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Thread: how do I do a quilt from a photo?

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    I want quilt this and have been gathering fabric and even color washing some to get right blend for shadows.. just need a little encouragement and tips before I start sewing.. when doing a picture quilt, do you sew seams that turn under or is the material fused and raw edges exposed and layered?? Any hints and tips before I start would be great as I have never attemped anything like this..

    Here is the photo that I have played with in photoshop to make it easier to see in " pieces"
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    You're in for quite a challenge! There are books available on how to do them. I don't have enought talent to do this kind of thing, so sorry I'm not more helfpul. Best of luck to you. :)

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    What a beautiful picture :D:D:D
    If it is going to be a wall hanging, I would go with raw edge fusible applique.

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    Bettyjo,
    I have been thinking about doing a similar project, but it sounds like you are further along then I.
    I plan to use a variety of methods I have seen demonstrated at one time or another. Plan ahead to be able to change your methods in midstream if one doesn't work out. Try out different methods on a test piece before you apply them to your main project.
    This will be a learning process so don't get discouraged. It may take some time before you are able to get it the way you want.
    Look at your work from a distance to get a better perspective.
    Keep us in the loop as you work...... :D

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    I would think that steam a seam lite would be your best friend

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    I don't use photoshop but I have used other programs where you can make a cartoon or a line drawing of a picture. That might help with getting the pieces. I've watched some Sharon Schamber videos where she is doing the Quilt Fairy, her face, etc. and she did turned under machine applique using monofilament. Very interesting to watch.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW05o...eature=related
    Look at youtube and they have all kinds of techniques and tips, I think you will find it very helpful. you can do the thread painting for the colors in her hair and filling for the eyes, etc. If I were you I would make an experimental one first and then go for the real thing. wonderful picture by the way.

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    What I DO know about this difficult process is that you FIRST have to make a black and white copy of the painting in the size you want.

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    http://www.cosman.nl/software_en.html
    I found this site but I don't know anything about it. I do have a book that describes the process. If I get a chance I will find the name for you, I think you use the grid method like the picture of the dog posted earlier.

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    You are talking about fabric and thread "painting" aren't you? Or are you going to do it in little squares?

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    A bunch of us were inspired by another blogger to create portraits. There are some interesting techniques and adaptations. Here's the original post and you can click at the bottom for newer posts: http://www.15minutesplay.com/2010/04/come-play.html

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    Marilyn Belford teaches this technique on Quilt University. She is a fantastic teacher and the classes are online and relatively inexpensive.

    I made one of my MIL.

    www.quiltuniversity.com

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    If you don't want "hard" edges, I agree with amma. Do raw edge applique and add shading with thread play.

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    I found these videos a while back about using applique and fusible to make a photo quilt.

    http://www.hgtv.com/video/lion-appli...deo/index.html
    http://www.hgtv.com/video/lion-appli...deo/index.html
    http://www.hgtv.com/video/lion-appli...deo/index.html

    They use an animal photo but the same concept would work for any photo!

    Beautiful picture by the way! I am sure it will make a stunning quilt.

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    These also offer step by step printed instruction, just click on menu in thhe lower right corner and step by step should show up, make sure pop up blocker is off and you should be able to get the instructions for later reference. great site
    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    I found these videos a while back about using applique and fusible to make a photo quilt.

    http://www.hgtv.com/video/lion-appli...deo/index.html
    http://www.hgtv.com/video/lion-appli...deo/index.html
    http://www.hgtv.com/video/lion-appli...deo/index.html

    They use an animal photo but the same concept would work for any photo!

    Beautiful picture by the way! I am sure it will make a stunning quilt.

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    and keepsakequilting.com sells skin shades fabrics.

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    I haven't tried this but heres a website someone give me.

    http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2...t-pattern.html

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    Not doing the little squares - pixelating.. Want to do the fabric/thread painting technique. reading and studing everything I can find ..

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    Oh My Gosh that is so beautiful. I just joined the Quilting Board as I am trying to teach myself to quilt. I am basically a painter but after seeing your work and others on this board I think I am way out of my league. It is just beautiful.
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    Absolutely wonderful instructions.. I think I can do it.. and where she enlarges by going to Kinkos and having them do it.. I can enlarge on computer.. draw my lines.. etc.. and print on 13x19 or 8.5x11 sheets to fit them together..

    wow I am so so glad I ask.. wonderful people here always ready to help!!!

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    Absolutely wonderful instructions.. I think I can do it.. and where she enlarges by going to Kinkos and having them do it.. I can enlarge on computer.. draw my lines.. etc.. and print on 13x19 or 8.5x11 sheets to fit them together..

    wow I am so so glad I ask.. wonderful people here always ready to help!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by DA Mayer
    These also offer step by step printed instruction, just click on menu in thhe lower right corner and step by step should show up, make sure pop up blocker is off and you should be able to get the instructions for later reference. great site
    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    I found these videos a while back about using applique and fusible to make a photo quilt.

    http://www.hgtv.com/video/lion-appli...deo/index.html
    http://www.hgtv.com/video/lion-appli...deo/index.html
    http://www.hgtv.com/video/lion-appli...deo/index.html

    They use an animal photo but the same concept would work for any photo!

    Beautiful picture by the way! I am sure it will make a stunning quilt.

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