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Precious Water took Best of Show at the 2004 International Quilt Festival in Houston. It measures 77" x 85" and is made of 100% cotton fabric with polyester batting.  It is hand dye-painted with thickened fiber reactive dyes on cotton fabric and machine quilted.

Artist Statement:

In the spring of 2000, I dreamed of a yellow piece that spoke to me of the continual droughts that threaten so many places on our planet. Our fresh water is precious and limited. This is a worldwide problem that affects us all which is why the images represent four different continents. "Precious Water" is painted with dyes using six values of yellow, then quilted with over 200 different colors of thread.

Go to Hollis' website to see more of her work.

Precious Water - 36 pieces non-rotating

Precious Water - 100 pieces non-rotating

Precious Water - 300 pieces non-rotating

Precious Water - 100 pieces rotating

Precious Water - 300 pieces rotating

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Since we didn't have a puzzle in the Weekend Fun over International Quilting Weekend, we are going to give you an extra puzzle this week.  

Here it is, Fairy Journal, by Lauren Vlcek.  It is a small art quilt that Lauren adapted from a Patti Culea pattern. It measures 12" x 17."  It was machine appliqued and quilted and embellished with beads, charms and crystals.

To learn more about embellishment, visit Lauren's class Fabric Fancification or watch her show, Episode 1206: The magical World of Mixed Media

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Fairy Journal - 35 pieces non-rotating

Fairy Journal - 99 pieces non-rotating

Fairy Journal - 300 pieces non-rotating

Fairy Journal - 99 pieces rotating

Fairy Journal - 300 pieces rotating

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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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