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 .