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Just to change it up a bit, this week we are offering a puzzle with a quilt by Ronda Beyer, our featured guest in Episode 807- Shhh!!! A Prize-winning Quilter Shares Some Secrets.  The quilt is Gypsy Rosalie and it recently won Best Wall Quilt at the 2011 AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Lancaster.  Congratulations Ronda.

Gypsy 1 - 90 pieces - non-rotating

Gypsy 2 - 90 pieces - rotating

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This is one of the few quilts in the top 100 made by a man.  It was made by Carl Klenicke in 1900 as a wedding gift for his daughter.  Carl was a tailor and he most likely made the quilt from elegant dress fabric scraps from his shop.  It even includes fabric made from women's veils.  It is thought that the two horses in the center of the quilt represent Carl's home country, Germany.  It is also believed that many of the motifs in the quilt had special meaning to, Laura, Carl's daughter.  It is 72" x 60."

Wedding Quilt 1 - 90 pieces - non-rotating

Wedding Quilt 2 - 90 pieces - rotating

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This is one amazing quilt created by Mrs. B. W. Riley in 1939.  Mrs. Riley kept detailed records of the making of this Miniaturized Postage Stamp quilt.  Here are some of the statistics.  Each square measures less than one-half inch, a nine-patch measures one full inch.  The total weight of the quilt is 7 1/2 lbs.  She used 69,649 pieces and 3,694 yards of thread.  It took Mrs. Riley 194 days to make it, not counting the 524 hours to cut it out.  It contains approximately 1,810,874 stitches.  The truly amazing thing is that this is just one of the 200 quilts she made in her lifetime.

Postage1 - 100 pieces, non-rotating

Postage2 - 100 pieces, rotating

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Ruth Lee was born in Nebraska and moved to Kansas at the age of three. She liked to tell the story of tumbling out of the wagon and rolling under the wheel, but suffering no serious damage to her daughter Loretta.

She was an excellent seamstress and earned money tailoring furs and remaking men's suits into women's. This quilt was made in 1930 and is about 70" x 90."  It is made from cotton and hand pieced and hand quilted. Of all of the thousands of Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts, this one stands above the others.

To learn more about Ruth, click here.

Grandmother's Flower Garden 1 - 99 pieces non-rotating

Grandmother's Flower Garden 2 - 90 pieces rotating

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This amazing quilt has delicate applique, elaborate quilting (with trapunto), beautiful colors and and interesting subject matter; unfortunately all we know of the maker are the initials "AY."  It was created in 1937, possibly from a pattern.  It is made up of cottons and hand appliqued and hand pieced.

Medallion1 - 100 pieces non-rotating

Medallion2 - 90 pieces rotating

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This wonderful Diamond in a Square quilt was created by an unknown Amish artist around 1925.  It is 77" x 77" and is made of wools, hand pieced, and hand quilted.  It is a classic Lancaster County Amish quilt.  The Lancaster Amish focused on the simplest of pieced patterns.  In this example there are only 29 pieces of fabric. The simplicity of the design combined with the bold colors and magnificent quilting create a quilt of quiet power and beauty.

Amish1 - 100 pieces non-rotating

Amish2 - 90 pieces rotating

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