Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Twirligigs Quilt - Scraps, Inc. Volume 2 Blog Tour

If you've visited my blog more than a couple of times, then you know I *heart* sewing with scraps. It's my favorite way to make quilts. My quilt, Stripes Earned, from Scraps, Inc. Volume 1 featured scraps strips in a very masculine palette in keeping with the military inspiration. When I was asked to contribute to Volume 2, I took the opportunity to make a quilt with feminine curves and a saturated, analogous color palette.
The name Twirligigs came from the hanging, spinning garden ornaments that twirl in the breeze. I made the quilt using freehand arcs, sewn by hand using needle turn applique to strips of natural Essex linen. The improv shapes and offset placement of the curves in the columns creates the effect of spinning, cascading spirals. It's just a lot of fun. The bold, graphic shapes work best with saturated fabrics like I chose, but the quilt could take on an entirely different feel done in low volume prints on a dark background. The contrast is key.
Nydia Kehnle did the photography for Scraps, Inc. Volume 2. The urban setting she chose is such a fun contrast to the softness of the quilts. I often struggle with  photographing my quilts in interesting ways, and Nydia has done a beautiful job. The book has a fresh and hip feel, as do the scrap quilts in it. The book features 15 scrappy quilt patterns, each by a different designer.
Lucky Spool has kindly offered a copy of Scraps, Inc. Volume 2 for me to giveaway. For a chance to win, leave a comment on how you like to photograph your quilts, or the type of photos you enjoy most. I will chose a winner at random on Thursday February 11th at noon. Giveaway now closed, but you can purchase a copy at 30% off the list price here until February 16th. Just use the code Scraps30 for the discount.
Check out more stops on the Scraps, Inc. Volume 2 blog tour for more chances to win! You'll get a sneak peek at all the quilts in the book.
 
Monday, February 8 Amy Smart, Diary of a Quilter Nydia Kehnle, Nydia Kehnle Design + Photography
Tuesday, February 9 Amy Friend, During Quiet Time Alexandra Ledgerwood, Teaginny Designs Wednesday, February 10 April Rosenthal, April Rosenthal - The {Studio} Blog Dorie Schwarz, Tumbling Blocks
Thursday, February 11 Erin Harris, House on Hill Road Janice Ryan, Better Off Thread
Friday, February 12 John Adams, Quilt Dad Kari Vojtechovsky, Craft Happy
Saturday, February 13 Katie Blakesley, Swim Bike Quilt Kati Spencer, From the Blue Chair
Sunday, February 14 Melissa Lunden, Lunden Designs Allison Harris, Cluck Cluck Sew Sherri McConnell, A Quilting Life  

67 comments:

Fran said...

I live near the beach & take most of my quilt photos there. I also like industrial type backdrops but they're more difficult to get. Love your quilt & thanks for the chance to win this amazing book!

C. Jaeger said...

I love seeing quilts photographed among vintage finds or beautiful old buildings.

Cassandra said...

Quilts are so hard to photograph! I know my way around a camera but my quilts just never seem to want to "pose" right for me! I would love to tag along with Nydia on a quilt shoot, her work is fabulous <3

Cindy said...

This book looks wonderful! I'd love to win it, but for sure will buy it if I don't! I love looking for good spots to photograph quilts. We recently moved and have been exploring lots of sites.

Jenny said...

My fave quilt photos are the ones on brick or tiled walls - a homogenous, but textured background really seems to set off a quilt beautifully! Thanks for the chance! Love the scallops - am planning something similar for my daughter's new bunk beds!

Allison C said...

I'm the worst at photographing anything. I just get it done and then dislike it later. Something I definitely need to work on.

Patty said...

I love photos of quilts that complement the top--primitive in primitive settings, modern in modern settings. They are comfortable. On the other hand, I am intrigued by the unexpected--juxtaposing a low volume quilt in an industrial setting. It draws my eye first to the quilt but then allows the eye to check out the setting.

my2cents said...

I try to bring my finished quilts to school with me where I can clip them to the top of the white board and take pictures of them.

DanaK ~ WaterPenny said...

I generally am lazy and just do them near my house, but my favorites are quilts "in the wild" like above. I also like a beautifully made bed - since thats how most of our quilts get used in the end!

DanaK ~ WaterPenny said...

I generally am lazy and just do them near my house, but my favorites are quilts "in the wild" like above. I also like a beautifully made bed - since thats how most of our quilts get used in the end!

the Campfollower said...

Hi Alex! I love your free form curves. Such a great shape. As far a photographing quilts, I like sun to bounce off them. Its almost impossible for me now since my studio is my basement. I like to see the whole thing, then details.

the Campfollower said...

Hi Alex! I love your free form curves. Such a great shape. As far a photographing quilts, I like sun to bounce off them. Its almost impossible for me now since my studio is my basement. I like to see the whole thing, then details.

Camille Mendel said...

My creative passion stops when the quilt is finished. My photos are neither creative or terrible effective. So I love to see beautiful quilt photos. I love them in a variety of settings-mountains, beach or hanging from cool buildings. Thanks for the giveaway.

