Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year! Quilt in the Snow

I went to visit my dad in Nevada a couple days ago.  There was some old snow on the ground and since I admire many of the "quilts in the snow" shots that bloggers post and there was a quilt I made in 2011 for my dad's birthday that I hadn't photographed, I figured it was a good opportunity to try it out!

I had just read a photography tutorial by Ann at Play Crafts and she said that indirect light is helpful in getting desired results.  Keep in mind that this is my first try and I need a lot more practice.

It seemed so dull in the indirect light that I decided to try direct light.  My dad was always a hunter and fisherman and so the star blocks are alternated with blocks of bear, elk, deer, and fish which are framed log cabin style.  Dad's favorite color is blue so it's the main color along with some woodsy colors.

My first quilt that I free motioned quilted on a small machine.  I heavily quilted around the animals to made them pop up.

If the wrinkles weren't there, I think it would look good in the direct light in this case.  The harshness of the shadows highlights the quilting.  I hope this is not ghastly in the more trained quilter's eye.

There is an owl sitting there so he got in the picture too!

Since Dad is a cowboy, I made a cowboy boot block.

I decided to add a few of my purple quilt pictures too since while I was out of town I tried showing my blog post using the GoPro and it says it's not supported so you probably couldn't see the little video.  I'll have to research more on that, but not right now.


legato1958 said...

Your Dad's quilt turned out beautifully! I love how you quilted it. They are pretty pictures in the snow!


Heidi said...

Oh I love the blues and purples! Beautiful!!

Celia Ambrose said...

Your Dad's quilt is just beautiful! You did a wonderful job quilting it and the photos are great. Good job! The colors and the blocks are very pretty and I know your Dad loves that you took such care to select those colors and designs. Thanks for sharing your snow pics.