I just launched a crowdfunding project on Kickstarter called Mosaic Photo Quilts, Turning Family Photos into Art.
I would really appreciate your support as a backer for this project and hope that you will find it interesting. In return, you will get rewards based on which level you back for.
Check it out and if anything, spread the word by sharing the link on your Facebook or Twitter page.
Art Quilts of Nevada
Now that I got my Kickstarter project started, I’ve back to working on my Family Quilt project. I’ve finished the design for Family Quilt 1, which displays the oldest of my family photos. Family Quilt 2 and the following quilts will contain will more photos from the oldest to the more recent. On the back of the quilts along with the quilt label, there will a key so that those in the photos may be identified. The design of Family Quilt 1 is shown here. If you are looking for a different way of using your photos, in a way that you, your family and your descentants will cherish, visit my website at: www.mosaicphotoquilts.com and Mosaic Photo Quilts – Turn Your Photos into Art @ www.Kickstarter.com from Aug. 1 through Aug. 30.
How to place an order
1. When ordering a Mosaic Photo Quilt by Art Quilts of Nevada, just send me your photos via email for digital files to: email@example.com or send physical photos to:
Art Quilts of Nevada
Attn: Lew Fuller
2785 Rochester Run
Henderson, NV 89052
Please send along your contact information: email address and or phone number.
2. When I receive your photos I will contact you and get preliminary information from you about the design of the quilt and then I will prepare a layout for your approval.
3. Once I have or approval, I will send you a invoice for a 50% payment and with that payment received I will be start the quilt. During the making of your quilt, I will send you a emails with photos showing the status of the quilt.
4. When the quilt is completed, you’ll be sent photos of your quilt for your approval.
Once I have your approval, I will send you a invoice for the final 50% payment and with that payment received I will ship the quilt to you by USPS Priority Mail with tracking and insurance.
Any physical photos will be returned to you with your quilt and once you have received the quilt, all your digital files will be deleted.
Here’s your opportunity to turn your photos into art & a family heirloom. http://www.kickstarter.com Mosaic Photo Quilts -Turn your photos into Art
For all but I hope to accomplish I guess I’m by nature not a natural blogger. I admire the bloggers who have the ability to constantly get content out on the Internet consistently and hopefully someday I’ll be able to do achieve the same level of output that they have achieved, but right now like to apologize to those who do look at my site to see what I’m up to and my site hasn’t been updated for a while.
My excuse this time is because or the move to Nevada and at the same time being busy on a quilt commission. I just never stopped or gave time to for get the information out.
I guess that I keep falling into the trap of feeling that if I stop to blog I wont meet the deadlines that I’ve set for myself even though this may be one of the best ways to be seen. Well I’m back and hopefully things will calm down enough that I’ll start blogging again on more consistent basis.
Some of you may have read I’ve been relocating from the New Jersey to Nevada and I’m still in a state of flux we’ve moved everything out to our new home but I’m back in New Jersey at lease for the few months (when my wife retires) and at that can permanently relocate once and for all out to Henderson Nevada.
But as many of us realize, everything is subject to change, I may be out in Henderson soon than later. If that’s the case my wife as already told me to go for it.
Family first, the past and the future
In the past, most of our family came out of South Carolina and eventually as most families do, grew and expended with people moving north to PA, NJ, NY & CT while others went to NV & CA. We are fortunate that as a family that the various branches stayed in touch and now over the years some of scattered branches are coming back together with Las Vegas as the focal point.
The following photographs are the first images to be placed in a gallery of photographs for the use of creating ‘True Image’ quilted photo art. These flower images can be cropped, quilted and made to any size you want, the link to the Quilted Photo Art gallery is http://mosaicphotoartquilts.wordpress.com/ which will take you the gallery page Quilted Art Base Flowers Photos.
The first images are of ‘The Water Lilies’
For inquiries about having a quilted ‘True Image’ art photo quilt made,
email Lew at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call me toll free at: 866.233.4191
This is a half size pattern of my daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law’s photo/signature wedding quilt.
What you are looking at is the quilt pattern of the future wedding quilt mounted on a trifold display board. Also shown is the actual materials that the quilt will be made from. The photo images are color and b/w that have been converted to sepia tone and the center photos of the couple will be replaced by actual welding photos at that are yet to be taken. The quilt will be a !00% all cotton fabric but the signatures and best wishes will be written out on a matte photo paper which accepts liquid gel ink very, very well. Those sheets will be scanned and then transferred to fabric.The primary reason for doing this is the fact that it gives the couple control over what signature blocks will be used in the quilt.
The second photo shows the layout for the signing table with the quilt layout as the background and the blank sheets will be stacked with each sheet containing four blocks. The messages and signatures written in the squares will be transferred to the cotton fabric blocks.
The sheet shown standing up are basic instructions on how to fill out the blocks in both English and Spanish. The reason for this is because the marriage is a blending of two cultures. I just wanted to make sure that the basic instructions where in both languages so that the guess fill comfortable filling the blocks with messages in their native language. I will continue to post updates as I work on the quilt. I hope you like it.
I’ve been a little slow in putting up new post since things have gotten a little busy around here, between working on my quilt designs, trying it put in time to do long-arm quilting and also preparing for moved out west, I didn’t have much time to work on the blog but it’s Tuesday morning day after Labor Day and I said to myself “it’s a good time to put up a post to let everyone know I’m still here.”
