A Framed Life

I’ve been promising you a look at the quilt my daughter has been making, a photo quilt using pictures of important moments in her life. Some of you have been asking about this quilt in the Q&A section because you have heard me mention it at seminars recently – now, at last here it is, I hope you enjoy!

My daughter wanted to capture people and moments in her life that reflected her journey from birth to her senior graduation. This is the 5th quilt she has made like this, the other 4 were made as gifts for special friends and given to them as graduation presents. What a great way to capture those moments and what a special gift! When she decided that she wanted one of these quilts as well, she wanted to make it herself.

We came up with this pattern when she made her first photo quilt, because the blocks are fast to make and no seams have to match in the block – making it pretty ‘goof-proof’ to make the block.

Every photo album has a tub picture – and this quilt is no exception

First new car – independence day for a 16 year old.

Capture those moments from the getting off the bus on the first day of school to their graduation picture. Where did all those years go?
Thank you to photographer Carl Anderson of Images by Carl for the permission to be able to copy the senior picture in the quilt. If you ever need a professional photographer – check out his website ImagesbyCarl

What a great way to capture those special moments with family and friends – and preserve the memory for years to come.

And here is a picture of the full, completed quilt – not very clear, but you get the idea.

If you would like a free copy of this pattern, designed by me, check out the next post!
Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing
Sheila

Photo Fabric – not just for pictures!

As I promised in Friday’s Post “Tips on Using Photo Print Fabrics“, today I want to share with you a quilt that my daughter is making as a gift for a friend of hers.

She choose to make this quilt a little differently, rather than using photos, she choose Bible verses that were meaningful to the person she is giving the quilt to.  So yes, as I said in the title, photo fabric is NOT just for pictures – we should probably call it ‘printer’ fabric, because that’s more appropriate.

This is just one of the blocks in the quilt. The only thing in this project that differed from the instructions I gave you on Friday’s post (see link above) is that the ‘image’ in this case is wording. So rather than locating a picture on her computer, she created the image using software on the computer. A text image like this could be created using a word processor or a graphic editor, whatever works best for you and you are most comfortable with.

This quilt was made using one of the Turning Twenty patterns, so here you can see a full ‘block’ from the quilt. One of the things that makes turning twenty quilts so much fun visually is that the individual blocks don’t jump right out at you.

On Friday’s post, I included pictures of the label that was being made to go with this quilt. Here is the label, first framed in a brown fabric to make it look like a photo frame, and then added to the quilt back.

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The use of a photo as a quilt label was really a great idea – and I’m glad that she thought of it. I’ll have to try that with at least ONE of my gift projects in the future. Imagine giving a quilt as a gift and knowing that years later someone will have a picture of you that was current from the period when the quilt was made – what a wonderful gift to include!

And here is the completed quilt – you may notice that instead of 20 blocks (as their should be in a Turning Twenty quilt), this quilt was completed with 15 blocks. That is because my daughter didn’t want the quilt to be quite as wide, so she left off a row of blocks. So rather than having 5 rows of 4 blocks each, she has 5 rows of 3 blocks each.

Sorry I couldn’t get a good image of the lettering in each of the boxes, but as you can see from the closeup of the block at the top of this post, the color is a subtle one that was chosen to coordinate with the fabrics used. But each of those 15 light colored blocks does have a separate scripture verse in the block.

Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing
Sheila

DYK (Did You Know) – June Tailor Print Fabrics

D.Y.K. – Did You Know? icons

You want to personalize your project with pictures and/or words, but what June Tailor product do you buy? There are symbols to help you on the package – In the upper right corner, look for an iron or sewing machine, telling you how the product is applied.

Colorfast Printer Fabrics

  • Some Available Colors/Styles
    • White, 3 sheets (JT-900)
    • Cream, 3 sheets (JT-980)
    • White, 10 sheets (JT-9610
  • 100% Cotton Fabric
  • Sew into project
  • Print on Ink-Jet Printer
  • Great for memory quilting projects because it’s washable

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Computer Printer Fabric

  • Some Available Colors/Styles:
    • White, 4 sheets (JT-901)
    • Cream, 4 sheets (JT-902)
  • Fabric is not as thick as the Colorfast Printer Fabric, more like quilting cotton fabric weight
  • Sew into project
  • Print on Ink-Jet Printer
  • Great for memory quilting projects but it is dry clean only

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Quick Fuse Inkjet Fabric

  • Some Available Colors/Styles:
    • White, 3 sheets (JT-930)
    • Cream, 3 sheets (JT-940)
  • 100% Cotton Fabric
  • Iron-On
  • Great as an embellishment such as on sweatshirts, school bags, purses, etc.
  • Print on Ink-Jet Printer
  • Recommended Care – Hand Wash

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Print ‘n Press – (Transfer Product)

  • Some Available Styles:
    • 3 sheets (JT-908)
    • 10 sheets (JT-909)
  • Iron-on
  • Must mirror image your design
  • Print on Ink-Jet Printer
  • Great for embellishing on clothing, purses, aprons, etc. – it is machine washable

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Copy ‘n Press – (Transfer Product)

  • One Available Style: 3 sheets (JT-907)
  • Great for light colored projects
  • Can be used with color copiers
  • Copy photos, drawings and more

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Art-Wear Design Sheets

  • One Available Style: 3 sheets (JT-903)
  • Print on Color Ink-Jet Printer or can be colored with Markers or Crayons
  • Iron-ON
  • Machine Wash

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You’ve Been Framed

  • Some Available Styles (2 per pack):
    • Sports (JT-886)
    • Hugs/Kisses (JT-887)
    • Rectangle (JT-888)
    • Oval (JT-879)
  • 100% Cotton Fabric
  • Iron-ON
  • Color Inkjet Printer
  • Hand Wash

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Which products produce mirror images? – the transfer products: Print ‘n’ Press and Copy ‘n’ Press. To avoid a backwards image on your final project with these products, have the copier or printer ‘flip’ the image.

Can I print on a Laser Printer? – Laser printers use too much heat for fusible papers and fabrics. Your backing may be activated by the use of a laser printer, jaming the machine or ruining your print-out.

What is the best way to wash Colorfast printer fabric? – Machine wash, gentle cycle, with cold water and fabric softener. The fabric softener will act as a cleaning agent. This will allow the fabric to maintain the coating that protects the printed image.

Does Computer Printer Fabric have to be dry-cleaned? – Yes, the fabric is dry-clean only and is sensative to water, because your ink is a water based ink.

How can I avoid paper jams with Computer Printer Fabric? – load one sheet at a time into the printer.
Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing
Sheila