Quilts, Quandaries and now a little quiet time

Its been one of those days today, I began with energy and its fizzed to a crawl this evening.

The plan was to work exclusively on The Bayeux, but I was out in the studio quite late last night working on a thread painting, you know what its like, I looked at it this morning, “Oh, I’ll just do a little more and then 3 hours later it was finished and I was still in my pyjamas.


Today  I had a date with my periodontist. He’s nice and wears big round purple glasses, last time he had bright pink ones on.  I think he wears them to numb the mind that you are having surgery and the bill is the price of a small car. I hate visiting the dentist, but I had to have some surgery, and I left with a mouth full of stitches which are throbbing right now.

After that we had a grandiose gathering for a 3 year olds birthday so it was all go today.

But back to the quilt.

This quilt is taken from a photo of some small shoes I bought in Thailand.



I liked both angles, but I decided on the straight on view. It seemed a little more comfortable and also I could see more of the cross stitch.

I have a program on my iPad called Sketchmee and it converts a photo to a sketch. It enhances the color and I have learned so much from using this program. For instance, look at the way it has converted  the shadow of the shoes… I love it.


I like this look, however, the effect of the cross stitching is lost, so I decided to do both. I printed this image on fabric and then the image of the original photo on fabric, I cut out the shoes so I had a clear image to stitch and then I also had the background sketched effect as well. Two images combined.

I had actually planned to do this quilt while I was traveling, to this image was already in the “to do’ pile in the computer

This is another quilt that is in the ‘to do’ list, but I plan to do it a different way. However, I used Sketchmee to get this effect. I use my iPad and computer all the time to assist me with ideas.

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So this is the finished effect. I have the shoes well defined and the background using sketch me.. I took a little political license, but I like the effect. Now to finish quilting the background of the quilt (or you could call it the frame)

The gallery is of some of the other photos I considered for this project. All taken in Thailand.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Mary Ellen says:

    Beautiful photography. You know you have the gift. And some wonderful equipment to bring it all to fruition. Without your eye for composition, though, those cameras and lenses would just be pricey doorstops. Your generous spirit allows us to experience the world vicariously through you. Thank you.

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Mary Ellen. Thank you. I love to combine colors, its an absolute delight doing so and every photo is taken with a quilt combination in mind. Thank you.

  2. Sandy Fisher says:

    Have you mentioned what brand of fabric you print on and do you use inkjet or laser to get such beautiful color. Thank you very much.

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Sandy, you can use any fabric to be honest. for this composition I used a white lightwave cotton. I place fusible on the back which gives it stability through the printer and then put it through my canon inkjet. Nothing fancy. Of course its not really bright, but I really just need the outline for guidance.

  3. Sandra Geho says:

    Loved the photos from Thailand. I recognize the “brochure” photo. I don’t know why, but I thought thus was a photo from a tourism deparent. Thrilled to see it is one if your. No wonder it is such a great pic. Will be joining you on the next Thailand trip

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Super, Sandra, Yep it was one of my photos.. I will also be teaching how to take photo on the trip too.

  4. Dianna says:

    Great photos!

  5. Rose Stevenson says:

    hi Pam: are you doing the Mexico trip this year? Would like to take Mom & myself. It’ll be a tribute to Eugene…just lost him 2 weeks ago–diabetes complications. He wanted us to go this year… Rose

  6. Leilani says:

    Your talent is amazing!

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