How to Create a Photo Cheater Quilt

NOV 12, 2015 updated Jun 1, 2021

Join us for a three week series with Becka Rahn, co-author of The Spoonflower Handbook, on learning how to transform your favorite photos into the perfect memory quilt. Each week, starting Tuesday, November 17th, we will share a lesson or two on the blog with instructions on how to execute a bite-size piece of the project. We used Instagram photos and a polychrome theme, but you can use any special photos and color palette. Share your progress using hashtag #SpoonChallenge along the way using the social media platform of your choice! 

When I look at my Instagram feed with its grid of squares, I can’t help but think of a patchwork quilt, and that was the inspiration for this project! We are going to design a photo “cheater quilt”, which means instead of piecing together all of the different fabrics, we will print the patchwork style design on a yard of fabric and use the whole cloth for the quilt. The finished quilt will be 56×36 inches; a nice kids- or lap-quilt size or great for hanging on the wall as an art quilt.

This quilt design is made up of 6 photo patchwork squares – one in each color of the rainbow – on a neutral colored background. Instead of choosing random photos for each patch, I curated my collection of photos and grouped them by color. The subjects of the photos really are random (from rubber balls to dragonflies to bubble wrap), making the quilt almost like an “eye spy” game.

Happy creating!


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