I seriously can’t believe I’m writing this blog post and providing you all with TIPS. Why? Because up to about 6 months ago, I was the person seeking out tips and sweating buckets about every quilt photoshoot. I would stress out about providing companies with photos of finished items for look books and promotional materials, because even though I knew what I wanted my pictures to look like, they always seemed to fall short of the mark.
If you’re nodding along right now and feeling much the same as I was, then keep reading for all the tips and tricks to better quilt photography. I utilize ALL of these, but even trying out one or two will improve your product photography. I love taking pictures now and look forward to quilt photoshoots!
There are some quilt patterns I can make over and over again without getting bored, and Bear Path is definitely one of them. (Buy it here). It is fast, fun, and a great way to use up bigger prints. When I first started quilting, I was drawn to big and bold fabrics in quilt stores, only to realize that most patterns on the market have you chop them up into tiny pieces. Now that I create my own patterns, I can make some for those hard-to-use fabrics in your stash!
So while I may not have the best scrap organizing system (throw everything into a bin, keep shoving it down so they all fit), I have been pretty good about USING up my scraps. Lately, I’ve found a good strategy has been to use up my scraps right when I finish a project, thus keeping them from the scrap bin entirely. I’m usually still enthusiastic about the fabrics I’m using, and I feel good about reducing the amount of scraps I’m saving.
I’m obsessed with making throw pillows! I think once you start making them you’ll be obsessed too. They make great gifts and really can finish a room like nothing else can. A couple things to note before starting:
My tutorial is for a pillow that’s quilted on BOTH sides, making it the most luxurious feeling pillow ever. Seriously, try it!
No one should be afraid of zippers, they’re great, I promise! I’ll hold your hand and walk you through every step.
Pattern and dimensions for 3 sizes! My favorite inserts ever (and literally the only ones I buy) are the Fjadrar Inner Cushions from Ikea. They’re affordable, durable, and come in 3 different sizes – 20″ x 20″, 16″ x 26″, and 26″ x 26″. Note, this tutorial fits the Ikea Fjadrar pillow inserts. Since the inserts are feathers, making a smaller cover helps make the pillow look “fuller”. Adjust dimensions to fit your specific inserts.