Sunday, December 02, 2007

Playing with my toys


Today, I stuck with a self-imposed schedule and studied Paint Shop Pro for ONE hour! See? I learned how to put text over a photo! LOL And unfortunately, I didn't notice the one rebel block until I took the photo. How did that happen? Can you find it?

This is my current project - a combination of ideas from various locations. I am determined to keep the scrappy approach to this, but the border (below) is a bit of a gamble. While the interior of the quilt is all lights/darks, the border is mediums/darks. My original plan to use more darks/lights (upper part of below photo) was just too distracting, so I opted for mediums/darks. I am confident that the machine quilting will blend the border colors, and I'll still move some of them around for more even color distribution -- it needs more greens and tans - less pinks. My machine quilting friend Anita Allen of Prairie Creations has already been contacted.

I am using up more of my stash, although the inner border forest green was purchased. The outer border must be this width to bring it to queen-size, and then I will finally have a new quilt on my bed. Those blog questions about "What's on YOUR bed?" ... made me want something new.


Incidentally, Corel Paint Shop Pro X is an amazing program, and I paid less than $30.00 on the Internet -- it is an older edition. I'm also diddling around with blending photos with fabric. Today, I learned how to collage, enlarge, rotate, all kinds of special effects, colors, media types, print or blend the photo with fabric. This is one of the toys I plan to learn better, starting in January. Hey, I need more time to learn all this new fun stuff!

20 comments:

dot said...

Nope can't find it but the quilt is beautiful.

QuiltingFitzy said...

Nope, me either, and I gave it a serious effort!

It's stunning!

Angie said...

Hi Elaine! I had just pulled up your blog to get your email addy....was getting worried about you, and was going to send a 'checking on you' email. :> Imagine my delight when I saw a post for today!! :D Now I know you're fine. Love your new project...that 'rogue' block is your Amish humility block. LOL

Su Bee said...

OK - I give up. I've gone over every last block that I can see, and I blew it up and still don't see it. So -- next time you're playing with PSP maybe you can stick an arrow on it? LOL -- It's a knockout btw - I love love love it!

Gypsy Quilter said...

Looooookin' Good!

atet said...

I sure can't find the runaway block -- but I can say this one is a WOW!

Anne Ida said...

No chance! I can't find your humility block either! The top is looking wonderful! And I love that scrappy border :o)

joyce said...

That block must be well hidden because nobody can find it! The border looks great. I really like Corel Draw too but it's a steep learning curve.

Angie said...

I think the border looks great on the quilt, Elaine. What is it about it that you aren't sure of? From what I can tell from the photo the color looks perfect!

Darlene said...

I can't find it either! :-) I love the border and I agree that this quilt will look fabulous with heavy quilting.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

It's like trying to find Waldo (from Where's Waldo) and I can't find your mistake...must be well hidden. Great looking quilt!

Karen (Misiz C) said...

I love the scrappiness and secondary design going on. I did find your "twisted" block but only after much looking and squinting at that secondary design. I love quilts with a little extra personality! ;-) I have my share. Can't wait to see it with borders and quilting. Please share again.

Joe said...

I love this one- even if all that work makes me a tad dizzy! Great job! Couldn't find the one gone wrong.

Glad you enjoyed the tutorial on the Bay of Fundy! It was a lovely place! Take care and happy peicing!

Nines said...

^ That was me!! Apparently, I am him on my computer and me on his!!! I'll have to iron that out! The joy of living with children who are more computer savy that I!

Berglind said...

The quilt is so pretty. I love the contrasts. Good luck learning the new computer programs and have fun!

paula, the quilter said...

I'll join the ranks. I couldn't find the block until you pointed it out. I use an older version of CorelDraw for vector drawings. I use Adobe Photoshop 6.0 for all my photo work. I'm proud of you for learning a photo package. Keep it up!

Mary said...

OK, that's just a challenge to me...I looked block by block until I found it but trust me it didn't jump out at me.

I'm having fun playing with Photoshop Elements although it's a little frustrating at times to know what I want to do and not be able to find the right way to do it in THIS particular program.

Marcie said...

I am thinking I need a new program for working with photos. I need to check that one out. Your quilt is turning out great! Really a beauty! Save the humility block!

Patti said...

I'm with you there! I've got a bunch of "fun" stuff I need time to learn. EQ is another thing for my imminent retirement. I've now got EQ6 and I have yet to really learn any of them!

grace said...

Elaine, this is gorgeous! I can't find your rebel, so he must be the final 'umph' as is this quilt needed it! It is wonderful