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I would like to make a memory quilt for our family reunion coming up August, 2013.  My father was one of 10   and my plan is to include pictures of all of them plus my grandma and grandpa.  I could sure use some help.  If anyone can share pictures, tips and advice, I would be very happy. I have never done this before, so I am excited but apprehensive at the same time.  Thanks so much, Darlene

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Comment by June Johnson/Wi on March 20, 2012 at 6:52pm

I have done photos on quilts twice.  First was about 12 years ago as a Christmas gift for my DH parents so it covered about 50 years.  I arranged photos in groups with a time frame for each square i.e. birth/baby, childhood/school, dating/marriage, and so on.  I arranged them on white paper and then took them to a shop that copied them onto my fabric squares.  I put sashing between all squares, borders, and binding.  They loved it!  I don't know if it would hold up to washing as it's only been on display and not required washing.  The second quilt I made for my DGS who used to race motocross.  I bought photo transfer fabrics at Hancock's and transferred photos on my own printer.  Of course, a child's quilt does not stay clean so it has been washed many times; with each washing the photos fade a little more.  Good luck with your project.

Comment by Darlene Bass/Northern Alberta on March 20, 2012 at 7:03am

Thank you all for your assistance.  I am still picking out pictures and then I will start the process.  Hopefully I can create a decent quilt because I will be using old - old black and whiite pictures that are reproduced a couple of times.  I will keep you posted as I get some done.  I kind of have a plan in my head .... but we will see. 

Comment by Debbie Leier on March 20, 2012 at 6:22am

Thank you Linda for the thought on the wax paper. I never tried it because was not sure. I am glad you said something.

Comment by Marnie/NH on March 19, 2012 at 7:22pm

I made a memories quilt with lots of pictures for my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary. It is posted on my page .  Just click on my name here then photos.  It has pictures of my 4 sisters and their families and my brother.  Also a "Before" picture of my parents and a current at the time photo of my parents. I used the iron one sheets and felt it turned out excellent. It was not quite finished in the picture and I never got to take the finished photo blocks done picture.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 19, 2012 at 6:16pm

How fun, Darlene.  I've always wanted to make a signature quilt for one of our family reunions and somehow incorporate the Seven Sisters block, but haven't yet figured out how to do it.  (My mother is the youngest of 7 sisters and 1 brother.)  I hope you find some inspiration and come up with something special.  Keep us posted and don't forget to show us pictures!  

Comment by LKC on March 19, 2012 at 4:06pm

You can look on my site for two quilts I did for my cousin' kids. I quilted on the edge of the pictures. The pictures were done at a special shop that did the printing. I have seen special box to do  fabric photos at JoAnn and Staples for about $25. I think it uses ink jet printer. I would never use wax paper through the printer. Sometime you can press the picture, (picture face down on the fabric) from off printer by using the iron.  Not sure how that works either.

Comment by Joan on March 19, 2012 at 3:16pm

Here's a page I bookmarked some time ago.  Sorry haven't done photos on fabric as yet;

http://www.suite101.com/content/how-to-print-photos-on-fabric-for-p...

Comment by Debbie Leier on March 19, 2012 at 2:01pm

Hi Darlene. That sounds like a real nice keepsake. I have used pictures on quilts. If you go to my page I have them done as labels on the backs of some. I also did 2 quilts for my daughters puppies. I did learn that you really need to read the instructions and make sure you use good quality on your printer. I have one puppy picture that turned out real well and the other one not so clear. Also, I found that some fabrics were not as good of quality. When washed they washed out a bit. Some didn't wash out at all. I have also heard that you can use your own fabric with wax paper on the back. I will have to find out where I read that and get you the info if you would like. Hopefully this helps, but if someone else is more experinced with pictures that would be great information. Good luck and would love to see pictures!

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