Category: Photographs & Fiber Art

“The Teepee” Art Wall Hanging, a new quilted image for sale

The Teepee-Large

This is an original design, it’s based a photograph was taken by me on the land of the Hualapai Tribal Nation, at Grand Canyon Wes. The name of this original quilted Wall hanging is “The Teepee”.

  • This quilted image is made to order. The quilted art image are available in
    (3) vertical sizes: 25″x32″,33″x43″,41″x53″ or a custom size quilted image.
    Please feel free to contact me to find out how long it take to have your quilted art made.
  • The primary colors of the image and treads are blue with brown, white and gray and the threads are quilted in an artistic manner accenting the image of the wall hanging .
  • Materials: Printable fabric of %100 cotton, archival Ink, natural batting, %100 cotton for the backing fabric, various threads for quilting.
  • A sleeve will be attached and ready to hang. A quilt label attached to back with my name, date finished and number of quilt.

The “The Teepee” is now availible for sale at my Etsy.com shop:  www.etsy.com/shop/lewfuller

If you have any questions,  please feel free to contact me via email: lew.photofiberart@gmail.com
or you can reach me by phone, it  toll free at: 877.233.4191

 Thank you for looking!

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Photographers, have you ever thought of quilting?

Being a photographer and a quilter I’ve become very, very passionate about combining my two favorite of interest and making quilted photos quilted images. What I’m doing starting with this page will be show what I need everything to do to create a quilted image, a work of art that I call a ‘True Image’ Quilted Photo. What I’m doing combines the love of photography in the form of digital files and traditional quilting to turn photographs into original art.

What I’m starting with is the instructions that I’m using on a project that I’m currently working on and are representative of the way that I make my art quilts. Showing my work and the way I make it, hopefully I will inspire others to try creating photo art similar to what I’m doing using my technique as a guide

 

This first image is of my original photograph of the water Lily that I’m turning into quilted ‘True Image’ photo art.  I love photography, I love taking pictures of nature especially flowers and among flowers, I’m becoming very partial to water lilies.

The second image is the cover page for the ‘how-to & quilting information’ guide that I’m putting on-line to show how to how to create the quilted photo shown on the page.

 

The third image is the inside cover page, place holder for the high quality photo and product information for the on-line guide for the quilted photo shown on the page.

 

I’ll be adding more pages over the next few days and it will include a suggested quilting pattern that can be done using either an advanced sewing machine or a long-arm machine, whichever you have more access to.

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I’ve been taking pictures for several years now, but always in the back of my mind, I’ve been trying various presentation methods since there are so many photographers out there now in the world of digital.

I finally thought of a method or style of presentation that is unique. Over the past couple weeks I’ve been working to document of my latest project, originally for workshops that I hope to have in near future then I decided it would be worth it to show the work, show up to this point, that I’d done on my blog to try to get more people interested in this type of art presentation.

So here is what I’ve done so far and I hope that you keep going back and watching as I add to the project. The image is being done in sections primarily as a design choice, I also originally envisioned being able to make images as large as possible by doing it this way but then I realized it’s a great way of introducing people who may be interested in trying to do this type of project that doing smaller sections would be easier to work with.

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My goal is to have people who would not have given thought to quilting to possibly giving it a try. I myself really haven’t done a traditional quilt but I love working with the long arm and other sewing machines as I give my photos texture and a unique look.

Let other people know, especially those you know who might want to give this a try, even those you know who have never tried quilting, but are the creative types, might want to give it a try.

I would love to get new people to try quilting, and I’m not referring to traditional quilting. Up to now, I haven’t done a traditional quilt but I have found that I really love adding texture, contours and character to images and can make the image size to almost any size you want. I think this is a really great way turn a photo in unique work of art. I hope to hear from you regarding any thoughts or ideas about my quilted photos, and let me know if have any questions about giving this a try or techniques.

All of my quilted ‘True Image’ photos are one-of a kind, because all of my images are hand quilted. If you would like to purchase one of my quilted images* let me know, or if you would like to have one a your of photos turned you into a quilted ‘True Image’ photo and by all means, contact me, I’ll be happy to talk to you about doing it for you.

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*I am in the process of preparing a gallery of images that will look beautiful as quilted ‘True Image’ photos. It will be linked to this blog and my Mosaic Photo Quilts website. (…ask the old saying went, “Stay tuned”)

 

Our Oldest Is Getting Married and Daddy Is Making Her Quilt – Part 2

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.

Our Oldest Is Getting Married and Daddy Is Making Her Quilt

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.

Preparing the photos as sepia images for the quilt

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.

The ‘Courtyard’ at Olde City Quilts

These are  photos taken by Rob at Olde City Quilts when I brought it in to show the guys at the quilt shop the completed quilted earlier this week.


A close-up of the quilting detail done on the ‘Courtyard’.  I did the quilting on a Gammall Long Arm at the shop known as ‘Miss Kitty’.

