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This week's puzzle is a bit of a departure.  It is actually the cover of a scissor and needle case created by TQS Guest and Teacher, Lauren Vlcek.

You can watch Lauren in Episode 1206: The Magical World of Mixed Media debuting on Monday, March 11, 2013.

You learn about embellishment in Lauren's classroom, Fabric Fancification.

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 Artist statement:

This contemporary scissor and needle case features an original print on canvas of a painting I did of Frida Kahlo. The case measures 6 inches by 6 inches when closed. It opens to 6 inches by 15 1/2 inches and utilizes 2 magnetic snap closures. The needle pages are made of wool felt. The fabrics on the interior and exterior of the case are modern 100% quilting weight cotton supported by 2 kinds of interfacing for a sturdy hand. The appliqué on the cover is made from handwoven Burmese silk.

Frida Kahlo - 36 pieces non-rotating

Frida Kahlo - 100 pieces non-rotating

Frida Kahlo - 289 pieces non-rotating

Frida Kahlo - 100 pieces rotating

Frida Kahlo - 289 pieces rotating

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This week's puzzle is a lovely pictorial quilt by Sue Rasmussen. The quilt is titled, Woodland Doe. It measures 52" x 68" and is currently in a private collection. To learn more about Sue's technique for simple piecing of pictorial quilts, watch Episode 1205: Picture This: Simplified Pictorial Piecing.

Woodland Doe - 35 pieces non-rotating

Woodland Doe - 99 pieces non-rotating

Woodland Doe - 300 pieces non-rotating

Woodland Doe - 99 pieces rotating

Woodland Doe - 300 pieces rotating

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This week's puzzle is No Room for Tires (51" x 46"), a humorous quilt from TQS guest, Sue Rasmussen.

You can watch Sue in Episode 1205: Picture This: Simplified Pictorial Piecing premiering February 25, 2013.

No Room for Tires - 36 pieces non-rotating

No Room for Tires - 100 pieces non-rotating

No Room for Tires - 289 pieces non-rotating

No Room for Tires - 100 pieces rotating

No Room for Tires - 289 pieces rotating

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Cathy made the Star and Plume quilt after she wrote a song of the same name for her third quilting CD, A Quilter's World

It tells a happy-ending story about our favorite quilt gal, Sunbonnet Sue, who finds true love after some dicey moments with an intruder, using 46 quilt block names to tell the story. Thanks to Barbara Brackman for her wonderful "Encyclopedia of Quilt Block Patterns", where Cathy not only got the names of the blocks, but also what they look like. If you have "A Quilter's World," you can "follow the bouncing ball" and read along with the quilt as the song is playing!

Machine and hand pieced and appliquéd, machine quilted.
Each block is 9."
Finished in her car on her way to Texas, January 2005.

You can learn more about Cathy in Episode 1204: Songs, Stories, and Buttons.

The Star and Plume Quilt - 35 pieces non-rotating

The Star and Plume Quilt - 99 pieces non-rotating

The Star and Plume Quilt - 300 pieces non-rotating

The Star and Plume Quilt - 99 pieces rotating

The Star and Plume Quilt - 300 pieces rotating

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This week's puzzle is The Beat Goes On by Ricky.  It was made the week following his heart bypass in 2000.

If you'd like to learn all about this quilt, you can read Ricky's interview with Quilt Alliance which he gave at the International Quilt Festival Houston 2000.

Click here for interview.

The Beat Goes On - 36 pieces non-rotating

The Beat Goes On - 100 pieces non-rotating

The Beat Goes On - 289 pieces non-rotating

The Beat Goes On - 100 pieces rotating

The Beat Goes On - 289 pieces rotating

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Today's TQS Puzzle is from the queen of feathered star quilts, Marsha McCloskey.  Marsha's quilt is called "California Star."  If you'd like to learn more about feathered stars, you can read Marsha's books, Feathered Star Quilt Blocks 1 and Feathered Star Quilt Blocks II, available on her website, www.marshamccloskey.com.

To learn more about Marsha, please watch Episode 1203, Achieve "Stellar" Results with Precision Piecing.

California Star - 36 pieces non-rotating

California Star - 100 pieces non-rotating

California Star - 289 pieces non-rotating

California Star - 100 pieces rotating

California Star - 289 pieces rotating

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