One of my online friends, Chela, reminded me that nature is a great inspiration for quilts (as well as other art). So here are some of my favorite nature pix.
I love plants and flowers of (almost) all kinds, so they are a frequent subject:
Like most folks, I take pictures when we travel, some for the colors, some for the general scenery.
The one thing I don’t do, and don’t intend to do, is print my photos on fabric and put them in quilts that way. I use them for shapes, colors, arrangement of forms…but for the purpose of interpretation, not direct copies.
How do you use your photos in your quilts?
Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos. Yoand you are so right about the addition of your adorable grandchild improving the photo.
For the quilt we donated to Brackenridge Park, I used the printed photos. We wanted to promote the conservation of this park. Lately, I am attempting to interpret photos of nature through thread sketching. A landscape quilt is on my Dream -To-Do list.
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Yes, I remember that quilt and it was nice. The photos looked a little antique when printed in fabric.
Very cute grandchild!
I have made two quilts using photos — I took photos of butterflies and other pollinators, and put them through Photoshop filters to make them look painted. Then I printed them (on the 8.5 x 11 sheets) and surrounded them with scrappy strips. They were intended as big banners for nature festivals, and they have done their job and brought people over to our volunteer booth, and I really like them for that. I don’t know that I would want them as bed quilts! 🙂
I have just designed 5 coordinating fabrics from photos of wildlife, and that order is supposed to get here Thursday, so we will see if that use of photos on fabric is successful!
Ooh! I want to see the fabrics you designed! I’ve never designed fabric.
I hope to get a quilt made from them and write about them soon!
oooo!! exciting! I can’t wait to see your fabrics!
I presented the quilt today and it went over well. I hope to do a post soon! 🙂
I am a big fan of imitating Mother Nature for colours
Yes! And fun shapes, too 😀
When I use photos I abstract a bit and if I am following the photo too closely, put it away and keep revising my first sketches. I can see printing photos on fabric for memory quilts or major birthday or anniversary quilts, but haven’t had occasion to do that. I agree on the value of the grandchild’s presence. Cute.
I like the idea of making a first sketch and then putting the photo away. I think I’ll try it next time.
Adorable grandchild and loved your nature photos! Nature is so inspirational! I love the monochromatic one with the squirrel that would make an interesting composition! 🙂
Your phone of the miniature garden on a fence post is still one of my favorites 😀
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I’m not very good at using photos in my quilts. I’d say I do take inspiration from the colors, but I haven’t found another way to interpret them yet. I have a picture of Jim’s folks standing in their garden and I’ve long wanted to use it to make a story quilt. But my skills have not yet caught up to my aspirations. Love the photo with your grandchild! What a cutie!
I have a photo that I have modified/simplified in Photoshop with the intention of using it as a base for thread painting in future. Maybe something like that would be doable with the photo of Jim’s parents.
Thank you. And I forgot to say a minute ago: Feel better soon!