Turning a photo into a quilted wall hanging

23 Mar


My process for turning a photo into a quilted wall hanging:

1. photo

I start by evaluating the photo for major blocks of color and shape.

sunset step1 photo

2. sketch

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.

sunset step2 sketch

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.

sunset step3 fabrics_resize

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.

sunset step4 applique_resize

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.

sunset step5 crayon_resize

6. texture quilting

I free motion quilt the major areas, which in this case is the sky and water.

sunset step6 texture quilting_resize

7. detail quilting

I go in and add smaller details and any highlights or lowlights.

sunset step7 detail quilting v2_resize

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.

sunset step8 binding_resize


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Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


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