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Wednesday
Mar132013

a month of sundays

I fell in love with a baby on the job. Shoot and cuddle, shoot and cuddle. Me an' the kid on the porch swing nibbling homemade shortbread with cocoa nibs (shhh) while my camera downloaded x thousand more frames for his talented mother's new book, my first solo photography credit.

Late last spring, I stayed in Calgary with my brother for a week but we only got out for fifteen minutes of prairie sushi. I was a working phantom. My camera smelled like burnt plastic. I've never shot so much in my life. 8-10 shoots every day, each with different setups, locations, and people, all of which Cheryl and I styled and collaborated on. Her book stacks up countless weekends and inspirations for modern quilters: dinner parties, treasure-hunting, scrappy knees, painting, afternoon projects, forest walks, impromptu parades, raspberry custard, vintage bikes, and, god knows, quilts. Great big huge warm art that I am bred to deeply appreciate, being the proud daughter of a quilter myself.

Find out more about Cheryl's work here, and follow her sewing at Dining Room Empire. A Month of Sundays is on the Stash Books layout table right now—this summer, it hits the shelves. Pre-order here. In the meantime, here are a few moments—some landed in the book, some on the floor. We offered up a lot, like a stack of cut triangles, and who knows which ones will be incorporated from the felt board... but look. It was a wealth of beautiful light, contemporary and brilliant pattern and colour design, heaps and heaps of fat quarters and cotton bundles, and good food and play. Just like home.


I'm blessed to be able to work with gifted, creative people in unexpected and wonderful ways. Sometimes there's blue ice cream. Sometimes there's a yummy little bald head to nose up against.

Many congratulations to Stash Books and to Cheryl, quilt artist. She unfurled a gigantic excel spreadsheet like Santa's naughty list. We got through it all! We did it, and it's about to exist. These are lucky days.

 

 

 

 

 

Reader Comments (15)

Gorgeous Kate! The picture of her with her baby, wrapped up in a quilt, made me cry.
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMartha
Aw -- that last photo is pure sweetness. All the photos are gorgeous, and the book looks smashing. It's always so good to "hear" from you.
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Aquino
Stunning. Your photographs make me want to sew and I never want to sew.
March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErin
This book looks absolutely beautiful! So inspiring. I have pre-ordered!
March 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlison
Wow! What beautiful pics! My favourite is the one in the long grass, but they are all gorgeous! I have to pre-order the book!
March 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie
You photographs are sublime. I know I am going to love this book. Cheryl is amazing. Her last book with Amanda Jean is still my favorite. This next one will be great too, and your photographs will make it ever so much more special. What a gift you both have. Thank you.
March 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercharlotte
Beautiful.
March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Sullivan
Beautiful and inspiring!
March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSummer
I wish I was your photography intern. I want to watch you work, learn from you, and go out and make exquisite photographs with so much love in them.

You are amazing. Your photographs are amazing. Your client is a lucky lady. I'll be on the lookout for this book because my mother has decided to take up quilting when my brother moves out in a few months to keep herself busy in the quiet of an empty nester's house.

Wonderful. I want to sniff that little bald head, too. Precious!
March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterForgotten
These pictures are breathtaking! You are a very talented photographer!
March 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTONIA L.C LARK
Wow that is quite a portfolio in itself
March 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTulisa
Can I ask which camera you used?
March 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTulisa
Sure, Tulisa - I use a Canon 7D, a body compromise (as opposed to the 5D) that enabled me to afford a good lens. These were shot primarily with the 28-70mm 2.8, which is my workhorse, and the indispensable good glass that a mid-level body allowed me to have. Didn't seem right somehow to get a 5D and top it with my beloved $125 50mm 1.8.
March 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkate inglis
Thank you Kate for the detailed description even though half of that went over my head because I have only recently started taking an interest in photography. I am currently learning about shallow focus for portrait pictures and hope that one day I too will be able to take awesome professional pictures like the ones above. Thank you
April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTulisa
I love the preview and specifically the picture of the kids' feet.
April 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

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