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Recently, I went searching for a vintage quilt for a small photo session with my kids. I love a vintage quilt for summer photography, the colors and patterns are so bright. You get a color filled, patterned background that screams summer. I was also looking for something large to spread out for picnics.
In my searching, I found some great resources and so I thought I might share the best places to find vintage quilts.
My favorite thing about this gigantic vintage Dresden Plate Quilt is all of the fabrics. We had so much fun spreading it out and going through each "plate" to pick our favorites. These fabrics are long gone but all so interesting! My second favorite thing is the small triangle trim around the outside of the quilt. I really can't imagine how much work this quilt was. It is at least Queen and maybe King size. Someone put a lot of effort into it. Each plate is different but they all coordinate beautifully.
Believe it or not, beautiful vintage quilts are not easy to come by at a local level. You can check your local second hand, consignment, and thrift stores, but if you come up empty handed, I have a few tips for you.
The Best Places To Find Vintage Quilts
My number one favorite place to find vintage quilts is on Etsy. I pretty much give up on shopping local because there are folks all around the country bringing the best vintage quilts to the table. Shipping is usually reasonable and most arrive already washed. Etsy is also a secure place to shop online, and I like that.
There are deals to be had on vintage quilts on Ebay. I am a "Buy It Now" kind of girl, and there are plenty of beautiful vintage quilts ready to roll here. Make sure you pay attention to the quality of the quilt in the photos and ask questions if need be. I would buy a quilt if it has holes or missing stitches for photography. You rarely get the entire quilt in a picture and you may not even be catching it in the plane of focus.
#3 One Kings Lane Vintage
One Kings Lane has a vintage division that does not disappoint. They have vintage quilts from time to time, some expensive; others reasonable.
#4 Reproduction Vintage Quilts
I am not above a reproduction quilt. If you want something new and in perfect condition but crave that vintage or antique look, a reproduction quilt is just what you need! Here are a few of my favorites:
#5 Stitched and Found
I found this amazing girl on Instagram a month ago. I have been eyeing her vintage quilts almost every day. She goes out to the Nashville Flea Market once a week and comes home with truckloads of vintage quilts. Holy Moly. She stays home with her son, and this quilt business has become her side hustle. She only opens up selling on Thursday nights, and you have to be FAST to get the one you want, they usually sell out in minutes!
Do you love vintage or antique quilts? New or old? Connect with me in the comments below.
Five weeks ago, our littlest farm boy made his arrival. He was smaller than we imagined he would be, but so so so cute.
He has a beautiful disposition, and is already giving us glimpses of his little personality. I took a couple of weeks off but have gotten back to work in the last few days. In case you haven't noticed, there are a lack of Spring products in the store. He was born just after Valentine's Day and everything got put on hold these last few weeks. I'm not putting too much pressure on myself but I promised myself this time that I wouldn't slow down and so far I have been able to strap him into a carrier and carry on with my responsibilities. It helps that he is such a good baby, he is up for anything as long as he is snuggled up to me.
I'm not saying that I'm getting things done quickly, it took me 5 weeks to take these pictures, and another week to sit down and edit them. For me, these are the perfect newborn photos. While posed newborn photos are beautiful to look at, and seem fun to style- I prefer real life, real moments...real memories.
I love the way he sleeps. It's the best to me. I just want to remember those little things, because it's easy to forget. Really easy.
Newborn photography tips
Do you have tried and true tricks for newborn photography? Let me know in the comments below!
MY FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT
Canon Mark III
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There are a few things that I really love here. I mean, more than a few things. Every. thing. The farm photography opportunities are among my favorites. Someone recently asked us "why do you keep up that old fence"? It's an honest question.
The fence has seen better days. Apparently the fence installing family that lived here a few owners before us didn't bother to put in pressure treated posts, leaving us with this question 30 years later. The answer is twofold. First, we will be completely replacing the fence with a beautiful cross-buck equestrian fence before we get horses (which was supposed to be in March). Second, I love it. It looks like a farm fence. It speaks to my agrarian dreams...it's bucolic.
Boscobel wasn't built in a day, it will take us time to replace the fence, but like everything else: it will be done.
We don't have an enormous amount of space here, but it's exactly the amount of space we need. A year ago, I would not have settled for less than 20 acres. Four and a quarter, with neighbors, may have elicited a chuckle. I believe that God gives us exactly what we need, in the time that we need it. This is what I needed, whether I knew it or not. The fence stays. I need the fence.
Back to the photography. We have little pockets of beauty here. Almost set up exactly for the purpose of capturing the bucolic sentiment I am so in love with. Photography has been a personal journey for me for the last 20 years. For the last three, living in the Middle East, it was nightmare. I took nearly no pictures. As I counted down the years until I could leave the tree barren, dust choking environment, I imagined having my photography back. I had my camera but I didn't have the freedom to use it.
I can't believe that it might be a coincidence that we settled on this place, buying it sight unseen, with all of these pockets of utter brilliance. There is a bigger picture here, and I am putting together the pieces.
My hope is that in the coming years, I can offer a few photography workshops on the property. One of my most powerful realizations over the last six years or so is that you don't have to start with the perfect location. You have to create the perfect location in your lens. It is possible on a four and a quarter acre farm to shoot the most amazing shots, that leave the surroundings up to the imagination.
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