Today’s post will be short on words and long on photos as I’m packing up to head off with good friends Alex Anderson and Joen Wolfrom for our annual quilting getaway. Without a doubt, my camera will be along for the ride.
Aren’t these little cameras amazing? They’re capable of taking terrific photos that you can view instantly, and they’re tiny enough to tuck into a pocket or purse. I carry mine everywhere. I never know when I’ll spot inspiration for my next fabric adventure.
Sometimes a photo will yield an idea for a block, border, or overall design.
Often I’ll experiment with a photo-inspired design on a small scale–perhaps one of my 3″ x 5″ little quilts–before moving on to something larger. It’s a great way to work out the kinks before jumping into a major project.
My photo adventures often open my eyes to new ways of seeing; for example, an unexpected perspective, an instructive play of value, an interesting composition.
I’ve always that felt my greatest weakness as a quilter is figuring out how to quilt my finished quilt top. Since I’ve been carrying my camera, I’ve been finding inspiration everywhere.
I can’t take credit for the next three photos, but I couldn’t resist, as they are sooooo very rich in quilting inspiration. They were taken by my dear friend and co-authorChris Porter on a recent teaching trip to Kuwait.
For those of you looking for the follow-up to my baby-quilt post, I’m waiting for the quilt to come back from the quilter. Meantime, I’m making a little “bonus” project using the same basic pattern. I hope to be ready by my next (July 27) post.
That’s it for now. ‘Til next time, happy (snapping and) stitching!