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Thread: Teach Me Please-paperpiecing from photo image

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    I have read and reread about taking a photo, enlarging it and then somehow piecing fabric to the outline of say a church/bldg creating a block for a quilt. Over the years I have taken pictures of buildings and scenes that mean something to us. Now that I am retired, I want to make those memories into blocks for a quilt. I do not want to just transfer the photo to cloth--I want to actually piece together the structure. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Here is just one example. The tree is no problem as I have appliqued several like it but the dimensions needed for the barn would be a problem for me getting the correct perspective. Granted this is a basic rectangle but the majority of photos I have are with detail and landscaping both front and rear.
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    I'm no artist, but the first thing I'd do is get a grayscale version of that photo.

    Because then you can really see the value of the different colored pieces, and that would help with providing the right perspective.

    Where the light is, distance from your viewpoint, shadows, etc.

    But, like I said, I'm no artist.

    It sounds like a fabulous project.

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    Now, do I just cut and applique....I really do not want to do that. I want to say take the side of barn and actually sew two piece of brown together and then go back with thread to create the worn look. Thank you everyone

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    Then make the picture the size you want, outline the different shapes, cut templates, cut the shapes from fabric, applique them.

    Wouldn't that work?

    I think you're missing my point. You can just take any 2 pieces of brown. If you put the darkest brown on the front on the barn and the lightest on the side, you have a different image. If you see the browns all around, you've got a glob of brown.

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    Oh MTS, that is an excellent idea for lighting. I can do that on my computer. Now how to I get all these pieces into a block? Is it sort of like strip piecing only little pieces for sides of barn, etc?

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    Wait, we're cross posting.

    You DO want to do applique or you don't?

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    I see what you mean about showing light with grey scaling. The ice on the tree top really shows the sun light coming from the left side of photo.
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    Do you want to paper piece - a la Cynthia ENgland?
    Let me find you a link. one sec

    Duh! look at the title of the thread.

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    MTS - I do not want to applique. Hands and fingers cannot do that because of my aging. Machine stitching and quilting is how I want to accomplish this quilt. Thank you.

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    Got it give me a sec.

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