So going through some my photo library I decided to start looking at my photos I’ve taken on trips out to Arizona and Nevada and Utah and found this picture that took around 3 years ago, it seems like yesterday.
I took the photos the week the Grand Canyon Skywalk opened out at “Grand Canyon West” on the on the lands of the Hualapai people. The photo here is a panoramic picture taken about a week after the Skywalk opened to the public and I was standing on the edge of the canyon at the “bottom” of a bend where, as you can see on the left side, the Skywalk as it looked at that time just opening and on the opposite side, a group of spectators on the right side taking a pictures of it.
The photo is another moment in time that I thought might be interesting to put up and will give people an idea of what the canyon looks in that area and what the new Skywalk looked like when it first opened.
These are a couple of photos taken by my wife of the newly opened Skywalk while I went for a walk on it. We are planning a trip back out to the Skywalk at the end of October (2012). It will be interesting to see what changes where made.
For more information on the Grand Canyon Skywalk:
Hello everybody, it’s been a few days since I’ve posted anything. We have been busy getting ready for our move out to Nevada and our daughter’s wedding in a couple of months.
The photos that I’m posting here were taken while I was working on my daughter’s wedding quilt. It will be a combination photo/signature quilt, the photos will be of the two of them as infants up through their teenage years, family photos and their wedding photos in the center. The rest of the quilt top will be made up of signature blocks that will be signed by the wedding guest. So the photos here show some of what I’m doing.
The first three photos show me working on my computer preparing the photographs that will be used in the quilt, the images are to be a sepia tone, no color or b&w photos are to be used, and preparing the layout with the images in places.
Here I am previewing the photo on the far screen as a sepia image on the computer screen
This image shows the final pattern that I come up with working from the picture that my daughter sent me.
And for you geeks out there, I always have phone out as a dictation recorder and I use it with Dragon Naturally Speaking (ver 11.5) to create the text for my post.
Her quilt, My pattern
The next picture shows a sheet containing four blank squares. The wedding quest will be able to fill out the squares with best wishes and signatures. Afterwards, the newlyweds will be able to review the squares and remove those that they don’t want to use. Once that decision has been made, I will transfer the signatures from the paper to the printable 100% cotton fabric. After I finish preparing printed photos and signature blocks they will be completely washable.
The last photos show the pens that I use to draw patterns in ink so that they will not quickly disappear. The difference here is that the ink from this pen will vanish when the ink is exposed to just a little h so that eat. The pen are called FriXion ball gel pen made by Pilot.
These pen really work, the ink disappears with heat
And as shown in the image on the bottom sheet , I will draw a reference square that will establish the area to write in, and afterwards the sheets will be heated with an iron and the reference lines will vanish so that I can transfer the signatures to the fabric with plenty of margin for sewing.
The Pentel EnerGel gel ink pens are what I will have the guest use to sign the sheets because they give a solid and bold line on the type of heavy weight mat paper, great for creating the signature images.
Did you ever have a flashback and remember the beginning of something or the start point of something that had a impact on your life. Well I had of sorts yesterday morning while cleaning out the basement in preparation for our move to Nevada.
The size of the two sections together is 96″w x 80″h and the rugs need cleaning after being stored away for over 15 years.
I came across one of my very first projects, I did this back in 1985, back in (the b.c. period) before children, when I was able to dye my own yarn, design my own tufting tools and never thought of doing the Quilted Photo Art that I do now.
The ‘Shell’ left side 48″w x 80h
My wife, Eva had gotten married a few years earlier and she was a flight attendant working international flights out of JFK airport in New York City at that time. We just bought my parents house, my mother just died a couple years earlier and my father wanted to move to a smaller place, so he sold us the house and and Eva gave me a Hook Rug kit to make a rug for our rocking chair and decor for our new house. Those kits were the rage at that time as well as a great way past the time while she was away on her trips and I really enjoyed putting together. I got so involved in doing the rugs that I actually develop my own electric tufting tool. So what you’re looking at here is actually my second rug project that I did using that device.
The ‘Shell’ right side 48″w x 80h
I call the rugs the “Shell”, and it was made in two parts, and they could shown separately or hung together, placed in corners or basically anywhere your imagination allows. I originally hung them it in my oldest daughter’s bedroom when she was an an infant and I finished them after she was born. They stayed in her room until we moved from that house to the house were presently preparing to leave. So for at least 15+ years they were placed in the basement rolled up and really never moved, so today cleaning out the basement I rolled them out and except for some dirt they are in very good shape and I’m definitely taking the rugs would like to sell them at some point.
All the materials used in the ‘Shell’ were hand-dyed by me and I really enjoyed doing it. But you know about those little things, like a young family and work that came first and making rugs was a lot of work and a lot of involvement and then I discovered photography, computers and then quilting. So I hope you know let me know if you like what I did back in 1985.
A detail view of the contouring of the wool yarn in the rugs.
This was taken while walking across the Delaware River from New Jersey to Pennsylvania on a walking bridge that connects Bulls Island State Park in NJ to Lumberville, PA. The day was windy and their was something about lighting that made the clouds seem to pop and have greater definition. Also in this version, I increased the contrast and sharpened the image slightly which gave me the feeling that I was floating over the river and could reach out and touch the clouds.
If you interested in or have any questions
about my photographs, ‘Mosaic Photo Quilts‘ or ‘True Image Art Quilts‘ or if you have a photo or photographs that you would like to have made into a ‘Mosaic Photo or True Image Quilted Art‘ check out my website: www.MosaicPhotoQuilt.com or contact me: