This week, I’ve been sewing bits and pieces of a lot of projects, so guess what I finished? Right, not much. But I did finish Block #20, Caroline, from the Farmer’s Wife sew along ( #fqs1930sfarmerswife ). The contrast of this block turned out well, although is two out of three metallic fabrics too much? I also think I should use orange in my next FW block, I’ve done two with pink and yellow.
I took the opportunity of photographing this block to play with some lighting, and different backgrounds, the first photo above is simply on my white cutting table. (A big thank you to Katy at The Littlest Thistle for the photography tutorials she has been running this year). My sewing room has daylight fluorescent bulbs, which are really nice to sew under, and not bad for photographs either, and this year I added a desk light with a daylight bulb, to help when I’m free motion quilting, so I used it too.
To tell you the truth, I’m not 100% happy with any of these. I would like them to be a lot brighter, without retouching. But it was interesting to try different colours in the background (including the one with Kona coal which isn’t quite in focus.
Another challenge with my photography is focusing. When using my regular glasses and manual focus, the photo looks in focus, but once I put it on the computer it is not. I have been wondering if I should be using my reading glasses? I took 50 photos of this red-bellied woodpecker (unusual for our area) through the window, and only two were somewhat in focus. In the rest, the redbud tree in the background is the focal point.