Monday, March 8, 2021

Easy, Inexpensive Way for Great Quilt Pictures

As a quilt pattern designer, I need good quality, full pictures of my quilts.  My husband holds my quilts up for pictures sometimes, but for when he is not available I needed another solution.  

I would like to show you today how I take quilt pictures of my quilts.

In the images above, the one of the left is a picture of the Morewood Mystery quilt on the ground.  The ground is lumpy so the quilt does not lay flat and the quilt looks trapezoidal shaped.  The picture on the right used my method for full quilt pictures.

To hold up my quilts I use a backdrop stand.  I got mine from Amazon for only $40!  There are more expensive versions, but mine has lasted and works well.  Disclaimer: If you have a very heavy or large quilt, the top bar can sag a little due to the weight.  You can find the backdrop I bought from Amazon right here (affiliate link)

Once I have the backdrop stand setup (I take almost all of my photos outside due to better lighting), then I pin on little ribbon loops using straight pins on the top of my quilt.  

To make the loops: I cut ribbon that had wrapped a fat quarter bundle cut into about 6" lengths and then stitched the edges together.  

You can see the loops from the back and front of the quilt below.  For a lap sized quilt I usually use about 5 loops spaced across the top of the quilt.

Once the loops are attached to the quilt top and threaded onto the top pole, I hang the quilt up and take my pictures.  Note:  If you are outside, be sure that it is not too windy because the quilt now acts as a sail and the backdrop will blow over.

You can either leave the pole and tabs in the photographs, or you can edit them out using programs like Adobe Photoshop, Corel PhotoPaint, PicMonkey, or others.

I love this method for being able to take consistent, high quality flat shots of my quilt without the need for helpers to hold the quilt.  

You can find the backdrop holder on Amazon.

Link this tip?  You can pin it for later...


  1. Thanks for such a great suggestion ...
    should we resubmit our mystery quilt photo if ours looks like a trapezoid?

  2. I do have the backdrop stand. I still find it difficult because any breeze at all will topple the stand or fold the bottom corners back. I still have not found a reliable way to photo outside flat. Inside, I use the design wall, LED light stands (also cheap), and a tripod.

  3. I didn't realize the stand was so cheap. Now to consider if I have room in our small house to store it!

  4. Those tabs are genius! I really need to figure out the photo editing part, I don't do it enough to be well versed. Thanks for the tips!

  5. I bought a stand like this for indoor pictures. But never yet took it outside. Might have to consider that ;) xo

  6. Ohhh, I was wondering where the tabs went to! I have a stand like this, too, and need to get it back out of the closet.

  7. What a terrific idea! Is it easy to put up and take down?

    1. Hi Mary - I had to respond here because your comment did not have an email address associated with it. Yes, it is very easy to put up and take down and it even comes with a carrying case.

  8. Will have to look into that! Thank you.

  9. Thanks for the great info! I have pinned for later and may possibly purchase this backdrop.

  10. Thanks for the tip! I am strongly considering this. Are you able to hang the quilts on the bar yourself, or is that a 2-person job? Or do you need to be tall to do it?

  11. This is brilliant! I had my husband construct something but am lazy about sleeves/tabs unless it will be hung. If you don't mind, my tips is open and I'd love to see this linked up! Adding this to my amazon list!

  12. Thank you for linking up! (no need to reply)


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