Monday, 16 July 2012

Crazy Garden label

A quilt isn't finished till it's labelled and so I've done my crazy garden label.
Making a label can't be easier since I read somewhere recently that you can print onto ordinary fabric using a home printer (I always thought you needed that expensive printer fabric for photos).
You can only use the black printer ink as colours will run so I usually use coloured pens to fill in details or (as on this one) applique on top to give some colour.
Here's how..
Cut a piece of freezer paper to A4 size. Iron onto (without steam) a same size piece of fabric as you would do when doing freezer paper applique. This will give you a stiff sheet of fabric which you can load (carefully!) into your printer tray.
To make the design I use WordArt on my computer but a simple label can be made using any text programme. Clipart (black and white) is good for adding details and frames etc.
Then just print.....
I let it dry for a few minutes then iron with a very hot iron, soak in hot water to check it doesn't run and dry and iron again.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Crazy Garden Finished!

It's a great feeling having put the last stitch in my 'Crazy garden' Quilt. I started it in February 2011 when I was stuck in a hotel apartment for 4 months and needed some hand work to do. It's all needle turned applique and hand quilted so that's not bad going!

Now I can get on with my batik Celtic knot quilt without feeling guilty and allow the scarred quilting fingers to heal!