How to Make Quilts With Pictures

Display your photographs on a quilt.
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Take your pictures out of the photo album and put them on something you will see every day — a quilt. Adding favorite photographs to a quilt is a simple process that instantly personalizes the quilt. While there are many companies that offer photo transfer services, you can transfer pictures onto fabric in your own home. Use this simple process to add pictures to your quilt and you can snuggle up to a piece of art that holds your fondest memories.

Things You'll Need

  • Printer Paper
  • Photo Editing Software
  • Iron-On Transfer
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Printer
  • Cotton Quilt Fabric
  • Computer
  • Iron

Cut your background fabric a little larger than the final quilt patch and iron it flat. Iron-on transfers are available for light and dark colored fabric, so you can use any color you like, as long as you use a transfer made to show over that color. Let the fabric cool while you print your iron-on transfer.

Size the picture to the dimensions of your quilt patch in a photo editing program such as Adobe Photoshop, Windows Paint, Google Picasa or Apple Aperture. Flip the picture horizontally. Consider seam allowances when editing the picture. If the edge of your picture goes beyond the 1/4-inch seam allowance, ensure there is no a face or other important part of the picture that will be sewn into the seam allowance. You can make the picture 1/2 inch smaller than the quilt patch to prevent the edges of your image from getting lost in the seam allowance.

Print your picture on a regular piece of paper and check the measurements to be sure they match those of the quilt patch. Check the contrast and color of your picture to make sure the photo is of good quality and is accurate.

Following the package instructions, print your picture onto a sheet of iron-on transfer paper. Cut the picture out close to the edges and center it, face down, on your quilt patch.

Follow iron-on transfer instructions to iron the picture onto your fabric. Apply firm, even pressure as you press the picture for the time recommended by the manufacturer of the transfer paper. Let the picture cool for at least two minutes before carefully removing the transfer paper.

Trim the fabric so the picture is centered properly. Add as many pictures as you like to your quilt to make it a memorable masterpiece.