Monday, April 16, 2012

Quilt Photography 101

Aren't these flowers gorgeous?  We have two of these plants in our back garden.  Both are climbing clematises.  They always look so pretty in the spring and their blooms seem to last a long time.

Do you want to hear a funny story?  Well, wanting to take a great picture of my finished Bali Pops Batik Quilt, I decided to hang it on the fence.  This worked well when I photographed the finished top, but yesterday was a wee bit too windy!  I was so excited that I finished the quilt, so I threw caution to the wind and tried hanging it anyway.  Not a good idea.  My lovely quilt ended up blowing off the fence and into my neighbor's yard!  I prayed my neighbors were home AND their little dogs were not in the yard!  I went round and rang their bell a few times.  Finally, an answer.  I had to formally introduce myself and request entry to their back yard where I retrieved my quilt.  Awkward!  

I came inside and hung the quilt over the second floor banister.  The quality of the picture isn't great, but you can get an idea of the color and size of the finished blanket.  

I'm really happy with it.  I think the border and backing fabric ties all the strips together well.  I did simple straight line quilting.  It was actually easier than I expected.  I suspect because I made the quilt sandwich a lot better and I was able to roll up the excess as I quilted.

Even though I am a beginner quilt (this is my third real quilt), this was the first time I used a pattern.  This pattern is called, Blueberry Hill by Villa Rosa Designs.  I found the pattern easy to understand and would recommend it to anyone wanting to try using jelly rolls, or, in my case, Bali Pop pre-cut strips.  

I took this photo earlier today.  I decided not to risk the fence trick again, so I draped it over a bench that sits in front of our no longer blooming lilac bushes.  Doesn't it just look scrumptious?  

Thanks for stopping by.  I'm sorry I haven't been blogging as much lately.  I'm still trying to get into a routine with my new work schedule, etc.  My daughter calls me, "nocturnal."  It's taking some time to get used to!  Bear with me!

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Sammy said...

Lovely flowers Ang, beautiful. As for your quilt my dear you are very brave, I would not dare to make a quilt LoL. Your quilt is lovely , beautiful, I love the Vibrant colors. Take care my dear, and talk to you soon.
Lots of hugs,
Samya ;)

Linda said...

The clemintis are so pretty...I tried growing those here once, but I don't think our climate is well suited to them...Your quilt turned out beautifully...I love the colors.

Lynne Williams said...

scrumptious indeed! Personally I love the quilt in your neighbors yard story...awkward always makes for good blogging- lol

DeeDee said...


I havent' got to comment much latley... but I have seen all your lovley works... you are doing a great job... this one is my favorote so far... cannot wait to see more... hugs

Something Special said...

Your quilt is so colorful, and someday I am going to do a quilt! Love this one though and maybe doing one like this would be a good place to start. thanks for your comment on my blog.

antmee said...

Your quilt is awesome! I really love the bright jewel colours! Also thanks for sharing the laughs about having to collect your quilt from your neighbours yard! classic!!

Bonnie said...

Ha ha, that is a funny story! At least you got it back! It is beautiful Angela!