Closed Season Quilt Photography

January 26, 2015 -

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It seems a strange thing to be back at my desk this week. For the past two weeks I have been in object heaven as we have been photographing another selection of quilts, rugs, and woven coverlets. Last year we photographed over 100 pieces and the plan was to do the same again this year.

Many of the quilts and coverlets are so large that it is difficult to find a space to fit them alongside the necessary lights and camera. Luckily we have a large floor space in our central hall. During the closed season, we are able to restrict access to this area which means we can safely lay the quilts out upon the floor and photograph them from above.

The joy of this time-consuming task is that I get to see many objects that I have never seen before. As we systematically work our way through storage, I am unrolling pieces that have had vague descriptions like ‘patchwork quilt’ . Who knew what designs would reveal themselves as we unfurled such items.

For a sneaky peek at what we got up to, check out our latest video:

2 Replies to “Closed Season Quilt Photography”

  1. Scrapiana says:

    What a wonderful project! I imagine you’re making some joyful discoveries. Will images wind up on the museum site? I hope so.

    I’ve blogged this week about some of the quilts in the Hatched, Matched, Dispatched – & Patched! exhibition. Do take a look by going to .

    1. Kate Hebert says:

      Yikes! How did your comment get overlooked. Yes! One of the reasons for undertaking this programme of photography is to get as many of our quilts – and pictures of them – online. We will be launching the online collections element of our website later this year and of course quilts will be included. Keep an eye on our website and social media accounts for online collection updates. And thanks for the lovely blog. Come back and visit us again!

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