I made this quilt for a customer, as an anniversary present to her parents (I blurred out the names). The photo was in very tattered condition, with missing sections & a tear that went up from bottom of picture to just above the brides hair. Part of her left eye was damaged. I copied the right eye, flipped it & pasted it as a transparent overlay onto the old eye. This let me resize & change the rotation to the exact size of the original eye in the photo. After much cloning of missing areas, and adding a sepia effect, we had an acceptable photo for the middle block of this Single Irish Chain.
Since the customer only had one photo of her parents to use on the quilt, I decided it needed to be framed in some way. I accomplished this by adding half square triangles to the 4 "corners" of the photo section. Customer didn't want clear thread on front, so I only quilted up to the photo, did a squiggle around the heart, and took up my Chantilly on the other side. I had added an extra layer of batting to keep the photo from sagging after washing.
The photo is printed using my color laser printer (HP CP3525n). I printed on muslin ironed onto freezer paper (no special treatment of the muslin). After printing, I leave the freezer paper in place, put a pressing sheet (or a piece of the paper backing saved from fusible web) over the photo & press (don't slide the iron, go up and down) hard with a hot iron. Once you have pressed, pull the freezer paper away from the back..just enough to check to see if you have any ink bled onto the freezer paper (there should be, if not, replace the paper and press again). Since irons differ ( I have several)...I always do a test print to be sure I am getting the iron hot enough & letting it "set" (melt) the toner long enough. Works as well as BubbleJetSet200 and inkjet (which I sometimes use).
I love scrappy quilts, and love a good challenge quilt.
I provided a full view (before binding in red) & a close-up of the photo.(below)
Quilt Name: Irish Chain Quilt
Maker: Marge Campbell
Quilter: Marge Campbell
Photo Edited by: Marge Campbell
Size of quilt: 96 x 104" (aprox)
Panto: Chantilly Lace
Quilting Thread: 40 wt cotton, cream color.