Photo Transfer Fun

At the Ladner sewing day on April 12th Maple Leaf Quilters will be doing some work with photo transfers onto fabric. We will be demonstrating how to make your own fabric sheets for printing as well as showing you a variety of prepackaged sheets.

I prefer using my own fabric sheets as it is much cheaper than purchasing the packages. Some packages have 3 sheets for $18…that’s a pretty hefty price! A bottle of Bubble Jet solution is approximately $35 but makes many, many sheets of treated fabric.  A roll of freezer paper is also needed to stabilize the fabric for the printing process.  I like to use a high thread count fabric but have used muslin and it has worked out well.  Fabric sheets come in a variety of weights and some have fusible on the back and are quick and easy to use. The other requirement is an Inkjet printer.  I have an HP All-in-One scanner, copier, printer and it used to work really well. I have worn it out from all the photo transfers I’ve done over the years and will have to replace it. What I liked about having the scanner is that I could scan just about any object, certificate, etc into it and then print it out on fabric.

The picture above shows some postcards that I made by printing out wallet sized pictures and appliquing them onto a postcard background…I then sent these postcards to the people whom I shared some summer fun. :D

I started with photo transfers when I made graduation quilts for Ryan and Sean. I really liked the idea of making memory quilts showcasing their accomplishments throughout their school years. They were large lap size quilts with pictures printed in a variety of sizes. Most were printed as 4″ x 6″ but there were a few 8″ x 10″ as well.

The quilt to the left is small but holds lots of memories of wonderful times with family and friends. The pictures were printed as 4″ x 6″ and the blocks were then built around the picture to make it the size I wanted.  Embellishments were added to complete the challenge.

This is a quick and easy way to print labels for quilts. The ones to the left were printed on my own fabric sheets but I have made many more for the Canuck Place quilts using the light weight fabric sheets and they turn out very well. A quick note about those two labels you see: I misplaced the Times of Your Life label and ended up making another one–several years later this one turns up. The bottom one is still waiting to be sewn on the Tyler quilt!

Inserting myself into my grandson’s I Spy quilt and the making of a beach bag using beach pictures from all the way back to the 1960′s :D

There are many, many fun things you can do with photo transfer…and I’m still using my same bottle of Bubble Jet solution.  We’ll have a printer at the sewing day if you’re into giving it a try.

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye

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