Sunday, January 13, 2013

Owl Quilt Part 1

Today's post is by Tanya.

I have been trying to figure out how to sell quilts on Etsy.  We have sold a few rag quilts, but no pieced quilts yet.  I decided to make two baby quilts, one pieced and one rag out of the same fabric.  I chose the owls and jacks from Ten Little Things.  Both quilts are relatively simple and have the same green flannel for the back.

  Owls seem to be a popular item for babies right now.  Here are pictures of the rag quilt that is finished.  The pieced quilt top is finished and basted and waiting  to be quilted.  I was going to show a comparison shot, but I guess I didn't take a picture and I am too lazy to go take one. I guess another post about that one.  This one will be added to our Etsy store in the next few days.

How do you take your pictures for your blog or online store? Do you have a photo booth, a special stand for hanging quilts, have someone hold them up or what? Do you use special lights?  I would appreciate suggestions, especially ones that won't cost a fortune.  We have a pretty good camera, a tripod somewhere, editing software, but haven't had much luck with inside pictures other than closeups or folded quilts.

There is over a foot of snow on the ground at our house and the high tomorrow is 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Outside pictures are out until it warms to at least freezing. I already work out in the cold, so I don't necessary want to go out in it anymore than I have to.

8 comments:

Gene Black said...

Everyone says "take them outside" - However, if you have a big window where lots of natural light can shine in on them use that as your light source. Take pictures both with and without the flash.
Draping the quilt over a pretty chair make a good pic too. Look at quilt magazines and get ideas. They use professional photographers and "stagers" --so use those high dollar ideas.

tubakk said...

So nice this quilt with the owls. I love owls. Taking pictures this time of the year is difficult. Here it is dark most of the day. We have no snow to make it lighter. I try to take pictures outside if it's possible. I wish I was a better photographer.

carla said...

Hi!!! Your alls quilts always look wonderful to me!!! I love the owl quilts!!! Madame Samm of sew we quilt has a tutorial on taking pics and lighting!!! Hope it helps!!!
http://www.sewwequilt.com/2012/11/tool-to-make-your-photos-look-like-pro.html

Christina Fairley Erickson said...

I love the rag quilts for little ones... so tactile, yet safe. These are really cute. I particularly like the blue with orange/yellow orange complementary color in the top photo.

desertskyquilts said...

Maybe try eBay?

The Amateur Quilter (Mike Pearson) said...

Owls on fabric are awesome! I have a whole pinterest board devoted to it :) I would think the pieced quilts would be more expensive because they are more labor intensive. If that's the case, maybe that is why they do not sell as well. I can't imagine someone buying one of my quilts unless I priced it under minimum wage on the labor! When I tell people how many hours and how much the material cost, they change their tune real quick on buying one or comissioning one.

Amy @ Butterfly Angels Quilting said...

I have seen a LOT of quilts photographed against a blanket of snow, and I'm envious at how they make the quilts POP. I say go out for QUICK shots anyway. I have a brand spanking new Canon Rebel, and I still dont' get great indoor shots.

Connie said...

I never use a flash and try to take most of my photos of quilts outside. I'm posting one tomorrow that I took today in 10 degree weather. Best of luck Richard!

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