Sunday, March 16, 2014

Quilt photography...deconstructing the family room...


Above is my family room BEFORE I had to destroy it to take a quilt photo...

The chaos below is after moving EVERYTHING in the room to expose the only wall in my house where I could take a picture of a 96 x 96 inch quilt...




Furniture is shoved out of the way...



I wasn't willing to take down the existing, hanging quilt, so we ended up hanging this quilt, a little higglety-pigglety, in front of the wall quilt...we employed a cardboard box on the CD/DVD shelf on one side and a 2' by 4' clamped to a step ladder on the other side...CLASSY, huh?  The quilt is pinned to the longest pole of my quilting frame...



The sofa is standing on end...lamps, chairs, end tables, and stuff is piled everywhere...Weasley the cat was COMPLETELY mental during all the chaos...



I wish we could have had this quilt flat against the wall...it was kind of fluttering, gently, in some undiscovered breeze in the room...so it doesn't look completely flat, square, and straight at the bottom of the quilt.

Oh well...we did the best we could...it was an afternoon of "marital enrichment," if you know what I mean...

Before cropping the picture...



After cropping...



Now I have the pictures needed to enter it in some upcoming shows.  

The quilt police suggest taking pictures outside, but it is still too snowy, cold, dirty, windy, and disagreeable out there.  It was a rare sunny day, so we went for it inside.  Thank goodness for the ability to crop pictures, LOL!


In stitches,
Teresa   :o)


36 comments:

  1. A work of art. No doubt you will get acceptance letters back. I am going to remember that, "marital enrichment" the next time my husband and I tackle a project together!
    Rondi

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  2. Oh, what we do for photos! I think this is the most stunning quilt and I do hope it earns all the accolades it and you deserve.

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  3. Well, want that a fun way to spend the day? That marvelous was worth every second of upheaval, IMHO. It is stupendous. Congratulations! I look forward to hearing about the shows you've entered it in.

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  4. Wonderful quilt , very funny post and...so right !

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  5. Your quilt is just gorgeous Teresa, and I know that tearing your living room apart will have been worth it. I am in the same boat, I just don't have an empty wall anywhere that I can take good pictures, and I also don't have a large space for basting ... maybe I need to do some de-cluttering!
    *hugs*
    Tazzie
    :-)

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  6. Wow. I agree "Marital Enrichment" is a good phrase. I will have to remember that. It looks great. Maybe the 'quilt police' should have to come over and do the photography to see how hard it is.

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  7. It was worth the chaos! The quilt is absolutely stunning and deserves to be entered in many quilt shows!

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  8. Hilarious! I'm glad you showed the whole process it took to get the "one" good picture. It turned out beautifully. I've had similar "fun" photographing my quilts. Your quilt should win hands down in any competition! Simply gorgeous.

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  9. My goodness, quite the upheaval but well worth it in the end. Good luck in all the shows!

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  10. Oh, the things we do for our quilts!

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  11. Teresa it looks fabulous!! What a great picture of your masterpiece - a work of art!!

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  12. What a wonderful masterpiece it is. Once it has hit the shows where will it be?
    Will you hang it there?

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  13. Well you had a real "make it work" moment and you met the challenge well. Your photo turned out just right, and the quilt is stunning. A fine afternoon of work.

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  14. LOL - where there is a will there is a way!! I love seeing that I am not the only one that has a small home where there are few walls to accommodate a large quilt. It is beautiful and good luck in the shows. As you designed it and hand quilted it surely you should get something - you did a spectacular job.

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  15. This quilt is so ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! It was such fun watching you create it, and a real treat to see it again. :) P.S. I love your family room!

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  16. OMGoodness! I am laughing like a hyena! Way to get a jump start on your spring cleaning!!
    The quilt is stunningly beautiful and I'm so glad you are sharing it in shows for all to see.

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  17. Not only is Baltimore Rhapsody amazingly beautiful, but how you achieved a perfect photo is an amazing feat courtesy of a cardboard box, a martial enrichment afternoon and a displaced Weasley.

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  18. Marital enrichment, huh? I think there's going to be some of that around our house this week as we get ready for a yard sale on Saturday.

    Stunning quilt, girlfriend.

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  19. Chaos but 'ya gotta do what 'ya gotta do to make those quilt show entries! When (not if !) this quilt wins a show award (hopefully monetary in addition to the oodles of ribbons you'll be getting), it's time to invest in one of those telescoping quilt stands. Since you've had already had a couple of winning show entries and now have a pattern business, it's officially a necessary business expense (and therefore hopefully a tax write-off). No more upending the couch and you can also set it up outdoors.

    Good luck with your entry!!!

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  20. You quilt is beyond amazing, stunningly beautiful! Sure to be a show stopper!

    I love the phrase marital enrichment! We went through ten months of marital enrichment while building our home 22 years ago. Really building, as in donning a tool belts through rain, snow and 100 degree days! Funny thing is, most disagreements were caused by translation error from he-speak to she-speak. Saying the same thing in a different way!

    Anyway, please keep us posted on show entries!

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  21. This quilt is so over the top beautiful! Can't wait to hear about the awards it's going to win.

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  22. This is the most gorgeous applique quilt, and I was able to see you design, stitch, quilt and now photograph it!! Reminds me of the stories of the quilters moving everything out to put a frame in a room, so everyone could help quilt. You are going to win some quilt shows with this stunner.

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  23. Your cropped picture looks good and if only the viewers of the shows knew what you went through to get that picture! Wish you were closer to me - I have the perfect place for photographing your beautiful future winning quilt.

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  24. I think I just erased my comment for you. I wanted to tell you that this blog made me smile as I have my own website and go through having to crop out the rearrangements I make in my house to accommodate taking pictures for it. I also wanted to thank you for sharing your beautiful work, technical expertise and organizational hints. You have been inspirational to me and I have let my readers know about your site! Sincerely, Jane McMillen (www.littlehousehomearts.com)

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  25. The things we do for quilting:)

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  26. I KNOW!!! You would not believe some of the stuff I crop out of some of my photos. Let's just say everything is not always orderly here. Or even close. ;) Sorry you had such a job to get your picture, but it sure was worth it. Beautiful picture of your masterpiece quilt!

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  27. The chaos worked a treat! So very pretty.

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  28. OMG! what an amazing quilt! the things people go through for that perfect picture...LOL

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  29. so funny, you're quilt is amazing and now you're ready to enter it anywhere!

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  30. Your quilt really is a work of art - just beautiful!

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  31. Your quilt is absolutely stunning. Congratulations on such a wonderful achievement. You should be very proud of yourself.

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