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Hi,

I love this board (though I don't post much) and am hoping you all can help!

I am making a baby quilt with pictures from children's story books on it. I have made two of these in the past using Iron-Ons which I've gotten a copy center to make for me (from the books). The big problem with the Iron-ons is that the colour isn't very bright/strong and they fade badly over time/washings. It's also expensive.

At the local quilt shop they suggested that I can treat the fabric using treatment solutions, freeze 8.5X11 sized pieces of fabric and then run them through my colour ink jet printer (printing from a scanned image of the book).

I'm wondering if any of you have experience making "memory quilts" or printed shirts and have tried this method. Are there any special tips/tricks? My printer isn't the best printer in the world (colour is okay on paper though) - will that be okay?

The quilt shop also runs a service where I can have them print the images onto the fabrics for me. I could do that but I'd love to do it myself.

Also, as a side thought, does this technique work with laser printers? Is the quality better/worse with a laser printer?

Thanks in advance.

~crazy
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courtesy of google:
http://h30039.www3.hp.com/quilting/articles_howtos/art_print_on_fabric.asp


thanks snie!
i'm the google queen, so I don't know why I didn't think of doing this first. :)

AND our printer is an HP.

~crazy
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Never done this, just if this is a baby quilt, wondering if there are any toxicity issues.
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As far as making your own fabric boards, what works really well is something called a Xyron. It's an adhesive machine that's not all that expensive. You insert your fabric sheet and it adheres it to cardstock. I purchased my Xyron at Michael's for about $30.00.

cautiousone
- who loves to lurk on this board, too!
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this is a baby quilt, wondering if there are any toxicity issues.

Thanks, I never would have thought about that...

According to http://h30039.www3.hp.com/quilting/faq/index.asp#gs5

Is printed fabric safe to use for quilts for babies and young children?

It is recommended that you rinse the printed fabric prior to using in applications that may involve skin contact or incorporation in products used by children. Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer's instructions for fabric sheets and treatments prior to use.


It sounds okay if rinsed.

~crazy
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