Photography and Fabric

There are so many exceptional photographers in our blogging community, I’d have to insert a list block, and then I’d still probably forget one.

The amazing photography that we are allowed to view is truly right up there on the list of reasons we follow and read blogs. I applaud each and every one of you, and thank you sincerely for sharing your photography skills.

A while back, I was reading Travels and Trifles, and one photo just made me stop and linger because not only was it a stunning shot, but I was envisioning fabric for the various pieces.

Tina Schell’s photo is a 10+, and my fabric piece doesn’t even come close, but I had fun with the project.

I’ve never made my own pattern before so the first thing I did was have a large black and white poster made. I put tracing paper on top of that and drew all the lines. Then I cut the poster up into pieces so I could estimate how large the fabric pieces needed to be.

I live in a wonderful part of the country, but nice quilt stores are not in abundance here so I had to work with what I had or could buy so I embellished with some netting to adjust the shades of a couple of pieces.

Award winning? No, but it was an enjoyable project that kept me busy for several weeks so I thank Tina for letting me admire and imitate her photography.

Next project? Cutting some drapes down, and that won’t be near as interesting.

Lilacs starting to bloom

Gardening is keeping me pretty busy between home projects and MG projects.

Yesterday, we had to replace a pressure treated fence post that had rotted, and I started on an edging project.

We also received delivery and installation of a ramp to go with our shed. That shed not only looks good, but works well.

This morning, I’m off to pot up plants for the MG plant sale, and one day this week I hope to go with a friend to our local nursing home and install some more perennials for their enjoyment.

How’s your week looking? Working on an indoor or outdoor project of your own?

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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68 Responses to Photography and Fabric

  1. Murphy's Law says:

    Not award winning? Are you crazy?! Your hanging is worthy of a Blue Ribbon my friend. You never cease to amaze me. Thanks for sharing your creative talent with us. Have fun with the drapes….been there, done that. 😳

    Sounds like a busy week ahead of you, just the way you like it. How nice for the nursing home residents to be able to soon benefit from the fruits of your and your friends labor. I have no doubt they will have many pleasant hours watching the new perennials grow and thrive.

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  2. Oddment says:

    Not award-winning? Are you kidding? A fabric interpretation, just as concept, wins awards in my book. The way you’ve managed the contours of the clouds with stitches is amazing. You sure know how to make the best of this not-so-good time. There should be an award for that too!

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    • You know me too well. πŸ™‚ Yes, it was a project that kept me mentally and physically challenged for several weeks during this ‘not-so-good time’. Working with invisible thread is always a challenge, which is how the pieces are initially attached. It’s like working with a fine fishing line, and threading it is a whole other conversation. πŸ™‚

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  3. Judy, you did an amazing job of creating your beautiful fabric piece using Tina’s photo as an inspiration. I love it! I give it a blue ribbon and 5 stars!

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  4. jkitt750 says:

    What an awesome job you did on your quilt. I am so impressed!

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  5. I have been looking forward to seeing this when you said you were working on a landscape project! Who said gardening and quilting don’t merge paths!!! You did an exceptional job and I applaud your efforts. If ever we get back to having quilt shows, I strongly urge you to enter this in competition. Beautiful job!

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  6. John Hric says:

    Neat quilt Judy

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  7. Donna says:

    You do such beautiful work. You are so talented.

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  8. That looks like Glacier National Park and a view I’ve seen there. It’s wonderful Judy! It’s a 10+ to me. Best of luck with the drapes.

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  9. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Gardening away here, uncovering beds and working on my my moss garden.

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  10. Joyce says:

    Wow! Your quilt is a beauty and captures everything the photo expresses! The cloud and flower field fabrics are perfect, and your overlays of netting soften and add texture. Lovely!
    What you said about blogging is so true. β€œBack in the day” we only saw creative work from authors hand picked for us by book and magazine editors. What a wealth of new ideas we enjoy now!

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    • I’m glad you liked it. Yes, it is a wonderful community with such a wide range of interests and talents. You, for instance, are the most artistic and creative Grandma ever! You could have taught ‘How to be a fun Grandma’ classes, and people would be lined up. I hope all the families are well.

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  11. Dan Antion says:

    Judy, I have to disagree. I’d give you an award for the fabric version of that photograph. Heck, I’d give you an award for your ingenuity in figuring out how to do it. You did a very nice job!

    It sounds like you’re getting into full-on outside work. I know you enjoy that. The shed is sounding like it’s turned out to be a great investment.

