Monday, February 18, 2013

Crosses

There's nothing quite like taking a finished quilt out for a photo-shoot.  There's an excitement that's hard to describe, but I bet alot of you know exactly what I'm talking about. So today hubby and I headed out, not quite having a plan, but with quilt and camera tossed in the back seat of the car. I had in mind maybe finding a church. Considering the finished quilt was one of modern crosses, I thought it would be nice to take photos with a more traditional cross.
We lucked out fairly quickly in a historic town near our home, though there was nowhere to hang the quilt, and it was too big for me to show it off in it's entirety. At least we got some decent pics of the front and the back.
Hubby raced up those stairs twice to try and help me hold the width of the quilt, with the camera below on automatic shoot. Unfortunately, we still weren't able to get the whole quilt or the cross up top.
We went on our merry way, and came across a sweet fence-line, but again, were only able to show off half the quilt, but still worth a few snaps.
Then around a bend, I saw a little building I had never noticed before. What caught my eye was its wire "framing" - perfect for a clothespin or six! Finally - a full view of this quilt - close to 95" square.
What may be my new go-to display spot, was in actuality a refurbished pump house from the 1930's.
Inside and out was decorated with glass tiles, mostly of sea creatures, apropos considering Puget Sound is a stone's throw away.
Here's a shot that shows off the beautiful quilting done by Girton Quilting.
 And one of the back of the quilt from inside the pump house.
Mission accomplished.

Modern Crosses was modified from a pattern by Susan Beal. The feature fabric was a jelly roll of curio by basic grey for Moda on a background of Kona Eggshell. Backing is Kona Parchment with strips of Eggshell and curio flowers on orange. Piecing was done entirely with Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread in Natural, and the quilt was finished with a scrappy curio binding. This quilt is on my Q1 FAL list.

Linking up with Let's Get Acquainted MondayFabric Tuesday, and Finish it Up Friday!

46 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

Congratulations Debbie, on this beautiful quilt! Your photos are great! I love the Seahurst Avenue shot- the green and red really match the colours of the quilt!

Kelly said...

Beautiful quilt and pics!

Toni said...

Oh Debbie, this turned out so beautifully! It's for your SIL, right? She has to be so excited to get this! I think your photo shoot went really well and looks like fun! What a neat little find in that pump house!

Annabella said...

It's gorgeous Debbie and perfect photo shoot opportunities.

Theresa said...

Beautiful quilt, story and photos !

Theresa said...

Beautiful quilt, story and photos !

Katie said...

beautiful quilt and what a lucky find for places to display.

Sarah said...

I love the modern/traditional look of this quilt. It has turned out lovely, and so big! You have found some lovely display buildings too!

Allison said...

your quilt is lovely! congrats on a great finish! thanks for sharing the story of your photo shoot, too :)

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Lovely...all around!

Ellyn said...

a wonderful quilt and beautiful photos!

Kate said...

A gorgeous finish, and you have a great eye for photo spots! I love the pump house!

Carla said...

Awesome finish Debbie. I saw this over on Flickr and knew immediately who's it was. Beautiful and fun photos

Grandma G said...

Not being a quilter myself, I've never been behind-the-scenes at a quilt photo shoot before, so thanks for sharing about your efforts. You apparently have a very cooperative husband. :) Great photos... of a very lovely quilt!

Kinda glad I'm a bag lady... bags are much easier to photograph. ;)

Shawn Stephenson Schumacher said...

Beautiful!!! Debbie, Maybe next time you should bring some rope. You can make your own clothes line at the church off those great stairs so you can then use your clothes pins to hang it. Love the quilt and your husband's enthusiasm to help!

Leanne said...

This is such a beautiful quilt, and your photo shoot is wonderful.

capitolaquilter said...

Great photo shoot and quilt, love the pump house especially. Now that I've taken a couple of quilts out and about it seems like the only right way to photograph them when they are done. Your hubby is a good sport!

Marta S. said...

I've been wanting to do a modern crosses quilt, and this one is so soothing. Great photos (love the chapel backdrop) and great finish, Debbie!

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

Beautiful quilt and great photos!
Thanks for sharing!

DebbieS said...

Love this quilt! Thanks for sharing.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Lovely quilt! You've inspired me to look around my area for photo taking spots too...

Katy Cameron said...

Love the tale of your photo shoot :o) I'm taking my latest finished one into work tomorrow in the hopes of sneaking out at lunch to get some pics. Today was a very cold, clear day, which would have been perfect, but I hadn't even thought about it then, which probably means it'll rain tomorrow...

Carla said...

Hi Debbie, I loved your post, your quilt and your photography! You are a girl after my own heart!!

Kirsten said...

Gorgeous quilt and I love all of your beautiful photos too! I am always on the lookout for some good places near where I live to take pics too.

FlourishingPalms said...

I'm getting a bit more brave about going out and finding places to photograph my quilts. But, I'm going out on my own, so that makes it a little more daunting. Good for you to get hubby's help. Happy for you to have found the pump house and the convenience of those wires for hanging with clothespins! Great! How I wish I could find such a perfect location.

factotum-of-arts.com said...

A wonderful finish and great photos. It must be nice to finish one and see all the hard work that went into it, as a completed project :-) Congrats

Joanie's Quilts said...

What a beautiful quilt! How nice to have a hubby willing to assist in getting those marvelous pictures. You found great backdrops. My favorite is the church.

JanuaryT said...

Deb, it turner out beautifully!!! I love how you guys went exploring for the perfect place to take pictures. The pump house is beyond cool and I think it's a perfect picture place.

Nicole said...

Gorgeous, Debbie! I'm glad to see I'm not the only one figuring out how to photograph large quilts. It can be quite an adventure. Congrats on finding a great spot!

Heidi Staples said...

Debbie, the quilt is lovely and so are these beautiful photos!

Heather D. said...

Beautiful quilt, and photos Debbie. The one from the back, from inside the pumphouse, shows just how many pieces went into this quilt! I'm assuming there was some strip piecing though??

Svetlana said...

what a beauty, Debbie. It looks gorgeous.

SIMPLESEW said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS..

Simone de Klerk said...

Beautiful! I think you should become a photographer too. Great place to make pictures.

Deb said...

The pump house is a perfect backdrop for your quilt! The quilt is amazing - you do such beautiful work!

CityHouseStudio said...

It's just gorgeous, Debbie! You must be so happy with it! And I just love your photoshoot adventure, what fun!

Jenniffier Kramer said...

Beautiful quilt and a wonderful photo shoot too :)

Martha said...

Your quilt is gorgeous Debbie and so are your pictures showing it off.

Heather A said...

So beautiful! And such a fantastic size, too!

Mickey Hunacek said...

So glad you and Joe had such a fun time with the photo shoot. The church was a neat place for the photos---I can just imagine you hanging the quilt and then the running up and down. You two are such a great team! The quilt is so awesomely fantastic! Love the photo of back through the pumphouse--very creative photography. Thank You - Thank You - Thank You.

Marci Girl said...

Wow I love the locations so much and this quilt really did turn out quite beautiful! I know the recipient will LOVE it!

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

Your quilt is lovely! I am so impressed with the dramatic results obtained with simple modern motifs. Stunning! Great story of the photo shoot...I really must put more effort into this!

Sara said...

Such a gorgeous quilt...love the background color and the photo shoot locations are marvelous!

Shauna said...

Beautiful quilt and lovely photos of it! Glad you persisted in getting the whole quilt in the photo!

Frances said...

Sounds like you had great fun on the photo shoot - what a Great day out. I love the pump house the best.

MellieWo said...

Thanks for taking the time for the pictures and sharing. Love the pump house pictures!