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How do you hang a quilt for photographing

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Hi everyone!

I need help. When I finish quilts, I like to take a photo of each one to use on my website. Taking a picture of them on a bed makes them look odd shaped.

I'd like to hang them up and take pictures that way. Do you have a suggestion as to how to do that and get cross-lighting so the quilting shows?

Many thanks,

Lin Squires


Lin Squires

Lin's Longarm Quilting

Roseville, CA

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There are quilt frames out there that are used to hang a quilt in quilt shows, also known as photography stands...I don't have one but would love one!!! I just lay mine on the "clean floor" near a window for natural light to highlight the quilting texture and stitches. If it is really big, I have my dh and dd hold it off of my deck and I stand down in the yard and take a pic and then do smaller pics of details.


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I have wood cloths pole hangers on my front deck posts. Bought a wood cloths pole. I fold the top 6 inches of the quilt over the wood cloths pole and pin the quilt to that. I don't get the top border but get the sides and main part of the quilt. There are some times of the day that are better for taking pictures and that is when I do. I store the wood pole in my front closet so it does not weather.

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1x2 that is about 10' long. Screw in the clips every 18" or so. Add a eye bolt to each end to hang. I installed large cup hooks in the wood above the garage door spaced to fit the eye bolts. Hang the support on them then attach your quilt. These clips are very strong, get them at office supply stores. If it is windy, I'll weigh the bottom of the quilt with something. Works very well, is't expensive to make. Hope you all will find this helpfull.

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I use a cheap ($20-$30) decorative curtain rod from Target with the draperpery rings/clamps on it. Had DH mount on an empty wall and when I have a quilt to take pics of I just clamp the quilt to it snap the pics and unclamp the quilt. Much cheaper than buying one of those photograpy back drop stands which runs around $100.

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I fold the top 4 inches of the quilt over a 1x2 length of wood and pin the quilt to that. I don't get the top border but get the sides and main part of the quilt. then have a family member stand on a chair and hold it. ho bumps, flat. I store the wood 1x2 under my machine so its out of the way.

getting the light to come from the side of the quilt is critical to show the quilting

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This is a 1"x 2" with two eye bolts. Two more eye bolts in the ceiling--screwed into a roof truss --and threaded with nylon rope. It can be raised and lowered and the rope secures at the side wall. The quilts secure with pony clamps. When not in use it parks at the ceiling out of the way. Cheap, convenient, and it has a light fixture just above it.

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I'm gonna copy cat Linda's set up


"Of all the things a woman's hands have made---The quilt so lightly thrown across her bed---The quilt that keeps her loved ones warm---Is woven of her love and dreams and thread." excerpt from The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt by Carrie A. Hall
 

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Linda great set-up. I have curtain rods attached to our large shed outside. Wow, I love reading this topic, quilters are so inventive!!!


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This is going in my fav for my studio ..... what a clever idea .... an easy way to take photos of the front & back.


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I use pants hangers with a swival hook. First attach hangers to the quilt, raise the garage door 3 or 4 feet, next attach quilt on hangers to the garage door and raise to the height needed. Five or six hangers usually are enough. Get the pant hangers when you buy pants or ask your local store for them. Cheap - no money.:D

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I drilled holes into the ceiling joist.

Inserted "hook screws".

Hung shower curtain hooks on the hook screws.

Slid a 12 foot dowell through the "rod" opening of the shower curtain hooks.

Drilled holes through the dowell for small bolts.

Drilled hole through handle of clamps and put the bolts through the handle and through the dowell.

( the hook hanging down is where I hook up my iron cord when pressing tops, backs, yardage etc.)

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I personally don't like to take pictures the traditional way---hanging straight down--- if I can help it. Have you ever noticed the attractive photos of quilts in magazines? that are staged on, or over props. When I can take pictures outdoors on a bench I have as a prop, I will.

Overcast days are the best. It does not always work out that way, and frequently I have to take pictures indoors.

I found a chair near a large window in our living room that cast light across the quilt works. Also in our bedroom if I lay the quilt across the bed where we have another large window and it cast light across the quilt to define the quilting----this works. I prefer the casual look of the pictures, or even a close up of just a portion of the quilt makes a nice photo----Take a look at how quilts are photographed in magazines for inspiration and different lighting and staging. ;)

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Originally posted by mrsbishwit

I use a cheap ($20-$30) decorative curtain rod from Target with the draperpery rings/clamps on it. Had DH mount on an empty wall and when I have a quilt to take pics of I just clamp the quilt to it snap the pics and unclamp the quilt. Much cheaper than buying one of those photograpy back drop stands which runs around $100.

Same for me. Probably got the idea from this forum! :P


Barb Iliff

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Winding Ways Quilting

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