Thursday, January 19, 2012

I Took 623 Pictures This Morning

Or pretty darn close to it. I tried to take pictures all by my lonesome while holding up a quilt top.  I wanted to use the nice overcast sunlight early this morning, so I set my tripod up on the deck, strapped on my boots, trudged out into coldness, and proceeded to take pictures.

But it was windy.


Really windy.


And somewhere around picture #127 the wind died down for 5 seconds and I got one that was almost perfect. But it was too far to the right. So then I moved a smidge to the left and tried again.


Awwwww crap! I needed to move to the right!!


By this time, the 1 degree temperature, coupled with the below zero wind chill was numbing my extremities. It probably wouldn’t have been so terrible if I had a remote control trigger on my camera. But I don’t. So I had to set the 10 second timer on the camera, jump over the snow bank, whip the quilt up, hold my breath, and hope that the wind would hold out for a few more seconds, then trudge back through the snow bank to see if I got a decent picture, and repeat… a million times. That gets really old after the 13th time.

So this one right here? This is as good as it gets.


The reason I wanted to get a picture of this quilt top is because I need ideas for quilting it. I made this back in November, but I’m just getting around to thinking about quilting it.

I’m very fortunate in that my mom owns a Gammill longarm machine & she lives only about an hour and a half north of me. She lets me borrow it when I want to quilt an all-over pattern on my quilts. That’s what I usually do. I’ve never quilted on my small machine. It scares me. I need to take a machine quilting class or something.

But I’d really like to try something other than my usual all-over loops or meanders & I’d like to try something on my own machine. I was thinking of doing several straight lines in the white parts, kind of like echo quilting, and nothing in the colored parts. Is that too weird? Is that not enough support in the colored parts?

Any other ideas for how I should quilt this (keep it simple)?

I’m off to google remote control triggers for my camera.



  1. That quilt top looks wonderful!

    I like the idea of echo quilting in the white to accent the shape.

    You could probably leave the colored parts unquilted, or continue echo quilting further apart, depending on the batting used.

    I can't wait to see how it turns out.

  2. I love that quilt, I remember when you made it! You can DOOOOO IT! :)

  3. The pictures may not be perfect but the quilt is, its lovely. I think it would definitely suit straight line quilting, I think I would start with a diamond in the middle of the white then work outwards with larger diamonds but slightly increasing the gap between the quilting as I went. I would probably do the white and the print. Im sure whatever you choose will look fabulous though