Photos are Hard, and More Hexis

I pulled out the quilt I’m going to give to my friend this evening and tried to get some photos that are more representative of what the quilt looks like. And I must say, I’ve never had a quilt that’s harder to photograph than this one. I still didn’t get any good photos, but I got a few that show a little better what it actually looks like.

I took that photo on my patio after the sun went down. It’s usually a good time to take photos of quilts outdoors.

Here’s a couple photos that show the softness and feel of this quilt well.

And a few more because I like looking at it. The darker ones at the top were taken inside. They aren’t as true. The last five photos were taken outside and are showing this quilt pretty well.

Maybe I’ve gotten the best photos I’m going to get of this quilt before it leaves my house.

I had a day at work today that was mostly meeting free so I spent the day catching up on email, worked on a few small projects, and watched a couple of webinar recordings that I needed to watch. So I was able to work on some hexis as I watched. I also sewed another set together after our walk tonight.

That brings my total up to eleven.

They make a nice little stack.

There is a house along one of our evening walk routes that has these flowers all over the place.

I had some of these in my garden in Utah. I can’t for the life of me remember the name… except that as I was typing that, I think it came to me. Liatris. And I just did a Google search on that and it’s right! I’ve been trying to think of that for three hours!

Time to get some ice on my shoulder. Signing off.

45 Replies to “Photos are Hard, and More Hexis”

  1. Snapseed is a great free app that you could try for improving the colour balance in your photos. Have a tweak of the colour temperature and you might see an improvement.
    Mind you, they look pretty good to me anyhow, but the colours might not be what you know they should be.

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  2. It’s amazing how hard color is to capture! I love those Guinea Flower triangles. I spent some time this morning trying to identify that print. (Yea for all the sellers on Etsy!) I especially like the colorway you used. That gray is so subtle, I may have to “invest” in some of that for future projects. Thanks, as always, for starting my morning with beauty.

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    1. I love that gray guinea flower. I really should use it more often. I do love that fabric in many color ways and use it often. Teh red color way is the sashing on my crumb quilt (cover photo at the top of my blog). The blue and purple color ways are in the dark bag I’m currently working on.

      I did have some dye lot issues with the gray in that quilt. I bought pieces of it at different times and places and the color varied significantly. So if you’re going to use some in a quilt, make sure you use it all from the same bolt!

      Anne

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  3. Also known as “Blazing Star”. One of the only stem plants that blooms from the top down. Most bloom from bottom up. Very easy to grow.
    Kudos for the donation to your friend. That’s very sweet of you and I’m sure she will appreciate your time and effort.

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    1. Very interesting about the bloom direction. I had never noted that it was different from other plants. And they must be easy to grow, at least in this climate, because this house had a HUGE patch of them!

      The one I had in Salt Lake, desert climate, never did that well.

      Anne

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    1. I have a friend who has a really high end camera and take amazing photos. I’ve wanted to have her take photos of my quilts but have never gotten around to it. I’m going to see her this weekend… might see if she can bring her camera and I’ll take this quilt along. It would be fun to see the photos she could get.

      Anne

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  4. Anne, once again you dazzle me with your beautiful quilt! I always find it difficult to find a background fabric for Kaffe Fassett fabrics…until now! Your choice of the gray Guinea Flowers is the perfect choice! You have a talent for combining perfect colors! That quilt is so absolutely beautiful…and it will bring much comfort to your friend.

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    1. Thanks Maureen! I actually used four different light KFC fabrics for the background triangles in that quilt. This blog post shows the fabrics I used in the first photo. https://agilejack1.com/2019/03/05/hexagon-quilt-layout/

      I didn’t use the bottom and top fabrics in that photo but did use the others.

      The different background fabrics are arranged in star patterns… it’s very subtle. That blog post shows the arrangement for that as well.

      Anne

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  5. I love your blog and I look forward to it every day. I must have missed one somewhere along the way because I don’t remember how you hurt your shoulder. Not the response you would expect, but just a little concern on my part.

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    1. I didn’t hurt my shoulder, I’m just not as young as I used to be and do get little twinges now and again. I just want to keep the inflammation down so it doesn’t become an issue with pickleball.

      Anne

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  6. Beautiful quilt!!! Love your tastes in fabrics! I agreed quilts photograph best with outdoor lighting. You are so blessed to have lovely gardens to view along your walks. Those delicate-looking purple flowers are beautiful, but don’t appear to be hardy enough for our Texas heat (?). Take care.
    Donna

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    1. I used to grow those purple flowers in Salt Lake and it gets pretty hot there in the summer. But things here grow like crazy and thrive in ways that they don’t thrive in other places.

      Anne

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  7. I have made the triangles for this quilt using a strip pack of Kaffe.  Do you have a method for putting the rows together?  Like yours, I plan to use Kaffee Guinea in black (actually it looks brown) for setting triangles.  It looks complicated to get correct.JOYCE RUFF 

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    1. This blog post shows a little about how this goes together. I based it on Brandon’s My Fair Lady Quilt from the Kaffe Quilts Again book. https://agilejack1.com/2019/02/19/thinking-about-my-next-quilt/

      I didn’t follow the pattern exactly. I used 2.5 inch strip sets to make my triangles. The pattern has strips of varying widths.

      I actually used four different fabrics for the setting triangles: the guinea flower, ferns in gray, and two color ways of millefiore. This blog post shows the fabrics I used. https://agilejack1.com/2019/03/05/hexagon-quilt-layout/

      There are two fabrics in the first photo in that post that I didn’t use — the large piece on the bottom of the stack and the one at the bottom of the photo.

      Anne

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  8. Love the quilt you are gifting. I know the person will treasure it. I can’t wait to see the finish quilt of those hand sewn patterns. I might try that. I have oodles of scrap . I grew liatrias when I lived up north. So pretty and soft to feel.

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous! You have a gift for color and I know where you get those ideas. 🤔. Gardens and flowers, flowers, flowers! Me too. 🌸💕

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  10. I love that quilt pattern. It is one I always keep “in progress” since it is mostly scrappy. Every so often I get out my scraps and add to it. Yours is beautiful!

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  11. I love this pattern and your wonderfully colourful interpretation, I found the one by Brandon not exciting enough for me! I have had a marker in the book for this quilt but never actually gotten around to making a start – perhaps I will now seeing how beautiful your one is.

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    1. I totally copied one I saw on the Facebook Kaffe Fassett Collective page. I’ve credited the maker of that quilt many times on my blog and on Facebook. But I can’t recall her name. It’s a fun quilt to make but it took care of my interest in bias edges for some time!

      Anne

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