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Turn your favorite photographs into fabric works of art with this class from Leni Wiener. Using a still life photograph, work alongside Leni to break the picture into sections, make a pattern, and choose just the right fabrics for each of the sections and the background. Leni shows many of her own quilts and examples of why some fabrics work while others do not. Use her freezer paper method and see how your piece comes together like a puzzle with all the pieces fitting together. See options for constructing your project with or without batting. You can finish it as a quilt or as an art piece with her special pillowcase treatment that allows for easy turning once the stitching is complete. Leni shows how to use her technique with portraits and more complicated images also so you can select photographs you love and use them to make stunning art quilts of your own.

Course Curriculum

Translate Photos Into Fabric Art by Leni Levenson Wiener - 1 hr 34 min
Lesson 1. Class Introduction 0 Hours 3 Minutes00:03
Lesson 2. Selecting Your Photo and Fabrics 0 Hours 15 Minutes00:15
Lesson 3. Turning Your Pattern Into Fabric 0 Hours 17 Minutes00:17
Lesson 4. Completing the Quilt 0 Hours 28 Minutes00:28
Lesson 5. More Complex Images 0 Hours 13 Minutes00:13
Lesson 6. Portrait Quilts 0 Hours 13 Minutes00:13
Lesson 7. Building Your Stash 0 Hours 5 Minutes00:05



  • A selection of small cuts of fabric or fat quarters
  • Batting: low loft, traditional loft, or Warm & Natural® cotton
  • Backing fabric: The amount will depend on the quilt size.
  • Note: If you wish to use batting in your art quilt, cotton for the back is fine. If you prefer to have no batting, you will need cotton canvas so the art quilt is stable enough to hang properly. Cotton canvas, also called cotton duck, is available at most fabric stores.


  • Clear monofilament
  • Smoke monofilament
  • Bobbin wound with black
  • Bobbin wound with white

Pins & Needles

  • 70 or 80 microtex or universal needles

Sewing Machine Foot

  • Darning foot

Cutting Tools

  • Fabric scissors, large
  • Fabric scissors, small
  • Paper scissors

Other Supplies

  • Fabric glue
  • Freezer paper
  • Iron
  • Light box or window
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Straight pins
  • Toothpicks
  • Tracing paper


  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Foam core board
  • Binoculars
  • Ironing Surface
  1. Is this technique hard? When I look at Leni’s art quilts, it is intimidating.
    Photographs are broken down into elements so you are not working on the whole photograph at once. The methods are explained in clear terms and Leni guides you every step of the way as you make the pear project together. Her ability to convey an idea or direction is excellent. Leni spends several lessons on portraits and more complex images if you want to develop the technique even more. Dive in. Make the pears with Leni in class. You’ll be amazed at how much you learn along the way!
  2. Will I be able to think like an artist when it comes to fabric selection?
    Leni says, “Color adds drama and excitement.” Feeling confident about fabric selection is important as you engage in this process, and this class may well change the way you look at and purchase fabric!  Leni talks about color, value, print scale, saturation, and complementary colors in an easy-to-understand manner. Her examples drive home the ideas she is trying to communicate. This class has such good information about color and fabric selection that it will likely positively affect your color and fabric choices in all of your future art or quilting projects.
  3. Does Leni always make traditional three-layer quilts using her methods?
    Traditional quilts (a top, batting, and backing) can be made using Leni’s technique. For a somewhat different finish, Leni shows how to sew projects without batting.  Also, she gives a step-by-step demonstration of a pillowcase finish that is easy to turn right-side out. It’s really your choice as to how you would like to finish your fabric art, but Leni gives you several options to consider.
  4. Do I use a photograph of my own in this class?
    Leni has provided a photograph of two pears so you can learn the technique along with her.  That way, fabric selection and construction will make more sense as you watch the class and duplicate her technique. However, she goes into much detail about selecting photographs so you will know what to look for when you are ready to use one of your own.
  5. What if I have questions?
    We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with the downloadable materials. At that point, if something is unclear, go to the tab that allows you to ask a question and Leni will get back with you via email. Please do not contact iquilt instructors by telephone.
  6. When can I start the class?
    We know you are excited to get started. After you have purchased the class, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime you have the Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!

Instructor Gallery

Student Gallery

  1. Alina Wolanski


    Great course! Great instructor and instructions! Thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. Highly recommend.
  2. Mary White


    I really liked this class. Just what I was looking for. Excellent presentation. Will refer back to it as a reference source. Beginner quilter and new to art quilts.
  3. Lesa Ahearn


    Thoroughly enjoyed this class. I am new to art quilts and one thing that Leni taught that I really liked was to use a base (medium value) fabric in each section of your quilt so no white shows through. There are other techniques 'out there' that teach putting all of your fabric pieces down on a muslin (white) background and I just wasn't keen about doing it that way - especially as a beginner.

