My husband’s crafty solution!

Do you struggle to take pictures of your quilts?  My husband is the official model for my quilts.  First, let me say, he is a very patient and willing quilt model.  However, as I have previously mentioned, his arms aren’t long enough to show off some of my quilts, twin size or bigger.  Trying to round up friends to hold quilts can be a pain and then I feel guilty for asking them to take the time during their day for something trivial.

During the winter, the photography session was even more of a hassle with all of the snow in the “studio”.  My husband would stand on a ladder while on the deck and I would take the pictures from the ground.  With this winter from hell, the snow piles became too tall.  Even if we could have put the ladder up, I would have had to take the picture from the truck bed to get a proper angle on the picture.

Here is the “studio” after the last big snowfall.  The meteorologists claimed that Southern MN would get 2-4 inches.  When I woke up the next morning it had changed to 10-12 inches.  We have become a bit jaded about snow this winter.  Even though we had 11 inches of snow, school was still in session.


Did I mention that the deck is 2½ feet off the ground?

IMG_1284My poor dog looks like a mouse in a maze if we ever go for a walk.

Standing on a ladder (even with the deck cleared of snow and ice) while holding a quilt seemed like an accident waiting to happen!  There had to be a better way…

My crafty husband came home from the hardware store with these.

imageHe bought 2 extension poles and clamped clips on the end hold the quilt.  It is quite ingenious if you ask me.  Now, we can extend the poles for larger quilts so you can get the full quilt in the picture.  If the quilt is heavy (minky backing), the poles can be extended and the holder can rest them on the ground to help with the weight.


I have read somewhere that the camera should be at the same level of the middle of the quilt.  I can stand on a step stool or ladder if necessary to get a picture versus the quilt holder.  A much safer option!  Next up, learning how to take better pictures.

Riley Blake Colorful Christmas in Terry Atkinson's Fire Escape Pattern

The Sherbet Pips “Chevron and On” is a better picture of quilt holding prowess!

Sherbet Pips in Chevron & On pattern

Thank you to a very supportive and creative husband!

About My Pieced Life

I am in love with all things quilting. My sewing room has many works-in-progress and a large stash of fabric. I have big plans and lots of ideas of creations I would like to make. My wonderful husband supports my obsession and Carson, my Australian terrier, keeps me company while I sew.
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8 Responses to My husband’s crafty solution!

  1. quiltykanuck says:

    Very cool! 🙂 Beautiful quilts.

  2. This is awesome..shared onFb because my quilty friends will love!

  3. Kathy says:

    Love this solution! Just shared your post with MY quilt holder! Really, enough with the snow! Up here in NH they are predicting ice out of the lake in MAY! Your quilts are lovely, particularly that Chevron quilt!

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  5. wombatquilts says:

    What a great solution. Yeah for clever husbands.

  6. Eva says:

    Very, very clever… I really like this idea. If you ever, ever find out how they make this stunning pictures with a quilt hanging on a big wall on a barn – I would really appreciate if you coul tell me ;-))) xo, Eva

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