First up, some answers to all those questions that came in about the label post I did a while back. I provided a tutorial for my easy-peasy way to back your fabric with freezer paper and send it through your printer. Then the comments and questions came in about colorfastness and ink and fabric. Sigh. I am not a computer-printer expert. All lot of people noted that HP inks run and disappear. To figure out how your inks behave in the wash, I strongly suggest that you make a test sample with YOUR printer and put it in a lingerie bag and run it through your washer and dryer to see what happens.
While I was in Washington DC, praying for the cherry blossoms to open (they almost did), my husband and I visited my son and were able to sleep under the quilt I made him when he went away to college, some twelve years ago (my, how time flies!). He admits that he doesn’t wash it too often, but here is a picture of the label, printed on my EPSON printer. I think it looks pretty good for being done all those many years ago.
I have printed labels with my laser jet printer which did not survive the wash, so later on, when I visited that grandchild’s house, I simply traced over the wording with a Micron pen.
This quilt was made sixteen years ago, and I wrote on the label with a Micron Pen (I think I used about a .05 or .07). It’s been washed scads of times, and given that I hardly knew what I was doing at that time in the Label Department, it seems to have held up.
The poem that goes with the quilt, an homage to my mother, who loves pansies. I think what I’m trying to say is that there is no one way to make a quilt label, and if you like buying the fabric that’s pretreated, or making your own with some Bubble Jet and Bubble Jet set (a la Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry), have at it. If you have a success, please let me know and I’ll pass it along. But for now, I will keep plugging along with my EPSON printer and their fabulous inks and my easy-peasy freezer paper method.
A reminder that tomorrow is our quarterly reveal for our Four-in-Art group. See you then!