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Photographing Quilts

Updated on February 5, 2015
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A garden is always a great place for photographing a quilt.
A garden is always a great place for photographing a quilt. | Source

Shooting the Handiwork

I hold amateur status for both quilting and photographing, but, I love both activities immensely. I own an ordinary digital camera, just the shoot and click type. I do not own a fancy tripod or expensive lenses. I think the average quilter is like me, a novice just wanting to take a beautiful picture of the handiwork.

I am also a gardener, so I obviously photograph a lot of my quilts in the garden setting. This usually makes for a great background, if it is not raining, or the drought has not damaged all the supporting subjects.

Personally, I love quilts photographed in a “country” setting, as in hanging from a barn door or spread across an antique car. I have a worn, white picket fence that makes an excellent backdrop for my quilts. You can be as creative as you want, but you do not have to travel long distances to discover lovely places.

You do not need to travel long distances to find lovely places to take pictures of your quilt.
You do not need to travel long distances to find lovely places to take pictures of your quilt. | Source

Simple Suggestions

If shooting outdoors, pick an overcast day; too much sunlight will drown out the colors in the quilt. This is true too in regards to using a flash. Do not use one unless you absolutely have to.

Take several photographs in different locations. Pictures look very different once loaded onto a computer or printed. You need to have choices when editing the photograph.

Be creative! Place the quilt next to something that is in contrast to its colors. Think of unusual picture mates to the quilt such as a birdbath or feeder, a loaded apple tree, or a rusty old tractor. The supporting subjects can be as endless as the variations of quilts. Have fun, but by all means share your photos online to give others inspiration.

A garden is a wonderful place to photograph quilts.
A garden is a wonderful place to photograph quilts. | Source
A picket fence is always a fantastic choice for hanging a quilt.
A picket fence is always a fantastic choice for hanging a quilt. | Source

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About the Author

Catherine Dean is a freelance writer, gardener, quilter, and blogger. Her professional background includes nonprofit program development, grant writing, and volunteer management. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Georgia College & State University.

Her blog, Sowing A Simple Harvest, chronicles a modern couple trying to live a simplistic, sustainable life. To explore Catherine's professional credentials, visit her website. She can also be followed on Google+.

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    • mvillecat profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Dean 

      6 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      Thanks for commenting!

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      wabash annie 

      6 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      I really enjoyed your hub with the beautiful quilt pictures. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

    • mvillecat profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Dean 

      6 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      I totally agree. Neighbors can provide more great spaces and supporting subjects. Thanks for commenting. I love the way you take your quilts for a walk. That is a great image.

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      I often take my quilts out for walks with me so I can find good backdrops to showcase them. I was just spying a new area today. These are excellent tips - and you are right, you don't have to go far, although sometimes it does help to walk across the street and ask a neighbor to borrow their fence or go to a park.

    • mvillecat profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Dean 

      6 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      Yes, especially if you are an avid quilter and have many to photograph. Thanks for stopping by Glimer Twin Fan!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      Nice quilts and useful hub. It's harder than people think to take pictures of quilts.

    • mvillecat profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Dean 

      6 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      Oh, I'm sure that was beautiful. Thanks for commenting and voting.

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      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      I hung mine on a clothes line to photograph not sure if that was the right place but they turned out pretty good. Love your quilts. Voted Up on your hub.

    • mvillecat profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Dean 

      6 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      Thank you Carol! I appreciate your kind words. Thanks for stopping by.

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Your quilts are gorgeous and you did a fabulous job on the photography. I don't quilt but a good friend made me a gorgeous quilt for our bed. I admire this talent but lacking in patience I am. Thanks for sharing beautiful pictures.

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