How to set pigment printer ink on fabric & Thank Friday It’s Finished!

Some weeks ago I shared with you a wedding anniversary photo quilt   I was making, and I mentioned that I had experienced some difficulty getting the printer ink to set on the fabric. I have now managed to resolve that problem and I wanted to share what I learned. But first it has been rather remiss of me not to show the finished photo quilt so here it is.

Wedding photo quilt wall hanging

Showing the close up first. You might have been thinking that photographs on fabric will be grainy and ill-defined, but actually you can get some very clear pictures by choosing a tightly woven fabric and making some adjustments to the photograph in a photo editor.

The background fabric is a white on white, you can just about make out the pattern if you squint. I chose the colour to tie in with the wedding theme. Similarly the red thread used to define and ‘frame’ the photographs, is a similar shade to the red in the bridal bouquet and bridesmaids dresses. I used a polyester wadding, so it can be washed without fear of shrinking. The backing is just a plain calico (muslin) fabric. For the quilting I obviously was not going to stitch through the photo’s themselves, instead I have stitched in the ditch around each photo.

This is a wall hanging. It’s finished size is 84cm X 71cm (33 X 28 inches). Here is the full view.

Wedding photo quiltSo back to the issue of getting pigment ink to set on fabric. When I began printing photographs on to fabric a few years ago I followed one of the many tutorials out there, which directed me to use a product called ‘Bubble Je Sett’. Bubble Jet Set is a liquid that the fabric is soaked in prior to printing, it then enables dye based ink jet printer ink to ‘bond’ with the fabric. This process also produces a fabric that can safely be machine washed without the photo fading away. This was the method I had used very successfully for years. Continue reading

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Work In Progress- Anniversary Photo Quilt

Anniversary Photo QuiltI have very kindly been given permission to share this quilt with you.

It is going to be a wall hanging given as a surprise anniversary gift to his very lovely wife.

The photo’s have been printed onto white cotton poplin fabric using my home inkjet printer. I currently have an Epsom printer which uses pigment ink and I have had some difficulty in getting the ink to set on the fabric. I previously had a printer which used dye based inks and I was able to use ‘bubble jet set’ to set the ink and had some very good results with that. The pigment ink printer does produce more vibrant colours but I would like to make lap size photo quilts which will obviously need to be washed.

Even though this particular quilt will be a wall hanging I did use a fabric medium over the photographs to set them, which has worked, but has also given me a stiff fabric. Not a problem for a wall hanging but I would like to have the flexibility to make useable photo quilts.

If anyone has any ideas on how I can set pigment ink from an inkjet printer please let me know, I will be most grateful.

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New Year New Blog

Happy New Year and welcome to The Quilting Bird.

The New Year is a great time for starting new projects and trying out different experiences, so for 2014 I decided to start this blog.

I love quilting (clue was in the blog name), the picture above is a photo memory quilt I made last year, (the blocks look a bit wonky because it is hanging on the wall by curtain hooks).

I have been making quilts for about 4 years now. The world of quilting is so vast, with art quilting, modern quilting, traditional quilting, hand quilting , free-motion quilting, etc etc etc, I still feel like a new quilter with so much to learn and experiment with. I decided to start this blog because I thought it would be a great way to document my experiences as I continue on my quilting journey. Continue reading