The centrepiece

This is a detail from the centrepiece of a quilt that was shown at an Expo in Nantes a few years ago. It is to all intents and purposes entirely made up of squares and triangles.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Squares and triangles

The Bus Came By

‘Purple’ is the theme for Cee’s latest Midweek Challenge. Since I dished up some purple wisteria not so long ago, I looked beyond flora for inspiration.

I found it in this quilt, which was on display at an exhibition in Nantes a few years ago. The subject is naturally appealing for one such as me, and there is definitely purple in it.

CMMC 12 May 2021

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rest

A three-year old grandson takes forty winks underneath the personalised quilt made for him by his doting grandma.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rest

Tuesdays of Texture: Quilting

Following on from last week’s images of highly textured bags from the quilting expo at Nantes, here are two details from a display of Welsh quilts that show how the process of quilting adds texture to the fabric.


Tuesdays of Texture 9 May 2017

Tuesdays of Texture: Singer

A few months ago Madame realised a lifelong ambition and acquired a vintage Singer sewing machine – similar to the one on which she herself originally learned to sew.  At the moment, it’s sitting in our entrance hall in front of a bright and cheerful quilt that hangs on the wall: one interesting texture set against another.


Tuesdays of Texture Week 49

Tuesdays of Texture: Quilt

Last year, as a wedding present for our son and (now) daughter-in-law, Madame made a king-sized bed quilt, with most of the stitching done by her own fair hands. It took close to a full year to complete, and the last Swarovski crystal being stitched on just two days before the wedding. This is a work-in-progress image.


Tuesdays of Texture

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 30 – After

After a hard day’s playing, what could be better than to snuggle under the quilts that grandma made and take a snooze?


Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 30 – After

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future

When I saw that this week’s topic was ‘Future’, I knew exactly which image I wanted to use. Unfortunately, I didn’t take it (my son did) and nor do I have a copy in my library. However, the immensely talented Madame made a wall-hanging based on it, which now sits over our stairs. Here is my photograph of that:


It shows our twin grandsons taking their first unaccompanied walk together down the beach to the Arabian Gulf in Abu Dhabi. It always looked to me that they were heading off into the future.

I think I know why, too. When I was about their age now (eight), I remember a big – or so it seemed to me at the time – picture painted on the wall of the old Birkenhead Market. It showed a boy and a girl heading off down a path together towards a brightly shining sun: As I recall, it was actually an advert for childrens’ shoes and was captioned ‘The Highway To Health’. Anyway, the photo on the beach brought it back to me.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future

Photography 101: Treasure

Today’s image is a close-up detail of one of the exhibits at the International Quilt Show in Dubai in 2012, showing a camel train laden with treasure.

Quilters’ work, often incredibly detailed and painstaking, is itself something to be treasured.


A Close Look At Quilts

Madame and I recently had the opportunity to attend the International Quilt Show in Dubai, organised by Classic Quilts Dubai.

You don’t have to be a quilter in order to appreciate the talent and effort that goes into producing these works of art. And for a photographer, there’s a whole world of colour and pattern to admire, enjoy and seek to capture.

There is also texture and that’s what I’ve focused (sic) on here. These photographs show some of the detailed work in a selection of the quilts that were on display. They stand alone as images, but they also give a further impression of the extent of the work involved in the quilting process.

Images of the quilts in their entirety can be found by following the link to Classic Quilts Dubai provided above, or on their Facebook page.