Friday, October 21, 2011

Martingale Photo Shoot

My second book with Martingale is due out next June!
A few weeks ago, I received a letter from them saying they'd like to start photographing the quilts in their offices in Bothell, WA, (about 2 hours south of where I live), and they wondered whether I'd be interested in having some of my primitives used as props in the photos.  Well, yeah!
So I sent them photos of some of the stuff around my house, like this:

They emailed me back with their choices.
I  loaded them into my car, drove down this week, and brought them into the studio.
My quilts were waiting in line...

for Brent, the photographer, (aka "the quilt whisperer") to work his magic.
Sometimes other equipment was used to give the desired effect.
A tripod was used to adjust a quilt, just so.
And sometimes a quilt needed a quick pressing.
After seeing all the work involved in getting the photos just right, I'll never look at pictures in quilt magazines and books the same way again!
(No wonder my recipes never look like the photographs!)
So when my book comes out next summer, check out the props, as well as the quilts!

The quilts were photographed in a day (which I'm told is pretty fast)
and the next morning Regina (the production manager) and Brent worked on some cover shots.
In between, I had time to wander the offices.
Even the lunch room has quilt designs on the floor!
Halloween pumpkins were parked in the aisles.

Who wouldn't love an office with beautiful quilts around every corner?

Look at the machine quilting on this one!

It was so much fun to visit there again!
Thanks, Martingale, for being such a wonderful company to work with.


  1. Congrats to you - that's all very exciting! Can't wait to see your new book. The quilts at Martingale are beautiful - and I love the pumpkins scattered around - very cool!

  2. How fun to be able to see the photos being taken AND to have treasures from your home in your book as well! I know I cannot wait to see this book! It was so much fun to quilt for you!

  3. Now that would be a fun place to work. I can't wait to see what you new quilts and book will be about. Love that last quilt, that is gorgeous.


  4. How neat that you could be there to see the big event unfold. I have been to their old office and it was so fun! Can't wait to see your new book!

  5. I'm looking forward to seeing your next book and your lovely quilts!

  6. Thanks for taking us behind the scenes. Really interesting. Congratulations.

  7. Congratulations Cheryl, I can't wait to see your next book. I always love books with extra props and even better if they are antiques like yours.

  8. Can't wait to see your new book Cheryl. Always beautiful set up with props like these.

  9. Loved the last books. Can't wait to see what the next one will be like with all of the extra props!

  10. It was so fun to meet you and peek my head in on your shoot - your quilts are beautiful and I'm looking forward to the book! :)

  11. I did have the opportunity to tour these offices years ago, you're right about it being an inspirational workplace. No wonder my quilt pics never quite "make the grade" I need a professional photographer!! ;)

  12. What a thrill that must have been. I can't wait to see it in print!