Saturday, August 04, 2007

iMac Photo Experiments

I'm working on learning iPhoto as an editing tool. I should say that I've been using computers for over 20 years, and this is my first Mac. So, it's like learning to write with my left hand--but on a very pretty tablet.

Okay, here are the fabrics I pulled pre-lockdown retreat (see previous post) for my daughter's All About Me quilt. It's an Atkinson pattern, which means a ridiculous amount of cutting but fairly straightforward sewing. When I got to the retreat, I realized I seriously underestimated the border fabric required. So, I did buy another white ground fun print.

Here is the resulting quilt, with lil' miss skinny legs in the background. (Seriously, I think someone slipped me a DNA cocktail when I was pregnant with her, as she's such a little slip of a thing.) The actual pattern asks for solids in the borders, but I wanted to brighten it up and had yards of the two white grounds in the picture above, so I thought, "what the heck." I think it worked nicely. This is a full-size quilt top. I'll be outsourcing the quilting on this one.

Then, while at the retreat, I also partially cut this Cheese and Crackers (another Atkinson pattern) quilt from Funky Monkey fats and some Funky Monkey dotted white. I had actually purchased a bunch of this when it came out, and this is the second quilt I've made from this massive purchase. So, here's the original fabric set:

And here's the oddly oversaturated picture of the quilt top. What's nice is that the photo calls attention to the stretching I had to do to make the pieced borders work (insert sarcasm here). I'm still looking for the iPhoto feature that can auto-correct this both virtually and actually. This is a lap size, I'll be quilting it, and I'll quilt out the poochiness--which I doubt my 1 month old great nephew will mind much :)

Finally, this is my latest BOAF block. I still need to take the massive seven block photo.

So, that's what I've been doing for the past month.


dot said...

Both quilt tops are lovely. I really like the fabric choices for the all about me quilt. It is busy but oh so fun. The block is nice also. You have been very busy.

Libby said...

Yes those white background fabrics work GREAT as borders and sashing. I love the effect. You definitely got a lot done...!

atet said...

What fun projects -- can't wait to see all the boaf blocks together!

Pam said...

That is such a cute quilt that you made for your daughter. I hadn't heard about Atkinson patterns - so with a little help from google and you I now know :)))

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

The kids quilts both look great. I like the white sashing fabric. Your block with the bird is fantastic - love the fabrics.

Anonymous said...

Hello and thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment! Now that I have seen your blog I am flattered out of my mind that an experienced quilter like you had something nice to say about my beginning attempts at quilting.

Your work represents such a variety of styes! My favorites are Digable Planets and the adorable nap mats you made for your kids. This quilt for your daughter is also very pretty.

I'll look forward to seeing what you do for the Four Seasons Swap.


KCQuilter said...

Oooh, love both of those fun quilts. And your BOAF is wonderful. Mine has been at the longarmers since March (!!!!) and I'm thinking of asking for visiting privileges.

YankeeQuilter said...

What varied stash you have! You have been busy...I really like the squares on point in the BOAF block.