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    This blog has some interesting info..and the links she sends you to..purchased the soda ash and epson salts..this is on my to to list. http://www.craftpassion.com/2010/07/...-printing.html

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    I made a picture quilt for my grandson several years ago. he's crazy about cars, so I took pictures of him in various family cars, his little toy jeep, etc. It took me a over a year to finish (after I had collected all the fabric) because I was working full time and I didn't make all the pictures the same size, so I basically had to design the quilt as I sewed. Hand quilting it was very hard .... I had to pull the needle through with pliers when I quilted around the pictures. I used the pre-packaged printer fabric (Colorfast Sew-in Inkjet Fabric Sheets by June Tailor) and our HP 6210 and they turned out beautifully. However, I don't think I'll ever make another picture quilt for a kid's bed. My daughter wants a memory quilt, but I think it will be a wall hanging instead. :-) It goes back to the old question of how much do people appreciate the quilts if they haven't made one themselves. I guess there is no way non-quilters can imagine how much work goes into one. After all this, I guess I'd better attach a picture or two ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ditter43
    I bought the bubble jet set but haven't used it yet. I plan to do my own fabric with freezer paper too. :D
    Is the freezer paper just to give body to the fabric?

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    yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corry
    Quote Originally Posted by Jo Belmont
    It was just last week I discovered a sure-fire method for producing and printing PERMANENT, WASHABLE-WITHOUT-FADING LABELS of any size (up to letter/legal) on ANY quilting fabric (as long as it has been washed first to get rid of the sizing, etc.). Of course you have many font choices through whatever program/word processor you use, but don't forget that you can use colors, add pictures, graphics, etc. . . . whatever you can print, you can put on the label.

    Prior to this, I had prematurely put to rest a couple printers and said aloud a whole bunch of words I didn't even know I knew.

    HERE'S HOW I DISCOVERED TO DO IT:

    You need 1) a piece of cardstock, 2) a can of quilt basting spray, and 3) a piece of washed, ironed (NOT starched) fabric for your label at least as large as the cardstock.

    Lay the cardstock on a sheet of newsprint or freezer paper, etc. to catch any overspray. Give it a good spray overall with the basting spray, being very sure to get all the edges, especially the top and bottom edges. Lay fabric on top of the cardstock and smooth out so it's all very flat. Unless you have really "dampened" your cardstock, you shouldn't need to put the cardstock/fabric under a book or anything; just give it a few minutes to be sure it is absolutely dry.

    With your rotary cutter, trim the fabric exactly to the edges of the cardstock. Place in your printer in the proper way so the fabric meets the ink cartridges (on mine, as with most printers, the fabric goes in the tray face down and comes out face up with the image thereon).

    HERE ARE SOME PRINTING TIPS:

    Start your label at least a couple inches down the page. That way, if your printer happens to "hesitate" just a tad when it's grabbing the cardstock/fabric, it will have settled after the first inch or two and your image won't be distorted.

    Set your printer up for "BEST" quality. That ensures that you're going to get maximum ink and saturation on the fabric without a "bleed."

    Let the newly printed image set for at least 10 minutes, then iron with a piece of unstarched fabric over the image. MAKE SURE TO USE YOUR IRON ON DRY AND TRY IT OUT BEFORE PUTTING IT OVER THE LABEL TO MAKE SURE ALL THE WATER/STEAM IS GONE. Set it on high heat and iron over it several times with the piece of fabric over it. This "sets" the ink. Let cool thoroughly before cutting and sewing it.

    THE PRINTER I USE:
    I have used inkjets (HPs mostly), but I've had the absolute most resounding success with my KODAK ESP7 printer which uses pigment inks, unlike the inket cartridges. The inkjets will work, but I think the pigment inks are somewhat more lasting.

