Saturday, April 18, 2015

Photographing Your Quilt

I have been a bit slack today and not feeling like quilting at all so spent some time surfing the net. I thought it was about time that I improved on my photographing skills. I am able to crop etc quite well but figured that if I spent more time photographing correctly in the first place then I would need to spend less time cropping and fixing later. 

In case anyone else wants to improve their photography skills in regards to quilt photography not other types of photography here are some good places to start. Both of these blogs are for the average person using normal camera not whizz bang expensive can do anything type cameras. Hey there is even explanation on using a phone camera. 

So grab a coffee and off you go...

1. The first stop is Quilty Pleasures a blog run by staff from Quiltmaker. This post is by Shayla who loves to photograph quilts. Her tips are a perfect place for the beginner to start with.

2. Another fantastic blog is by Holly Knot on the blog Shoot That Quilt! Holly has been offering tips to quilters for many years now so check it out also. Holly covers everything you need to consider from camera, lighting, closeup and even a gallery of wrongs :-) 
You will also find links to some great resources.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wedding Quilt Border

Have been designing the borders for the wedding quilt off and on   .. well more off than on in truth ... for a few weeks now. This doesn't look too bad. Must try making it up and see how it looks in real life. Mind you the corners aren't right yet but will work on that ... soon. 

I really  must get stuck into this. The wedding is in two months. I suppose the problem of deciding that I couldn't finish it in time is that now I don't see the urgency to get if finished but must get back on to it.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

My Block is in Volume 11 of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks

It's hard to believe it but I just received an email telling me that my latest submission has been accepted into Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks series. Isn't that exciting. Looks like I will be receiving another mug. 

I can't remember what the block looks like, as it is so long ago that I sent it in, but if you want to win a copy of the magazine so that you can check it out yourself then stop back here on the 5th May as visitors on that day will have a chance to win their own copy.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Khanam's Surprise by Joy Cook

Khanam's Surprise by Joy Cook
An advantage of having so many friends who also quilt is there is usually someone who is willing to make up a quilt design. Khanam's Surprise is a block which I designed for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks series. 

I made it but wasn't fussed on some of the colours I chose. Joy saw it in the magazine and wanted to try a new technique I have been encouraging my friends to try and so this was the perfect project to learn it on. The technique is where you print the sewing and cutting lines on the back of the fabric using your inkjet printer. After printing it is then a simple matter of cutting along the dotted lines and sewing along the solid lines. 

Joy had some difficulty with the method as we were unable to find the settings on her computer to set the printing for 100% but once we overcame that it was full steam ahead. 

If you like the look of this pattern it is available here

Friday, April 3, 2015

Collection 30 - Where Did That Name Come From?

Collection 30

We have all had to make that choice as to which path to follow as we progressed through life. Some Choices were good while others...well we all learn something from each situation.
C30 Choices

Isn't WinterGrass just so lush and soft on your feet?
C30 Winter Grass

When you don't know what to do, do you ever just wander along and listen to those voices speaking to you. Voices from your past and voices from your friends or even Voices in the Stars.
C30 Marmalade

There are many things that you and I remember but it is such a cruel world when we watch our loved ones succumbing to the ravages of dementia. I always thought if a person had to have some ailment inflict them that dementia would be the best. They don't suffer even though all those who love them do. After watching my mother in the earlier stages I now realise how wrong that belief was.
C30 Voices in the Stars

Marmalade, loved by one and all... even special bears.
C30 I Remember

The threat of nuclear war was ever there in the 70s and 80s and even now war threatens to explode in many places around the world and in times like this what do our politics do.... Increase the spin rather than action. Yes History Repeats.
C30 Story Entwinded

I just love a good book where you start out with one idea and it changes continuously as each Story (is) Entwined in the next.
C30 History Repeats

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOM 30 - History Repeats

The next free BOM is called History Repeats. It is a foundation pieced block which you can fly through in no time at all. 

Pick it up here and don't forget to use the code BOM4Me

Friday, March 27, 2015

New Centre Designed

After much humming and I have decided that the wedding quilt centre does nothing for me and so have finally designed a new centre. 

I'm a lot happier with this and can't wait to sit down me actually sew the new rings. 

First up will have to pick the colours. I'm tending towards multicoloured as I feel that will blend in with everything else. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Turkish Delight is travelling

WOW Wouldn't it be great to be a quilt. Travel the world and check out new hanger ons at each venue. Received notification that Turkish Delight is off to Chicago. How exciting. Prior to this the only thing I knew about Chicago was it had lots of mobsters. Wonder if it still does? 
Who cares? If you are in the Chicago area and have some time to spare drop in to the quilt show. You will surely be amazed! Oh to be rich and have lots of time to spare. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Doris' Teapots

Well do I have clever friends .....  or do I have clever friends?

Doris is one of my quilting friends although you sometimes wouldn't realise this when you look at the wonderful things she creates in other craft areas. She has knitted tea cosies for a number of years now and I thought you would love to see some of them. Aren't they great!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Change - Yes / No?

In between making more eggs the inner frame options keep popping into my head.  I'm seriously considering remaking the inner frames with yellow/mustard against the inner circle then red and blue for the taller blocks, with a pale white based outer ring. This quilt definitely won't be ready by June, it hasn't even made it to the longarmer for basting yet! Oh well at least I have plenty of time to keep working on my free motion ditch stitching.