Friday, June 26, 2009

Needles or photos....prcrastination

I feel as if I haven't posted anything quilty in a a long time...vacation can do that to you...also, I am trying hard to finish an applique block for the guild donation quilt. It just isn't talking to me. I think I have un-stitched each leaf, cherry, and stem enough to have made an entire quilt top! It is due tomorrow morning at 10 am...my applique standards have dropped accordingly!

Yesterday I went to my local guild's quilting bee. By the time I got there the heat (100 degrees according to the bank sign) had already wiped me out. I did help vacuum clean the centennial quilt the guild made for the town which is going to hang in the brand new government center.
The quilt has several photos of well know landmarks around the city that were transferred to fabric as well as an early map of the city limits. Crazy quilts were still very popular in this area around the turn of the century so we decided to follow early quilters lead when we designed the quilt. It was also and easier way to incorporate the varied sizes of the photos...The local art association is very supportive of the guild and helps with advertising and set up of our quilt show.I have been playing with my California photos...those that I am not happy with "out of the camera" I like to edit a lot in Picassa to see what I can do with them...the one above I added glow tint to so it looks like we had blue skies.

The one below is the same spot but I first used the sephia (spelling?) option then added the aqua tint to make it look like an old postcard. I can spend a lot of time playing with what are sort of boring photos! (time I should be spending finishing that %&@# applique block....I think I raised procrastination to an art form on this project!)

9 comments:

Tammy said...

with the heat you're having it sounds like it's not easy to get motivated to do much but sit and doodle with photos. Our area is usually getting close to those temps, but we don't have the humidity, however this year we've stayed in the 80's so far and it's so pleasant to be outside still. Don't let the heat wipe you out!!

Diane said...

That community history quilt is one of the best I've ever seen. I just love the photos on it. Keep cool!

Sunna Reyr said...

The quilt and the idea of it are so great, I think I'll share it with my guild. I loved the standard thing about the applique, It's so dreadful to be working on something like that under pressure.

AnnieO said...

Your guild quilt is outstanding! Very unique and one you'd not get tired of looking at. Love your California photos---but I am a So. Calif girl so I love any photos of CA! I hope you got your project done on time :)

julieQ said...

Really pretty sepia toned picture! No procrastination, I think we are all just too hot!! (over 100 here)

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

I dunno, you'd have a looong way to go to beat me as the queen of procrastination... fun quilt!

Mary said...

I love playing with my photos too and while I do a lot of it in Photoshop Elements I love Picasa for quick and easy editing.

McIrish Annie said...

Sounds like a great trip! We were out there about 10 years ago and hit San Fran and Carmel. I LOVED Carmel!!

Enjoyed your story about the turtle!! LOL! they sure can be feisty. Good thing your kitty was there to protect you!

sewkalico said...

After 10am tomorrow you should be shot of the applique block so just get it done and then you can do something you really feel up to in your heat!