Tuesday, July 17, 2007


OK, as promised here is a photograph of the latest picture on the frame. It is being built in four parts, so there is a black line between the first two parts you see here. The parts are also not aligned properly yet. This is just how they landed on the backing.

Believe it or not this is the first good look I have had at this piece too. It's quite possible you are only a few minutes after me. Weird isn't it. I can only see about one third of this at any given moment. So while I am working it seems very abstract. When I am quilting I am looking at the source image to check where the lines need to be as they have to show the shape of the petal. Sometimes it is easy to tell from the change of colours, sometimes I have to make it up as I go along.

I've also found that when I work on these large pieces I find it very hard to follow what the design is. It seems to be worse the more I enlarge and image. In this case the dots looked really strange when I was placing them and quilting them. They are up to about half an inch in diameter, so they are pretty big. Far too big I thought, until I saw the photo here.

For the longarm quilters here is a geeky fact, this quilt is going from the takeup roller to the top roller. I decided I wanted this to roll right side out and my takeup roller doesn't wind that way, so I am working backwards. It seem to work pretty well as the panels are only about 30" square. Obviously this won't work on big quilts, but for a pictorial piece working from the bottom up does often make a lot more sense.

Woo hoo, the editing window seems to have been fixed somewhat since earlier today. Thanks blogger.


Feather on a Wire said...

This looks really special.
If you think as a longarmer you have trouble seeing the whole picture, it's even worse for those of us on domestic machines, we only see about one square foot at a time.

Ferret said...

I found it easier to see, because I could pause and spread it out. On this there just isn't a hope most of the time. You really do have to unpin it from the frame to be able to see it.