Monday, 3 February 2014

Ta da! Adventures in quilt photography

Big red triangle quilt is done! It began at the Stitch Gathering where Fiona of Poppy Makes gave a class on this quilt and is the largest quilt I have made which is why it is sideways here...



The triangles section is made from a jelly roll of Joel Dewberry's Knotting Hill combined with triangles of natural seeded Klona cotton.  I decided to add sashing in more Klona in red - I absolutely love this colour, completely outside my normal comfort zone and can't wait to use it again.

It is hand quilted using Gutermann quilting thread in the neutral triangles and red Aurifil 28 weight in the red sashing.  I can big up Aurifil with a clear conscience because it was very kindly sent to me by Alex Veronelli in response to a joke I posted, and is indeed a lovely thread to use, never knotting or tangling. As well as hand quilting the sashing, I used it in my machine to sew some ties in between the rows.  You can see them as little dots on the back of the quilt in this pic.


I wondered how the red quilting would look against the trusty Ikea backing and I like the effect although you can see how the quality of my stitching varied, most wildly when I was watching The Bridge at the same time. You can see the acqua binding too - I loved the red/acqua combination so much I decided to go for an unashamedly hand sewn look on the back in the same red Aurifil. 


The family helped try to get a good photo - see my noble husband leaning into the arctic blast while Thing 2 takes the shot.


Thing 1 also acted as photographer while I balanced precariously on a rock trying to unfurl the quilt in the wind.

We spotted this lovely matching red boat down by the harbour.


The shots I took down there were only made possible by my little helper who hid in the folds and held on tight so that it didn't blow in.



It is her quilt and was such a labour of love that if it had blown in I probably would have had to go in after it!

Linking up with:
Fresh Poppy Design

36 comments:

  1. Beautiful and I can quite see why the little helper would want to hold on tightly to it!

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  2. That was fast, you must have worked on it night and day...It's absolutely gorgeous! Lots of pictures, good ones to!

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  3. Ah the trials and tribulations involved in photographing quilts, especially when it is windy, cloudy, raining, or just generally difficult. Your quilt, and the pictures, look great though and I'm impressed at how quickly you managed to get it done.

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  4. Wonderful, love all those great photos! Quilts families are in a league of their own for their photo tribulations.

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  5. Excellent - just the right colour scheme to brighten our long dull days. Congratulations. x

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  6. Very lovely quilt and a fun post about it!

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  7. This quilt is amazing and beautiful. Great work--love the hand quilting!!

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  8. Such a fun photo shoot - well worth all the trouble for such a labour of love!

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  9. Gorgeous quilt and well done the family for helping with the photos x

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  10. wonderful quilt! I hope you prewashed that lovely red! http://www.cascadequilts.com/2014/02/a-sad-tale.html

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  11. Congratulations on a brilliant finish Catherine, looks like a fun photo shoot :)

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  12. Most wonderful quilt and super photos. Thank goodness you had a little helper, I was a little afraid that the work of love would fly away. And helpful husband!

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  13. Awww it looks awesome, well done on all that hand quilting. It looks very windy there - I'm glad that someone was holding on tightly.

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  14. What a wonderful and fun post!! Love all the 'fly away' shots, and tell me, how much did you pay the shipping company to have that red ship sail into your photo shoot!! Love these shots!! I have been reading each of your posts with delight re the stitching of this beauty. It has turned out just beautifully, and in this case your hand stitching makeths this quilt...not to mention the inspired red sashing, the aqua border and the gorgeous backing fabric!! They all frolic together to make a perfectly, rhythmic quilt!!

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  15. That was a lovely post, your photos are fun, I bet your little helper had a great time. Your quilt is beautiful, the colour combinations are great, loving the aqua with the red.

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  16. Hi Catherine!
    That lovely quilt with the red ship in the background? ZOWIE WOWIE!

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    1. Hi Maureen! That ship was a lucky find:-)

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  17. Yay Catherine it is finished and a big tahdah for you. Fantastic photo's with all your helpers trying to get a good shot of this fantastic labour of love. It was very brave of you to use red and it worked perfectly and the hand stitching makes it all that more personal. A very big well done on this project from me :-)

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  18. Excellent photos and a great quilt!

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  19. Love this quilt, I've been following it's progress and it's come out so well. Your husband looks freezing! Hurrah for families in photo shoots :)

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  20. such a wonderful quilt! I love the bright red border :-)

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  21. Fabulous quilt finish and you made me giggle with your photo shoot story, so like my own battling the winds along the Hudson River. My photo shoots always include a row between my husband and I and we're both glad to get back inside for a cuppa after - our little helper is our dog, Tatty, and I'm thinking we'd should take your lead here and get her to take the photos for us ;D

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  22. Really love the effect with the big red border, and the cute hand quilting. Lucky Thing!

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  23. Beautiful quilt and quilting! I love the neutral you used and the bright red border!

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  24. l love your version. It's supremely cheerful and photographs well against that gorgeous (rare) blue sky.

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    1. Thank you! The red and the blue sky make me feel quilt optimistic:-)

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  25. Catherine, I love your quilt and these photos are fantastic! Red border with those adorable Fabrics is great like the backing too! You arranged perfect background with those Red Shops - wow - and blue sky - couldn't be better! x Teje

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  26. Beautiful work. You did an amazing job.

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  27. absolutely lovely :-) It turned out brilliantly, and the photo shoot looks like a fun family adventure :-)

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  28. The Red and aqua look fabulous together. Well done! Plus the drama of the photo shoot is so cute - little helpers are the best and the photos turned out beautifully.

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    1. Thank you! I was lucky that they were feeling very co-operative:-)

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  29. Catherine, what a fabulous bright quilt! And it's BIG! Love how all the colours come together. Well done on such a large project! Perfect weather and scenery for the photo shoot. :-)

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    1. Thank you Larisa:-) We really did get very lucky with the sun!

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  30. This is just stunning, and I want one now too!

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  31. Love the quilt and love the photos. Best photos I've seen for a while!

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