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Capt'n John and his brother Jim took Mom to Spring Training to see her beloved Angels baseball team. While there we went to see the plants of the Desert at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. As some of our members noted last week, we were surprised to find that Chihuly had spread his glass throughout the Garden.

Not only were we surprised by the glass, but the shapes, variety and flowers of the desert plants were fascinating. If you get a chance to see this in person, the show can be seen during the day and lit up at night. The exhibit is through May 31, 2009. It's worth the trip. 

Like quilts displayed outside, it brings a whole new perspective to the art. Ricky plays "If I Were Love" from his Heart and Soul CD.

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In October we visited the Chihuly exhibit in San Francisco. Here is a summary of the sights, forms and lights that we saw on display. 

The music is one of my favorite songs by Ricky Tims off his Sacred Age Album, "Uptop." The album is available at the shop and you can click here to purchase it.

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Here is a review of some of the Road To California Prize Winning Quilts. Thanks again to Carolyn Reese and her wonderful staff.

Throughout this weekend we will blog some final quilts not yet shown.  

The music is from the Album "Sounds of Wood & Steel" and the song is "Nothing's To Good (For a Friend)" played by Doyle Dykes.

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Click to play Block Test #3

These are a little harder.  Are you up to it?  The music is Nettleton off Ricky's Heart and Soul album.  For this great CD Click Here.

The Blocks are from the Collection of Susan Brooks and are date to the late 1800s.  Each block will show twice.  Try to guess the name right away and then the answer will show.  Yes there are often several names for blocks, so I used the ones that were on the wall of the exhibit at The Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, California.

Did you get any of these?

 

 

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Click to play Block Test #2

 

I hope you did well on Block Test #1.  Here is a little harder test.  The music is Lullaby off Ricky's Heart and Soul album.  We have the CD - Click Here.

The Blocks are from the Collection of Susan Brooks and are date to the late 1800s.  Each block will show twice.  Try to guess the name right away and then the answer will show.  Yes there are often several names for blocks, so I used the ones that were on the wall of the exhibit at The Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, California.

 

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Not long ago we tested our knowledge of Block Names.  Let's see how good you've become at identifying blocks.  Block Test#1 will be easier than Block Test #2 and #3 (a new test Fri, Sat & Sun).  The music is Heart and Soul off Ricky's Heart and Soul album.   We have the CD - Click Here.

The Blocks are from the Collection of Susan Brooks and are dated to the late 1800s.  Each block will show twice.  Try to guess the name right away and then the answer will show.  Yes there are often several names for blocks, so I used the ones that were on the wall of the exhibit at The Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, California.  How are you doing?

 



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