Four Star? Four Square? Do you know the name of this block? Play Jinny's game and find out the name.



This quilt, Wave on Wave, is another Lone Star beauty from Judy Martin (which you can find in her book Singular Stars). We love that it is strip pieced and yet displays a "wavelike" appearance.

Watch Judy in Show 2411.

WaveonWavebyJudyMartin - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

WaveonWavebyJudyMartin - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

WaveonWavebyJudyMartin - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

WaveonWavebyJudyMartin - 36 Pieces Rotating

WaveonWavebyJudyMartin - 100 Pieces Rotating

WaveonWavebyJudyMartin - 289 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Judy Martin


Kim Eichler-Messmer writes about her landscape quilts:

"I am affected by light more than any other external factor. My face turns towards the sun like a sunflower, trying to soak up the warmth of the rays. On dark days I am slow and quiet. I shiver under the darkening sky of a thunderstorm and feel a crushing urge to flee. The long, dark shadows of an autumn afternoon infuse me with a strange balance of sadness and contentment. The pink clouds of sunrise fill me with hope.

It is the quality of light, weather patterns, and dramatic skies particular to the American Midwest that I attempt to capture in my work. In my quilts, I visually abstract the landscape while also bringing it into sharper emotional focus. Diligent photographic documentation of the sky forms the starting point for decisions about composition and color, which are then shaped by mood and memory."

Watch Kim in Show 2411.

SkyNovemberKansasbyKimEichlerMessmer - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

SkyNovemberKansasbyKimEichlerMessmer - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

SkyNovemberKansasbyKimEichlerMessmer - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

SkyNovemberKansasbyKimEichlerMessmer - 36 Pieces Rotating

SkyNovemberKansasbyKimEichlerMessmer - 100 Pieces Rotating

SkyNovemberKansasbyKimEichlerMessmer - 289 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Kim Eichler-Messmer


Here's the latest beautiful block from Jinny. Have you been learning all the names? We think this one just might have something to do with temperance. What do you think?



Complications is part of Kim's Narrative Series. She writes,

"I started making these narrative quilts while in graduate school at the University of Kansas in 2005 and the series continued through 2010. They are autobiographical, using the rabbit and the tooth as a stand in for myself. Each quilt attempts to deal with a family story, attitude, or perception. All of these quilts are heavily worked, starting with all hand dyed and screen printed fabric. Most have multiple layers of cloth sewn together and cut through, as in reverse appliqué. Many have sheer overlays of fabric and intense machine and hand embroidery."

Watch Kim at work in Show 2411.

ComplicationsbyKimEichlerMessmer - 32 Pieces Non-Rotating

ComplicationsbyKimEichlerMessmer - 98 Pieces Non-Rotating

ComplicationsbyKimEichlerMessmer - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

ComplicationsbyKimEichlerMessmer - 32 Pieces Rotating

ComplicationsbyKimEichlerMessmer - 98 Pieces Rotating

ComplicationsbyKimEichlerMessmer - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Kim Eichler-Messmer


Total Eclipse of the Pivot was created using hand dyed fabrics such as marigold, weld, and walnut, along with striped fabric from Kim's "imbue" line of modern batiks. It is made from three layers of cloth, stiched together and then cut to reveal layers of color and texture below.

54" x 54" - 2017

Watch Kim use organic dyes in Show 2411.

TotalEclipseofthePivotbyKimEichlerMessmer - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

TotalEclipseofthePivotbyKimEichlerMessmer - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

TotalEclipseofthePivotbyKimEichlerMessmer - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

TotalEclipseofthePivotbyKimEichlerMessmer - 36 Pieces Rotating

TotalEclipseofthePivotbyKimEichlerMessmer - 100 Pieces Rotating

TotalEclipseofthePivotbyKimEichlerMessmer - 289 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Kim Eichler-Messmer

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