I then inserted the picture into my Excel program, changed some settings, dragged the image across the screen to the size I wanted and printed it out as separate sheets. (and, no, this is NOT the mushroom--just an example. After it is printed out, I trim the appropriate edges and glue the entire piece together--ending up with quite a much larger image. You can make it as large as you want really. I guess it would depend on the resolution of the original photo.
This is my glued-together mushroom. If you look closely, you can see some of the edges of paper. You can also see where I drew in dark lines to use for my appliqué pattern.
The next step is to trace the entire pattern/picture (meaning, in this case, the mushrooms) onto thin tracing paper. I number each object within the drawing, label that side as TOP, turn it over and then trace the separate objects onto Wonder-Under. Tedious? You Betcha . . .but ultimately worth the effort.
After I fuse the Wonder-Under patterns onto fabric, I cut them out. Then I turn the tracing paper pattern to the TOP side, place it under a teflon ironing sheet and fuse together sections of the quilt appliqué, using the pattern underneath as a guide.
You know, I'm getting kind to tired just thinking about doing all of this. But, for some reason, I REALLY enjoy doing it. And here are the results so far. Of course, it's far from finished--but it's also far from just beginning. There are still things to add and other things to figure out--but a challenge can be a good thing, right? This piece will be about 34" x 38" when I finish--unless I add some sort of border treatment--which is a fair amount larger than a 4" x 6" photo!