Photographing for Shows

The past few years I have been entering my quilts into shows, I try to enter quilts that are my own designs, but sometimes I find a pattern that inspires me, I buy it and I make it. Every now and then it is truly a beautiful thing to find that someone else has done all the quilting math for you!  That is the case with the Metro Scope Quilt that I have been working on, pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful.

Photographing quilts for juried shows is always a challenge, they want the entire quilt in the frame, and no fingers holding them. With no one home to help me, photographing large entries is quite a challenge.

In come my design walls! I haul my design walls outside, preferably on an overcast day because too much sun will wash out my quilts and not really show off their beauty.

Photographing for quilt shows - https://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comBecause this quilt is so long – 72″ – I had to prop it up so it would hang off my porch.  The design walls are pinned together (my design walls are foam insulation from Lowes that are covered with batting) and propped up against my three porch chairs.  Then I pin my quilt through the back into the foam. I try not to get the pins, but you can see them at the top there.

Here is a look at the picture I submitted to the quilt show after it was edited:

Melissa.Dunworth.MetroScope.FullYou can see that it shows pretty much just the quilt and the lighting has perfectly highlighted the quilting. Lucky for me this show does not require that a quilt be 100% finished to enter. I have purchased a binding fabric and just need to stop procrastinating.

I hope everyone is having a lovely Monday! I have been back at Zentangling again so expect to see some pictures of those soon!



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2 Responses to Photographing for Shows

  1. I have a drapery rod hanging outside. The non- Sunny days are best for taking pictures without a shadow. I like the idea of a portable design wall for picture taking.

  2. Great picture! I entered a bunch of quilts in a county fair last weekend and several didn’t get ribbons, but I’m not sure why. This weekend I am entering them again and hopefully they’ll do better at that show.

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