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    I just purchased a photographic backdrop stand to use when taking pictures of my big quilts. Until now I've had to lay them out on the floor and then stand on a coffee table, and the pictures were never very good because of the angle. The only alternative (for me) was to hang them over the side of the balcony (indoors), but the light was bad, the space wasn't wide enough, and the stairs showed in the pictures.

    I found this stand on amazon.com. It will expand to 12' wide and 10' high. It comes in a good quality case with a carrying strap. It adjusts easily and has tripods on the uprights. I did have some trouble setting it up with a big quilt, on the grass, on a somewhat windy day (attached picture - DH is holding one pole steady) - but on a flat surface, without the wind, it will work great.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ef=oss_product

    (Yes, you've already seen this quilt - but I'll bet you've never seen such a good picture of it!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    I just purchased a photographic backdrop stand to use when taking pictures of my big quilts. Until now I've had to lay them out on the floor and then stand on a coffee table, and the pictures were never very good because of the angle. The only alternative (for me) was to hang them over the side of the balcony (indoors), but the light was bad, the space wasn't wide enough, and the stairs showed in the pictures.

    I found this stand on amazon.com. It will expand to 12' wide and 10' high. It comes in a good quality case with a carrying strap. It adjusts easily and has tripods on the uprights. I did have some trouble setting it up with a big quilt, on the grass, on a somewhat windy day (attached picture - DH is holding one pole steady) - but on a flat surface, without the wind, it will work great.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ef=oss_product

    (Yes, you've already seen this quilt - but I'll bet you've never seen such a good picture of it!)
    I just get them outside in good light and have two people hold them.. a lot cheaper too;)>. the quilt is lovely...

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    Quote Originally Posted by janice4

    I just get them outside in good light and have two people hold them.. a lot cheaper too;)>. the quilt is lovely...
    None of my friends have arms long enough to hold up a 100+ inch quilt. Even DH doesn't have arms that long.

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    That sounds a lot nicer. Your quilt is very beautiful BTW. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Quote Originally Posted by janice4

    I just get them outside in good light and have two people hold them.. a lot cheaper too;)>. the quilt is lovely...
    None of my friends have arms long enough to hold up a 100+ inch quilt. Even DH doesn't have arms that long.
    LOL.. get them to stand on a chair .....it is super easy :) I do it all the time that way.. I used to live in a two story with a landing and we would do it from there but taking pictures on the ground or over couches is never the same as seeing the quilt like this one... and also in natural light.

    My sister does not sew or quilt but mom lives with her half the year and she takes pictures of moms quilt swith half the quilt, in the dark and fuzzy and just doesn"t generally generally give a dam .;( as long as she snaps the picture she is done;(>. again having said all that the quilt is very lovely.

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    What a good idea, my daughter is a professional photographer. I can't tell you how many times I have put up and taken down her backdrop. I can't believe that I never thought of using it to take my photos!!!

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    Dunster, have you entered that quilt into a show or the fair yet? Every time I see it I start to drool and it reminds me that I need to order the pattern from you! I love the quilt stand. Thank you for sharing.

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    Until two years ago we had a photo studio. I have the background stands stored away....thanks for rewinding me. I'll get them out and set them up on my deck and drape the quilt over the deck rail. It should hang straight and I ca have a place to stand that I would be level with the middle of the quilt. I'm excited to get the stands out and give it a try.

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    I am going to build my own using pvc pipes for about 20.00

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    How good is that.

    The quilt always looked beautiful, but now it looks absolutley fantastic! :D

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    I still use the floor, but I might be able to use a bed soon. BTW, still love your quilt...I'm almost done with mine!

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    Cool idea! I love the quilt!

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    BEAUTIFUL!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosyhf
    I am going to build my own using pvc pipes for about 20.00
    That should be easy idea too;)>> cool.. resourceful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosyhf
    I am going to build my own using pvc pipes for about 20.00
    We made stands with PVC for our guild's quilt shows. They work pretty well, but they're not as portable, adjustable, or easy to store as the photo backdrop stands. A friend and I bought ours at the same time, and we will loan them to the guild for quilt shows. We're hoping other members of the guild will buy some, or the guild can buy a few each year. When we bought our stands there was free shipping on orders over $100 (so we combined our order), but that offer seems to have gone away.

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    Beautiful quilt. The stands are a great idea!

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    Dunster, that quilt took my breath away. I had never seen it before.

    The frames to hold it were a really great idea!

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Like the stand -- Love the quilt!! :thumbup: ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    I just purchased a photographic backdrop stand to use when taking pictures of my big quilts. Until now I've had to lay them out on the floor and then stand on a coffee table, and the pictures were never very good because of the angle. The only alternative (for me) was to hang them over the side of the balcony (indoors), but the light was bad, the space wasn't wide enough, and the stairs showed in the pictures.

    I found this stand on amazon.com. It will expand to 12' wide and 10' high. It comes in a good quality case with a carrying strap. It adjusts easily and has tripods on the uprights. I did have some trouble setting it up with a big quilt, on the grass, on a somewhat windy day (attached picture - DH is holding one pole steady) - but on a flat surface, without the wind, it will work great.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ef=oss_product

    (Yes, you've already seen this quilt - but I'll bet you've never seen such a good picture of it!)
    That is one AMAZING quilt!!

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    Quilt is unbelievable stunning!

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    Awesome idea, awesome quilt.

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    How beautiful! And what a great clear picture. I say your plan worked!

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    That quilt is beautiful. I remember it. Your stand shows it off wonderfully.

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    BEAUTIFUL!

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    Our quilt guild has one of these stands for taking our opportunity quilts to various places to sell tickets. They work great!!! How neat for you...I'm jealous!!! :mrgreen:

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