Take Instagram-worthy pictures of your quilts with the help of beautiful bouquets from your garden. Jody Sanders shares her tips for photographing flowers and quilts together.


I'm Jody Sanders, editor of American Patchwork & Quilting. I collect vintage quilts. Sharing photos of my vintage quilts is one of my favorite things to do. I like to add flowers to the photos and create vignettes to make it more visually appealing. Here are a few tips for photographing flowers and quilts:

Peonies are heavy flowers. So I choose vessels to hold them carefully. One way to showcase these fragrant flowers is in a shallow blue-and-white speckled bowl set on top of a Dresden plate quilt. Another way is in a clear glass vase chock-full of peonies. The volume of flowers help support the weight of the blossoms. A stack of 1930s quilts adds softness to the photo.

Flowers don't always have to be in a vase. When the coneflowers are blooming I hang a Jacobs Ladder quilt over the front railing of my home.

June is often a month of weddings and also a time when zinnias, phlox, daisies, and other flowers show up in the garden and at your local Farmer's Market. I like displaying these blooms with a Double Wedding quilt that includes all the colors of the quilt. This quilt is draped on a vintage drying rack and a vintage wooden ironing board holds a canning jar of flowers.

I chose a yellow Nine-Patch quilt to complement the purple lilacs. Choosing colors opposite on the color wheel make dramatic displays.

If you have a collection, incorporate that into your photo. I collect Fiesta dinnerware. A stack of vintage plates, a tea pot with lilacs, and fan quilt make me long for the last days of Spring.