    It looks like we should get some nice warm weather before the rain chases us back inside. Enjoy the sunshine!

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    • Thank you. πŸ™‚ Are you getting wicked winds in comparison to years past? We are having a lot of days with 30-50 mph gusts all day long. It is too uncomfortable to work outside, branches are down all over, and it feeds right into the drought conditions, but I know one thing – my shed is not blowing anywhere. πŸ™‚

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  12. That photograph is jaw-dropping, and i love your quilt.

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  13. Lavinia Ross says:

    That is a wonderful thing you are doing with the perennials at the nursing home!

    Plenty of work here this week, inside and outside!

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  14. It’s really beautiful. I think you captured all the beauty of the original photograph. – Marty

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  15. swesely says:

    Love your quilt – it’s great fun to create something using a picture as a guide. I can only imagine the challenges of invisible thread, though. I have a warning for you – don’t ever try to use black thread on black. Trust me on that. πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, and you are so right about the black on black. I used black invisible thread on those mountains, and the sewing was okay. My problem was the thread would come off the spool, get stuck, break, and I’d start all over again including thread the dreaded needle. πŸ™‚

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  16. Oh my gosh, that is so beautiful! I encourage everyone looking at your work to enlarge it as much as possible so they can see the details. Did you put netting over the areas that had clouds? That is such a creative way to reproduce the mist. You are a true artist! Tina Schell’s photo is gorgeous and your quilt is exquisite.

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    • Thank you for the kind words. Yes, I put two different types of white netting over the clouds, one layer of black on the gray material, and two layers of purple on the flowers. I couldn’t find any fabric that was green and purple so had to settle with the green, purple, and pink and wanted to tone the pink down. Tina’s photography is so far outside my skill set that I am always in awe on Saturday when her post rolls in.

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  17. Ally Bean says:

    I agree with Janis above. Your work is beautiful and unique. Thanks for sharing it here. While I understand how shortening the drapes won’t be as exciting as creating this quilt, it’ll take less time. More instant satisfaction! That’s good, right?

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  18. Eliza Waters says:

    I love your quilt project, Judy – I think it came out very well. I admire your ability to take a photo and create an inspiring piece from it. Kudos!
    It feels like spring is really taking off this week with the maples flowering and leafing out. The canopy will soon be closed again until fall and the ephemerals will go to seed. Time flies!
    Like you, I am busy every day with a garden chore, either for myself or clients. Rainy days are my days off. πŸ™‚

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  19. Eilene Lyon says:

    Wow! You really created a stunning quilt, regardless of the inspiration. You’re so talented.

    Lilacs already?! Are yard is so slow to getting anything blooming. Had my first asparagus for dinner last night, though! More coming soon.

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  20. germac4 says:

    Your quilt looks beautiful Judy .. I admire your talents, and I think that fabric piece should be on display! Good luck with your plantings for the nursing home…it will be much appreciated I am sure.

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  21. Tina Schell says:

    I am so honored you liked my image enough to creat such a beat piece of art from it Judy. It takes much more talent to create as you have! Yes, it is Glacier National Park, the clouds were magical that day. Now we BOTH have a special something to remember them by! Kudos for your gorgeous piece and thanks again for the honor of being part of it β™₯️

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  22. Tina Schell says:

    Beautiful not beat. Jeez, spellcheck will kill me yet!

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  23. Karen says:

    Your wonderful imagination and talent certainly came to fruition with your lovely quilt.

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  24. Syt says:

    That’s amazing

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  25. Marilyn. says:

    I’m impressed with your wall hanging. It is beautiful.

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  26. Wow, that quilt is amazing and such a tribute to Tina’s photo.

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  27. Nancy says:

    I’m late! I’m so sorry I’m so late to your beautiful post. Your quilt is incredible! I know it’s award winning! Blue Ribbon from Miss Nancy!
    Well done my friend!
    Happy Week to you!

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  28. bikerchick57 says:

    Judy, you are so talented! Not everyone can take a beautiful photo and make a beautiful landscape out of fabric. You did an excellent job and it makes me want to get back to my own sort of crafting because as you know, it’s always good for the soul.

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  29. Wow! Your work is so beautiful Judy. We’ve been away camping and enjoying seeing new places so I’m only now catching up with everyone’s posts. The internet was dodgy and I didn’t really have time for the computer anyway. The most exciting thing of the weeks has been seeing a platypus in the wild.

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