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June 29, 2022
Photo of the Week from Ricky Tims

Photos of the Week - Week 24

 

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 24, Radial Symmetry

Photo by Betty Gott

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Betty says:

By increasing the exposure, I was surprised to see this plant looked as if it had been painted. Otherwise no changes were made except to crop it and give it a subdued frame.

 

52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 24 - Trash Treasure

 

Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 24, Trash Treasure

Photo by Charlene Van Walleghen

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Charlene says: 

The last telephone in our house that has one of these annoying cords ...

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Featured Quilt: Stars and Stripes from Ricky Tims

Stars and Stripes Forever
Designed by Ricky Tims
Made by Cyndi McChesney
 
Many moons ago when I was just starting to quilt, I joined a block exchange group at my local guild in St. Louis. When it was my turn to share a pattern, I designed my own pieced star block—but there was a twist. The points of the stars were in the adjoining blocks. At the time, I loved big prints o I gave the guidelines to use large prints, yellow in certain patches, and red in certain patches. I provided the blue and lavender fabrics. That quilt ...

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June 22, 2022
Featured Quilt: Itchy's Marvelous Dish from Ricky Tims

Itchy's Marvelous Dish
by Kat Bowser, quilted by Ricky Tims
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While Kat has a degree in fashion merchandising, her career has been that of a professional singer. She's never made a quilt and never really seemed to want to. I've known her for such a long time that she's fallen in love with quilting and she was the brain behind using a quilt as inspiration for a story (see Lizzy Albright and the Attic Window, the fantasy novel we co-wrote). 
 
During her recent visit she asked about making a ...

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Photo of the Week from Ricky Tims

Photos of the Week - Week 23

 

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 23, On the Fence

Photo by Julie Titus

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Julie says:

Downpour of raindrops splashes off the fence and makes fireworks.

 

52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 23 - Do Over

 

Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 23, Do Over

Photo by Michele Naugler

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Michele says: 

My Do Over is a square crop and dreamscape of a flower and bee. Increasing the vibrance made the colors pop and the dreamscape technique really intensified the effect.

 

Smart Phone Photo Challenges
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June 15, 2022
Photo of the Week from Ricky Tims

Photos of the Week - Week 22

 

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 22, Abandoned

Photo by Dennis Crawford

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Dennis says:

Our beautiful, Nationally protected, Audobon bird sanctuary is a lovely place for a quiet walk, and bird watching. However not everyone sees it that way. There's no explanation for people who decide it's there for their personal trash dump. Nothing like an abandoned water bottle to beautify the place. Construction workers? Visiting grandkids? Who knows? What a pity 

 

52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 22 - Panning

 

Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 22, Panning

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June 9, 2022
Featured Quilt: It Will Be Green Again from Ricky Tims

It Will Be Green Again
by Daphne Greig and friends
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Most you you will know that in July of 2018, a devastating and very large wildfire ravaged south central Colorado. The spring fire grew to 109,000 acres and on July 2, blazed through my little 40 acres of paradise, located in a high elevation fir forest. The fire literally came within feet of the house which was miraculously spared. The experience was life changing. 
 
A few months after the wildfire a parcel arrived. Inside was this quilt. It was a labor of ...

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June 7, 2022
Photo of the Week from Ricky Tims

Photos of the Week - Week 21

 

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 21, Silhouettes

Photo by Chris McCarthy

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Chris says:

Silhouettes on the Shade. This is Kerry and PJ, with mommy getting a kiss. PJ, my daughter, is due in two weeks. And I could not pass up the opportunity to take a shot of her very pregnant shape. This started out as a solo shot of PJ. But Kerry wanted to get into the act. We took a number of pictures with various poses but this was my favorite.

This was taken in front of ...

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June 1, 2022
Photo of the Week from Ricky Tims

Photos of the Week - Week 20

 

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 20, Multiplicity

Photo by Marion Seasholtz

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Marion says:

Soooo, I went down a bit of a rabbit hole with this one! A dear family friend is playing chess with Dad 3 times a week. They often wear hats, and always have a great time. My Dad has the board set up hours before Peter gets there. I tried this on Wed but I had some issues with my camera, and although it came out ok I wanted to try again. Peter is a great ...

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May 25, 2022
Portuguese Cookies from Ricky Tims

 

 

Portuguese Cookies 
by Hugo Dos Santos

Portuguese cuisine it’s prosperous…very rich…you are going to eat a lot.

One of the ingredients that we use the most is eggs, and you probably are asking “Why eggs?’.

Between the 18th and 19th centuries, Portugal was the main egg producer in Europe (possibly in the world). Most of its production had a certain destination: to supply egg whites for use in the manufacturing activity. Egg whites were used as a purifying element in the manufacture of white wine and, mainly, to iron the clothes of the rich and elegant of ...

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Photo of The Week from Ricky Tims

Photos of the Week - Week 19

 

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 19, Forced Perspective

Photo by Bruce Hinde

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Bruce says:

Last years spring crop in the background that is just about ripe and small bud of a winter variety that has just come up. They should do well this spring if we can keep them watered and the grasshoppers don't get them like they did two years ago. All the Harleys were killed in the late frost we had 3 weeks ago. But, like the Denver Broncos always say... "Wait till next year!"

