Saturday, 25 January 2020

Removing the lens cap is always a good idea

I did quite a lot of sewing earlier this week and took a few photos as I went along.  Unfortunately I didn't remove my lens cap at any point in the day so when I came to blog on Wednesday all I had was a collection of black rectangles which, lets face it, aren't going to enlighten anybody.  Yesterday I got the whole piece out of the box, laid it all out on the floor, took photos and then put it all back without sewing a stitch.  Needs must, but I have to say that just didn't feel right at all!

Right or wrong, though, this is where I am up to.  I have been working on three areas at the same time: bottom left, bottom of the next block over and top right.  I don't think it will get much longer but I'm probably only half way across.
Remember that long pink strip that I took out earlier?  That fabric is going back in but in much smaller bits.  Like the black strips, which I'm adding when I want to join two similar coloured strip sets of different widths, this has a specific job: I'm using it to straighten things up when a strip set is particularly curvy, like this:
 or this.
Once again, the combination of camera angle and winter light/flash seems to do the fabrics in this a disservice.  In the top picture a lot of things that have pattern read as solids to my eye whereas in fact there are only two solids in the whole thing.  Never mind - when I get to the stage where it's on the washing line for photos I know these things will be easier to see.

10 comments:

Quiltdivajulie said...

This is a tough time of year to photograph our work! Love those tiny flashes of pink peeking out here and there (much better than the big strip).

Julierose said...

Loving that "strippy" look to this piece..I now really know just how difficult it is to do your own thing..Green Monster taught me a few lessons...hugs, Julierose

Robin said...

I love the close-up. There is so much more going on that can't be seen from afar.

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I went on a big international trip and set my camera on the smallest quality setting: my photos were all 100px x 75px: absolute garbage. So, I definitely understand the leaving a lens cap moment!!

Ann said...

I never thought of the lens cap being on but am glad your managed to get some photos now. This is a difficult time of year to get good light. I like the arrangement of these vertical strips and sets of "coins" that make strips. The few hourglasses and horizontal bits had interest.

Shasta Matova said...

When I had a film camera, I went on a trip abroad and had two rolls of film that had no pictures. The film didn't advance. It was very disappointing. My digital camera won't work if the lens cap is on or if the SD card is not in the camera, and it beeps at me to let me know there is a problem.

I have the same problem with the light. I have no idea if the fabrics I am choosing are properly coordinating. I have worked hard to convince myself that if it only looks good in the winter, I can just make sure to only display it in winter.

patty a. said...

I love the way this quilt is coming along. The way you are using the pink strips is perfect.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

I do like how this is progressing! There's a sense of calm order about it.(not sure if that explains how I see it!). And the little bits of pink add interest.

audrey said...

I hate when things like that happen. So frustrating when there seems to be a limited time to accomplish anything and then it's like spinning your wheels. Lovely to see forward progress. I think we're starting to see the bones of the quilt now!:)

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

This is beginning to come along. I liked the pink back when it was in the first go, so I'm glad you found a way to use it. It's interesting how a Chinese coins quilt needs to be built top to bottom rather than along the width. Of course, it makes sense when you envision the strips coming together.
Sorry but it's comical when something like your lens incident happens to someone else. It feels that I am always the comic.