a little one that i love, and a tip


I know, two posts in one day... the thing is that my computer is at the office, and I'm mostly here on Tuesdays, so things tend to pile up a bit.  I finished this one up a bit ago.  It was just a quick rebellion as I've been trying to finish up all UFO's, and then one day I just wanted to do something different.


It's just one of those that accidently came together rather quickly, and I love it!  I love the colors and shapes and everything all together.  I think I can say this without being braggy, because there are quite a few quilts I make that I don't love.  Usually they're ok, I don't often dislike them, but it's only once in a while that I LOVE one.  I never really know when it will happen either!


This photo shows off the fun of adding a bit of texture through different fabric types.  A bit of flannel, or linen, just makes a quilt more special and interesting.  It helps give it that added dimension that gives it life!


And here's one quick little photo tip:  Use PicMonkey to lighten up your photo!  Now nothing's gonna fix it if it's totally blurry, but providing it has decent sharpness to it, but it's just too dark, here what you do.



Here's my original photo.  Too dark, but totally fixable.

1. Go to PicMonkey
2. Click on Edit a Photo, and upload the photo you want.
3.Now choose Exposure from the left hand menu.
4.Slide the little 'Brightness' and 'Highlights' buttons to the right till you get your desired lightness.
5.Be careful not to take it too far or your photo will be washed out.
6.Then go to 'Colors' - it's just under 'Exposure'.  Up the 'Saturation' just a teeny bit, and also warm the photo up a bit too by sliding the 'Temperature' button to the right.

Now save your photo and you're off!

You can play around with SO many things on PicMonkey, (including cropping your photo, which I also did here, it's a very important step!) there's piles more stuff you can do to make your pictures pop abit more.  Go try it out, it's a very simple program!

35 comments:

  1. Oh, I just bought over a yard of that lovely flannel rose print you have in the quilt. My daughter doesn't really need another blanket, so I may have to add it to a quilt!

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  2. beautiful!!! i love this quilt - the lines are great, too. have any tips for straight line quilting?? without puckers? is it more of a basting issue? i use picmonkey all the time, it's so great!!

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  3. Absolutely love it!! Especially that script fabric in the second shot, just stunning. Already been to check out the photo editing tip and it rocks!! Thank you

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  4. You have such an eye for color. I love the soft hues in this quilt. It inspires me! Thanks for the tip too!

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  5. I love it! It looks snuggly and perfect to enjoy on a deck swing =)

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  6. You are just a wealth of information today! thank you!

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  7. thank you! I've always been so envious of how much light your room gets! :)

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  8. wow, great photo tips. I always thought you just had the most amazing light-filled house. :) I LOVE your quilt too, but really there are none of your quilts that I dislike.

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  9. Love the idea of adding linen and flannel, I think i'll try it for the next baby quilt I'm making for a new nephew! Thanks for the tip too! Love the finish, it's so pretty!

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  10. Love to see that finished its beautiful! Thank you for the photo tip too!

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  11. Thanks for the tip! I think I need to start using photo monkey! :)

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  12. Thank you so very much for the tip, and the eye candy your blog consistently provides ; )

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  13. Picmonkey is my go-to photo editing program. I loooove it! I'm not fancy enough for Photoshop and picmonkey more than meets my needs.

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  14. Love the quilt! Especially how you used all those different types of fabrics in it. Wonderful! Picmonkey is great to work with.

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  15. I've been enjoying PicMonkey too. It's so easy to add, dress up, border, whatever, any page you'd like to print.

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  16. that's a beautiful quilt - the colours are so soft and beautiful

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  17. completely soft and sweet - love your mix of fabric and colors!
    ; )

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  18. I'm pretty smitten with that quilt too!

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  19. I'm with you, this quilt has that extra special ..... something!! Thanks for the editing tip, I'll be looking in to that!!

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  20. Love it. These big blocks are great. Do you use a large square ruler?

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  21. love this quilt so much! simple and beautiful!

    p.s. i love picmonkey too!

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  22. I love this quilt too....Colors, texture....The flow of the overall composition...."In love " is more like it. Wonderful....and as always....thank you for the inspiration.

    Susan

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  23. Wow. your quilts are so inspiring. Thank-you

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  24. I love this quilt, too. I use PicMonkey a lot, but maybe need to lighten up my pictures even more. I am glad you explained this is how you do it. I've always thought your pictures have a soft, romantic look to them that is just lovely!

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  25. Thanks for the tip on PicMonkey. I've never heard of it!

    I have a question for you: do you usually straight line quilt your geometric type quilts? I have heard others say that for a quilt with a lot of straight edged blocks, that you should quilt it with curves and vice versa. Don't know how I feel about that, but I definitely like the look of your quilting on this one!

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  26. One of the reasons why I love quilting so much, is because of how tangible it is. I love how you said that different fabrics give the piece life. It is so true, and I think that is why I love it so much. I'm still learning, so I'm sort of nervous about just throwing different fabrics together, but hearing you say that is awesome. I guess we just need to let go and do it!

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  27. Beautiful! Thanks for the photo editing tips!

    Ann
    ammattingly@windstream.net

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  28. such a sweet quilt. And picmonkey IS great!

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  29. this quilt is gorgeous!
    I used to love picnik, but haven't used picmonkey so much... I'll have to give it a try, because that was quite a fix! :)

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  30. I love texture! I really should play more with it in my quilts. That little quilt is quite unique and lovely. Thanks for giving us the photo tip!

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  31. thanks so much for the photography tip! i need all the help i can get. :)

    i love your little quilt! it's simply perfect.

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  32. Really love this quilt! I must try pic monkey, thanks.
    Hugs - Lurline.

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  33. Love the Flying Geese quilt & the Trees, as well.

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