    Her teaching method is concise and easy to understand and I was very pleased with how my 'pears' project turned out. I highly recommend this course!
  4. Debi Pointing


    Loved the course. I found it very easy to follow and very inspiring. It helped me get my quilting mojo back!
  5. Erin Dumont


    Now I'm actually excited to start an art quilt project! I've looked at other tutorials/classes, but Ms. Weiner explained and demonstrated each step so clearly and succinctly, I feel as though I can actually do this technique. Wow! Thank you! I hope I can find a tutorial or class that explains the GIMP or photo editing as well as this class explained its subject matter.
  6. KAY Weiser


    Leni presented an excellent course. She explained techniques and steps clearly and simply. I'm new to fabric collage/portrait quilting so I learned a lot of useful information. Thank you.
  7. Barbara Freeland


    An excellent class that is really making me stretch. Leni is quick to answer questions. I used her pattern service and she guided me through that too. I would highly recommend this class and I'm hoping I can produce something recognizable! Great practice in identifying color values. It really helped me see that my big fabric stash is not very diverse.
  8. Barbara Gathers


    This course was everything I needed to create my first portrait quilt. I was clueless, and chose a photo that was take in 1930. So it was a ig challenge. After watching the video, and asking Leni a million and one questions, I was able to complete the task. She is professional, knowledgeable, a great educator, and quick to respond to inquiries. Thank you so much!
  9. Bianca Duncan


    I loved this course. Leni Weiner has an amazing way of explaining things super easy to understand. She is also very quick to respond to any questions. Thank you Leni for this wonderful class.
  10. Linda Dowd


    I truly enjoyed this class, although much of it wasn't new to me. Leni explains everything very clearly and even a beginner should be able to tackle a project and have a successful outcome. Very well done class.
  11. Joan Drexler


    I enjoyed the course. Lots of good information and a the instructor was very pleasant & easy to follow. I am now challenged to find out what I will be able to create!
  12. Mary Omara


    Great course! Leni is a great teacher. I look forward to making my art quilt. She is responsive and so helpful. I highly recommend this course.


    Great tutor and easy to follow. Inspired and more relaxed about having a go. Thank you.
  14. Nancy Wilt


    I purchased Leni's book that she co-authored "Photo-Inspired Art Quilts: From Composition to Finished Piece (Create With Nancy)" by Leni Levenson Wiener (Author), Nancy Zieman (Author) which I highly recommend. Now I'm going to purchase her other books about thread painting and pictorial art quilts. I am new to quilting and just started to do hand applique but my main interests are painting and

    photography and how to turn my own images into quilts. I turned to this lesson to glimpse Leni's process. The 7 lessons were so succinct and efficient I watched them all immediately. If you are interested in the art part of fabric selection. color analysis such as understanding value and complimentary colors, and composition this is an exceptional guide. I think I've finally found a process and mentor as the creative part is forefront and the sewing part is the tool, more free form than painstakingly precise as some traditional structured approaches are. Thank you, Leni, for your generosity in putting together this presentation that I will watch many times once I start an actual project. Nancy Wilt
  15. Lori Boyter


    This is a great class. It has very comprehensive clear directions. It allows you to use inspiration from lots of different sources. You get so many good ideas it is hard to pick one to start!
  16. Silvia Sarinana


    Leni is a master teacher! She makes difficult concepts easy to understand and her directions are clear and easy to follow. I learned a lot in this class, I highly recommend it to beginners and
    advanced students. She has something for every one.
    I hope she teaches more classes, specially one on quilting your work of art.
  17. Kari Speckman


    I am just getting started with my project in this class. Leni has been wonderful! Her teaching is superb!
    She created a couple options for me to choose from for my quilt and when I selected one she completed the pattern and emailed it to me.
    I am all set to create, and cant wait to work on my quilt and will post as soon as it is done.
    Thank you Leni!
  18. Teri Green


    Excellent class. Very comprehensive instructions. Leni takes what appears to be a very difficult process and demonstrates how easy it can be. When you finish the video- you leave really believing that "I can do this too". Thanks Leni.
  19. Alex Anderson


    Leni is a wonderful teacher with a gracious style. In this class she completely explains her process from beginning to end. Personally, I can't wait to play with her process. Congrats teacher - Job VERY well done!
  20. Sharon Lily Selvey-willar


    I have waited a long time to take a class with Leni, being from the UK it's rather difficult. Iquilt has given me that great opportunity. This is an excellent class full of great tips and techniques and she makes them all fun and easy, really loved this class.
  21. Angela McPherson


    I loved this class. I had already purchased Leni's book but the class really helped me understand how simple it is to make wall arts. Leni had many new techniques that I have already used and I made a copy of the fabric scale to take with me while I shop. Thank you Leni for the wonderful class.
  22. C Lynch


    I have actually taken an all day workshop with Leni. This video class is just as comprehensive as if she was in the room with you. She goes into depth on many topics and I love hearing her thought process when it comes to choosing fabrics. The addition of alternate ways to finish a quilt was appreciated. The filming with close ups while sewing made it very clear. I would definitely recommend this

  23. Phyllis Vineberg


    Loved the course. Leni made the techniques seem so easy. Can't wait to attempt a fabric art piece from my photos.

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