Saturday, July 25, 2009

Pioneer Nine Patch

Give a kid a new camera and he'll take pictures of just about anything ~ even Mom's quilts. I wonder how many pictures I can get out of Will before he heads off to college?

The weather has been perfect for outdoor shots ~ mild temperatures, blue skies, billowy clouds, plenty of sun. 

William found a clever backdrop at a nearby corn field. 

I'll settle for heavy shadows if he's willing to climb trees to compose the photo!

Direct noonday sun won't bother me as long as he gets the full quilt in frame. I made this Nine Patch in the early 1990's from 9" blocks, swapped with friends. The Streak of Lightening border adds extra interest.

William sleeps too late to capture the texture of hand quilting with long shadows of early morning light, but enlarge the close-up and you may see my favorite fan design.

I'll probably drive Will nuts with my photo requests over the next few weeks. But he knows how much I appreciate him being my hands and eyes. I'm gonna miss that kid!


  1. Love the pictures,keep him busy.Wig.

  2. Your quilt looks great hanging from that tree.
    I have only seen one orange butterfly so far and it was moving too fast to identify.

  3. Diane,

    I love your quilt and the setting, the tree, is wonderful. It sets the tone for the timelessness of the Nine Patch. I have to say that border really REALLY works, too!

    What a neat butterfly.

    Do let Will know we appreciate his every effort. He takes the biscuit (as they say)... and we still don't know who *they* are but we do agree with some things *they* say.

  4. Looks great!
    I love nine patches, thanks Will !
    and yes please make us all happy by photographing more of your Mom's quilts, we love seeing them

  5. That block on block setting and the streak of lightning border are terrific looking--and the photos do them justice! Thanks for sharing.:)

  6. wonderful quilt - that border really adds a zing. gorgeous fan quilting - woohoo.

  7. What a pair you two will be - quilter and photographer, artists on a mission *s*

  8. Will has done a terrific job photographing this quilt and even though he didn't get up early enough to catch the best light for optimally showing the quilting pattern/stitches i can still see that it's breathtaking work~!!~ happens to be one of my favorite patterns as well (it's a classic~!).

    the butterfly shot is equally inspiring and i'm so glad i was able to come for a visit today~!~


    p.s. can't wait to see more of your wonderful quilts~!!~

  9. I love the photos of that quilt....and the border is very attractive. I'd like to do something similar one day.

  10. The quilts and photos are absolutely lovely. I can't sew a stitch, I'm afraid, I suppose I could if I took the time to learn how. I'm a woman of a certain age myself and there's that old dog/new tricks thing to consider but phooey. Old dogs learn new tricks all the time; they're maybe just a little more picky (persnickety!) about what they choose to focus their energy on. Good luck with your work, it's quite delightful.

  11. Love the pictures and the quilts...both are very nicely composed :o)