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This is the first of my Family (series) Mosaic Photos Quilts

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. Family Photo Design1 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.


If you are interested in possibly ordering a Mosaic Photo Quilt

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: mosaicphotoquilts@gmail.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

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Quilts made from photos

Mosaic Photo Quilts are unique because the quilts are made up of photos, the quilts or wall hangings can be made up to 108″ x 120″. You can have as many photos and any size that will fit the quilts design and size. The custom made quilts are designed by me with your input and choice of accent fabrics and the quilts are handmade here in the USA.If you would like to know more, check out my website: http://www.mosaicphotoquilts.com and be sure to check out my Kickstarter project: Mosaic Photo Quilts – Turn Family Photos into Art @ http://www.kickstarter.com . My Kickstarter campaign will start on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

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Photographers, have you ever thought of quilting? – (2)

Good day to you all. Today I’m posting pages 2 and 3 of my ‘how-to & quilting information’ guide’, the topics being a very short overview of what my quilted ‘True Image’ photo art is, and what tools and materials that I use in doing my projects are.

Page 1
Page 2

Starting with hardware, I’m not going to go into much detail regarding the hardware and tools that I have listed on the pages, these are the tools that I use in my projects. For me it starts with the camera, use the best quality camera that you possibly can, and more important than the actual camera itself is to use a bit of imagination. If the photo that you are taking is with the thought of making quilted image art piece then basically try to frame the shot the way you want when taking it, and it will make it a lot easier to work when editing and prepping image file.

As far as your computer is concerned basically as long as your computer can handle graphic files photo images it’s a computer that’s good enough for work especially if you just doing a project for yourself and that’s all really needed. Also make sure that your computer has a lot of memory/storage because a high-quality photo file does take up quite a few megs of RAM.

I think though, as far as hardware is concerned the camera and your computer are important, but I think in this case the most of piece of hardware is a ‘photo’ graphics, ‘ink-jet’ printer that prints out 8.5 x 11 sheets. Using a printer of this type, and my method of combining the sheets together, you’ll be able to create a image as large as you want, as long as the image has the resolution that you want when it’s done.
Also, when printing out the fabric sheets for this type of project, make sure to use high quality printer inks. Generally the inks need for your specific printer should be considered archival quality inks.

My only other of bit of information about the fabric used to print your image onto. I generally use the prepared printer fabrics, and the most important thing to be aware of is… when you have printed out your image onto the fabric make sure you follow all the directions. I usually use June Taylor ‘Colorfast’ fabric and they recommend that you print and allow the sheets to dry for at least 10 minutes. I set my images to dry for at least 24 hours, making sure that the ink dries into the fiber. Afterwards I will follow or exceed the amount of time that the manufacture says to heat treat the fabric.

Using June Taylor ‘Colorfast’ fabric sheets, I heat the sheets with a hot iron – 60 sec. on backside of the sheets (2) and 30 sec. on the printed side (3).  The first photo (1), shows  the heat treatment about to begin with a ‘hot’ iron, my phone used as a timer and printed fabric sheets after they have dried for at least a day. 

I hope that these pages help to serve as a basic guideline and I hope that you are encouraged to try out a project of your own. If you do, e-mail me if there’s any questions I’ll be glad to get back to you to offer any help I can.

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.


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.


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.

*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

Back To The Beginning …

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.

Heavens Light Quilted Photo Art


The most viewed photo in my blog is ‘Nature’s Art III’, this photo along with ‘Nature’s Art II’ has been viewed at a ratio of 4 to 1 over the over photos that I have posted. So with this in mind, I have created a version of it which will be use as quilted photo art which I will call ‘Heavens Light’. At this time, I have prepared an pen & paint image of the photograph that and be made to any size you want. Other styles can be made including using the original image, just let me know what your needs are.
The primary colors in this piece are various blues, purples, grays, ocher and various whites.

Refer to item #: MPAQ20120804

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

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