Sunday, August 29, 2010

Handy Quilt Photo idea


Do you have trouble taking photos of your finished bed size quilts? Do they slouch on the floor - buckle at the corners, make the arms tired of volunteers who hold them up? Now maybe you don't have these problems, and have a great way for photographing your quilts, but me, I've got slouchy, buckling saggy quilts.

Well, here is a simple solution.

When we moved into our new house two years ago there was an extra shower curtain rod and I put it away in the coat closet in case we ever needed one.

When I entered my quilts in the NW WA Fair two weeks ago I had to sew hanging sleeves on the backs of the quilts so they could be displayed.

Now - put those last two paragraphs together - and we have the perfect solution at my house, for photographing quilts. Extend the shower curtain rod as far as it will go - run it through the hanging sleeve - get a tall person - or two people standing on step stools - and hold that quilt up nice and flat - no slouching - no crinkles, no uneven corners - and arms don't get as tired because the picture can be taken more quickly since the quilt is perfectly flat.

So yesterday I took a photo of one of the quilts that I had put in the fair, I didn't have a picture of the whole quilt - now I do - and I'm so happy. Wonder why it took me so long to figure this out. Next I think I'll put two hooks on the outside of the house to hook the shower curtain rod to - and no one will even have to hold the quilts up for photographing. And I can take a zillion close ups. Am I clever yet?

Look how unbunched - how nice and even - now to teach my camera to get the photo framed evenly
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16 comments:

Barb said...

You are right, it looks wonderfully!

Mary said...

Lynn W and I used a piece of PVC and hung it over the Gazebo at our Park. Marilee Mc came and helped us. Our quilts were that tall.

Rowan said...

What a great idea, it's a lovely quilt too.

*karendianne. said...

Nifty.

Friend, I totally love that apple! Oh my. I want to make that. I must have one of those apples. I love apples!!!

luv2quilt2 said...

What a clever idea! I'm never able to get a good picture of my quilt.

Crispy said...

Cool idea Jo!! Now I just have to remember to put a sleeve on my quilts :0)

Crispy

~~Sew Happy Designs~~ said...

Genius idea! Thanks for sharing! I also like to put out on the clothesline and photograph.

Fearless Nester said...

That works out nicely Jo! ~Lili

Sunny said...

Wonderful idea, Jo. I have trouble even getting the border done on my latest quilt, let alone a sleeve, LOL! I think I'll just enjoy yours. I love your quilts!

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Purple Pam said...

Sometimes progress comes with small steps. Great idea for the hanging/picture solution. Thanks for sharing your inspirational idea. Now maybe my DH will not complain when I ask him to hold up one of my quilts for a photo!

A Garden of Threads said...

No you are not clever but a genius. Wonderful idea...I love the hooks on the outside. Then no one is complaining you are taking too long.

Sharyn said...

such perfect weather for the fair. Some state canceled their state fairs this year...more budget cuts. :(

Elenka said...

You ARE clever.....but then again, I already knew that.
Your work is just amazing. I have a quilt in my head....someday......sigh.

Deb Shucka said...

You are so clever! I still really really like that quilt.

Shasta said...

This is a great idea - and a pretty quilt.