Printing on fabric can be a pain in the you know what at times – but most times it works out ok. Yesterday I started with problems getting my printer to start – I finally had to reboot the computer and then the printer worked.
I was preparing more hexies – which as I have told you all I am using Inklingo – printing on fabric. First I press my fabric and cut it the right size for the hexie’s that I am using. Linda gives much better instructions on her Inklingo site (U Tube videos) then I can give you so if you are really interested in using Inklingo please go see her good directions – maybe my simple directions can get you interested in using this method.
In this case I can fit 3 x 4 rows of hexies just about perfectly on a piece of fabric that is 7 x 10 1/2 this gives me very little waste. From a fat eighth (the fabric that I am using right now) I can cut two pieces of fabric that size and have two pieces that vary in size – no fat eighth seems to be cut the same!! I some times have 2 pieces left over that are 2 1/2 x 10 1/2 and some times they are not quite wide enough for that. I iron those strips onto another piece of freezer paper trying to line them up exactly right to get the most out of them.
This is looking at the tray of my printer which loads from the front. The fabric is ironed onto the freezer paper – the fabric side goes down the freezer paper up.
If you have a legal size printer you can print out all of this that is on the screen – my printer and few that I know of are like this so you just get a portion of what is on the screen. I can’t for the life of me figure out custom sizes so I just custom size my paper instead to feed through the printer. I would love to find a legal size printer just to use with Inklingo!!
Well this was blurry – I am trying to point out here that you select current page to print and Actual size (do not shrink to fit)
this is what you get when you print out your 1 inch hexies – see how I have learned exactly where to place my fabric to get the most out of this sheet. You can then cut these out with your rotary cutter – go by rows and then trim the edges. You can print in a lot of different colors – try to choose something that goes with your fabric and is dark enough for you to see to stitch.
A lot of times I just trim the edges with the scissors while I am watching tv but you can do this by rotary cutter as well.
My new storage box that I picked up for this project. The diamond hexies can fit in the bottom container – hexies in the middle and sewing supplies on the thinner top container.
Seeing as I finished a Patchwork of the Crosses block the other day I thought I better get another one ready.