Thursday, 2 June 2016

Bravery Plus

“Bran thought about it, ‘Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?'
'That is the only time a man can be brave,' his father told him.”

George R.R. MartinA Game of Thrones

I think my current favourite design is the Swiss cross – simple, effective, versatile and on trend in interior dec circles in a Scandi – Mid Century Modern crossover kind of way. I must make at least one otherwise my life won’t be complete! A-a-a-nd here it is in the very graphic black and white colour scheme.

I aspire to taking the perfect quilt photo and to that end I avidly read all of Debbie’s (at A Quilter’s Table) photoshoot posts. In her latest instalment she wrote

It's a curious thing - as I've shared these over the last few months, I've been surprised how many comments I've gotten from readers being fearful to take their quilt out 'in public' for photoshoots such as those in today's post. With the possible exception of the one taken in the Swiss alps, it seems to me these photos might have been taken in 'everyday' settings - even perhaps locations stumbled upon while the quilt-maker was out and about. I know when hubby and I go out for a photoshoot, sometimes we have a destination, but just as often we drive around looking for an interesting setting. And honestly, rarely do we spend much time in one spot. We often stroll nonchalantly to our target area, snap a few times, and off we go. Most people ignore us, and if they do pay us any mind, they are only complimentary - and maybe a little envious. So really, it's not scary at all!

Challenge accepted! Actually, I’d been scouting photo spots in a lunchtime walk radius of work for months and I was ready-ish to take the plunge. So with heart pounding and hands sweating, neck swiveling to check for approaching members of the public... wait, what’s supposed to be my attitude here? Defiantly proud? No-o-o, too far off my true feelings about this quilt (I’m happy with it and I absolutely love it but I know where the faults are). I know, BRAVE. I can manage that for a short 5-minute photo snapping session...  and then scurry away quickly to recover from the adrenaline rush.

The rest of the photos were taken in the relaxed setting of home and I’ve attempted a bit of styling with a potted lavender that I haven’t got around to planting yet.
Hope you find the courage for your own challenges, no matter how major or minor they may be in the grand scheme of life.

Linking up to My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday, Creative Wednesday at Faith and Fabric and Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio

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  1. Are you kidding. Your quilts are lovely. TAke them outside for people to see and be jealous of. I know it's easier said than done, but you should because the world deserves to see your artistry!

  2. Quilty photo shoots are the best! Love the pictures you have taken. I think the more you do photo shoots in public, the easier it gets. If I'm going into a highly public place I try to take a friend with me because two hands are better than one. Quilts...put them on the ground, hang them from trees and let them have personalities.

  3. Love seeing your photos! great success here! I need to get one out that I have been waiting for the right place to photograph it...thanks for the inspiration here.

  4. Your photos turned out great! The simple black and white combination is super classy (and classic). Genuinely think this is beautiful! (...and thanks for linking up at Creative Community Wednesday!)

  5. Your quilt (and photos) look great! You'll probably be amazed at how often you notice outdoor photo shoot locations now. I have a whole list of places to re-visit with quilts! :)

  6. Your photos are wonderful. Kudos for being brave! I have a looks like you shot your quilt against a lovely brick wall. How did you get it to hang? Did you use sticky tape? I've shot photos outdoors but have been limited by the idea that I have to last it down or flop it over something.

  7. Just love your classic black and white cross quilt with the lavender in the next to last picture. All of your photos are lovey!