Havplenty said...

I like to see quilts hanging over 2nd floor railings where you get the long view. i also like them outdoors where the surrounding is not competing with the view of the quilt.

Leanne said...

I love your quilt, it is so cheerful. We moved this summer and since then I have been struggling to find convenient and accessible quilt photography locations. I love the urban setting and am also looking for a spot where I can conveniently photograph without helpers with reliable lighting. It is challenging for sure.

Mrs Quinn said...

I just try and aim for good light. There isn't much scenery around here.

Colleen Potter said...

I would love to win a copy of this book ! Your quilt is divine !
I live on a grain farm in the middle of no-where so my photography usually happens around the home quarter. My favourite is on the side of an old weathered wooden grain bin. I have also used the ladders on our modern steel grain bins and also out in the fields. I am usually on my own though with no quilt holder.
Colleen at farmersfeedfamilies@gmail.com

Anita said...

I usually draw inspiration from the quilt and go from there. I have this thing about stacks of folded quilts...I see them as stacks of tangible love. Oh and I HAVE to order the first book NOW...my career military son is leaving this summer to be stationed in Germany and the "
Sripes Earned" quilt could not be more perfect. Amazing design, especially with its clean lines. Thank you for the perfect gift for this marvelous son of mine (who actually was recently promoted to SFC and therefore will be adding more stripes to his uniform!)...who will be taking his new bride with him!

Jenny said...

this quilt is so pretty, it is very feminine. I have never gone in search of a great photo site for my quilts, but I think I will from now on. I usually make do with the floor and a partial photo.

modernmanson said...

Beautiful quilt. I take most of my photos with the quilt against my wood gate and I love seeing photographs outside. But seriously I love all kinds of quilt pics Because I love quilts.

Jody M said...

first - Twirlygigs is astonishingly beautiful. And using the drab old brick buildings behind it makes me so insanely happy - like the sun appearing after a storm. Just perfection. I always struggle to find a good site in which to photgraph my quilts. Low light afternoons on the clothesline with the orchards as backdrop works often. Also, I've had good luck with images taken on the porch with early morning sun filtering through. Thank you for this opportunity!

Afton Warrick said...

I like treating the quilts like Flat Stanley, and taking them on an adventure outdoors.

Nancy A said...

I usually take my photos with the quilt draped over my fence. Boring, huh?

nkadenver at yahoo dot com

Jane Thomas said...

I love to see quilts photographed in unexpected places outdoors. Your quilt is amazing! Thanks for the opportunity to win. I have a Lucky Spool book from Carolyn Friedlander that is so great. Lucky Spool does a fantastic job.

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty said...

Ack -- my favorite quilt pics are those I haven't taken! It's so hard to take a good picture by myself, and it's not always easy to recruit a friend or family member (or two!) for the task of holding a quilt. One of my goals this year is to develop a better process for documenting my quilty finishes with my camera. : )

Ann in NC said...

Your quilt is one of my favorites! As for photos, if I get something finished, I take a picture of it laying on the floor. I tend to be motivated to finish things for our guild quilt show - and I take pictures there!

Lisa E said...

I like photos taken in natural lighting. That usually means outdoors in the golden hour. I don't like flash or harsh sunlight.

cynthia said...

I throw mine on the backyard fence, but I love quilts in urban settings. Your quilt is lovely!

Becca said...

I'm still figuring this out. I prefer natural light, outdoors, but I'm not great at it yet.

Angelika said...

Your quilt is really stunning ! I want to win such a great book :)))) I love photos of quilts shown in nature, especially by the sea, but haven't the possibility to do very often .

coastal gray said...

I live near the coast and often find a perfect outdoor spot on a cloudy day......

tac73 said...

I like to see quilts photographed outdoors. Mine I just do inside however.

jan said...

I love all the quilts I have seen from this book! I thinks my quilts look best photographed wrapped around the recipient! I do like quilts in unexpected places, though. Urban settings, on old equipment of some kind, or on a fence! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

Barb said...

Well I photograph quilts in my home because I have great natural lighting, but they are certainly not professional! Love this quilt.

Pamela Lynne said...

So far, I have photographed at my home - in and around the place. I'm hoping once I face the fear of FMQ head-on, I'll take a bunch out to different locations. I have about 6 ready to go - but it is such a challenge on my domestic machine. I'm hoping to get more ideas from this new book! I loved the first volume. Thanks for the chance to win.

Karen said...

Oh, Alex, so much needle turning! But well worth the effort--your quilt is gorgeous and I love the name. Most of the picture taking I do is of the woods where I live in Maine. Snow covered and drooping to the ground, pale green buds, vivid green leaves galore, and brilliant colors--especially our red maples. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Annie said...

I like to get out in nature in the morning to photograph anything including quilts. There's something special about morning light.

Karen said...

I usually have a hard time photographing my quilts - I live in a small house and my partner doesn't want to go out and hold quilts for me all day. I get photos when and where I can, but usually I live with what I get from guild meeting photographers.

