Welcome to Photo to Applique

Ever since I started learning about quilting, I craved creating my own applique designs. I enjoyed learning new techniques but relied upon other artist's designs and patterns to finish a project. I was OK with my drawing skills and could make some simple patterns, but I wanted to be more creative. Over the years I learned how to use photos to create my own original applique patterns. It's exciting because I have thousands of photographs to use as reference.

There are many artists who use photo-to-applique techniques to create their design, but each of us has our own unique take on the process. I use a more low-tech variation using paper and pencils as my primary tools. In the course, I offer some detailed tutorials for those who want to learn more about using photo-editing software. However, if computers aren't your thing, you can easily skip those sections.

As you progress through the lessons, I will walk you through the steps I take to create original fusible applique patterns. You can follow along, step by step using my sunflower example. Or you can work through the process using your own photographs.

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