Today I wanted to share with you how I printed the squares for my I Spy quilt that I shared last week. (See it here.) It was really easy to do, but I have to say that I was so nervous to try it. I started by making a sample square and ran it through the wash a few times because the last thing I wanted to happen was for all the printed squares on my quilt to fade after I put it in the wash once or twice. When testing my sample this was the only time I ever pulled something out of the washer and hoped that the mark was still there! I was so relieved to see the print still looking dark and crisp--no fading at all.
Here's how I did it:
Cut an 8.5" x 11" piece of fabric and freezer paper. Iron the fabric to the freezer paper using a synthetic setting on your iron. You want to make sure the fabric is good and stuck to the freezer paper, especially in the corners. If you use too much heat and pressure with your iron though you will not be able to remove the freezer paper later. Remember doing a sample test never hurts. After you've ironed your fabric and freezer paper together it's ready to run through your printer. Before printing I went to my printer options and selected "professional quality" so that I would get the darkest, best print possible. Then I printed it just like I would a normal sheet of paper.
Once printed, separate the fabric from the freezer paper.
Now you'll want to heat set your image. I used a high heat setting with no steam. The idea is that you want to evaporate any moisture from the ink to make the image set.
After that I cut out my printed fabric into 5x5 squares to use for my quilt.
I think they turned out perfect! Nice, dark, clean sharp printing!