    (Well, I certainly didn't think I'd go on so long, but perhaps this will help.) Thanks for your time. ~Jo
    are you saying that buying the pretreated fabrics are not necessary? And we don't need the bubblejet solution? We don't have to treat the fabric with all these expensive things?
    That's exactly what I'm saying. All you need is a sheet of cardstock, a spritz of quilt basting spray, and a laundered piece of fabric for the label - plus your computer, printer, etc. - and your iron. That's it ... all the stuff at hand anyway. I'm for saving $ where ever, whenever.

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    I've done it both ways. I prefer to make my own. I just like saving the extra money. I have an epson, but I do not recommend it!!!!!!! It is very finicky. My HP loved to print on paper, and it never had a problem. But have learned hat if paper is having a problem going through, I spray baste a piece of printer paper to the back of the freezer paper, then it goes through nicely. I prepare my own fabric because I buy the best white I can get which provides a better picture, and if you are trying for an antique looking quilt you can use a off white, it works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    I have to buy a new printer. Printing on cloth finished off the old one. Any recs? Thanks so much!
    I've printed the fabric sheets off of an Epson C60 Stylus many times & it worked fine until it must have got worn out somehow for them because it wouldn't take them anymore. It still would take regular paper though. I bought a new HP Photosmart Premium Printer, scanner & copier but haven't tried it yet for the quality. I will be soon though as I have to get a quilt finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wickn34
    Don't get an hp. Uses too much ink.
    They sure do!

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    i have made 5 memory quilts with pictures and i found out that Epsom printers work the best for quality pictures

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ditter43
    I bought the bubble jet set but haven't used it yet. I plan to do my own fabric with freezer paper too. :D
    after i print on my material after taking the paper off the back i soak my pictures in cold water with the bubble jet rinse and then lay them out on a towel to dry the pictures set up with great color

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    I make a lot of my quilt labels using a Dell printer and if I print using the "best quality" they come out great (and wash well). I use Printed Treasures and have been happy with that. I think in 2009, Quilter's Home (I think it was) tested all of the manufactured sheets and Printed Treasures was the favorite. I just bought the Avery brand and I cannot get the backing off of the labels. I'm taking it back to the store. It may have been old. I only got it because the store that carried PT was closed.
    Verna in So Cal

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    I won't buy any printers except HP. They work great for anything I want to print.

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    I have the Kodak and it works fine with the fabric sheets. I use the June Taylor fabric sheets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kat13
    Let me know how it works out for you! I can't wait to experiment...maybe make some labels too!
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    Oh I am so glad you mentioned labels. I only made one quilt, 10 years ago that I used what ever came from the store to print on, it turned out great. But I never thought about labels for my quilts. I have about 3 million graphics for Print Shop that I have made invitations, wedding announcement, all kinds of things, but I never thought about labels on fabric for my quilts. I learn something every day on this board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klgreene
    Quote Originally Posted by kat13
    Let me know how it works out for you! I can't wait to experiment...maybe make some labels too!
    Kat
    Oh I am so glad you mentioned labels. I only made one quilt, 10 years ago that I used what ever came from the store to print on, it turned out great. But I never thought about labels for my quilts. I have about 3 million graphics for Print Shop that I have made invitations, wedding announcement, all kinds of things, but I never thought about labels on fabric for my quilts. I learn something every day on this board.
    How user friendly is "print shop"? I'm looking for a VERY easy printing program. I'm using MGI photosuite now and its just ok. I have EQ7 but haven't had time to learn it.
    I'm always learning from this board, just love it!!

