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I have long been fascinated with photo quilting.  Years ago I found a book at a quilt show I was at.  The author, Tammy Bowser, was at the show and she had her quilts displayed.  I was hooked, and bought her first book.wp-1470696115629.jpg

I went through my fabric and found enough scraps to put together a small wall hanging.  Then I went through my photos and found a picture of my father that had some shadowing that would work well for this project.  This is his high school graduation picture taken in 1948.

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The software that came the book helped to create the road map for the wall hanging I was about to create.  All digital pictures are created with many many pixels.  The software turns a picture that you scan in into a chart that assigns a color value to each pixel.  The suggested number for values for this technique in this book was 24 to get good results.  It works best to use a picture that has some shadowing and the picture I chose seems to fit the bill pretty well.  I scanned the picture and created my chart.  The fabric I chose was different values of tans to dark brown.  I cut the fabric into 1 inch squares.  The chart that was created let me know how many of each value I would need.  I then ironed them down onto gridded fusible interfacing.  It was easy to then sew the seams with no shifting and viola, I had a picture of my dad. When you view it up close it just looks like a mess of squares,  but when you step back a ways the picture comes into view.

You can check out her web site at www.quiltedphotocom  I think I am going to order her newest book and see where it takes me!

Luanne

 

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