 

 

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May 18, 2022
Featured Quilt: Viva Violetta from Ricky Tims

Viva Violetta by Ricky Tims 

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This Rhapsody-style quilt celebrates the color purple - or rather, violet. It features whimsical flowers and flowing curves. It’s also one of the few Rhapsody quilt patterns that I have. These quilts feature soft curved pieced units that have appliqué motifs exploding in a somewhat kaleidoscopic way. This quilt measures 58” x 58” so it is a great quilt to cut your teeth on if you want to try exploring Ricky’s Rhapsody-style quilts. Although they don’t use straight seams, squares, or triangles (which are common in quilting), they ...

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Chipmunks - Not So Cute! from Ricky Tims

Alvin and his mates may be cute - but the real guys have me snorting fire! It’s one thing to fight and struggle to grow a garden in zone 3 at nearly 9000 ft. elevation, but it’s even worse when the chipmunks and voles destroy all my progress and I watch all the money I spent on plants go into their bellies. 

 
I’m open to any and all suggestions to rid these pesky varmints. So far, live traps, essential oils, coffee grounds, and garlic/cayenne tea have been used.
 
I have three dogs, so I worry about the ...

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May 11, 2022
Featured Quilt: Serenity from Ricky Tims

Serenity by Ricky Tims (March 2021)
19.5” x 24.5” hand-dyed fabric, machine appliqué, free-motion machine quilted
based on a photo taken on the island of Madeira, by Hugo Dos Santos

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Inspiration comes from many sources. Often it is an event, or an emotion. Sometimes it comes from stories, people, or places. I was in the mood to create. I had a small window of creative time and took advantage of it by creating this small piece based on a photo that was recently sent to me which was taken on the island of ...

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Photo of the Week from Ricky Tims

Photos of the Week - Week 17

 

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 17, Cracks

Photo by Mary degreef

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Mary says:

Getting hot here in Florida. These is just a few cracks in a big pile of dirt on the farm. I put a photo of fire on top, layer masked that all out, then brushed back in the cracks. I put the fire on top so the photo would have the meta data for this week. Used a filter from Topaz.

 

 

52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 17 - Dreamscape

 

Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 17, Dreamscape

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May 3, 2022
Photo of the Week from Ricky Tims

Photos of the Week - Week 16

 

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 16, Triangles

Photo by Karen Watts

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Karen says:

This pretty blue spruce is in our neighbor's yard. It's very symmetrical, but I made it more so by doing a mirror montage. Then I lost track of the various filters I applied in Topaz. This morning I noticed the triangle fabric and decided it would make a good background.

 

 

52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 16 - Golden Hour

 

Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 16, Golden Hour

Photo by Deanna Sprinkel

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April 27, 2022
Photo of the Week from Ricky Tims

Photos of the Week - Week 15

 

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 15, In Motion

Photo by Jess Thompson

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Jess says:

Yesterday, there was lots of land-based in-motion but nothing in the water. Today, the weather is forecast to downhill for 10 days so I went to the beach one more time. Today there was heavy surf and six surfers. I shot over 250 photos. After going through them and applying LR corrections I was down to 130. I liked this one, with the surfer in the curl, the best.

 

 

52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 15 ...

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April 20, 2022
Featured Quilt : Capriccio from Ricky Tims

 

 

Capriccio by Ricky Tims
 
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H 16.75” x W 16.75”
 
Statement: A capriccio (also Caprice) is a piece of music, usually fairly free in form and of a lively character. This free-form composition seemed to follow that theme with movement and repetition. While many of my quilts are created “improvisationally”, this particular quilt is not improvised. It was created with templates and yet, the process is so easy and forgiving.
 
Did you know that curved seams are more forgiving than straight seams in a quilt? If you have straight seams - they should ...

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Photo of the Week from Ricky Tims

Photos of the Week - Week 14

 

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 14, Collection

Photo by Debra Gagnon

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Debra says:

Oooo, those in the know do not need a caption. Possibilities await!

 

 

52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 14 - Street Photography

 

Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 14, Street Photography

Photo by Kathleen Madden

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Kathleen says: 

I went out a few times for this challenge and also watched the documentary on Vivian Maier. After seeing that, I decided I had to change this photo to B&W. This man passed us as ...

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April 13, 2022
Featured Quilt: Granny's Tied Quilt from Ricky Tims

 

 

Granny's Tied Quilt
by Bertie Newsom Hudgeons (c. 1964)
 
Watching Lonesome Dove this past week (the mini-series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Larry McMurtry), There was a scene with a quilt that was very similar to this quilt made by my Granny. I remember Granny making this quilt from trousers, corduroy, suitings, and other heavy fabrics. It has a wool army blanket inside, and flannel back. I helped her tie it. I’m sure I only tied four or five ties, but still, it's part of my memory. The quilt is heavy. I tell folks that ...

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April 11, 2022
Photo of the Week from Ricky Tims

Photos of the Week - Week 13

 

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 13, Rhymes With Tune

Photo by Gigi Kandler

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52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 13 - Composite Montage

 

Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 13, Composite Montage

Photo by David Scharf

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David says: 

Ricky did say we could be subtle or extreme, right? I went galactic by blending photos of a gnarly old oak tree and a black and tan granite countertop using the "Difference" blending option. I'm disappointed I couldn't capture the full tree, but I had to ...

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