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    Super Member DeeBooper's Avatar
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    Help with fabric printer sheets

    I would like to make a quilt for a dear friend of mine with pictures of his dogs on it. What are the best fabric printer sheets that I can use? I want something that will definitely not wash out and something of a very good quality. Do you follow the package directions or do you add other steps to make sure the pictures are permanent? Do you order them online, and if so, from where? Thank you in advance for your help...Dee
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    I used fabric printer sheets to make a t-shirt for my son who was doing a Jump Rope for Heart fundraising event. It had a picture of a friends daughter who has had multiple heart surgeries. Anywho, over the years (5) the picture has faded significantly, and I used high quality printer sheets. You may want to go to a t-shirt screening shop and see what it would cost the have them screen the pictures on the fabric. However, I hear this can be rather expensive but if you want it to stay forever that may out weight the cost.

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    I think pinkberrykay has a good idea. I've used the ones at Joanns and their OK.
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    I have used ones put out by the Electric Quilt Company, so far so good but the quilt is hanging and hasn't been washed. It's been 1 year since I made it.
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    if you choose pre-packaged fabric printer sheets you need to read all of the packages- and follow the instructions --choose the one that is (right) for your project-
    some of them are made more for wallhangings
    there is also Transfer sheets where you print the image-then iron it onto your fabric- (like t=shirt decals)
    there are a number of different ones- but with all of them you really need to follow the instructions for The one you choose-
    also use good quality-permenent ink- some ink cartridges say right on them---washes out! buy good ink- and follow the instructions for the best results. pigma ink is best.
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    I posted a quilt on here before Christmas under the heading of Doggie Quilt. I used EQ Printables for inkjet printers. Super simple and you can iron over it and wet it. It was the first time I used it and will definitely use it again. Good Luck with your project.

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    I made a quilt last spring with the product from Jo Anns but when I was done I went back and painted them with fray check, hoping they will stay longer

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    fabric sheets

    [QUOTE=craftychick;4842648]I posted a quilt on here before Christmas under the heading of Doggie Quilt. I used EQ Printables for inkjet printers. Super simple and you can iron over it and wet it. It was the first time I used it and will definitely use it again. Good Luck with your project.[/QUOT

    Are the sheets white or off white? Have you washed it yet to see if the colors fade? Is the cotton fabric comparable to quilt shop cotton? I saw the picture of your doggie quilt and that is what inspired me to make my friend's quilt. Did you have to buy special ink for your printer? They are so expensive, aren't they? Thanks for your help.....Dee
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    Printed Treasures

    I have used almost everything from modge podge and picture this to Bubble Jet 2000 and Printed treasures. Easiest to use and be able to quilt through has been Printed Treasures. Follow the directions and remember to remove the paper before doing the water part of the process. Bubble Jet is great for those of us who like the DIY thing and saving $$$, con is that it has formaldehyde (sp?) as main ingredient as I recall. The bottle is in storage so can't read the label at moment.

    My best results have been with an Epson printer using Epson brand inks. The HP deskjet inks tended to fade. Might be solved now, that has been a few years ago. There is also a product for crafts that sprays a UV blocker that might help the fading, think it is called Craft Protect but not sure, any of our shop owners or vendor reps know off hand what it is called?

    My next experiment will be using Solvy washaway stabilizer sheets and the Epson printer. Supposed to have a silk screen effect. Thinking of using the technique with silk organza for an "art quilt" --- as opposed to the cotton I normally have been using for my "utilitarian" quilts. The more I go through the entire creative quilting experience the more I appreciate that each quilt is art!

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