Saturday, March 5, 2011

Firecracker

Saturday, March 5, 2011
Next up is Firecracker!
I mixed a few fabric collections in making this quilt. Often I stick with one collection at a time... so it was really fun for me to let loose on this one!

Fabrics in this quilt
Pick a Bunch by Nancy Mims
Treasures & Tidbits by Piece O' Cake Designs
As well as...
Metro Living
Pimatex Basics
Mingle
Pure Organic Solids
& Kona Crush for the solid white

What's in a Name? 
I had a lot of trouble coming up with a name for this quilt. One day it came to me and I decided to name it Fireworks. I told a friend and got the thumbs up. Somewhere in conversation the name turned to Firecracker and I wasn't sure what to call it. I went to the members of the Philadelphia modern quilt guild for help and they all voted for Firecracker!


Here is the back cover
I noted on the back that "Small to medium scale prints work well with Firecracker. Avoid selecting multicolor prints. Fabrics that read as one color will support the design best."
I like when patterns give you some direction in helping to choose fabrics to use in making your quilt.


Just like yesterday I thought I'd show you some photo shoot outtakes.

This was the first place I took the quilt to be photographed.  I like the blue of the sky but the lighting on the quilt was too harsh and it just looked funny hanging in the branches.

Next up was this fence.... with a curve to the top of it.

This shoot went ok... but not great.

By the end of it the wind was picking up fast.

I was photographing a few quilts this day and didn't want to put any of them down on the ground because of the snow.  After I snapped a few photos I tossed the quilt on the fence for safe keeping.  For some reason I took this photo & I love it.

I did try taking a few photos inside... but in general setting up artificial light is much harder than using natural lighting.  This photo does show the cool quilting Angela did.

I use this fence in a lot of my photos... so I figured I'd try it for this quilt.  The wind was really strong and getting a good photo was almost impossible.

The quilt was moving so fast that in many of the photos it is just blurry.

I liked how this photo shows the back... but felt like it covered too much of the front... but it did give me an idea of what I was looking for & inspired the eventual cover photo.

I waited till the next day when there was less wind... better light... switched camera lenses & got the right shot! Being patient with photo shoots is still a lesson I'm learning, but I know it's worth it to get the right shot.

note
The patterns are off at the printer now and will be available to ship on March 16th.



© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/

30 comments:

Regina said...

It's so pretty Julie! Love that you shared the outtakes and love the quilting.

LynCC said...

Love the windy pics! Makes that quilt look as full of life as its fabrics. :D

I also love the quilting that you chose for it. Very pleasing.

Esch House Quilts said...

I admire your persistence in trying so many different places and times to get the right shot!

Sandy said...

I love that you share the process of getting 'just the right photo' it gives me a whole new appreciation for how much much time & effort goes into this process! Love Firecracker too!

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Christina said...

Such a fun use of a simple block! Very lighthearted and the name you chose is perfect!

momto2wasd said...

I love having suggestions for fabric choices on a quilt pattern, too. I think it's really helpful! One of the first things I noticed about the quilt was how much I liked the colors.

Sandy said...

Another great quilt, Julie!

Katy (France) said...

In that second picture, against the fence it just looks fantastic, so bright, the white contrasting so well with the colours :-)

AnneMarie said...

Very nice colors in this quilt! Love it! I am learning from your outtakes shots - thanks for posting! Do you just photoshop out the clips you use to hang up the quilt?

Aunti Nicole's Corner said...

Great quilt idea! You are a firecracker! Thanks for the photo journey, that was fun.

Baskets Of Quilts said...

All your pics look great! I'd love to see you post tips for photographing quilts. My pics always look like crap and I'm so jealous of yours.

LizzyHouse said...

I really love this quilt so much!!! It will look really great in O.F. if you know what I mean....

Michele said...

Even the outtakes are gorgeous. It's such a fun quilt.

Coisas da Laura said...

Julie, I`d like to buy some patterns AND the ruler! Are you going to sell the ruler too?

Becky said...

I think this is my favorite of the new patterns. I love that you do thoughtful things with your patterns like suggestions for fabrics (and the sizes on the other one).
And I love that you have issues photographing too. I took my monochromatic out for a photo-shoot and you'd think I had a supermodel in front of my with how many shots I took and how many times I repositioned it!

Shawn said...

Love it Julie, especially how it shows the beautiful fabrics. I'm not enjoying cutting up some of the gorgeous fabrics out there these days. Great design, keep up the good work! ;)

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Hi Julie1 I just love Firecracker! What a great way for using up some pretty scrap fabrics. It sure looks cold there- it is still hot here "across the pond", we have just entered Autumn (Fall) but the weather must have forgot. :)

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

I love all the quilt patterns that you have for sale...I'm actually trying to decide which one to buy, but I'm having trouble narrowing it down :-P

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Hi Julie....I am so anxious to get these patterns.....can I get them and the tool through you??

mascanlon said...

I love all the photos Julie and the blow by blow description of what it takes to get the great photos on the pattern cover. And of course the ruler, its just nagging at me now!

Sewhappy said...

Your designs are so great, the fabrics on this one are fantastic, a perfect combination. Getting pics can be fun hey.

Leslie said...

Another vote for posting on how you take your pics--they're great! I really like the impromptu pic you were smart enough to capture too.

Livia said...

What a great design! It has such an energetic feel :)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Gorgeous Julie! I can see that angle ruler is very fun.

Kathryn said...

Well, this is a pattern I am definitely going to buy. I love the motion it conveys. It's a nice change from squares and rectangles. I'll keep checking to see when you add it to your store. Kathie L in Allentown

Lauren P said...

I love your quilt! It's so bright and cheery!

Deborah said...

Love it, Julie! Now, which fabric on the quilt is Kona Crush?

Julie @ Jaybird Quilts said...

Deborah,

The white is kona crush.

-Julie

skyefraser said...

This is my favourite. I have to say I like this a lot. Might have to try it when the skill comes up!