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« on: July 05, 2009 10:27:39 AM »

Iíve had such a full month that I only got to this challenge after the first of the month - Iím amazed I managed to finish in time!  

(Thanks to my husband and his nice legs for holding the quilt up for a picture. Smiley)

I had been thinking about doing something for this one, since I love taking pictures, but first had to decide which picture to use.  I love macro photography, especially of plants, and I had one in particular that I loved - a picture I took last summer of a succulent plant in my momís garden.  I love how vivid the green is in this picture.  


My original plan was to print a full sized photo onto fabric transfers and then cut quilt squares out of the fabric.  Unfortunately, I tried it and the fabric jammed in my printer.  I had some iron on transfers, though, so I first did nine wallets on one sheet and then a full size photo.  I didnít check my printer settings and ended up printing the full size in black and white, so I went and made another one in colour.  I ironed the wallet sized photos onto white quilting squares that I got in the scavenger hunt swap.  I ended up using nearly all the squares my partner gave me in that swap to make my quilt.  I added a few that Iíve had for years (I think they were my momís when I was a kid) and some others to add a bit more colour.  In the end, I used this photo seventeen different times - nine wallets on white squares, four full colour squares and four black and white squares.  I made the quilt relatively small, as Iím planning to use it for hockey games and as a lap blanket.  The backing I got for free from a thrift store - it was a double sheet that I folded over so that it gave the quilt a bit of thickness.

Cut-out iron-on photos:


Piecing together:


Close up of finished quilt showing the three different ways I used my photo:


This isnít actually completely finished - I still have to do a tiny bit of hand stitching to connect the backing to the face - but I was on a sewing marathon last night and finished after midnight, so Iím not going to get to the rest quite yet. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2009 11:59:09 AM »

Great project and wonderful tute! 
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2009 09:14:10 AM »

Awesome idea!!  I really like your use of color also.  And "succulent"is one of my favorite words...  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2009 10:44:41 AM »

Thanks  - originally it was just going to be green, white and grey, but I thought it needed a little burst of colour so I added the pink and red.  I LOVE that red fabric and used it before in a purse liner, so I knew right away I wanted to use it for my quilt. 
Yeah, I think succulent is a pretty sexy word. Wink
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2009 03:00:29 PM »

neat!
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2009 10:19:31 AM »

beautiful! ive never thought about adding photos like that to a quilt! i wanna try now!
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