The Importance of Good Photography

IMG_6578 In the late 1970’s – early 1980’s, I was a stay-at-home mom.  I loved to hand quilt, and was asked if I would hand quilt a beautiful quilt called “Bird of Paradise.” I assigned a monetary value to the project, and it was accepted by the maker of the quilt top.  Hand quilting this quilt took about six months to complete, and it is a miracle that I ever finished it.  I used a batting that was so thick my hands hurt everytime I stitched.  I marked the quilt with a very light pencil line. To quilt, I stitched around every applique shape.  Then I added a checkerboard grid background on the muslin portion of the quilt, with squares about an inch in size.  I applied the binding, and my husband and I photographed the quilt hanging it on the wall of our garage.

Back in the late 70’s – early 80’s, we were saving all our photographs in slide form.  In the picture shown here, the tan that you see is the cardboard part of the slide.  You can also see the bottom of the garage and a little bit of the deck which butts up to the garage.

This is the only photo I have of this quilt.  The owner lived (at the time) in the northwest portion of the United States.  I don’t recall her name, and I never bothered to write it down to keep for posterity.

I would LOVE a better picture of this quilt!  I’d love to know how it was used, who slept underneath it, and that it was well cared for.

So, how did I get this photo to share with you on my blog?  I laid the slide on my Kindle which was set to a plain white brightly lit background.  Then I used my iPhone to take the picture of the slide.  I know, it’s not very good quality, but it is all I have.

As quilters, it is important that we keep good photos of the quilts we make or come into contact with.  It is a history that someday others who follow behind us will want to see.  Today, we can open books, magazines and look online at antique quilts.  Who knows what people will do 50 years from now, or what quilting images will remain that we left behind.  Alas, I wish I had done my due diligence.

If you know the whereabouts of this quilt, or if you have a photo of it from a quilt show somewhere, I would love to hear from you!

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