You can see the stitching on the back, and also the label from this post.
I am very happy with the border-effect accomplished by leaving the outer edges portrait free.
I used Excel to print out the portraits which did not work perfectly as it distorts pictures a little when printing so we all look a little chunky around the cheeks.
If you want to make something similar, I can recommend the following:
- Start the collecting process early, or even better, two months before early.
- Set deadlines.
- Be prepared for some friendly nagging.
- It is ok to draw the line on who’s going to be included somewhere, or you’re going to end up with one giant quilt. I learned my lesson from the first family quilt I made that has hand silhouettes; they took forever to cut out and appliqué. This is a non-washable wall hanging, so using portraits from one side of the family was just right size wise.
- Not everyone is comfortable drawing themselves, so offering a generic face shape can be helpful. Of the 25 portraits on this quilt, only one used the provided shape.
- Having a spouse or parent or child draw someone is ok; the most important thing is having their portrait included.
- Ask for dark line drawings as soft pencil lines will wash out on print.
- Do a test print on paper to test the portrait sizes. Cut them apart and spread them out on the background. I did not do this and had to do everything twice.
- Very densely woven fabric sheets are great, but they don’t always handle fusible well. My first round of too large portraits had some less pretty mottle effect going on, so I used a different brand the second time.
- Keeping the background on the less busy side will make the portraits the focal point.
- I have made my letters and numbers like in my tutorial here. The font I have used is called Matisse and the size is 280.
- Write down the full name of everyone and how they are related to the recipient. I included all this information on the label.
- If you have one, do include a picture of yourself and the recipient on the label, it makes the special keepsake even more special.
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