Quilt Puzzle: The Darwin Quilt

Your Quilt Jigsaw Puzzle for November is below!   Do you love the monthly Quilt Jigsaw Puzzle? We’d love to have you as a member if you’re not already on the team!   We rely on the generous support of donors and members to sustain our projects. If you support our mission of documenting, preserving, and sharing the stories of quilts and quiltmakers, join us by starting and maintaining an annual membership, making a donation, or learning how your business or corporation can become a supporter of the Quilt Alliance. We thank our members regularly with special content like QSOS interviews and other community oral history events.   Tip: for best results, solve puzzle on this page on a desktop computer or laptop. If you are solving on a mobile device, click on the puzzle piece icon in the lower righthand corner to solve on the Jigsaw Planet website.   Welcome to another quilt jigsaw puzzle from Quilt Alliance! The beautiful quilts in our puzzles have all been entries in past Quilt Alliance quilt contests.     The Darwin Quilt by Jean Van Bockel   This month’s puzzle spotlights a quilt titled The Darwin Quilt made by Jean Van Bockel of Boise, Idaho for the 2014 Quilt Alliance contest and auction, Inspired By     Materials   Cotton fabric, hand appliqued and embroidered, machine quilted Artist’s Statement   Honorable Mention: Members’ Choice Awards From the DAR collection there is a beautiful appliqued quilt made by Josephine Miller Adkins in 1874. Her family called it the Biblical Stories Quilt. It was made right after Darwin’s theory of evolution was published, This shocking new concept stirred up controversy around the world and is still debated 140 years later. I took design ideas from Josephine’s quilt but used bright colors, added a Darwin fish and put a monkey on the tree of knowledge.  …

Quilt Puzzle: Bat Love

Your Quilt Jigsaw Puzzle for October is below! Do you love the monthly Quilt Jigsaw Puzzle? We’d love to have you as a member if you’re not already on the team! We rely on the generous support of donors and members to sustain our projects. If you support our mission of documenting, preserving, and sharing the stories of quilts and quiltmakers, join us by starting and maintaining an annual membership, making a donation, or learning how your business or corporation can become a supporter of the Quilt Alliance. We thank our members regularly with special content like QSOS interviews and other community oral history events. Tip: for best results, solve puzzle on this page on a desktop computer or laptop. If you are solving on a mobile device, click on the puzzle piece icon in the lower righthand corner to solve on the Jigsaw Planet website. Welcome to another quilt jigsaw puzzle from Quilt Alliance! The beautiful quilts in our puzzles have all been entries in past Quilt Alliance quilt contests. Bat Love by Elizabeth Ferry Pekins This month’s puzzle spotlights a quilt titled Bat Love made by Elizabeth Ferry Pekins of Lampasas, Texas for the 2015 Quilt Alliance contest and auction, Animals We Love Materials Double sided art quilt with integrated hanging sleeve. Artist’s Statement We love bats! Bats are cute,furry,loveable,sensitive and often misunderstood. They are endangered and threatened world wide. Our family loves bats and our life revolves around their nocturnal world. Vacations and outings involve visiting bat caves and urban colonies. My doubled sided art quilt features a colorful bat hanging around with bat friends flying in the distance. Many of my pieces are donated to bat and cave conservation charities. We love bats!…

Quilt Puzzle: If the Baltimore Ladies Had Batiks

Your Quilt Jigsaw Puzzle for February is below! Do you love the monthly Quilt Jigsaw Puzzle? We’d love to have you as a member if you’re not already on the team! We rely on the generous support of donors and members to sustain our projects. If you support our mission of documenting, preserving, and sharing the stories of quilts and quiltmakers, join us by starting and maintaining an annual membership, making a donation, or learning how your business or corporation can become a supporter of the Quilt Alliance. We thank our members regularly with special content like QSOS interviews and other community oral history events. Tip: for best results, solve puzzle on this page on a desktop computer or laptop. If you are solving on a mobile device, click on the puzzle piece icon in the lower righthand corner to solve on the Jigsaw Planet website. Welcome to another quilt jigsaw puzzle from Quilt Alliance! The beautiful quilts in our puzzles have all been entries in past Quilt Alliance quilt contests. If the Baltimore Ladies Had Batiks by Marie Johansen This month’s puzzle spotlights a quilt titled If the Baltimore Ladies Had Batiks made by Marie Johansen of Friday Harbor, Washington for the 2010 Quilt Alliance contest and auction, New From Old. Original based on a Baltimore block pattern. Batiks – 20/80 batting – hand applique – hand quilting – ink (adding dimension to flowers). Artist’s Statement I love vintage quilts but I always like adding an updated twist to traditional patterns. Baltimore Beauty quilts have fascinated me for many years but I really wanted to add a modern element to this traditional design. I challenged myself to pair one of my favorite fabric types (batiks) with a typical Baltimore Beauty style block. Voila! My answer to the 2010 theme “New from Old” became “What if the Baltimore Ladies Had Batiks?”

