This quilt top is paper pieced, and very intricate. We had fun in class tonight comparing the look of the quilt in a small picture (i.e., in the viewing window in my camera) with the actual quilt in "real life."
Try going to my Flickr page and look at this in a much larger size, and see if you can tell what I mean.
In the small photo, the black swirls especially stand out, and you can really see them. In a large photo, or in real life, you focus more on the detail in the fabric.
This kind of thing fascinates me. In fact, one of the quilters said tonight that she now wants to get herself a digital camera, so that she can do this with her quilts-in-progress!