Monday, July 25, 2016

Photographing Your Quilts

At our July meeting Kara Huntsman  shared some fabulous tips on how to photograph our quilts.  Here are just a few of the tips she shared with us.

LIGHT- Light plays a very important role in how your photograph will turn out.  Experiment by taking pictures in different places, with different light sources and at varying times of day.

Natural light is often best, so take your quilts outdoors if you can.

Seek diffused light, like you have at sunset, sunrise and under a tree.

Too much sun washes out the colors.  Avoid direct rays of the sun.  Partly cloudy days are another great time to take photos.

Turn your flash off.  The bright light often washes out your color.

Edit photos.  Most of the photos you see on blogs, pinterest and instagram have been edited.  You can buy editing programs like lightroom & photoshop.  There are also free programs online or editing apps available.  Search for them on your phone or computer.  Heather's favorite is picmonkey, and Kara suggested pixlr but there are several good free ones out there.

Set the stage: Look for props or scenery.  Hang your quilt from a fence or porch railing, drape it over a bush or branch.  Lay it in the grass.  Use a bench or chair to really show off your quilt.

Take a picture with the recipient and/or maker of the quilt.  It's always nice to see who made the project and who gets to wrap up in it or hang it on their wall.

Fold it, drape it, show the back, take close up of the quilting/pattern/design/fabric.

Practice and have fun.  In this digital age it is easy to delete the pics that don't turn out.  The more photos you take, the better you are going to get.  Find what works best for you and the device(s) you are using.

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After the fabulous lesson from Kara, we split up into groups and took pictures on the Olympia Capitol Campus

Meagan took the lesson to heart, staging her quilt, searching for the best lighting and really getting into her photography while looking for the perfect angle.

Some of our members got a little goofy, or maybe it was artsy, in their photography.

There is more to see on our Facebook group.  We have an album set up for our July meeting that we would love to have our members add more pictures to.  <hint-hint> 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sew In This Saturday

Join us this Saturday, June 23rd at

Canvas Works
525 Columbia St SW
Olympia, Washington 98501

11am - 4pm

Bring your projects and supplies to work on or drop in to say hi.  

See you there!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Registration Open for Bainbridge Quilt Festival

Greetings fellow MQG members. Bainbridge Quilt Festival will celebrate its fourth year Saturday, September 10 from 9:00 til 5 along Winslow Way on Bainbridge Island.  We hope your Guild will enter quilts!
BQF is a non-juried, non-judged event open to all styles of quilts.
Quilters may opt to sell their entry(ies).  There is also a Viewer’s Choice Prize.

We would greatly appreciate your announcing this opportunity to your members at your meetings, in your newsletters and on your website over the summer.  Quilt registration June 30 to August 31.  Quilt delivery September 8.  You can collect your entries after the close of the Festival.
Full guidelines and forms are online at  Check out the raffle quilt Star Struck on the web as well.
Contact me about group quilt delivery and pick up.


Many thanks!!
Kathy Dwyer, Festival Chair


Registration Open
June 30 through August 31

Enter your quilts for the fourth annual Bainbridge Quilt Festival a non-juried, non-judged quilt show open to all quilters takes place Saturday, September 10.
Quilts are displayed outdoors along Winslow Way on Bainbridge Island from 9:00 til 5 PM.  Don’t be shy!  This is a Festival to celebrate quilts and quilters.
Bainbridge Quilt Festival includes a sew-in for American Hero Quilts at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, fiber arts demonstrations by BARN artists (Bainbridge Artist Resource Network), quilts for sale, a raffle quilt and Viewer’s Choice voting.
Raffle tickets for the “Star Struck” will be on sale.  Drawing is at 4 PM on Festival day
Entry details:

July Meeting Recap

Our July meeting at the Sunken Garden on the Capitol Campus in Olympia, WA was a huge success!  There were fun & games, food, a great tutorial, and entertaining photo shoots.

Cecile shared the banner that we hope to have up at the Thurston County Fair August 3-7.

We had our Red, White & Blue swap

Kathy shared our July blocks for the Patchwork City QAL

Kara gave a great presentation on how to photograph your quilts.  I was listening and taking notes & forgot to take a picture of her.  Sorry, Kara!   Check back next week to read more about that, and see some of the pictures we took with the lessons learned.

We had sew-n-share before splitting up into 4 groups to take pictures of our quilts around campus.

At the meeting we also discussed Thurston County Fair, entering quilts, volunteering to work at our booth, and competing in the fair block this year.  We also talked about looking into the possibility of setting up an Amazon Smile account for our guild.  Next month we will be back to our regular time and place, Aug 3rd at 6:30pm at Ruby Street.  Come visit us after you visit our booth at the fair.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Volunteer and Visit Us at the Thurston County Fair

Once again the South Sound Modern Quilt Guild will have a booth at the Thurston County Fair.  We encourage all of you to enter your quilts in the fair and visit us during the fair.   We are looking for a few more volunteers to fill the following slots.  The most up to date information can be found pinned to the top of our Facebook page or by contacting Lori Anthonsen directly.   Hope to see you at the fair!

County Fair slots still open:

W 8/3 5-8:30 pm

Th 8/4 1:30-5 pm

F 8/5 1:30-5 pm

Sat 8/6 10-1:30 pm

Su 8/7 10-1:30 pm and 5-8 pm

Hope to see you at the fair!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July Stated Meeting ~ Photography Field Trip

For our July meeting we are going on a field trip to photograph our quilts.  We will meeting on:

 Wednesday, July 6th
at the Sunken Garden on the Capitol Campus in Olympia, WA
(look on the map for parking.  recommend parking in diagonal street parking)

What to bring:
Lawn chair or old quilt to sit on
A quilt to photograph
Camera or cell phone to take pictures
Finger foods or dessert for potluck (optional)

Fat quarter swap -Red, White & Blue fat quarters

Quilts for Pulse blocks

Challenge quilts, modern books & magazines for the Thurston County fair booth. *** If you have any projects from one of our challenges or any  modern books/magazines that you are ok with leaving at our booth at the fair, for the duration of the fair, please bring them to our July meeting.  Otherwise, you can bring these items for your volunteer shift to display at our table in the exhibit hall.