When I first started making art quilts, I experimented with sewing on top of a printed photo on fabric. It was a great way to practice freehand machine quilting and precision. I choose a photo of a beautiful window that I took when visiting my friend in Charleston, SC where flower boxes are abundant. When I finished it, I sent it to my friend as a reminder of our visit and so she would have a piece of me in her home.
A couple of years ago, her house flooded and, long story short, my quilted photo was lost.
The good thing about using a photo is that a work of art can be re-created. (Not so with any of my other fiber art pieces). So I found the photo and spent the day free hand machine quilting to re-create this piece again for my friend. Luckily, over the years I've become much better at this so she will receive a piece that is more polished and professional. And, I hope it will still remind her of our friendship.