This week's puzzle is an award-winning quilt from Sarah Vedeler.  It won an honorable mention in Paducah and 1st prize at Houston in the Computer Aided Machine Embroidery category.   The Houston show was the first show in which Sarah had entered a quilt. The cool thing is that you can make this quilt too!  GO! Be Dazzled utilizes AccuQuilt GO! dies and they can be found on the GO! Be Dazzled CD.  Click here to learn more.

To learn more about Sarah, watch Episode 904: The Wonderful World of Embroidered Applique posting Monday, August 15, 2011.

GO! Be Dazzled - 36 pieces non-rotating

GO! Be Dazzled - 110 pieces non-rotating

GO! Be Dazzled - 110 pieces rotating



Created in 1999, Baskets by Velda Newman. is a prime example of her ability to create a work of art inspired by ordinary objects found in the everyday world.  The quilt is 42" x 44" and you can see another view of it in the Behind the Scenes slideshow for Episode 903.

To see how Velda creates her art, watch Episode 903 - Realistic Imagery: How Does She Do it? 

Also available from C & T Publishing is Velda's book, A Workshop with Velda Newman, "Take inspiration from nature, then use color, shape, and texture to translate the world around you into amazing works of quilted art!"

To go to Velda's website, click here.


Baskets: 36 pieces non-rotating

Baskets: 100 pieces non-rotating

Baskets: 100 pieces rotating



This week's puzzle, Puzzling Memories, was created by Peggy Mages and was part of the "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" traveling exhibit, a 54-quilt traveling exhibit about Alzheimer's, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiate (AAQI).  The exhibit has now been retired and the quilt will be auctioned off, along with other quilts from the exhibit, beginning Monday, August 1, 2011.  All proceeds will fund Alzheimer's research.

To learn more about the quilt and its maker, click here.

To learn more about the auction, click here.

Puzzling Memories 35 pieces non-rotating

Puzzling Memories 100 pieces non-rotating

Puzzling Memories 100 pieces rotating




This week's quilt is Ancient Directions by Alison Goss, created in 1990.  Having lived in many places, Alison has always been inspired by her surroundings.  According to The Twentieth Century's Best American Quilts, edited by Mary Leman Austin, Alison states, "I made this quilt about nine months after an extended stay in the San Juan Mountains in the Four Corners area of the American Southwest.  I was overwhelmed, and still am, by the beauty and meaning of this area.  I tried to put as much of my feeling as possible into Ancient Directions." 

Joen Wolfrom, in her book, The Magical Effects of Color says, "Some spectacular examples of contemporary quilts with vague traditional roots include: Ancient Directions by Alison Goss with its dimensional design based on a simple diagonal four-patch."

However you feel about Ancient Directions, you can't help but be drawn into depths and beauty.

The quilt is 80" x 67"  It uses hand-painted and commercial cottons and is machine pieced and quilted.  It is in the collection of the National Quilting Museum.

Ancient Directions 35 non-rotating

Ancient Directions 100 non-rotating

Ancient Directions 100 rotating





Our current guest in Episode 901 State-of-the-Art Quilting: Tradition Meets Innovation - Susan Brubaker Knapp, has a delightful block of the month pattern entitled, Heart's Desire.  It is Susan's take on a Baltimore Album quilt and finishes at 62" x 62"  It has a modern twist and features hearts, vines, and leaves.  Susan used hand-dyed fabrics, but image what this would look like on a white background using prints or batiks.  The pattern is available at Susan's site.

Hearts Desire 1 - 35 pieces non-rotating

Hearts Desire 2 - 100 pieces non-rotating

Hearts Desire 3 - 100 pieces rotating



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


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