Sunday, August 24, 2014

Patchwork carpet!

I didn't know carpet tiles came in such an array of choices. I'm 'piecing' my own design for an entry and long hallway. Who knew carpet-building could be so much fun? These 20-inch square carpet tiles can be mixed and matched. I think I've found my new color palette. I had never heard of this company: FLOR. You'll have to Google it because my attempts to link it here are not working. Anyway, the available colors, textures, and options will keep me busy for awhile!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Two steps forward, one step back

Mama said there'd be days like this...

When I decided it was time for a website makeover, I knew I didn't want to spend hours and hours rebuilding it myself. So, I decided to hire a web designer this time. Holly is fantastic to work with and has been, right from the start. However, my dream of not spending a lot of time on the project went down the tubes when I realized I needed to provide her with better quality quilt photos.

She has great 'how to do it' instructions on her photography page. The setup looked simple enough, so we built the light stands and I now have a mini-studio in the sewing room. (I'd show you a picture, but my camera battery is recharging. It's always something.) That was the easy part. Getting more familiar with the manual functions of my camera was another story. I've always used the auto function!

I have succeeded somewhat, but images are still not quite to my liking. I'll be spending more time photographing quilts in the next few days. Stay tuned for a revised website coming this fall!

And, here is a link to my web designer, Holly Knott's website. Enjoy:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Photo inspiration!

What inspires you to create? Nature's beauty is at the top of my list. This recent Maine sunset will likely find its way into a future quilt. The challenge of recreating a fabric version - be it realistic or abstract - is a motivator. Don't look for this quilt anytime soon, though. Most ideas percolate for a little while, or a very long time, before they come to fruition!