Photo Quilts

Written by Rebecca Russell
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One of the newer trends in quilt making involves breaking away from the traditional design of color and stitching. A particularly interesting derivation is the creation of the photo quilt. Including photographs in quilt designs gives pieces a whimsical quality and makes them unmistakably personal.

Transferring Photos to Fabric

To create a photo quilt, you must first transfer photographs onto fabric. There are a few different techniques for this process. One of the easiest ways to transfer photographs is by using iron-transfer paper. Iron-transfer paper is available at almost any office supply store and can be purchased in a variety of sizes. Carefully following the instructions, print a copy of each photograph from your home computer onto the transfer paper. Then, using a hot iron, transfer the photos to each piece of fabric.

As a word of caution, while iron-on transfers are the easiest method to use, they do not often stay intact if the material gets washed. For a more permanent photo on fabric, there are methods for printing directly onto a variety of materials. Craft stores sell special fabrics with adhesive backings that can be printed upon and adhered to a larger piece of cloth for the quilt front.

Photo quilts make great graduation gifts or wedding gifts. Choose photos of the graduate or the bride and groom at different stages of life. Add a few choice sayings or quotes, and you will wind up with a wonderful finished product that will provide many happy memories for years to come.


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