Contact Olde City Quilts about renting the long arm quilting machines or using taking lessons on using them at their website:  http://www.OldeCityQuilts.com or on Facebook at: OldeCityQuilts

For more information about my family photo quilts (Mosaic Photo Quilts) or my quilted photo art (True Image Art Quilts), checkout my blog at: lewfuller.wordpress.com or my website: http://www.mosaicphotoquilts.com

Contemporary Quilted Art Concept

The ‘Quilt Arts’ quilted art

Please let me know if you like it or not

This is a design that kind of grew in my mind while studying what other people outside the world of quilting were doing in graphic arts. This image of a contemporary quilt is unlike any other modern quilt art that I have seen and is created from a word cloud I made and added an image to one from one of my photographs in this case I created a word cloud based on the word ‘art’ and use the image of a flower from a Mexican Bird of Paradise plant from the southwest.

Before I the actually create this I just went to put it out on the blog and ask that those of you that see it let me know if you like it or dislike it and that if you have a comment, please let me know what your thoughts are and I would appreciate. Thank you very much for your help.

The photographs & quilted art displayed on this site are protected under US copyright by the
artist/photographer, ©Lewis Fuller

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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 Art Quilts‘ check out my website: www.MosaicPhotoQuilt.com or contact me:
Lew Fuller
Email: lew.photofiberart@gmail.com
Phone: 866.233.4191

Just Completed ‘Courtyard’ Quilted Art – First photos

Finished size: 36″w x46″lImage Style: Pen & Paint

Original Digital Photo

 

 

 

 

Water Lily II (no.2 in a series)

If you are interested in having this True Image Art Quilt made, contact me
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The image is prepared with a Pen & Paint effect to give the image a impressionist style.

Item #: MPAQ20120802
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If you interested in or have any questions
about my ‘True Image Art Quilts’ or ‘Mosaic Photo Quilts’
or if you have a photo or photographs that you would like to have
made into a ‘Mosaic Photo or True Image Art Quilts’ check out my
website: www.MosaicPhotoQuilt.com
Email: lew.photofiberart@gmail.com
Phone: 866.233.4191
and ask for me: Lew Fuller

A Brief Introduction To My Unique Form Of Art

Lew with my first Mosaic Photo Quilt

This morning I received an email asking what mosaic photo quilts actually were or what made my quilts different. So this is a good time to give a brief description of what make my quilt unique, and I’ll start off with the original question.

Sunday, August 5, 2012 – Posted on the Quilting Board (The Quilter’s Message Board)
Mosiac Photo Quilts
Has any one made them and can give me any advice on level of difficulty, success and working with the program

Please tell us what a mosaic photo quilt is, or looks like, or reference to a link. Sounds interesting & fun, but need more information!!! Thank you. Harriet, Kansas
Source: http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1/mosiac-photo-quilts-t196151.html

Hello to all of you, and thank you for your inquiry. After looking at the Quilter’s Message Board, I see that most of you are thinking in terms of the mosaic photo picture programs that out the better being used out there that take very small pictures and create a larger image out of them. In any case, the images used and the final image might be hard the see, depending on a number of factors. But this what a true mosaic is and I not making this this type of quilt. I am using the the term ‘Mosaic’ as a description, in my case, meaning the use of many photos used to create the quilt, not used to create an image. My concept of quilting a little different since I started out as a photographer and over time I started looking for a different and unique way of showing see my photographs.

I guess I can honestly say that it was quilting that found me. It was about 12 or 13 years go while working at an architectural firm that a fellow employee who happen be a dedicated quilter came in with some of her quilting books planning to look at them while having lunch. Well at lunch time, I didn’t anything better to do so started looking through the books myself and while doing so I started to envision photographs in place of the traditional quilting blocks in the patterns that I was looking at. Over time I came up with what think is a simple concept, my mosaic quilt would created from a collage of individual photos that when printed onto high quality fabric allows you made a quilt or wall hanging what would allow you to show off a few or a lot of photographs. You could then hang it  on your wall, display it draped across a chair or sofa or show it on a quilt stand where other people could see them and the quilt could pass down as a family heirloom.

Over the past few months, my ‘vision’ and my techniques have allowed me to explore working with photos in new ways and now I have created a line of quilted photo images made from single photos. Unlike the traditional ‘art quilts’ where the image is created from various fabrics then quilted, my ‘True Image’ photo quilts are actual quilted photographs that have been printed onto fabric. As long as the photograph is sharp enough and the definition is there I can make the photograph as large as is needed.
This is one of my True Image photo art quilts

This is a form of art that combines the old tradition of quilting, the art of photography, family history with the high technology of the computer. Bringing to mind ‘What was old becomes new again’.

I’ve started giving workshops at the at my local quilt shop in Burlington, New Jersey, at Olde City Quilts and I plan will to do more workshops at different locations in time. If you go to  Olde City Quilts website (www.oldecityquilts.com) and look at their class schedule, if mot now you will see my workshops. If you live in south or central New Jersey, Delaware, southeast Pennsylvania or Philadelphia, check out Olde City Quilts or their website or my blog (lewfuller.wordpress.com/) for upcoming classes.

If you have any questions about what I’m doing or about prices, contact me, Lew Fuller at:
Email: lew.photofiberart@gmail.com
Phone (toll free): 866.233.4191
website: www.MosaicPhotoQuilt.com


This is an example of a regular photo quilt that I made for my wife. It’s called ‘Eva’s Bouquet’

Early Geo – Quilted Photo Art pattern