A picture from the December issue of Cotton Spice Quilting Magazine


This was one of the most popular pictures in the December issue. Not only is the quilt beautiful (if I do say so myself) 🙂 but the model is beautiful as well. I’ve received many comments about her… “Who is she?” and “She’s so pretty!”

Well, her name is Nicole and she is Shannon’s best friend. She lives in Washington with her husband and 3 children. She has boundless energy and a zest for life that shows in her eyes when she smiles.

When Shannon moved to Washington, we were excited about the new photographic opportunities. (See the September issue for some beautiful quilts photographed on Orcas Island, WA) But Seattle, WA has experienced quite the weather this year! More rain than ever, more snow than in many, many years. And taking pictures of quilts in the soggy outdoors proved difficult at best. And eventually proved to be impossible.

So, indoors we came! Photographing indoors is a different game. It requires light in the right amounts, and the right levels, and reflectors and backgrounds and all kinds of techno-gadgets. None of which we had.

But window light at Just the right time of day, and a lovely model and the picture was taken. Where there is a will, there is a way. It was also August! Shannon had to get out the artificial tree and string it with lights, and put it on the deck where it could be seen. Hang the Christmas wreath, and put up some red curtains. Nicole had to put a warm sweater on, and a quilt over her and hold what we hoped looked like a cup of hot chocolate, yes, all in August!

But, Shannon wanted it to look like Christmas, and she did! You’d never know it wasn’t Christmas, you’d never realize it was a hot August day out that window.

Kudos to Shannon and Nicole, for their ingenuity and hard work! 🙂

More Quilt Picture Stories to come!

More to come!


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