After stalking photos of other people's quilt ladders, I decided on white. I found two photos that were the same wall paint color as mine, one with a black ladder and one with white. I thought the white looked best for what I needed. It still needs another coat of paint but I'm happy to be able to use it today for a couple quick pictures.
I am only half done with the quilt top. I'm not feeling up to par again, but some progress is better than none!
I thought perhaps buying a higher quality memory card would help with my camera issues, but it did not. The pesky specks of white and shadow strip are still lurking in some of my photos. I've decided to get the Canon Rebel t3i, thanks for the recommendations from a couple readers! I did some homework and I think that will be a good choice for me for now :)