I was wondering the other day why I like paper piecing so much and I think I might have an answer. My camera and I are inseparable. Photography makes me more aware of my surroundings. The small flower and the grand scenery that it is a part of, the colours of reflected lights, the motions or the stillness of a moment – I love to see them all through my lens. Photography, in turn, also helps me with my painting. Even the paintings I create from imagination have their roots in the life around me.
Soon after I discovered paper piecing, fabric became another medium for me for painting pictures. I start with drawing my designs from scratch before turning them into patterns. The patterns are like puzzles to me. I enjoy the challenge of trying to define shapes with minimum amount of seam alignment. I realised that paper piecing is the playground for all three things that I love so much – photography, painting and puzzles.
I could therefore hardly say no when a custom order for making this camera quilt pattern came along. However, I ended up waiting this long to make my own block. I like to take photos in the moody, grey light of stormy days. The grey leaf fabric couldn’t have reflected that any better. The dark colour is also very well suited for the travel bag I will be making with this block.
Speaking of paintings, here’s my next set of index cards –
Nightscape – I love to watch the stars during camping trips.
Tell Them Stories
Stories have such power – pass them on!
Solar eclipse viewed from our backyard
I was fortunate enough to see the flyby and transport of the Shuttle Endeavour to the museum. I added a silhouette of her on the sun as a tribute to her glory days.
I used a white pen to draw the lines after painting the background grey.
Vineyard in autumn
Painted from a photo I took last year
I tried some new techniques on these paintings. After some trial and error, I think they turned out all right.