With Fall just around the corner and Halloween not too far behind, we thought we'd feature one of Tonya Ricucci's Word Play quilts for this week's TQS Puzzle.  In Episode 907: Get UnRuly: Playing with Words, Alex, Ricky, and Tonya talk about her inspiration for Happy Halloween.  Does the style look familiar...think Gwen Marston...think Liberated Quiltmaking...does it ring a bell?

Happy Halloween - 35 pieces non-rotating

Happy Halloween - 100 pieces non-rotating

Happy Halloween - 100 pieces rotating



Turnabout is fair play, we recently featured one of Alex's quilts, so this week's featured puzzle is a quilt from our own Ricky Tims.  Brazilian Fantasie is part of his series of Rhapsodie Fantastique quilts.  If you'd like to see more of the quilts in this series, click here.

Brazilian Fantasie - 40 pieces non-rotating

Brazilian Fantasie - 100 pieces non-rotating

Brazilian Fantasie - 100 pieces rotating





This week's puzzle quilt, Bouquet, is by our latest featured artist, Katie Pasquini Masopust. You can catch some fleeting glimpses of the quilt and the original work of art from which it was created, if you watch the Behind-the-Scenes slideshow for Episode 906 or Episode 906: From Music to Masterpiece: A New Perspective on Design. It is 53" x 54" and here is the best part, you can own this quilt. It is currently for sale on Katie's website, www.katiepm.comclick here for more information.

Bouquet - 35 pieces non-rotating

Bouquet - 100 pieces non-rotating

Bouquet - 100 pieces rotating



This week's puzzle is by a favorite TQS guest, Paula Nadelstern.  The quilt was created in 1996 and is part of a series of kaleidoscope quilts.  There are four 12-sided off-centered mandalas with 29 smaller scopes bordering the center of the quilt.  The fabric is Liberty of London which contains the bilateral, symmetrical motifs required to create the kaleidoscopes.  Kaleidscopic XVI: More is More, was created on Paula's 42" round table in the kitchen of her apartment, so while "More is More" works for fabric, you don't really need a huge space to design perfection.  The quilt is 64" x 64" and was gifted to the American Folk Art Museum by Paula.

A current exhibit of Paula's kaleidoscope quilts is being held at the Akron Art Museum through October 2, 2011.

To see Paula in action at TQS, watch Episode 307: Puzzle Quilts or Episode 508: Paula at the American Folk Art Museum which features her kaleidoscope quilts.

Kaleidoscopic XVI: More is More - 35 pieces non-rotating

Kaleidoscopic XVI: More is More - 100 pieces non-rotating

Kaleidoscopic XVI: More is More - 100 pieces rotating



The top 100 puzzle quilt this week, Ray of Light, by TQS favorite Jinny Beyer, may be one of the most recongizable on the planet. Jinny's quilt was chosen as the winner of The Great American Quilt contest sponsored by Good Housekeeping, the U.S. Historical Society, and the Museum of American Folk Art to celebrate the US Bicentennial. Almost 10,000 quilts were entered into the contest. The quilt is made from Indonesian batiks and American cottons. It is hand-pieced and hand quilted and is part of Jinny's personal collection. It was completed in 1977 and measures 80" x 91". The Hindi translation of "Ray of Light" is Kiran, which is also the name of Jinny's daughter.

To learn more about the quilt, visit Jinny's site at www.jinnybeyer.com.

You can also watch Jinny on The Quilt Show in Show 601: Perfect Your Hand Piecing and Show 313: TQS Quilting Legend 2008.

Ray of Light - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

Ray of Light - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

Ray of Light - 100 Pieces Rotating



Bear West is Alex's award winning quilt. Boasting Best of Show in a regional show, it granted her young family the opportunity to take a trip to Orlando, Florida (Disneyworld)!  Ask Alex the story someday of how this quilt got its name and she'll remind you to always pay attention to the rules when submitting a quilt to a show (she didn't).  We give you a little puzzle hint below if you need it.

Bear West - 35 pieces non-rotating

Bear West - 110 pieces non-rotating

Bear West - 110 pieces rotating


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