In 2012 I had asked my dad to check for old family photos that they particularly liked, and to send me electronic versions by either scanning or photographing. I did that deliberately early so that they might have forgotten about the request by the time the Golden Wedding came around.
I then turned all photos into black/white and fiddled with each of them to enhance and correct and even out the tone for all photos, regardless how old they were. Some were over 70 years old, such as my parents as wee ones. Others 50 years, such as their wedding pictures, and then photos from the following decades, all the way to current ones, taken in 2013 of their kids and grandkids.
All photos were printed and resized and fiddled with for ages, then cut out and shuffled around until I was happy with the layout. Then they were printed on fabric, using a new inkjet printer I bought for this purpose (cheap as chips they are these days) and then sewn into place by hand. Tiny stitches with an incredibly thin thread. Then bound and finished, but not quilted, that would have interfered with the images. And there it was, a fabric hanging of their 50 years together and the whole family – there are five generations in this quilt.
Here it is in situ in my parents’ house.
And here are the pics in process.