Quilt portraits?

I was asked on the weekend if I’d consider doing some kind of, “how to take photos of quilts” workshop in the near future. Of course my first thought was, “NO WAY.” How is that even possible? But, I took Lysa’s quilts yesterday and started taking their photos – mostly to see if I could do something besides my favourite quilt pose – legs only. So, someone suggested the tire swing in Lysa’s backyard, and I snapped a photo.

Then Lysa piled her quilts up under the apple tree in her backyard, added my toy camera, and we shot this.

I took this photo and a few more, but it was kind of like shooting snap shots, I didn’t get a special feeling about doing it. I didn’t even expect that I’d use the photos for anything.

BUT, after seeing these two photos, maybe I could give some thought to taking creative style photos of people’s handmade quilts…treat them the same way that I like to take portraits…I’m not sure, I’m still thinking about it, but I may be able to come up with something interesting. It’s just so nice to document people’s work, I hope I can come up with something.

Also, I did have a dream of taking Cynthia’s Paris quilt to France to take a photo of it in front of the Eiffel Tower. After talking with Cynthia about it, we both decided that would be a viable business venture!

In other news, while taking photos of quilts under trees, I found this waaaaaaaaaaaay high up in the branches.

How did it get there? Enquiring minds want to know.


  1. Lelainia Lloyd says:

    Hey that’s a strawberry twist, a cousin of the lemon twist I grew up with as a child in the 70’s. Yeah, WHY is it in the tree?!?!

    Really great quilt photos Carol! Those quilts are pretty cool!

  2. Cynthia says:

    LOVE the quilt portraits! I think our idea of taking quilt portraits in the places that inspired them is a brilliant idea. I have 2 Paris themed ones now, so, I believe a trip to Paris is only logical.
    I think it’s a great idea to do them as portraits rather than a record of work done, it adds so much more personality to them!

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