How to Make a Photo Quilt: 5 Free Tutorials

Go to any quilt show or scan the Internet, and you’ll find that quilts incorporating photographs are very popular. Nowadays, it’s a snap to scan your favorite photos into your computer, then print them onto fabric that can easily be incorporated into a quilt. But how do you make your photo quilt stand out from the crowd?

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Diane Doran manipulated images in photo-editing software to create unique fabric for this art quilt.

In this free eBook, Ultimate Photo Quilts: 5 Ways to Make Photo and Picture Quilts, you’ll discover how to make a photo quilt using a number of creative techniques and tips.

The easiest way to make picture quilts is with prepared fabric sheets you can run through an inkjet printer. So we start with Jennifer Rapacki’s review of these techno-art wonders, “Read, Click, Print: a Comparison of Prepared Inkjet Fabric Sheets.”

Making a picture quilt doesn’t necessarily mean you use the photos as originally shot. With a scanner and home computer, you can digitally alter images to create your own colorful fabrics without the cost of painting or dyeing supplies. Diane Doran shows you how.

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Jennifer Rapacki shows how different brands of inkjet fabric sheets offer different results in your photo quilts.

Or maybe you’d like to make an abstract photo quilt depicting an urban or countryside scene, but don’t know where to begin. Inspired by the grassy hillsides of her British homeland, Marie Roper shares her methods how to make a quilt with pictures, resulting in unique, embellished landscape pieces.

Pamela Price Klebaum illustrates a playful approach to enhancing your digital fabrics with stamps to create unique quilted imagery, while Ginny Eckley gives tips on several surface design techniques, including how to make photo quilts using inkjet printing on pre-treated fabric to achieve sharp, crisp images.

So get out your box of favorite photographs, download Ultimate Photo Quilts: 5 Ways to Make Photo and Picture Quilts, and get ready to play!

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P.S. Do you have a friend who likes turning photos into fabric art? Forward this link to them so they can download their own copy of Ultimate Photo Quilts: 5 Ways to Make Photo and Picture Quilts.

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