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Helen Kelley was inspired by 1976 trip to Norway to create this Renaissance quilt.  It was made in 1983 and is 30" x 70".  She made a study of Norwegian coverlets which revealed the use of geometric patterns much like those in American quilts. Helen studied designs for more than two years and put together detailed drafting designs in order to insure geometric accuracy.  She struggled with finding appropriate fabrics and decided that including calico was required in order to blend the old world with the new. "Renaissance" is an American quilt tapestry which depicts the Christmas story.  It is made up of cottons, machine pieced, hand appliqued and quilted.  It is in the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Renaissance1 - 70 pieces non-rotating

Renaissance2 - 80 pieces rotating

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Double Mexican Wedding Rings #4 was designed and pieced by Nancy Crow and quilted by Marie Moore. It was created in 1989-90 and measures 72" x 72"  It is made up of cottons and machine pieced and hand quilted. The quilt is in the collection of John Walsh III.  This quilt is from an earlier period of Nancy's career when she used templates and commercially printed fabrics.  From 1990 on she worked improvisationally and would just cut into the fabric and let it see where its inspiration would take her.

WeddingRing1 - 72 pieces non-rotating

WeddingRing2 - 72 pieces rotating

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The Bible Scenes quilt was made by a member of the Drake Family around 1900.  It is 71" x 76" and is in the Collection of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.  The two scenes depicted are "Adam and Eve," and "The Crucifixion."  Some of the symbolism in the quilt is not clear.  The quilt is made of cotton, hand appliqued, pieced, and quilted with feed sacks on the back.  It is difficult to know who made the quilt as census records for African-Americans in the South were not officially recorded at the time. 

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BibleScenes1 - 90 pieces non-rotating

BibleScenes2 - 80 rotating

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This quilt was created in 1978 by the talented Michael James.  It is called "Aurora" and measures 96" x 108." Aurora is part of a series of sky-themed quilts.  It is an abstract composition which breaks through the traditional idea of a drunkard's path block.  Michael was inspired by the French painter/designers, Robert and Sonia Delaunay.  This quilt is in the collection of the International Quilt Study Center.

Aurora 1 - 80 pieces non-rotating

Aurora 2 - 80 pieces rotating

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Rio Hondo (80" x 64") is a fractured landscape masterpiece by Katie Pasquini-Masopust.  She takes a photograph, enlarges it, and then fractures the surface into vertical sections.  For movement, she adds diagonals. Rio Hondo is a river that runs between Taos and Santa Fe.  Katie says, "I am interested in portraying places I have been, into a surreal world of my own."  This quilt was lost at a show and was missing for nine months.  A salvage company found it and tracked Katie down because she had written pertinent information on her quilt label.   So remember to ALWAYS INCLUDE A QUILT LABEL.

The quilt is in the collection of John Walsh III.  It was made in 1995, mostly from cottons.  It is machine pieced, appliqued, and quilted.  

Rio Hondo 1 - 80 pieces non rotating

Rio Hondo 2 - 80 pieces rotating

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This week TQS is bringing you a new format for the Top 100 Puzzle.  There are all types of options you can try. Some of which will make you absolutely crazy.  You can change the shape and difficulty of the puzzle pieces by selecting Change Cut.  You can also shuffle the pieces or have it solve the puzzle for you.  As always, there is a timer. Good Luck.

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Want to try it in the old puzzle style? Emma Craig -The Garden

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The Garden was created in 1933 by Josephine (Emma) Craig and is 86" x 85".  Josephine earned national fame in the 1930s when she won the 1936 Eastern States Exposition held in Storrowton, Mass.  It was one of the first national quilt contests.  It was inspired by an antique quilt described in Ruth Finley's 1929 book,  Old Patchwork Quilts and the Women Who Made Them, as "the acme of the art of applique."  At the Kansas State Fair it was rated by the judges as "100-percent perfect."

The quilt is currently part of the collection of the Kansas State Historical Society.

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