Using your Printer to Print on Fabric
I started quilting in October of 2000. When I think about my quilting then and now, seems like I have become 300% better. :-) (At least now I can come up with my own designs.)
I quickly found out, thanks to the quilting.about.com forum, that you should put a label on the back of all of your quilts.
What is a label?
Good question. Well, a label can be of any size, shape, pieced, or just plain muslin. This goes on the back of your quilt. Ask 10 people where and you will likely get 10 different answers. So, this is where I put my labels. You are facing the quilt, you should be able to turn over the bottom right corner and see the label. So, that equates to putting the label on the bottom left corner when looking at the back of your quilt.
Now, what do you put on the label? Another good question. I don't know what the "official" items are to put on a quilt, but I saw once on Simply Quilts that you should at least put the date, the maker's name (include maiden name if applicable), and the origination of the quilt, (i.e. what city the quilt was made in.)
What I add to the label:
How do you print on the label?
Now you may be thinking, that sounds really good and all, but how do I actuall print on the fabric. The answer is, many ways. I will list some of them now:
Whew. Didn't realize there were so many options did ya? So, what do I use you ask? I use Bubble Jet Set 2000. This is a formula, (has formaldehyde in it, so make sure you wear rubber gloves) that you soak your fabric in for just five minutes. (I usually do 30.) Then, you let the fabric drip dry, either hanging up or by laying on towels. It will become stiff. You then simply iron it onto some freezer paper, or use a glue basting spray and put it on an actual piece of copy paper, and put it in your printer, just like paper.
I will go into further detail on this last option, as that is what I use. The other options have their place, but I prefer the Bubble Jet Set 2000 option.
Go to information about Bubble Jet Set 2000.
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