Please, please, whenever possible, put a label on your quilts. Even the old ones can have a fabric label giving the provenance (history of maker, region, purpose, etc.). I used a new product: Photo Fabric from Blumenthal Craft, purchased at JoAnn Etc a few years ago. This paper-backed fabric is specifically for inkjet printers and comes on a 120″ roll. I prepped the photo and text on the computer and ran a piece of the “fabric” through my printer. The packaging says it is 100% cotton poplin. I am pleased with the result. Much neater and easier than iron-on transfers.
I have completed the 2nd quilt using Rachel’s flannel nightgowns. The light was better for these photos. The finished piece is 72inches x 72 inches. The challenges:
- Different nightgowns had different fabrics; they did not all behave the same way. A photo of the gowns is in my Oct. 4 post.
- The clients gave me a poly/cotton fabric for the back and i found it to be really difficult to machine quilt with a different fiber content than the top.
- Flannel seems to stretch, so lots of pinning was necessary.