How-To: Turn Any Photo into a Quilt Pattern

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How-To: Turn Any Photo into a Quilt Pattern


Hold onto your crafting hats, because this may just blow you away! I recently discovered this fantastic and free pattern generator from the good people at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Input any image into the generator, and in seconds it will give you a pixelated version of your image. It will even allow you to adjust the complexity (number of colors and squares), and gives you a summary of how many pieces and colors you need to cut.

I did a quick sample with this abstract painting my friend Jim made.

Jim Tubb, 2014




I love the potential to use this tool to create art in forms other than quilting. This would easily translate into a cross stitch pattern. How about using paint chips, or even Lego bricks? The possibilities go on and on. You’ll be able to create one-of-a-kind artwork in no time!

5 thoughts on “How-To: Turn Any Photo into a Quilt Pattern

  1. L. Magnus says:

    HOLY MOLEY. This is awesome! I’ve tried using pixel-generators before but I always got overwhelmed trying to interpret the squares to figure out what color is what.

  2. Lis Martion says:

    WOW! WOW! WOW! I have been looking for some thing like this for a long time. This is amazing.. I luv it, thank you sooooo much for this awesome idea. :)

  3. Georgina Whitmore says:

    Thank you so much for this link. Its brilliant!

  4. Nath says:

    The link doesn’t work any more! and I can’t find the new locaton for the pattern maker

    1. Lauren Petroski says:

      Indeed, if you find it, send it my way! Thanks!

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