Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sunday Evening Photo Shoot at the Yellow Barn



I can't think of anything I'd rather do on a lovely summer Sunday evening than photograph my quilts....

So, this week it's the Yellow Barn!  I stumbled across this barn right in the town of Manheim the other week when I was at a friend's house.  I spotted it at that magical time of evening - the barn was literally glowing in the evening light.  I knew right away I wanted to snap some pictures of my quilts on it at some point.  Thankfully my friend knew the owner, as it is located right behind their garage, and she was kind enough to secure permission for me.  
















I was running out of daylight, but had I more time, the other sides of this barn would have been ideal for photographing more quilts!  I had a stash in my car, but there just wasn't enough time.  (Note to self - don't wait until the lighting is right to jump in the car and drive to photo shoot location.  Next time, leave early and allow plenty of time!)








But, at least I had enough time to photograph a second quilt!
















Here's a view of the back.









I'm getting to the point where I can hardly drive past any property without envisioning it as a quilt photo shoot location!



Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Evening Photo Shoot at the Pink Barn




I was thrilled to be able to photograph one of my very special quilts* this evening at the "Pink Barn" - a well-known and well-loved local landmark for those of us who live in the Elizabethtown area.

I've been wanting to do this for almost two years, and tonight was the night!  Not only was the weather and lighting perfect, but the owners just happened to be home and were kind enough to lend me a hand with the hanging.

Since I am in love with all the pictures, I'm going to post every one of them instead of picking and choosing.  So, my apologies in advance for the photo overload!












































Robert & Marian Brandt, owners of the lovely "Pink Barn."  :)
These barns have been in the Brandt family for six generations.


*Note: I had hand stitched this "Ila's Carolina Lily" quilt more than 10 years ago during the final days of my mother's battle with cancer.  It is so dear to me....  I've been wanting to photograph it in just the right location, so I was so grateful the Brandts were willing to share there scenic setting with me.

Thank you so very much!!







Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Quick and Easy Flying Geese Units





I had seen this method of constructing Flying Geese units on various blogs in the past, but it looked way too complicated for me, so I never bothered to give it a try.  However, the directions for a quilt I'm currently working on didn't allow for any other methods, so I had to put on my "big-girl panties" and proceed with this technique.

Wow!!
It works!
And, it's super easy and and quick, and it yields perfectly stitched Flying Geese units with no waste!


Below are step-by-step photos:












Voila, four perfectly-stitched Flying Geese units!

Now I have all kinds of Flying Geese quilts I want to make, including this one!


*Note:  Click here for the link to the directions to make your own"Fast Flying Geese".

Also, Omnigrid makes a set of three 1/2" wide  x 4", 6" and 12" rulers that work great for marking the double stitching lines.  Clear here for the link.