Portrait Quilts -- Turn a Photo into a Quilt

Have you ever wanted to turn a photograph into a quilt? 

That's exactly what we've been doing in the Meander Quilt Guild this month!

I started with a photo of my beautiful Grandmother, Dorothy, taken right around the time of her wedding. Isn't she stunning? 

I then turned that photograph into a design that I could use. And for Portraits I really like to use value instead of color to create the design, so I pay close attention to the lights and darks, ignoring the realistic color entirely. 

I then translated that design into fabric using my raw-edge appliqué method. I am really pleased with how this one turned out, and I want to start another one with this same portrait, but maybe with more warm colors or prints! Or even make it scrappy! We'll see...

This has quickly become one of our Meander Member's favorite workshops! So many of our members have been sharing their portrait plans and designs in our private Facebook group, it's been a lot of fun to see! Maybe I'll do another post in the future of our members' Portrait Quilts! 

Here is a photo of my Grandmother on her wedding day. This one might need to become a quilt one day too, though the lace detail might prove tricky. I love these photos.  She passed away in 2018, and I miss her everyday. 


Now, I'd love to hear from you! If you were to turn a photograph into a quilt, who would you choose to be the subject? A child or grandchild? A pet? A wedding photo? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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  • Hola me pareció genial!
    que medidas recomiendas para empezar, un edredón me parece muy grande..comenzaré tamaño cuadro de retrato.

    Fabiola Alcazar
  • I am planning to make a quilt of my son as a young, mischievous boy. I just loved your quilt of your grandmother and would love to do mine in the same style. Could you please guide me to where I could learn this process?

    Joan Day
  • Are you going to do a DVD on this method? I’d love to learn it but I cannot afford a monthly charge for the guild right now

    Michele Dingerson Groth

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