Christmas Quilts and Photography Questions

December 12, 2010

This was the post I intended to upload last Thursday:

To keep with the theme of quilting for Christmas, I’d like to share some of my students projects. In my Open Lab class at WCTC this past week Marie brought in a very cheery tree skirt.


The past few weeks I’ve been sharing some Christmas project patterns with the students in this class. Here are the coasters Judy brought in for show and tell:


Last week in class we printed favorite photos onto fabric and made ornaments. Here are just a few of the ornaments made by this talented group:

Making Christmas gifts for family and friends can bring us such joy. Since it’s snowing again here, I plan on staying home and doing just that for the next 2 days. What a blessing to have the time to do what we enjoy. I hope you’re finding some joyful stitching time too!

But I didn’t post it then because I’m so disappointed with the quality of the pictures I upload to my blog. I’m hoping some of you technologically savvy quilters might have a suggestion or two.

When I download pictures from my digital camera to the computer – they look great and I can print them out with very good results. In the beginning of my blogging I just uploaded them, was disappointed, and let it go because I’d rather quilt than deal with techy stuff, but recently it’s really been bugging me. Since then I discovered that I can save the photos in a web ready format using Microsoft Picture It Publishing. It allows me to save a picture at 320, 440 and 600 pixels. I’ve tried all three, plus the way they come from my camera and the results are crummy every time. Any suggestions??? I think I may need to break down and take a class.


  1. Chris, when you say the pictures look crummy, what exactly do they look like? Do they look bad on your blog, or bad if you try to print them from your blog? Are they fuzzy or dark or ? If you upload the same photos to Facebook, how do they look? I’m on a Mac, so I don’t know much about your software, but I do understand resolution. You don’t want to have an image that is saved for the web and then reduced when you place it. 72 dpi (dots per inch) is standard for web. So if you are saving an image at 320 pixels wide, that is about 4″ wide on your screen. You could crop it smaller, but never enlarge a 72 dpi image.

  2. Try this website Chris. http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/
    and view her comments for today, 12/14/10. That might help.

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