Printing on Fabric

All of the pieces are cut for “Tumbling Into Insanity” and packed down into two of the plastic boxes.  I will probably add a 3rd box to the stack for the sewing kit – thread, scissors, needles etc.  In the short stacks at the back of that one box are some extra pieces just “in case” can never tell if you are sewing outside if a gust of wind will come up out of no where and take some of your pieces away or spill something on them and the stain won’t come out ect.  I am linking to Esther’s WOW today and also Freshly Pieced Modern, and Sew Fresh Quilts:Lets’s Bee Social


Earlier yesterday it looked like this, cutting and stacking after I had spent about a half hour finishing with the printing – I ended up with 22 extra of the background fabric, miscounted but that is ok – can never tell if they will be needed.


I see I was holding the ruler backwards Smile two boxes with 2.75 inches of tumblers in 14 stacks and a little extra!  Now lets see how much I get done with in the camper for 2 months!


Well I was printing I decided to get some more of the white hexies done too – I have a feeling I am going to need them to finish off Diamonds are Forever – that box is constantly getting low!


A little work done on “Insanity Revisited” Monday night,


Our camping trip doesn’t start until the beginning of August and I’m already wondering what else to bring with me for creative working besides the Tumblers.  I don’t want to get bored with just one project – I rarely ever work on just one!  I plan on bringing my little knitting loom and see if I can teach myself how to make a pair of sock on it. Here is a link to the one I have – I have never tried it, I picked it up on a half price sale about over a year ago – it has a dvd instruction and book.  I don’t know why I haven’t used it – just one of those things I guess where you think you will use it and plan to only to never “have the time”.  I would have to have some one show me how to knit with needles for socks and I just haven’t gotten around to it– Craftsy has several sock classes, I remember looking and one is knitting from the top down and the other is knitting from the toe up – I wonder which is easier – if this loom doesn’t work I need to take one of the classes!!KB SOCK LOOM Adjustable

If I bring these extra projects I won’t touch the sock loom!  Hmm decision might be made right there –   Normally I might do some sewing while Mike drives but that depends on the scenery and the roads, most of the time though the sewing only gets done in the evening or lazy afternoons if we are not hiking –  or sight seeing.  If there are too many bugs outside we definitely move inside the camper in the evening.

Oh well I have plenty of time to think about it – so much to do getting ready – so glad Melanie and Ric will be here to take care of the house and I don’t have to think about it!!


Back to the Signature Wedding Quilt.  My next step was to get some photos printed out on fabric.  I don’t always have luck with this but I got some done last night and today.

So here is my tutorial on how to print photos on fabric – I’m sure there are other ways and some of them might be better than mine so if you want to try it out search around and and read up on it.  This is my way to do it.  This way involves treating your own fabric not purchasing the pretreated fabric that is ready to run through your printer – that kind is fine too but I find most brands are meant for machine sewing only and as we know I do more hand work than machine.

Step 1: Buy some Bubble Jet Set 2000.  You can find it at a variety of places and you can find it at some quilt shops and maybe even Hobby Lobby.  Everything you need to get started you can find at the link above – this is where I get my Bubble Jet from, the fabric and the freezer paper.


Step 2:  Cut your fabric to fit the freezer paper – 8 1/2 x 11 inches if you have not purchased the freezer paper from the above link.  This is a little more expensive than the big butcher rolls of freezer paper but it is already cut and it is a little thicker I find then the rolls of paper you can buy at the grocery store.  It is so handy and always ready to feed through your printer or to use to trace something out of a book – it is flat!!

Step 3:  Put on your rubber gloves – I don’t know what happens if you don’t do this but maybe your skin will burn?  I don’t think so though – it also says to use in a well ventilated area but I have never smelled anything from it.


Step 4: following the directions on the bottle place your fabric in a shallow pan and pour the chemical over it and let it soak for 5 minutes.  Make sure your fabric is completely covered with the liquid.


I always set my timer to make sure I do it right!


Step 5:  When the timer goes off take your fabric out of the pan, I squeeze gently to remove a lot of the excess liquid.  Lay the fabric on a towel and let it dry.  I always place the pan that I use the funnel in the dishwasher so I don’t forget they need cleaning before being used for anything else.


Step 6: Pour the used liquid back in the bottle – it is still good and can be used some more – it has always worked for me Smilealso a money saver – sorry I forgot to clean my sink before I took the photo – I wasn’t thinking far enough ahead.


Step 7:  I let my fabric dry over night and then this morning I got my iron out and found out it was no longer working – what is with irons – they never seem to last more than a year or two before they give out on you no matter the price – I always keep a small iron in the sewing room for pressing seams and it is also the iron I keep in the motorhome now I will have to find another for that purpose – I got out the iron I keep for pressing big pieces of fabric and clothes when they are too wrinkled to wear out in public.

Anyhow – I digress – iron your treated fabric to get all the wrinkles out of it.


Step 8 : Iron your fabric with a hot iron to the shiny side of the freezer paper.


Step 9:  Trim the edges so that there are no unraveled edges to get trapped in your printer.  If you are printing out something that is 8 1/2 x 11 inches make sure to only cut off a tiny bit on each side if there are raveled edges.


Step 10:  Have your photos selected the size that you want and insert the freezer paper/treated fabric in your printer – in my printer that is the fabric side down but depending on the printer this might not work for you.  I have also found that not all printer ink stays in fabric – you need to check and see if your printer does that before you print out a bunch.  I have two HP printers – one is a wireless scanner/copier/printer and doesn’t work on fabric – it is the more expensive of the two also so one would think it would work but I have found that the color washes right out – the one I use for fabric is my HP Deskjet D2545 that if I recall right I got for under $100 and it seems to always work.

Step 11: Now that you have your photo printed on your fabric let it set for 30 minutes.

Step 12:  Peel off the freezer paper and take your fabric photo to a bowl of soapy water – use as gentle of a soap as you have – I found some Orvis Soap for quilts that Wanda from Exuberant Color recommended to me and it worked great.  A tiny bit goes a long way – I put in less than a quarter teaspoon of the soap in the bowl of cold water that I used and it was plenty.

Swish the fabric photo around in the soapy water and then rinse thoroughly in cold water.  Put on a towel to dry or dry with a hair dryer.

This one of the photos that I printed.  I printed some that the bride had in black and white and some in color.  I found my black and white prints turned out much better than the color – you might have different luck so try what you want.  Yes the edges on the right side are not very large but I am going to be taking care of that with some appliqued “pictured frames” around the photos – it will be ok.


Step 13: turn your photo over and press with a hot iron – this is supposed to help set the ink.


Step 14:  Work on your quilt!!  I will show more when I know what I am doing with the photos Smile I have to now figure out how I am designing the next step of the quilt to include the photos, some appliqued vines and leaves – I changed my mind on the pieced leave border – too much work!!