At left, my first from almost two years ago. The quilting was very basic outlining, and as for photography, notice the uneven lighting, foggy upper right corner of the image, and overall unexciting staging?
And finally onto my doll quilts from last month...
More quilting detail (but oh so much FMQ yet to learn in order to improve!), which motivated the taking of decent close up shots, aided by better lighting, and I think a much more successful attempt at staging overall. All improved thanks to a lot of trial and error!
As for other outlets to showcase work, online there are blogs (thanks for stopping by mine!) and photo sharing sites, such as Flickr (I'm a newbie over there having just recently joined to link up with Stash Bee, but what a great resource for images and a wealth of creative inspiration). But better yet, there are real people in real time link ups called quilt guilds and quilt shows. (I know - people still get together face-to-face? How novel!)
I began attending the local chapter of Maine's Pine Tree Quilters Guild this fall and I am so glad that I did. For starters, this stay at home mom loves having a few nights out a month to look forward to. From a quilting standpoint, though, I greatly appreciate having a group of like-minded new friends who enjoy the same hobby, hold a wealth of knowledge and skills that I can learn from, and who delightfully ooh and ahh over each other's work at our show-and-tells each meeting. My husband always says something nice about what I've made, but it's just not the same as hearing an encouraging compliment from other quilting aficionados. Besides - even the crème de la crème of photographs can't hold a candle to seeing in person someone's intricate piecing and beautifully textured quilting - there's the Google image spread of Michaelangelo, and then there's standing in the Sistene Chapel.
If you want to read more about showcasing your work, head over to Quilty Habit and check out this week's Sewing with Certainty link up. Have some advice to share? What is your best tip for showcasing your work? Are you part of a guild and have you entered work into a quilt show before, or do you enjoy posting photographs for an online community, or both?