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Date: 7/12/12 1:07 PM

I'm ready to do a small memory quilt (lap size) for someone. I have a very nice photo of the person, and I've edited that where I think it'll print out good as a 4.5 x 4.5 square.
I know the hobbies: cajun cooking, collecting teacups, gardening with tulips being a favorite, anything to do with The Hobbit series (JR Tolkein), etc.

So, I'm thinking of embroidering some motiffs of the above, and put the picture in the middle as I only have the one. I'll likely have it quilted *out* since this will be a gift, and I'm so unsure of my quilting skills.

Questions: What is the very newest, best way to do the photo? Iron on, print on?? Do they wash well, really?

I'd also like to use a poem I found by JR Tolkein that is uplifting and concerns passing into a new life. I guess I'll embroider that on the back, and put *In Memory of*

From those who have done one of these, any patterns, ideas, suggestions you can pass along to me is much appreciated. Especially patterns.
I'd so love to keep this simple, but not just 4.5 inch squares for the whole thing.
I know what colors she liked, but I'm so worried about it turning out really strange looking!

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Date: 7/12/12 1:11 PM

Do you have EQ? You can plan it in there and see how it will look prior to cutting/sewing. How about using some printable fabric (comes in sheets) and print the picture in the best quality? I'm not sure how well that washes but would like to know the best method, too. I would like to do something like this for our youngest DD in a wall hanging size. She is getting married in late September and I thought of putting their wedding picture on fabric and then doing embroidery with their wedding date.

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Date: 7/12/12 2:08 PM

Yes I'm thinking of printing on fabric, but have no idea of what is the best brand, etc and where to get it. Hoping someone chimes in!
Congrats on your DD's wedding. What fun! I want to see the quilt when it's done. Lovely idea.

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Date: 7/12/12 2:15 PM

I hope to make it for a Christmas gift. I'll follow this thread in hopes of getting ideas, good advice, too!

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Date: 7/12/12 7:37 PM

My SIL had everyone do squares for a surprise quilt to MIL. It was lovely with some picture squares. In 10 yrs. time the photos badly faded & didn't stay nice looking. I don't know the exact method used & maybe the process has improved since. (Hope so!)
A wall hanging would work very well. A quilt that may need washing now & then, not sure.

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Date: 7/12/12 9:23 PM

I went through a real phase with these a while back. did family quilts and one for my dad with all photos of fishing and then fish embroideries and sayings.

I use EQ printable ink jet fabric, I liked the higher quality cotton and the lawn. I found them the easiest to remove the backing as well as being very good on colourfastness and saturation.

Other brands are not bad either I just thought EQ a little better.

You can use the photo at block size or you can bind add fabric strips to the edges depending on your design.

I had echo quilting around the embroideries and in the ditch similar around photos.

If you want the photo on the fashion fabric then you need to use something like bubble jet set. I find it a bit time consuming but it works, then you cut freezer paper to the size that goes through the printer and put the fabric on to the freezer paper and through the printer.

You can be literal or abstract with memory quilts - sometimes I think simpler and straightforward is best as overworking the design trying not to make it look to photo album can be a bit pretentious if you don't really know your subject. everyone has there own memories attached to the photos or favorite things I think works best when you let those things speak for themselves.

some inkjet fabric can fray a bit while your working with them, fray check on the edges a good idea.

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Date: 7/12/12 11:08 PM

I have used Printed Treasures with good results.

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Date: 7/13/12 8:45 AM

Thanks for the suggestions. No I don't plan to use fashion fabric for the photo. I would rather print on something already prepared to print on!
I'll look those two up.
I guess a really plain, easy pattern is best? One larger square of her in the middle, and just other squares surrounding that, with sashing?

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Date: 7/13/12 10:48 AM

Quote: aslinnd
I went through a real phase with these a while back. did family quilts and one for my dad with all photos of fishing and then fish embroideries and sayings.



I use EQ printable ink jet fabric, I liked the higher quality cotton and the lawn. I found them the easiest to remove the backing as well as being very good on colourfastness and saturation.



Other brands are not bad either I just thought EQ a little better.



You can use the photo at block size or you can bind add fabric strips to the edges depending on your design.



I had echo quilting around the embroideries and in the ditch similar around photos.



If you want the photo on the fashion fabric then you need to use something like bubble jet set. I find it a bit time consuming but it works, then you cut freezer paper to the size that goes through the printer and put the fabric on to the freezer paper and through the printer.



You can be literal or abstract with memory quilts - sometimes I think simpler and straightforward is best as overworking the design trying not to make it look to photo album can be a bit pretentious if you don't really know your subject. everyone has there own memories attached to the photos or favorite things I think works best when you let those things speak for themselves.



some inkjet fabric can fray a bit while your working with them, fray check on the edges a good idea.


Is EQ the brand name? And it's fabric that comes pre-cut and pre-prepared so all you have to do is print on it like a regular piece of paper through your printer?

I am interested in it also. Not so sure about something that can't be washed though, I would be making a quilt to be used not displayed.

Thanks for the great info!

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Cathryn

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Date: 7/18/12 0:00 AM

Yes, EQ is the brand name, I have gotten them from Amazon in the past. I like that they have a plastic sheet on the back and not paper so it comes off quite easy. I have washed them to test but I think hand wash cold is better, some fading over time but not too bad.

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