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Need help with pictures on quilts

Old 08-07-2014, 11:27 AM
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Right now I am so disoriented that I am spitting nails. I need pictures to put on GGDs softball quilt, and went sashaying into the local office supply store; and came out with my blood pressure steaming. They sell all the stuff you need for doing the pictures, but they won't do the copying for you--they can't put that through their machinery
Do I have anyone in the peanut gallery who might be able to point me in the right direction? I have a Canon printer for my computer, but it does not scan, it is only a printer from my computer and very easy to use. I have four 3x5 snapshots and copies of the softball equipment, etc. that she used that I want to scatter around her T-shirt which is zigzagged onto the piece of fabric that she selected for her quilt to be made out of. Sounds simple, huh? Well, it did in my head when I was working on ideas for her quilt--she is 10, so I can't run any kind of excuse in on her. Can I? What to do, what to do?????

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Old 08-07-2014, 01:22 PM
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Could you maybe get the office supply store to do the scanning for you and put the images on a disc, and then you can bring it home and print it?

I wonder if maybe a poster printing shop would be more liberal? Might not hurt to call around office supply stores and printing shops. Kinko's turned into FedEx Offices, maybe try there too?
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Old 08-07-2014, 01:23 PM
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OK - it is true they can't put them through their machines. All of the packages that I have seen say to NOT use them with Laser printers which is what the Office Supply/Copy shops have. Do you have anyone that has an inkjet printer that is also a copier? If so you can do it that way, if not you can have the office supply/copy shop scan them in for you and then print on your printer.
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:55 PM
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yep ink jet printers only. long, long ago i had a printing place do mine for me. they were a bit stiffish like the Malls would do when making a t-shirt for you. Now they have bubble jet wash and bubble jet set to use, or you can buy fabric made for this already treated.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:11 AM
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I have been told that Walgreens can do this. Took a class at a quilting expo and the lady said she took photos and a high count piece of cotton or a high count pillowcase and told Walgreens what size of photos she wanted to print on the fabric and they did it. I believe she got 6 pictures printed on fabric for about $30. She had purchased the fabric sheets that go in her printer but wasn't satisfied with them and they faded. No fading with the Walgreen fabric prints. Hope this helps.
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Old 08-08-2014, 04:21 AM
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Can you enlarge the pictures to whatever size you need on you Canon? If you can, do that and make a print in whatever size you need. Then cut a piece of freezer paper to a standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch size and iron it the back of the fabric you want to print on and run it through your Canon. I haven't done tea shirt fabric but it works brilliantly with cotton. When using cotton I often just iron the top couple if inches or so to stabilize the fabric as it starts to go through the printer. I use a Canon printer as well. If my method doesn't work for you, go to the Canon website. They have great technical support.
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:00 AM
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Try a regular print shop.
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The fabric needs different prep depending on whether you are using a laser or inkjet printer. You can Google to find the differences. If you use the wrong kind of printer on the prepared fabric, it will not be permanent!
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Have you considered using your camera on your cell phone to photograph the pictures, and emailing them to yourself? I do this all the time with pictures that I like online. I am very careful to respect copyright laws, but sometimes there is a part of a picture that I want to try and copy the color of, or use as inspiration for a craft idea. I carry a small notebook and note where the pictures are from, so if I do want to use someone's whole photo, I can contact them to ask permission.
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:47 PM
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Golly, thanks, All of you. I am going to print this off, and work my way through 'til I get what I want. I didn't have any idea that Walgreen's would do this; I have a good friend in the Walgreen's photo part, so I expect that is where I'll end up getting the most help.

And, madamekelly, my cell phone is from about 6 or 8 years ago, flip open type, so the answer won't be there for me. Hhahahaha.
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