Wandering Camera Revival

 

 

A couple of years ago I decided to take one photo per day for 365 days to expand my photography skills.   At the same time, I also hosted a linky party called Wandering Camera and invited you to join me by linking up your monthly photos.  Project 365 ended, and so did Wandering Camera.  Since then I have travelled quite a bit and have taken a LOT of photos.  Sadly though, they have stayed locked up in the darkness of my digital storage.

 

 

 

 

I am getting back to photography and Wandering Camera is also making a return.

On the last Thursday of every month, I would love for you to join me by linking up your photos.  Posts with your project photos (sewing, painting, etc.) are most welcome as well.

You can add any number of links to your posts from the previous month, or write a new post to link up.  It was a lot of fun last time, and I can’t wait to see your posts again.  The first link-up with be in June.

I have already started wandering with my camera again.

 

 

 

 

Last week it was fairly cloudy outside, perfect weather for flower photography.  Despite my deadly allergies, I hazarded spending a little time outside in the garden, taking photos.

 

 

 

 

I don’t do much macro/close-up photography.  Every now and then I get the urge to play with that though, and flowers make great subjects.  So out I went, camera stand in the crook of one arm and camera dangling from the other.

 

 

 

 

Knowing how much I love iris and larkspur, Mary from Needled Mom, sent me a box of iris rhizomes and a packet of larkspur seeds from her garden.  Thank You so much, Mary!

 

 

 

 

Now they are blooming in our garden and swaying in the wind.

 

 

 

 

All those flower photos made me finish this drawing of thistle flowers based on photos I took in Scotland.  I started this drawing so long ago, now I can finally start painting it.

 

I love capturing the world with my camera.  Sometimes the world is right outside my door.  I hope you will join me once more on Wandering Camera.  Last time I found new pages and made new friends, looking forward to doing that again.

 

 

Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

The first linky party will open on June 28th.  If you follow me via email you will get a reminder.  Here is a little badge for you to share on your page.  Please invite others to participate.

 

Let’s Play, 
-Soma

 

I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.

 

 

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Pinwheel Flowers – Colours And Prints

 

I am making a quilt for my kitties using one of my old patterns, Pinwheel Flower.  I often get asked about how I choose colours for the blocks I make from my paper piecing patterns.  For me they are illustrations done in fabric, so most of the time it is very akin to how I paint.  I will try to show my selection process.

 

I use colours and prints together to create a certain style, mood, or even a season. 

 

 

 

 

I took this photo of a little purple larkspur flower during a hike.  I was looking for tiny little wild flowers for photography and my husband found this one for me.  As this photo was my intial inspiration, I chose green for the quilt background.

 

Most of the time though, the background is the last fabric I select.  No matter what the order is, I like the design of the block to stand out against the background colour and/or print.  If I don’t get the right contrast, I change out the fabrics until I am satisfied.

 

 

 

 

I wanted the flowers to pop against the background without being too bright. It was also important to have a balanced ratio of cool and warm colours.  From the very beginning, I was sure about the purple flower from my photo appearing in the quilt.

 

 

 

 

The other cool colour choice would be a shade of blue.  After trying out quite a few mid- to dark blues, I settled on this teal.  I adore that colour, but I don’t get to use it too often.  I also have only a little bit of it left, just enough for my little kitty quilt.

 

 

 

 

I love yellow flowers.  A vase full of yellow Chrysanthemums cheers me up immensely.  Unfortunately, yellow was not dark enough to provide enough contrast against the green, so I picked the next best – a burnt orange.

 

 

 

Pinwheel Flower pattern on Etsy

 

For the last colour, I looked to our garden for inspiration.  We have two wildflower plants with the brightest shade of red flowers blooming in our garden.  The whole plant looks like it is bursting into red fireworks.  That became the red flower in my quilt.

 

The idea for this block came from a combination of seeing a flower through my atelier window and a pinwheel block.  For sashing, it was going to be either white or cream fabric to represent the window frame.  Since the green I chose was a warmer green, I used a yellowish-cream for the sashing.

 

 

 

 

Once I finish selecting the colours, I start on the prints.  I think about what the quilt is supposed to represent.  That helps me decide on the style as well as giving the quilt a sense of coherence while I choose the prints.

When I show you the finished quilt, you will see why I used blender fabrics for this one.

 

-Soma

 

I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.

 

 

 

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