How to Make an Art Quilt from a Photo


  • FEATURE ARTICLE:  How to Make an Art Quilt from a Photo
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FEATURE ARTICLE:   How to Make an Art Quilt from a Photo

Last week I talked about transferring marks on your fabric with Transdoodle.  This week I will share how I use this technique to transfer a whole image to fabric.  What????  I know, I know, stay with me.  Let’s just suppose you took a picture of your kid, grandkid, Sparky the beagle or your favorite flower.  Your thinking,” Hmmmm, how can I make this image into an art quilt?”  This is the technique I taught in  my Design Your Own Art Quilt class. I’m sharing these techniques because I want YOU to be able to make your best, most creative work.  Tips and techniques are great, but really, they are just a means to an end.  So that being said, take these tips and run with them, preferable with scissors!

First:  Take your photo to Kinko’s and have it blown up in black and white to your desired size.

Second:  Trace the main lines of your image with a black sharpie.

Third:  Cover this with freezer paper, shiny side down, and trace those main lines.

Rio, freezer paper pattern
Rio, freezer paper pattern

Fourth:  Get your Transdoodle and tape together several pieces to cover your project as much as possible.  Layer like this: fabric or muslin, Transdoodle chalky side down, freezer paper.  I usually pin these layers together to prevent shifting.

Fifth:  Trace all lines with a ball point pen and some pressure, moving Transdoodle as needed underneath.  Make sure your lines are transferring to your fabric.  

Black under muslin with white Transdoodle marks, fabric added to parts
Black under muslin with white Transdoodle marks, fabric added to parts


That’s it! Now you have a blueprint to fuse or applique your fabric pieces to. Try it, and let me know if you have any questions below in the comments.

Rio, almost finished
Rio, almost finished



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About Roxane

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat.  She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world.  Roxane enjoys traveling, knitting and most of all working with students who want to create their own fiber art, and not simply make other people’s patterns.  Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.

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