"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A.S.A. raffle Bird quilt

I've been working on my quilt for the Avicultural Society raffle.  After going through Ken's collection of monthly magazines from the society, I couldn't find any photos suitable for the quilt, so I hunted around on the internet and found some photos taken by a professional photographer who stated on his website that he was happy for people to use his photos, provided they ask for his permission.  So I emailed him to explain about using his photos on my quilt, and he replied the next day, giving me permission to use them.
I copied about 20 photos, went through them with Ken to select the best ones for the society (birds kept in aviculture) and once we made up our minds, I used the box of printing fabric that I bought at the Quilt Show, to print the photos.  (I put new ink cartridges in my printer first!).

Then I had to decide how to place the pictures on the quilt, and after much mind changing and suggestions from Ken, this is what I came up with:
The photos have been bordered with black, then put together with the green sashing.  It was too small on its own for a quilt, so I added some bird fabric to the top and bottom for extra length, but found it was too long and narrow.  I laid out the rest of the green fabric on the kitchen floor tonight, and put my unfinished top on top of it to see how it looked with a wide green border either side. 
As this has to be finished next Wednesday, I haven't got much time left to play around, so I'm going to add the wide green border either side of the length, and a shorter border at each end.  The backing will be a different bird fabric with a lot of reds, so I am going to use plain red for the binding, rather than more black.


Annie said...

You must have a very good printer. Those prints are so sharp with such deep color. I don't think my printer could handle that. Did you use up all the ink in the cartridges?

Jane Galley said...

What lovely photos to use, someone is going to be very happy to get this one

Gina E. said...

LOL Annie, I put a new cartridge in the printer, and just checked - it is now half full (or half empty!). Printer is a HP Deskjet about 4 years old, and yes, it is a good printer, has never let me down in terms of quality.