Printable fabrics are not forgiving. At. All.
The fabric has a tight weave so photos will look crisp when they are printed. The tight weave also means that holes made in the fabric are permanent. Once a stitch is made, there's no going back!
|Decision time - which thread? (the far one was the winner)|
Such large photos needed to be quilted down to prevent them from sagging later . . . plus the quilting would smarten up any blocks that had stretched during construction. I figured an all-over design would visually disappear while adding the necessary structure.
Fast forward and here it is, Fresh off the Frame!
|Viewers know the thread is there, but the photos are still the stars of the show.|
Natural light spilling across the right-hand side of the quilt (above) clearly shows the texture of the quilting. The two blocks on the far left are in shadow. They are a fair representation of how the quilt normally looks.
The name of the pattern is Alaska Photo Album, by Lisa Moore. Its 3-D effect is quite surprising!
(Do the album pages fold "in", or do they stick "out"??? Fascinating!)
|Celebrating 100 years of transportation history in northern Alberta|
Insert Gardening Here!
The potato patch is nothing but deep holes at the moment.
Under a bit of dirt in the bottom of each hole lies a seed potato. As the plants grow, I'll gradually fill in the holes by replacing the dirt that came out of them . . . kind of reverse-hilling, I guess!
This will be my second potato crop, ever - can you believe it?
I'd avoided growing potatoes for years because I thought they'd be a pain, but they are easy peasy! (Especially with great instruction and advice from Amy and her mom, Pat!)
|Half of the holes are dug - looks like a giant rodent problem!|
I'm always happy when perennials come back to life. This blue geranium is currently duking it out with the chives under the crabapple tree. They are both so pretty, I really don't mind who wins!
|Blue geranium - I'm sure it has a fancy name, but casual works for me!|
Fresh off the Frame
This week there were flowers inside, too!
Do some of these prints look familiar?
Isn't it amazing how every quilt created with fabric from the floral fabric exchange has its own character? They are all sew pretty!
And then Flower Power popped up.
Bam! More flowers!!!
|Flower Power, front|
The back of Flower Power is as special as the front.
|Flower Power, back|
Quilted with "Tweet, Tweet" panto.
Well, maybe not famous, but she's in the latest Canadian Quilter magazine! Her quilt is currently in Ontario waiting to be hung in the national show. Both of these things are terribly exciting for us!!!
Oh! I don't think I've shown her beauty-of-a-prize from Cantik Batiks yet . . . It's amazing!
Methinks there will be (a lot) more quilting in Laina's future!
Try, Learn, & Grow!