My photography is never great at the best of times but is passable when the sun is shining brightly! Since that is not going to happen here until roughly March, I am going to have to take matters into my own hands.
Although this is no solution for my quilt - I am still working on that - I decided to make a lightbox to photograph small things. I followed the tutorial here, which Tina posted about.
This is what I came up with. Please excuse the mess in the background! The curtains were closed when I took the photo.
It is still quite dark. Unfortunately the lamps I bought from IKEA don't bend around far enough to light the box from the sides. I think this would make a huge difference to the outcome. Perhaps I need stronger wattage bulbs?
Still it's a lot better than natural light or a flash at the moment.