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Joanne Baeth's quilt, Sunset and Sandhill Cranes has won a number of awards including: AQS DesMoines 2009, Best Machine Workmanship, Denver Quilt Festival 2010, Best of Show, IQA Houston 2010, Best Pictoral, Road to California 2011, Masterpiece and Pacific West Quilt Show 2011, Best of Show.  Her quilts are influenced by her environment.  Here is what she has to say.

I am fortunate to live in an rural area in southeastern Oregon with wetlands, refuges, forests, and lakes nearby. This amazing area is the largest migration route in the Pacific Northwest for over 300 species of birds. I became inspired by the wildlife and nature surrounding me and started taking photographs and drawing birds, animals and landscapes. My husband and I are in the outdoors often which gives me the opportunity to observe wildlife in settings that are different with each season.

To learn more, visit Joanne's website.

Sunset and Sandhill Cranes - 36 pieces non-rotating

Sunset and Sandhill Cranes - 100 pieces non-rotating

Sunset and Sandhill Cranes - 100 pieces rotating

Sunset and Sandhill Cranes - 252 pieces non-rotating

Sunset and Sandhill Cranes - 300 pieces rotating

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Sheila Frampton-Cooper, aka Zoombaby, had another quilt in Road to California 2012.  Her quilt, A View From Above, took 3rd place, Art Abstract.  Here is what Sheila has to say about her quilt.

This originally started as a very small color study, but to my surprise and enjoyment, it decided to grow. I've observed that when you allow the energy to flow without an agenda, you are given a gift. Several people said, "hey, it looks like the view from the plane when you are flying over the midwest". I recently flew from OH to LA, and looked out of the window and wow, there it was, my view from above.

It took Sheila three solid months to piece the top and another 6 weeks to quilt it.

A View From Above - 35 pieces non-rotating

A View From Above - 96 pieces non-rotating

A View From Above - 96 pieces rotating

A View From Above - 252 pieces non-rotating

A View From Above - 300 pieces rotating

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Here is a detail of the Amazing Eight Quilt.  Click on the picture for a 35 piece puzzle.

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With Male Call: Quilts by Men, coming to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, CO, we thought we'd choose David Taylor's award-winning quilt, Marmalade's First Snow for our TQS puzzle.

Here's what David said about his quilt, "My friend Jane McLeod snapped this picture of her barn cat, Marmalade, and when she showed it to me, I knew I had to turn it into a quilt.  I always enjoy creating "barn wood' from fabric and this quilt has now become a favorite, and, I think, one of my best.  Marmalade's whiskers are hand embroidered, and the quilt is a combination of hand applique with machine piecing on some of the longer sections of 'wood.'"

This quilt recently was the winner of Judges Choice - Kelly Gallagher Abbott at Road to California.

Marmalade's First Snow - 35 pieces non-rotating

Marmalade's First Snow - 99 pieces non-rotating

Marmalade's First Snow - 99 pieces rotating

Marmalade's First Snow - 270 pieces non-rotating

Marmalade's First Snow - 270 pieces rotating

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This week's Top 100 Puzzle, Row Houses by Flavin Glover is a cover girl.  It graces the cover of A New Look at Log Cabin Quilts from C&T Publishing.  It is also one of the twentieth century's best american quilts.

This quilt, created in 1985, was inspired by the "painted ladies" row houses in San Francisco. The whole design was created entirely from log cabin blocks.  Flavin was aided by a picture postcard and suggestions from a paint store brochure.  It is 83" x 104" and was created from cotton fabric, machine pieced, and hand quilted.

Flavin has long been drawn to the log cabin block, she says, "Log Cabin quilts truly keep one connected to the taproot of American patchwork."

You can visit Flavin and learn about her incredible career at her website, www.flavinglover.com.  You can order a signed copy of her book by clicking here.

Row Houses - 35 pieces non-rotating

Row Houses - 99 pieces non-rotating

Row Houses - 99 pieces rotating

Row Houses - 252 pieces non-rotating

Row Houses - 252 pieces rotating

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Coming this Monday, January 16, is our latest Episode 1002 - The Value of ... Value! with Michelle Jackson. In this episode, the 2010 Niche Award-winning fiber artist demonstrates the relationship - and difference - between color and value, and the important part value plays in determining what one sees when viewing a quilt.

In this quilt, Bucky, Michelle shows you what can happen when you meet a camera-ready friend at the zoo. The quilt is 47.5" x 43."  Bucky, himself, is much taller. It is made from 100% cotton fabrics and is fused applique and machine quilted.  The quilt was completed in 2010.

Bucky - 35 pieces non-rotating

Bucky - 100 pieces non-rotating

Bucky - 100 pieces rotating

Bucky - 252 pieces non-rotating

Bucky - 252 pieces rotating

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