Picture Perfect Day

For the last year or so I have wanted to photograph ALL of the quilts that I own, including ones made by my Granny, my Mom, my friends, and by me!! I knew that this was going to be a HUGE undertaking and kept putting it off.

My sweet husband, Michael, pushed me to go ahead and get this task off of my list and said that he would be happy to help me with the project.

Yesterday was the day!!!

The first step was to get all of the quilts out of the closets, off the walls and down the stairs. Well that part was fairly easy….I stood at the top of the landing and dropped quilt bundles onto the floor below….

They were then stuffed into the car…..

We laughed that, if we were involved in an accident, we would be WELL padded!!

We arrived at our local art center (Lyndon House Arts Center) and while Michael unloaded the car, I set up the photography area. We were in the Fiber Room which is where our guild charity bee meets. I had to move some storage shelves and tables but was soon able to get the area ready for quilts. This large design wall was already in place, but I covered it with black felt to provide a better background for the photos…..

After the initial setup, the process was the same for each quilt……

Pin the quilt in place….

Straighten and fluff…..

Take the actual photos…..

Take a few detail shots….

I also measured many of the larger quilts and noted the sizes

AND REPEAT……135 times!!!! It got easier as the quilts got smaller and smaller and, at the end of the photo session, we were doing a quilt every minute or so.

Next came the re-folding process……

….re-packing the car and now they all need to be returned to the closets, beds and walls…..

I just wish there was a way that I could throw them UP the stairs!!!

If you are interested, I videoed the process for one quilt…….

It’s Butterfly Wednesday

Today, “ALMOST” Wordless Wednesday comes to you from Thiruvananthapuram, India. I know….that is quite a mouthful which is why most people call it Trivandrum.

This butterfly posed regally atop this flower and waited patiently as I snapped several photos….

When this photo shows up on my desktop photo roll, I just smile and remember a fun trip!!!

And while we are here, let’s look at a cool plant from the same area…..

What amazing contrasting colors!!!

Almost Wordless from Kars

Yesterday I posted about an inspiration from Kars Turkey and I will stay in that country for today’s

As I was walking around the University campus in Kars, I came across trees with VERY interesting knots!!

It is no wonder that I felt as if someone was watching me!!!

They are either Aspen or Birch trees and personally I found it a bit eerie…but super interesting!!!

Golden Hour

The Golden Hour is defined as the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset. During this time, the daylight is redder and softer and it is the MOST wonderful time for photographs!!!

As I have walked in my neighborhood this past week I became enamored with this Ginkgo Tree during the Golden Hour……

It made my walks just that much more fun!!

Of course, this HAS to be my favorite “Golden Hour” photo…..