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Let's start the New Year with a Celebration by TQS member, quiltlady2200, otherwise known as Shirlee Carter.  Shirlee made the quilt for her local quilt guild challenge.  She waited five years to make Celebration after acquiring the pattern and fabric.  Her celebration was finally having acquired the skills to make it.  And, it won 1st place - art quilts in the Santa Rosa Quilters Guild Challenge 2011!

How about you?  What are you going to accomplish in 2013?

Celebration - 36 pieces non-rotating

Celebration - 100 pieces non-rotating

Celebration - 289 pieces non-rotating

Celebration - 100 pieces rotating

Celebration - 289 pieces rotating

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This week's puzzle, Beauty of the Beast, was created by TQS member, hedgesstuff, AKA Margery O. Hedges and was juried into the International Quilt Festival in Houston 2012.

Margery's artist statement:

This is my vision of a family of horses, Dad standing proud and tall, Mom leaning protectively over her baby (giving you the evil eye!), and the colt just standing there looking so cute! The horses are all painted and appliquéd. The virtual border of lone stars is pieced and appliquéd onto the background.

Beauty of the Beast - 36 pieces non-rotating

Beauty of the Beast - 100 pieces non-rotating

Beauty of the Beast - 100 pieces rotating

Beauty of the Beast - 300 pieces non-rotating

Beauty of the Beast - 300 pieces rotating

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Roses of Shenandoah (90” x 90”) by Rita Verroca (TQS member, whigrose) of Westlake Village, CA This quilt won First Place - Traditional Applique at the Houston International Quilt Festival 2009.  Rita hand embroidered, hand quilted, hand appliqued, and hand pieced her original design.  

Roses of Shenandoah - 36 pieces non-rotating

Roses of Shenandoah - 100 pieces non-rotating

Roses of Shenandoah - 100 pieces rotating

Roses of Shenandoah - 289 pieces non-rotating

Roses of Shenandoah - 289 pieces rotating

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This week's puzzle isn't a quilt.  It's a pillow created by Mary Buvia called Rudy...It's a Christmas pillow, bet you can't guess who Rudy is...

The pillow is 18" x 18" and was created in 2009.

Puzzle hint:  the pillow is set against a white background.

Rudy - 36 pieces non-rotating

Rudy - 100 pieces non-rotating

Rudy - 100 pieces rotating

Rudy - 289 pieces non-rotating

Rudy - 289 pieces rotating

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Life in Holly Ridge was created by TQS guest and classroom instructor, Nancy Prince.  This quilt took approximately 50,000 yards of thread and 5 million stitches.  It measures 75" x 54"  The background fabric was hand painted and Tsukineko Inks were used to in the houses on the hill and the windows and doors on the bias-sided town buildins.  Nancy's grandchildren are the merchants in the town. Life in Holly Ridge took Nancy 1500 hours to complete.  Click here to visit Nancy's website.

Nancy was a guest in Episode 1004: "Painting" with Thread.  Nancy also taught a Thread Painting class in the TQS Classroom.  Click here to visit her classroom.

Life in Holly Ridge - 35 pieces non-rotating

Life in Holly Ridge - 99 pieces non-rotating

Life in Holly Ridge - 99 pieces rotating

Life in Holly Ridge - 300 pieces non-rotating

Life in Holly Ridge - 300 pieces rotating

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Imagining India was created by Pat Holly (one of the designers of the TQS 2013 BOM).  Pat says, "I continue to be inspired by antique textiles from around the world, particularly India.  This quilt was designed and made before I was lucky enough to visit India.  It is entirely machine appliqued and machine quilted."

Imagining India was created from silk and lame fabrics, purchased trims, silk, rayon, and polyester thread.  It is embellished with decorative machine stitches.

Pat's quilt won Second Place, Innovative Applique, at the Houston International Quilt Festival 2012 and Best Wall Quilt at AQS Paducah 2012.  You can learn more about it here.

Imagining India - 36 pieces non-rotating

Imagining India - 100 pieces non-rotating

Imagining India - 100 pieces rotating

Imagining India - 300 pieces non-rotating

Imagining India - 300 pieces rotating

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After you do the puzzle and see the quilt, watch Pat talk about constructing this award winner.