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New Quilt Jigsaw Puzzle Feature

Welcome to a fun new quilt jigsaw puzzle feature from Quilt Alliance! We are creating new quilt jigsaw puzzles for you that are both fun to solve and inspirational, too!  The beautiful quilts in the puzzles have all been contestants in past Quilt Alliance contests. Be sure to sign up for our blog notifications, so that you don’t miss any of the upcoming puzzles.

The Quilt Alliance presents a contest, exhibition and auction of small wall quilts every year. This key fundraiser supports our mission of documenting, preserving and sharing the history of quilts and their makers, and is an important opportunity to showcase and record the work of quilters in the U.S. and all over the world.

You can browse the 2017 contest quilts here to start picking out your favorites for our annual online auction that begins on Nov. 13, 2017.

My Garden

This week’s puzzle quilt is entitled My Garden and was made by Margaret Cibulsky of Port Washington, NY. This quilt was the Handi Quilter Grand Prize winner in the 2016 My Favorite Things  contest.

If you need help solving the puzzle, you can find a picture of the puzzle quilt here.

Artist’s Statement

The whole style of this quilt was an experiment. While my favorite way to make a quilt is improvisational piecing, I had never used this technique with the intention of using my work as the background for a natural scene. Another first was the free-cut blooms which I attached with raw-edge applique and then using some fancy stitches on my machine to create greenery. All in all, this little quilt is one of my favorites!

Judges’ Comments

We were all in agreement about the appropriateness of My Garden for this prize. The maker is clearly not stuck in any particular genre. Cone flowers and daisies bloom atop a somewhat “improvisational” background of random-size squares and rectangles, mostly—but not entirely—solids. The freeform flowers, though not ultra-realistic, are easily recognizable and nicely balanced. We love the lacy, embroidered stems and purple flowers that make up the lower third of the piece. Congratulations on a job well done!

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