If you like this tutorial for making a photo quilt, you may also enjoy this free hexagon quilt sewing pattern.
I have been trying to make quilts for my nieces (and nephews when they get old enough) when they graduate from High School and head off to college. The first one I made is written up here. I liked the idea of a quilt to with photos of their family back home on it, to keep them warm if they get homesick while away.
After making the previous quilt, I decided I should simplify the pattern a bit. This one is very simple, made up of all 9″ squares of fabric.
I picked the fabrics based on the colors of my nieces dorm room bedding and a few that I thought would be meaningful (like the horses, since she is a Kentucky girl).
The quilt is simple 8 rows of 6 blocks. I thought I’d share a bit about how I incorporated the photos into the quilt, along with some things that I totally did wrong LOL!!!
I also don’t have a “great” photo of the whole quilt finished, because as much I was excited for my kids to go back to school as soon as they left I realized I had no one to hold quilts for me while I took a photo!!
please forgive me *wink*
Here’s what you need to make it:
48, 9″ squares of various fabrics – this INCLUDES the photo blocks- subtract the number of photo blocks from the total to figure out how many you need all together.
Printable Fusible Fabric
White Fabric (I used Moda white layer cake squares)
2 yards 60″ wide fabric for backing (I used a soft fabric (like Moda Snuggles, or Minke)
Binding, batting, thread
To make the photo blocks:
Print your photos black and white onto your printable fabric (you can get it at craft stores). You want your photos print size to be 8″x8″, you’ll need a simple photo editing software to do this (like photoshop elements or iPhoto).
Trim your photo down to 8×8 (it prints on a 8.5″ x 11″ size of fabric).
Iron your photo onto your white fabric. Press well to heat set the ink- trim this piece down to 9″x9″.
Okay, here’s where I messed up! The ink although set will bleed a bit when you wash it- I found this out too late and thus we have the “vintage” looking photos on my quilt- My 11 yr old daughter said it looked “cool” and there wasn’t much else I could do by that point, so I went with it. The other problem is some of the black ink bled onto the quilt top (augh!!)
So, at this point, if I were you… I would throw each of the blocks with the photos sewn onto them, in into the wash. Run them on a gentle cycle. Lay them flat to dry (don’t throw them in the dryer or the will shrink and not fit the quilt).
After you’ve completed all of your photo blocks- you simply need to sew your 9″ squares together.
I have 8 rows with 6 squares in each row. Quilt as desired (if you wan’t more information about making a lap quilt, you can view my previous posts about it here).
When you’re done, you can wash and dry the quilt as you normally would. However, I would recommend a gentle detergent (like woolite) to help preserve the photos .