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    I've been using Print Shop for years. Its really easy. I think I got it in 1987 and just kept getting the upgrades. I used to make invitations, etc. for people. I even did my sons wedding Bulletins. After writing back on my last reply, I went and found my freezer paper, and cut it and some muslin to 8 1/2 X 11 and made some labels. You can print a page full of the same label, or I like to make individual labels for each person. I took a picture of my DGD's quilt I just made her. Cropped the picture to a heart. Typed in the "Made w/love etc." and just ran off one. I also took a picture of one of Rhonda Woods blocks and made a frame. Type in the bottom of the card, who made the block. It took me longer to iron the fabric to the freezer paper than to make these. And they are just quickies. I want to use the white fabric I used in the quilt to make the label. I'm always learning from this board. I just love them all. I want to get EQ7, but can't afford it right now.
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    I use a Dell printer to print labels for my quilts. I have also used colored fabric (fabric used for the backing) as well as white fabric with the Bubble Jet Set. I have also used the purchased sheets. It just takes longer to do your own, but I would rather do it this way. I have not had a problem using my Dell printer.

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    I also made a wedding picture wall hanging using this same method. So I don't know about washing the pictures on a quilt.

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    Thanks so much Jo for the tutorial. I've wanted to do this but I needed a step by step way to do it. I think with your help I now can do it.

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    I love your labels!!! I'm definately doing this for my next quilt! Is Photo shop an HP program? I know I've heard of that before, maybe saw it at the store..
    Kat

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    I have to buy a new printer. Printing on cloth finished off the old one. Any recs? Thanks so much!
    Hi I use a Brother DCP375CW and have had some excellent results using the pre-treated sheet (which do work out expensive for a large project) also using Bubble Jet, which is a longer process but much more economical - good luck with your project

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    I found that you can print on treated fabric that you can buy. It can be used on ANY printer so I am told. The brand name is Premium Printable Fabric sheets--The professionals choice. In the pack you get either 5 or 10 sheets of 100% cotton sheets with the instructions 0n how to use it. I have tried it for a label and it works great. The address to order them if you LQS doesn't have them is www.accraft.com.au Each sheet is the A4 size. Look at the website and see if you like it, Dotty. This company has many things you can buy from them including labels for the back of you quilts.

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    Here is a link below for the entire information for "printing on fabrics". This lady has several episodes focusing on the different aspects of printing on fabric. I think it is well worth our time to read the information so that we take on this project successfully with a better outcome. I myself don't want to put all the time and money into creating a memory quilt and have the photos wash away or fade out after a few washings. I REALLY appreciate all the advice given in this thread. It has really helped me to understand the aspects of this project. I feel more confident that I will be able to do this and create a nice quilt. Have really been amazed at all the info shared in this topic. What a wealth of information in this group! But I did learn even more from the link below so it is worth checking out. I need to buy a new printer to do this project and needed to learn more about the ink so I buy the right printer. I guess some of the printers have the pigment ink for the black ink and something different for the color...thus causing the colors to fade later on...just want to be sure I am not getting that kind of ink. I did buy the pretreated sheets buy may try the bubblejet next time. Thanks for all the info.....http://www.linda-matthews.com/printing-on-fabric-101/

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    I use Premium Printable Fabric sheets. You can get either 5 or 10 in a packet and they are real good 100% cotton. You follow the instructions on the back of the packet. The company has many different Labels to choose and also other things that you can use to put into a quilt. the address for them is www.accraft.com.au the sheets are worth the $20 Australian you pay for it. It will be a lot less in the USA. Log on and have a look at the items you can get. I have an Epson Printer and it is great for printing on fabric. Most of our LQS have the printable fabric, check out your LQS and see if they have them too.

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    Just to share my own recent experience with printing on fabric for quilting, (and I checked out many for colorfastness, crispness of printing and fabric hand for this project) the very best one I found was EQ Printable's Cotton Lawn. EQ makes several different types and I tried them all. You can get the best deal online from a store called Soft Expressions.

    Even though supposedly you can use the printed sheets right away after rinsing off excess ink, I had the best luck letting the printed sheets sit for about 24 hours before rinsing them and taking the plastic backing off. I then ironed the printed sheets with a hot iron and they have maintained their colors perfectly.

    The EQ Printables are fairly expensive compared with other brands, but really worth it for a project you want to be the best it can be. (No, I don't work for EQ!)

    Dana

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