Molly Upton's ideas were inspired by the fine arts, painting, architecture, dance, music, and literature, and she found a method for creating her ideas through fabric. Torrid Dwelling, created in 1975, was far ahead of its time. In fact, at the time of her death at the age of 24, her work was being represented in a Madison Avenue art gallery. Torrid Dwelling uses a wide range of fabrics and innovative strip-piecing techniques. Molly commented that she drew inspiration from "wandering through ruins, active streets and deserts; from past civilizations, and (from piano) keyboards."  This quilt is 98" x 92" and is in a private collection.

Torrid1 - 36 pieces non-rotating

Torrid2 - 100 pieces non-rotating

Torrid3 - 100 pieces rotating



On this July 4 we brought back the puzzle for American Life.  Okay it's 1930 not 2011, but it's a fun quilt.  How fast can you do this?


In 1930, Mrs. Cecil White created a quilt with vignettes of American Life.  Her style seems similar to cartoon art.  She included everything from a shoe shine parlor to an elopement and a trolley ride.  The quilt is 77" x 66" and made mostly of cotton fabric.  It is hand appliqued and quilted.  Not much is known about Mrs. Cecil White but anyone can enjoy her look into everyday life in 1930.

cecilwhitequilt1 - 60 pieces non-rotating

cecilwhitequilt2 - 60 pieces rotating

American Life


This week's puzzle is from TQS guest, Susan Brubaker Knapp of Blue Moon River.  This lovely quilt while bold in design, is small in dimension.  It is only 12" x 12" and can be found in Susan's latest book, Point, Click, Quilt! Turn Your Photos into Fabulous Fabric Art.  Susan created this quilt using cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint, cotton threads and cotton batting.  It is thread sketched and free-motion machine quilted.

Susan's Episode 901 will post on Monday, July 4, 2011.

African Beads - 100 pieces non-rotating

African Beads 1 - 100 pieces rotating

African Beads 2 - 35 pieces non-rotating - Great for beginners!



This week's puzzle, Hydrangea, is quite a large quilt at 100" x 97".  It was created by Velda Newman in 1989 using hand applique and hand quilting.  Velda used hand-dyed and commerical fabrics as well as discharge-painted leaves.  She added another unique touch by including a contrasting red edging and black and white binding.  Velda makes very few quilts, but all are masterpieces of art and design.  

Look for Velda in the upcoming 900 series where she'll be teaching painting on fabric.

Hydrangea1 - 90 pieces non-rotating

Hydrangea2 - 90 pieces rotating

Hydrangea3 - 35 pieces non-rotating


Copyright 2002 - Velda E. Newman


This is a record-breaking quilt, Mosaic #3, was pieced by Albert Small and quilted by his wife Eva and daughter-in-law, Marian.  It was created during the war years, 1941-1944, when fabric was hard to find.

Albert worked on Mosaic for four years, sewing four hours a day, six days a week.  He told one reporter that it took about 6000 hours. The quilt contains a total of 123,200 hexagons, each 1/4 inch in diameter. There are 15.08 hexagons in each square inch of the quilt. Six of these hexagons are smaller than a dime.

Because he was a large man who worked with explosives by day and a needle by night, he received quite a bit of attention.  He established correspondence with a number of "famous" quilters of the time including Florence Peto and Grace Synder, who asked for a copy of his hexagon template.

To read more about Albert Hall and see some of his earlier quilts, click here.  The quilt is in the collection of the Illinois State Museum.

We've put up a much easier puzzle this week for anyone who hasn't tried a puzzle before. They are great fun, give it a whirl.

Mosaic1 - 35 pieces, non-rotating

For those of you who have been doing this for a while, here you go!

Mosaic2 - 90 pieces, non-rotating

Mosaic3 - 90 pieces, rotating



It took quite a bit to get this quilt together, but probably not the way you think.  Sharon Pederson began this quilt in 2009 and with the help of her friends from all around the world, she organized and ran the Rose of Sharon Block Challenge.  You'll want to read the whole story at Sharon's website.  Here are the names of the designers of the blocks, including one from Sharon.

Starting at the upper left corner and going across the top, they are:

Simonetta Marini of Bologna, Italy, Judy Best from Ontario, Canada, Dianne Gronfors also from Ontario, Canada, my block, Leslie Collins from California, USA, Jo Moury of Virginia, USA, Rebekah Reinheimer from Jerusalem, Israel, Suzy Pricket of Florida, USA, Barb Vlack from Illinois, USA, Candace Door of Nebraska, USA, Pat Daniels, from Manitoba, Canada, Claudia Change of Taipei, Taiwan, and Kari Bauer from Illinois, USA.

BTW, our own Alex and Ricky judged the final blocks!

Rose of Sharon 1 - 120 pieces, non-rotating

Rose of Sharon 2 - 100 pieces, rotating

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