Step by Step Portrait Art Quilts takes you by the hand through every step of creating your own unique applique art quilt. This book is complete with detailed instructions on how to choose the proper photograph, make your custom pattern, select the best fabrics, create your quilt top, and complete your heirloom portrait or pictorial quilt. The applique method taught in this book is how to layer pieces of fabric over one another to make the quilt top, not piecing fabric pieces together.
You do not have to be an expert quilter or a computer whiz to do any of the steps, and no drawing skills are required. If you know how to create and save a file, a little computer savvy, and sew a zig zag stitch, you have the experience required to craft an extraordinarily beautiful memory in cloth. However, the book is aimed toward the experienced applique quilter. To help you create your digital quilt, in-depth instructions on how to make your custom pattern are included for three different image editing software applications: Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, & Gimp--which is free.
The book includes ample photos and screen shots of palettes and dialogue boxes. As requested by quilters, the text is written in a larger size font. Whether you prefer a PC or MAC you can easily follow the step-by-step instructions for making your own pattern in this book. You'll happily combine the technical aspects of creating your custom pattern with the relaxing aspect of quilting. Margaret Bucklew, author, teacher, & award winning portrait quilt designer Bonus: A free pattern is included with this book.