My process for turning a photo into a quilted wall hanging:
I start by evaluating the photo for major blocks of color and shape.
I print it out and use a pencil to sketch out where I want the cutting lines to be. Once I am happy with the sketch I go over it in fine tip sharpie heavy enough that it bleeds through to the back. I turn it the paper over and go over the lines on the back so they are clear and precise. If I need the drawing to be a different scale, then I will scan it and print at the different size.
3. fabric selection
I look at the colors in the photo and my library of fabrics and decide which fabrics will be best for each section of the sketch.
4. cutting and applique
I trace each of the shapes onto a fusible webbing and iron it onto the appropriate fabric. I then cut out each of the pieces, place them where they need to be and iron them down.
5. planning and marking
I think about the effects of different quilting and plan which textures and thread colors to use. I also mark any places that need precision or special attention.
6. texture quilting
I free motion quilt the major areas, which in this case is the sky and water.
7. detail quilting
I go in and add smaller details and any highlights or lowlights.
and finally 8. binding and hanging sleeve
I add a hanging sleeve to the back of every quilt so it is easy to hang with a wooden dowel. I choose an appropriate binding that will bring the whole thing together and then it is finished and ready to go up on a wall.