Thursday, August 12, 2010

Like I don't have enough projects to do

So, in the comments of my Charities post, Linda in TX suggested that I check out Quilts of Valor. I used to quilt – that’s how I learned to sew by hand. Miles, and miles by hand… *grin*.

I sort of tucked it away in the back of my mind until I got home from work today and I found a minute to start paging through my quilting books. I wanted to do something patriotic that wasn’t cliché. Not that there’s anything wrong with cliché, I just wanted to come up with something original and a little low-key. I found a block that triggered an idea, and I think I’m good to go. Now, I just have to wait for the math side of my brain to kick in so I can calculate the size of the blocks and how much fabric I’m going to need.

I want to include a rather long quote that will run across the horizontal strips between the blocks. Other than embroidering it by hand, anybody got any ideas on the best way to do this? Fabric marker? (Not my first choice, I have crappy handwriting.) I’d like to do it in 18th century-style script but I don’t know what my options are. I’m pretty good with 18th century sewing technology, but I don’t even know what’s out there for the 21st century.

UPDATE: Ooooh! Thanks to Bob S. in comments, I poked around a bit and found I can allegedly use an inkjet printer. I'll check in to this ....


  1. Could you run the fabric through a printer?

    Perhaps a laser printer using the banner option?

  2. HP has iron-on transfer "paper" you can use with any printer. So sayeth Sister-in-Law "Ravin' Raven", whose blog I at first thought this was...
    She says that the project will likely take up an entire ink cartridge.

  3. Epson also makes the same stuff.
    Google Search for iron on transfer printer paper.
    Available from Amazon, New Egg, and suchlike.

  4. D.W. Awesome. Thanks so much! I now have TWO quilt ideas. Maybe I should just design them ... *grin*

  5. My mom makes a label for all of her quilts using a printer. So far they all seem to be holding up.