Blue dragonfly5 said...

Love your quilt and would like to win the book. I like to photo my quilt in the great sunlight we have most of the year. But I am always at a loss on how to hang them up so they are usually draped over something. I hate hand nod feet showing behind a quilt.

Judy Ann said...

I love outdoor settings for quilt photos and I like to see a good portion of the quilt so I can really see the overall pattern. Your quilt is original and fun!

Judy said...

Your quilt is lovely, great colors and design. I like quilt photos on location where you see them in a city or out in nature...it's amazing where people bring their quilts.

Tamie said...

I love seeing photographs of quilts outside but I'm not too picky.

Donna said...

I love your quilt and how it was photographed. An interesting setting seems to add more story to a quilt, yet I rarely get past photographing mine on the design wall. Really, I've got to get out more!

craftygramma said...

I enjoy quilts in the wild outdoors...snow, sand, trees...I have a plan to someday photograph a quilt of mine on the UNM Lobo since I live just across the street from one of his statues. He stands proudly under a lovely group of pines. Sigh.
These pix are just gorgeous!
I'd love this book.
thanks

Sewing Time with Brownie said...

I love to make my daughter photograph my quilts! She has quite the eye. My photos are not so great. Unfortunately, it isn't easy to con her into taking the photos. She prefers to photograph the cats or people.

Diane said...

I enjoy seeing quilts photographed out in nature like at the beach, in the snow, hanging over a fence railings, etc. Also loving the urban settings of the quilts shown in this hop. I haven't been creative at all in photographing my quilts.

DianeY said...

I love seeing quilts on old cars, tractors, trucks, etc. for my own, I'm lucky to get an indoor shot from my phone, which has a pretty good camera, but no background. My husband is the world's worst quilt holder so I don't attempt to go there anymore!

Robby H. said...

Not being a picture person in general, I sometimes forget to take photos, especially of smaller projects. But I love seeing pictures that show me the whole design. I like to get a feel for what the designer was trying to convey.

Rachel Pryer said...

I live in Western Australia and we're surrounded by lots of fantastic and diverse scenery. I always try to photograph my quilts in places that showcase the awesome place we live in. Like this one: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92507215@N05/15260151728/in/dateposted-public/

Carmit said...

I mostly photograph my quilts with my crap iphone under terrible lighting. Someone has to be original about these things!

EmileeHope said...

Sadly my quilts just get a few shots with my iPhone, but I love seeing quilts in action on a bed, rolled it folded, against a cool background-basically I just I've seeing pics of quilts!

Heather said...

I generally take my pictures outside with my husband holding the quilt. The photos I enjoy most, though, are ones taken with striking backdrops with an industrial flair (brick walls, bridge railings, etc.).

LINDA CALDWELL said...

Your curves are wonderful on your quit. I like to mix piecing and applique also. I live in the woods so I like to photograph in the woods or if in inclement weather in architectural settings. Thanks for the chance.

LINDA CALDWELL said...

Your curves are wonderful on your quit. I like to mix piecing and applique also. I live in the woods so I like to photograph in the woods or if in inclement weather in architectural settings. Thanks for the chance.

Linda said...

HELLO,I have filmed inside and outdoors and I prefer in the sunshine, if possible! Thanks for sharing your inspiration+giveaway too!msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Alli said...

I love outdoor quilt photos, especially in the snow! :D

Lynn said...

I love to photograph quilts outdoors. I think taking them out of their usual setting allows their beauty to shine. I love this quilt!

Melanie said...

I prefer outdoors as the lighting seems so much better, but the weather doesn't always cooperate :)

Barb in Mi said...

I love your 'industrial' photos - and also like any kind of quilt sin nature pics. Thanks so much - the book certainly has lots of scrappy inspiration!

Marla said...

I prefer taking them outdoors to an interesting setting.

Abigail Tobler said...

In the morning sun coming in with my baby in them .

Pam said...

I like taking pictures of my quilt outside and somewhere on the farm

Mom C said...

I am just a focus and snap picture taker. When I see pictures of the quilt I like to see the whole quilt and then I like closeups of the quilting and piecing. Love yours. Thanks.

Beth said...

When I am buying a pattern or deciding to make a quilt, I definitely want to see a shot of the whole quilt, full-face. A beauty shot is fine, and I take lots of those when I make a quilt, but I think a plain old straight-on picture is underrated.

Jessica said...

Love, love, love your quilt! I love to see quilts in interesting locations, but the most important thing for me is a full shot of the quilt. I like detail shots and shots of quilts drapped, etc., but I hate when those are the only shots included. I want to see what the whole, beautiful quilt looks like! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

QuiltSue said...

I take my photos with the quilts draped over chairs on my deck. Not very original, but then I'm not a good photographer!

Aggiequilter said...

Not sure when your "Noon" is but giving it a try anyway! I'm not a great photographer of quilts, but when I do take a few photos, I like to go outdoors. Congrats and thanks for the chance to win the new book!