About Photo Quilt Blocks

Photo Quilt Blocks Founder, Owner, and Creator: Lori McCroskey

Hey friends! Thank you so much for coming to my site! In case you don’t know me yet, I’m Lori, and I love making Photo Quilt Block quilts, gifts, projects, and more with photos printed on fabric!

What you need to know about Photo Quilt Blocks:

  • Photo Quilt Blocks are washable!
  • Photo Quilt Blocks are printed on polyester fabrics that the ink is fuses into the fibers and becomes one with the fabric. Does this work on cotton? No.
  • Photo Quilt Blocks come with sheer weight interfacing fused to the back and 1/4 inch seam allowances added to each side.
  • You can upload the photos to the website yourself, crop them, and add words if you like! 
  • If you aren’t tech savvy, you can email us your request at [email protected] and we will help you get those photos on fabric!
  • We love to see your finished projects and LOVE to post your creations on our social media for all to see!

How to place an order:

  1. You can load the photos on to our website yourself.  Edit, size, and even add wording to your photos!  Watch our videos on our You Tube channel to learn how!
  2. You don’t do websites? Email me at [email protected] with your photos and sizes needed. Make sure to tell us if you have a store that referred you!
  3. You don’t do computers at all? Call me at 417-840-1687 and we will work out a way to get your photos on fabric!

What does Photo Quilt Blocks being a small company mean for you?

If we see a problem with your photo or order, we hit the PAUSE BUTTON and contact you to make sure we are delivering what you are expecting. Do we catch everything? Nope. But we do our best to try!

Do we love seeing your finished projects?

YOU BET WE DO! We love oohing and awwing over the beautiful things that you create! So please, please, please send us photos and let us be a part of your creation process!

But be assured, if we like your project so much we want to post it on our social media, we will ask for your permission 😉

Meet the Contributors to This Site

Lori McCroskey

I have been in the sewing world for 40-plus years! I started on my mom’s lap when I was four, and my sister ABANDONED ME to go to kindergarten. Rude.

Five years ago, I entered the printing world. After seven years of homeschooling my kids, they too, abandoned me to go to high school and be with people their own age. So off to California I went to the biggest printing convention to see what I could find.

While there, I was introduced to sublimation printing and immediately fell in love with the vibrant colors and all that you could print on with this printer. At the time, I had a boutique space in Little Bluebird Vintage Boutique in Ozark, Mo. I began learning and experimenting with all kinds of products and t-shirts and designing my own line of goods to sell in my boutique space.

I love sewing, AND I know what we need and want AND what makes our hearts happy! So began the journey to create a website that was easy to use, simple to navigate, and gave us everything that we needed to get photos on fabric with the seam allowances, interfaced at the time of printing, auto cropping, and more, so you can do the fun part….creating and sewing!

Lori’s Awards, Businesses, and Place in the Sewing/Embroidery/Quilting Industry

  • 1986: Began designing denim and leather jean jackets for friends and family
  • 1990: As a student at Southwest Missouri State University, Lori won a New York Underfashion Design competition in her division, tying herself for 1st place
  • 1992: Graduates with a Marketing and Fashion Design Degree from Southwest Missouri State University
  • 1992-1997: Starts a business making leather purses and denim shirts embellished with leather and traveled to craft shows across the midwest selling her designs
  • 2004-2010: Starts an online business, Clear Dollar Stamps. She and a team of artists across the United States design and sell art stamps for scrapbooking and card making.
  • 2010-2012: Converts Clear Dollar Stamps over to a digital-based stamp company selling designs online.
  • 2010-2017: Homeschooled her two girls while starting Clearly I Create, a company selling hand-sewn items, plus taught a wide variety of sewing and crafting classes at her homeschool coop.
  • 2017: Online Etsy Store and boutique space in Little Bluebird Vintage Boutique in Ozark, Missouri, selling hand-sewn items. Purchases her first embroidery machine
  • 2018: Travels to a printing show in California to start a sublimation, laser, and vinyl printing business
  • 2019-2020: Trained as a Baby Lock educator and taught classes on Baby Lock sewing machines, embroidery machines, and sergers in Springfield, Missouri. Covid cut this adventure short 🙁
  • 2021-2023: Began as an educator at a Brother Sewing Machine Dealership in Springfield, Missouri. Lori started an online academy called Clearly I Stitch to teach people how to use their Baby Lock and Brother Design Centers, Scan n Cut, and 10-needle embroidery machines. She is currently looking at moving these classes to YouTube.
  • 2022- current: Began Photo Quilt Blocks business printing fabrics for quilters and sewists
  • 2023: Begins showing her Photo Quilt block creations at AQS National Quilt Shows in Paducah, Kentucky, and in Branson, Missouri