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Thread: Impossible PP Project?

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    So first, my question is - is it possible to make your own PP pattern and/or how hard would it be to do?

    And my second is if this project I want to do is impossible. I'm 99% sure there's no pattern out there for the PP project I want to do.

    If you've seen the LOTR movies, you'll know what this is, but I want to make a PP quilt of the city of Minas Tirith. :shock:

    It's massive, extremely detailed, and I'm wondering...would it be impossible?
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    It could be incredibly detailed - could you piece the city in larger pieces and then use thread to do a lot of the detail work in the walls and turrets?

    Cheers, K

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    That...is an excellent idea...:)

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    Where there's a will, there's a way! Are you planning a bed quilt or a wallhanging? Fusing might be the way to go rather than paper piecing.

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    I was thinking wallhanging. Something that wouldn't really get washed much, etc.

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    Oh, that will be breathtaking when you get it done!

    Definitely like the suggestion of using threadpainting for a lot of the detail.

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    This is just a brainstorm that I came up with...may work, may not. I would open the picture with my computer's photo editing program and enlarge it as much as possible so that you can see the individual digital megapixels (like little squares of color). Print it out even if you have to do it in sections and then use these printouts as your foundation for paper piecing, matching small pieces of fabric to the colors of the enlarged photo. Then use threadpainting or various quilting patterns to enhance the elements of the quilt. There actually is a book that describes the process of converting digital photos to finished quilts-- Secrets of Digital Quilting--From Camera to Quilt: 8 Projects; 25 Techniques; Embellish with Paints, Inks & More [Paperback] by Lura Schwarz Smith and Kerby C. Smith. I have not read it but this may help explain the process better than I can.

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    Since it would be fairly intricate if you paper piece it the seams could get pretty bulky. I'd fuse it.

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    I think it will be a massive undertaking, and very challenging. I do wish you luck and I can't wait to see what you come up with. And I can't wait to see it finished. I'm sure you will get a bunch of great ideas from some very experienced people here on the board. So, best of luck!!!! I will be following this thread to see what you come up with.

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    I might cut the picture up into sections and print each section on fabric. You can sew it together or use a fusible on the edges. Then you can thread paint some of it to bring out the features. So many options. PP would work but be very time consuming I would think.

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    I agree with everyone else. You will be better to fuse. I had a picture my daughter took in Greece and I really wanted to make it into a wall hanging. I blew it up into an 8 x 10 and put it on my light box. I traced all large pieces and the details that I wanted in my wall hanging. I traced it onto a piece of thin template plastic and then took it to my local print shop. They blew it up to a 12 x 30 inch size. I then traced all the pieces and made templates and placed them on my background until I liked the placement. I then fused the pieces and machine quilted. I hope this helps, with all the suggestions I am sure you will make a beautiful wall hanging..The picture is amazing...Good Luck. If I get one of my kids to help me I will post a picture of mine. I still can't get a handle on that posting pictures thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Since it would be fairly intricate if you paper piece it the seams could get pretty bulky. I'd fuse it.
    I agree 100%. I would try to fuse it also, you will be able to get more detailed also.

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    i want to see it finished no matter haw long it takes

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    Anything is possible, but as CorgiNole said, it would be extremely detailed. Would this be your first PP? If so, try something not quite so detailed, in the meanwhile, you can be drafting up your PP of the Minas Tirith. Good luck and have fun. Fusing would probably be best.

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    Not to put a damper on this gorgeous project endeavor, but would you be violating any copyright laws. Maybe just to be on the safe side you should contact someone and let them know your intentions and get permission to replicate this. Just looking out for you. There are always so many discussions on this topic I wouldn't want you to show it in a fair or have a picture of it published and end up in trouble. It should be a fairly easy and painless step to take just to protect yourself.

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    Got to agree: fusing and raw edge applique sounds like the way to go. Awesome project! Can't wait to see the results. What a labour of love.........

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    This website, could give you some insight on how to tackle
    your project. www.englanddesign.com This quilter does
    landscape quilts with a lot of detail and has a book on
    how to go about it, maybe it would help, with the picture
    that you want to do. Good luck.

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    Yikes, I wouldn't know where to start.

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    Umm, your nuts! ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27
    Not to put a damper on this gorgeous project endeavor, but would you be violating any copyright laws. Maybe just to be on the safe side you should contact someone and let them know your intentions and get permission to replicate this. Just looking out for you. There are always so many discussions on this topic I wouldn't want you to show it in a fair or have a picture of it published and end up in trouble. It should be a fairly easy and painless step to take just to protect yourself.
    Hmm, hadn't thought of this issue. I'm really not sure who I would ask about such a thing. I mean this particular picture is taken from the movies, but the idea/city itself is Tolkien's...

    A quick question for everyone else - what exactly do you mean by 'fuse'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Shivesa
    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27
    Not to put a damper on this gorgeous project endeavor, but would you be violating any copyright laws. Maybe just to be on the safe side you should contact someone and let them know your intentions and get permission to replicate this. Just looking out for you. There are always so many discussions on this topic I wouldn't want you to show it in a fair or have a picture of it published and end up in trouble. It should be a fairly easy and painless step to take just to protect yourself.
    Hmm, hadn't thought of this issue. I'm really not sure who I would ask about such a thing. I mean this particular picture is taken from the movies, but the idea/city itself is Tolkien's...

    A quick question for everyone else - what exactly do you mean by 'fuse'?
    Hmmmm, not sure. Maybe the publisher or the film studio. I'm sure it wouldn't take much in the way of research to figure it out. But best of luck in any case. I really can't wait to see what you come up with. I'm so excited for you!!! I haven't read any of the books, but I've seen all of the LOTR movies and love, love, love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Since it would be fairly intricate if you paper piece it the seams could get pretty bulky. I'd fuse it.
    I agree.

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