Electric Faerie of the Getty Garden - 100 pieces rotating

Electric Faerie of the Getty Garden - 300 pieces rotating

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Every once in a while, quilter extraordinaire, Angela Walters, makes a quilt for herself. This is one of those quilts.  Impracticality was featured on the cover of the June/July 2103 issue of Quilter's Newsletter.

You can watch Angela at work in Episode 1306 - No-Pin Curves and Quilting "Modern." 

Impracticality - 35 pieces non-rotating

Impracticality - 99 pieces non-rotating

Impracticality - 300 pieces non-rotating

Impracticality - 99 pieces rotating

Impracticality - 300 pieces rotating

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Since Alex is off to one of Rosalie Dace's classes, we thought we'd share one of Rosalie's quilts, Awake my Soul, as the puzzle for this week.  To see more of Rosalie's quilts on her website, click here.

You can also learn more about Rosalie in Episode 711: Quilting: Where Imagination and Reality Meet: Featuring Rosalie Dace, Jennifer Chiaverini and Michael Cummings.

From Rosalie:

Description: This quilt is one of my series based on the sun and the magic and mystery of our universe. Here I used the image of the sun to reflect the somewhat difficult phase my work had been through. I knew I simply had to get warmth and light back in my creative life.

Dimensions: 106cm x 119cm

Materials: Commercial and hand-dyed cotton, silk, sheers.
Machine pieced, machine and hand appliquéd, machine quilted

Awake My Soul - 36 pieces non-rotating

Awake My Soul - 100 pieces non-rotating

Awake My Soul - 289 pieces non-rotating

Awake My Soul - 100 pieces rotating

Awake My Soul - 289 pieces rotating

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