Quilt Puzzle: Everyone Needs a Roof Over Their Head

Your Quilt Jigsaw Puzzle for January is below! Do you love the monthly Quilt Jigsaw Puzzle? We’d love to have you as a member if you’re not already on the team! We rely on the generous support of donors and members to sustain our projects. If you support our mission of documenting, preserving, and sharing the stories of quilts and quiltmakers, join us by starting and maintaining an annual membership, making a donation, or learning how your business or corporation can become a supporter of the Quilt Alliance. We thank our members regularly with special content like QSOS interviews and Quilt StoryShare events. Tip: for best results, solve puzzle on this page on a desktop computer or laptop. If you are solving on a mobile device, click on the puzzle piece icon in the lower righthand corner to solve on the Jigsaw Planet website. Welcome to another quilt jigsaw puzzle from Quilt Alliance! The beautiful quilts in our puzzles have all been entries in past Quilt Alliance quilt contests. Everyone Needs a Roof Over Their Head by Dort Lee This month’s puzzle spotlights a quilt titled Everyone Needs a Roof Over Their Head made by Dort Lee of Leicester, NC for the 2006-7 Quilt Alliance contest and auction, Put a Roof Over Our Head. Materials and processes: cotton, buttons, beads, embroidery floss, fabric markers, satin stitching, machine quilting Artist’s Statement I have a barn that is the exact shape of your house pattern. These are all animals that have lived in my barn at some time or other-all from original drawings by me.

Quilt Puzzle: Holiday Edition: Five Calling Birds

Your Quilt Jigsaw Puzzles for December are below! Do you love the monthly Quilt Jigsaw Puzzle? We’d love to have you as a member or donor if you’re not already on the team! We rely on the generous support of donors and members to sustain our projects. If you support our mission of documenting, preserving, and sharing the stories of quilts and quiltmakers, join us by starting and maintaining an annual membership, making a donation, or learning how your business or corporation can become a supporter of the Quilt Alliance. We thank our members each month with special content like StoryBee episodes and QSOS interviews. Tip: for best results, solve puzzle on this page on a desktop computer or laptop. If you are solving on a mobile device, click on the puzzle piece icon in the lower righthand corner to solve on the Jigsaw Planet website. Welcome to another quilt jigsaw puzzle from Quilt Alliance! The beautiful quilts in our puzzles have all been entries in past Quilt Alliance quilt contests. Do You Have a Bernina by Yvonne Porcella This puzzle spotlights a quilt titled Do You Have a Bernina? made by Yvonne Porcella of California for the 2009 Quilt Alliance contest and auction, Crazy for Quilts. Materials and processes: Silks fused, cotton, Dream Green batting, machine applique and quilting. Artist’s Statement When I was stitching on this quilt, I kept thinking how wonderfully my Bernina sewed all the satin stitches and how easy it was to change feet on the machine for specific areas of stitching. The two birds look like they are talking – Imagine the larger bird suggesting if the smaller bird had a Bernina machine, it also could have a long tail. E Pluribus Unum by Loree Marquardt This puzzle spotlights a quilt titled E Pluribus Unum made by Loree Marquardt of Colorado for the 2011 Quilt Alliance contest and auction, Crazy for Quilts. Materials and processes: 100% cotton fabric, warm & natural cotton batting, cotton thread, foundation paper piecing, hot fix swarovski rhinestone crystals, machine quilted. Artist’s Statement With a few artistic liberties this is my rendition of the Great Seal. The Great Seal is a symbolic reminder of the unity between the thirteen colonies and becoming the United State of America. Chintz Bird by Pat Holly This puzzle spotlights a quilt titled Chintz Bird made by Pat Holly of Michigan for the 2008 Quilt Alliance contest and auction, My Quilts/Our History. Materials and processes: Decorative machine stitched background, stitched raw edge fused, machine appliquéd, machine quilted. Artist’s Statement This quilt reflects many aspects of my quiltmaking journey. I love antique textiles (this was inspired by an 18th C. Indian chintz fabric) and want to bring these old images to the present. Embellishing the background with machine stitches is a technique I’ve been using for years. I enjoy using modern machines and exploring ways to incorporate the stitching into my quilts. Finally, I continue to be intrigued with the bird image, both real and imagined. Chickadees at Home by Cynthia St. Charles This puzzle spotlights a quilt titled Chickadees at Home made by Cynthia St. Charles of Montana for the 2012 Quilt Alliance contest and auction, Home Is Where the Quilt Is. Materials and processes: Cotton – handpainted, block printed, screen printed, fused applique. Fabric paint. Artist’s Statement The birdfeeder outside my dining room window attracts large groups of lively chickadees year around. I’ve been able to get good digital photos of them, which I converted for screen printing. I began with white cotton fabric, then hand painted, block printed and screen printed before adding machine quilt to crate this piece called “Chickadees at Home”. Beulah and Irene by Sue Rook Nichols This puzzle spotlights a quilt titled Beulah and Irene made by Sue Rook Nichols of California for the 2015 Quilt Alliance contest and auction, Animals We Love. Materials and processes: The materials I used were 100% cotton with low loft polyester batting. I fused the raw edge applique to the background and stitched them down with a straight stitch. A double layer of batting is behind Beulah and Irene to make them stand out. I quilted this on my HQ 16. The binding is machine applied and hand stitched to the back. Buttons were added for eyes. Artist’s Statement Beulah and Irene, our two hens, used to hang out on our patio and watch us through door.  Every so often they would peck on the glass as if to ask “Hey!  Can we come in?”  Before this I never realized that chickens have such funny…