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Thread: Fabric Picture Question

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    I am planning a quilt for my son made up of pictures from his life and wonder where do i get the fabric that goes in the printer and what is it called?

    Thanks

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    There is a company on line - I think the name is c. Jenkins. They originally made men's ties. After experimenting with printing on silk, the started working with other fabrics. Their product seems to print more clearly that other products.
    Having said that, there are products available at your lqs too print pictures on fabric. Usually you can ask, and someone will know what you are talking about. :)
    Have fun making the quilt!

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    It is typically called "printable fabric sheets". If you are ordering online, don't mix them with transfer sheets, sometimes the wording can get confusing on some sites :wink:

    They also come in different cotton fabrics...It is best if you can buy them in person, then you can open them up and feel the fabric. The closer woven it is, the better the pictures will print out.

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    I also use the Printers Treasures

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    I used printers treasures on my dads wall hanging.

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    I use the Electric Quilt brand. Also june taylor has some, but i have never used those. Joannes , Hancock fabrics and Walmart all sell them.

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    Just be sure to read the package well. Some are not as colorfast as others. C. Jenkins also has bubblejet2000 and the rinse if you want to print on your own fabric.

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    CJenkins is the best source of the best quality at the best price.

    they offer everything from prepare-your-own to prepared yardage.

    they're slow to ship if you order directly through their website. if you're in a hurry search for shops that carry their products.

    http://www.cjenkinscompany.com/

    i'm sure i haven't seen all of them, but the other brands i've looked at are beyond horribly, ridiculously expensive.

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    I have seen it at Joann's, Hobby Lobby, Hancock Fabrics, Wal-Mart and Alco.

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    I just finished a memory quilt for my Mom using June Taylors
    fabric sheets which I found in the craft dept at Walmart. They worked great and reasonably priced. The cotton worked better than the linen but also the type of photo can make a difference. You'll have to experiment. Good luck!

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    I used Printed Treasures to make a T-shirt quilt for g'daughters graduation putting pictures from her high school years in the sashing. Luckily, a person asked me if the printing was "set"...said no. I then took a sample picture and soaked it in Bubble Jet and the picture completely faded away....looked more like a negative. Someone said it could be the printer I used (HP) but I have no luck in getting the pictures to be permanent. Any suggestions!!!

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    OMG..all I did was wait til the photo dried from the printer, then run cold water on it, do not wring it out, but set it to dry on a paper towel, then iron. That sets it so it won't run once its on your quilt. All sheets are different tho so follow the instructions carefully. Hope this helps..

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    Janedennis here is a couple of pictures I did for my mom and dads 50th wedding anniversary. I thought I would show it to you for ideas. I found the center birds in a magazine "Quilt It"
    I changed it around and did my own pattern. The rest of it I just put together. I had the center together and showed it at the party and had everyone that showed sign a 4" square with a fabric pen. Then finished the quilt after I got more pictures from the party.
    Everyone has posted the best photo fabrics.
    Hope to see pictures when you get yours done.
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    OH MY!! Your quilt is awesome!!!! Did you put the photos over background fabic and then stitch around or did you sew them together? I was asked to make a wedding quilt for someone and have been trying to get ideas that a beginner can do...eek!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kat13
    OH MY!! Your quilt is awesome!!!! Did you put the photos over background fabic and then stitch around or did you sew them together? I was asked to make a wedding quilt for someone and have been trying to get ideas that a beginner can do...eek!
    Thanks The main picture in the center was appliqued the rest of the pictures are stitched in just like regular fabric. I have some closer pictures here for ya. If you have any questions when you start give me a PM and I'll see if I can help. My mom and dad just treasure this and I'm glad I tackled it.
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    I went to C.Jenkins website. Did I read correctly that on their printable fabric sheets you only have to iron, and do not have to soak them after printing? If so, that is awesome!!! I would rather not have to block them after printing :D:D:D Their prices are awesome too!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I went to C.Jenkins website. Did I read correctly that on their printable fabric sheets you only have to iron, and do not have to soak them after printing? If so, that is awesome!!! I would rather not have to block them after printing :D:D:D Their prices are awesome too!!!
    I found that different brands have different directions. The ones I used you had to run under cold water and let dry then
    iron.

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    That quilt is amazing ! What a family treasure

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    Personally, I have found that Printed Treasures is the best! I get it at JoAnn's Fabric and Crafts. Not sure if you have that store? It has a blue and white front - right side says "Easy As 1-2-3, 2. 1. Print, 2. Dry 60 Seconds, 3. Peel, Ready to Sew. There are cheaper ones, but this one works great! Good luck! Char

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    Thanks everyone for the help, i will have to check out our joann's here in Ocala to see if they carry it but at least i know i can find it on line.

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    Thank you for the close up pictures!! I love how you put the signatures in there too!! That quilt will be cherished forever!!
    Thanks so much for sharing!!

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