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Let’s Bee Social #116

Posted on: March 16th, 2016 by Lorna McMahon

Welcome to the Let’s Bee Social!

Spring has finally arrived, here on the farm. What does that mean? MUD.

No more clean, snowy backdrops. I needed to get a better photo of my Jungle Friends quilt. And it is BIG. This one finished at 72″ x 96″. Too large to be photographed on the old hay wagon. So I tried a new set up on the old tree house. The biggest problem is the wind. And the lighting.

I definitely need to work on a better way of getting photos.

But I am so happy that spring has finally arrived. We had the mildest winter I can ever remember. And I am looking forward to all the events that are scheduled for the coming months. More classes at E&E’s Cloth and Creations in Newton. And many Trunk Shows and Workshops in the surrounding area for guilds here in Ontario, Canada. If you would be interested in having me come for a visit, please speak to your guild!


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17 Responses

  1. Photographing large quilts can be a real challenge! Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs and I were chatting just today about that. She purchased a background stand for photography from Amazon that seems to be working well for her. I wonder about its stability in wind – it is quite windy where I live. But I might look into it as well. 🙂

  2. Hi Lorna! I'm happy to hear you have spring! Also here the winter was the warmest for a long time. After the weekends rain, lots of leaves appeared to the trees; looks like the trees know their schedule even the weather didn't. I have to find also new places to take quilt photos. Thank you again for the party! x Teje

  3. What a fabulous quilt design! I struggle with quilt pictures too although I love that you used a tree house!

  4. Hi Lorna!! 🙂 🙂

  5. So looking forward to seeing you in Guelph in April!!

  6. KaHolly says:

    It's a beauty, Lorna. You blow me away with your beautiful designs and quilts. I'm convinced you don't sleep. When I'm home in Nova Scotia, the only place I have to photograph big Quilts is from the clothesline, and that gets old, fast! XO

  7. SarahZ says:

    I hear ya about the mud! Although ours came and went the beginning of February! Very mild around here too! I think you found the perfect setting for your Jungle Friends…the Jungle gym, as we always called it!!!! (and I love your old hay wagon!)

  8. Jayne says:

    I am so ready for Spring!! Of course, it also comes with lots and lots of weeding , which has been consuming much of my time this past week! It's always difficult photographing large quilts (any quilt!). Lighting and location has always been a problem for me. Your pictures are always great, mud and all!!

  9. I feel your pain about photographing quilts — I think my best pics were those taken with a snow-covered backdrop. There's got to be a better way for the both of us!Your Jungle Friends design is a treat to look at. Those hippos — they get me laughing every time!

  10. Lisa J. says:

    I'm also looking forward to your April Guelph visit!

  11. Tish Stemple says:

    Doesn't it feel good to have the warm and sun back?? The wind has made things difficult here as well. I was taking pictures of a mini the other day and almost didn't catch it before it got away.

  12. JanineMarie says:

    Well, I think that set up worked just right for your adorable quilt. Did you clip the quilt to screen molding? Or is that wood part of the tree house? It seems like the perfect solution to dealing with wind. I'm always amazed that even the slightest breeze has a big effect on a quilt. (We are having high wind warnings here today, so wind is definitely on my mind.)

  13. Mud! Feeling a strong need to come back home today with all the spring posts, and the cardinals singing their hearts out down here. I find the wind a big factor too, whether I'm in Florida or at home by Lake Erie! The photo of your quilt looks great IMHO. Must feel good to be sewing and off the computer, much as that end of things needs to get done…(and I've been avoiding big time that particular end of things of late)

  14. Nancy says:

    Your quilt IS big, Lorna. And oh so cute, too. Finding a place to photograph finished quilts is always a challenge for me, too, but I think your space looks good. We can see the whole quilt and that's the most important thing, right? Thanks for hosting Let's Bee Social.–Nancy. (ndmessier @,

  15. Allison says:

    Ah, this might shed a little light on what it's like taking a good photo of a quilt here in Germany! Literally from one moment to the next the sun can come out, and disappear as quickly as fast as you can blink your eyes!Enjoy your spring weather! Cute finish!

  16. When you figure out quilt photography, let me know! Love those elephants in a row, so sweet, beautiful quilt!

  17. The quilt looks great, Lorna! Quilt photography can be tough. I spent the last couple of weeks trying to find a way to get pictures of a mini quilt that I won't be sharing until May, so I really didn't want snow in the pictures…and there's snow everywhere here! I finally laid it on the driveway (and then it snowed again that night and covered the driveway again).