Thursday, 10 February 2011

How to print a label

So, with now only three days until my Moda Bake Shop debut and Sherbet Pips Layer Cake giveaway (oops, did I reveal what I'm giving away...), I need to distract myself again and what better way to do that than by telling you how to print your DQS (or other) label.  And here is the label I have just added to my DQS.
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Now, there are two ways of doing this.  For my DQS which is unlikely to be washed and washed and washed, I printed the quick, easy, lazy way.  For my sister's Penguin Books quilt, I printed the longer, slower way as the ink will have to withstand regular washing.  That method is explained in this post.

Oooh I forgot to show you my quilt all quilted - thank you for the many and varied quilting suggestions. I have gone with a kind of melange (pretentious, moi?) of a few of the suggestions and stitched random parallel lines in black, grey, pink, aqua and deep red.  It has given the quilt a lovely, heavy, leathery texture and I am now happy.  And it's all about me.
It's quilted, I'm done, I'm happy

For the quicker, easier printing on fabric method, iron a piece of fabric to a sheet of freezer paper so that the fabric overhangs the paper slightly all round.  Trim the excess fabric to fit the sheet of freezer paper.  Design a label on your computer, run the freezer paper with fabric attached through your printer (printing on a high quality setting will made the ink darker on the fabric) and VOILA, printed fabric.  I "set" the printing by holding a hot iron on the dried ink for 5-10 seconds.  Printed fabric using this method will withstand some washing but not as much as that using the Bubble Jet Set method described in the earlier post I linked to above.  And here is the back of my quilt with the label flat and then lifted to show the printing.
Label down, label up

For those of you who followed the ladies parts fiasco saga (blog post here, flickr conversation, which is very funny if you have a moment to read it, here, I am afraid the ladies parts stayed on the cutting room floor, I was going to use them for the label but they were screaming "ladies parts" at me and I wasn't sure that was the legacy I wanted for this quilt.  Bye bye Regina Phalange.

20 comments:

  1. Regina Phalange resigned to the rubbish bin! ;-(
    RIP RP!!!!

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  2. I must have missed the ladies parts post damn it!

    Great label all the same!

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  3. Thanks for the instructions. I will be back into quilting next week I hope. I kind of go in fits and starts. Your quilt is just stunning.

    Carol

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  4. Hee hee, great post, great quilt, poor regina! xo

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  5. Please can I have Regina Phalange? Pretty Please?

    Quilt is oh so super, backing is gorgous and label is funky.

    You are a Queen amongst us commoners

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  6. Holy moly, I love your DQS quilt, it's gorgeous!!!! And thank you for the tutorial :) I can't wait to see your MBS tute, I'm excited for you!

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  7. Well your quilt is fabulous and the label is a great idea. Will definitely try that out, thank you. Looking forward to seeing your quilt on Moda Bake Shop! You really are on a roll aren't you? :)

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  8. What a fun post! I saw your quilt in the flickr pool and love how you quilted it. Thanks for the info on the labels...especially on the more permanent one. I am off to read it!

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  9. Thanks for the label printing instructions. And the whole thing goes through your printer without jamming? I will have to give it a go.

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  10. Thanks for the tutorial, but I do have a question--how is the fabric attached to the freezer paper? Are you using wonder under between the two? I feel like I'm missing something simple.

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  11. Given all you've been through to get this far, I'd say it's definitely been worth it. What a fabulous quilt - I adore the different coloured quilting lines - it adds so much character to the solid fabric that your background is really holding it's own with those blocks! The balance of it all is just perfect. Enjoy the quilt and it's humorous history!

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  12. Lynne, I love how you took all the quilting suggestions and combined them into something more perfect than any one person came up with! That's your fabulousness for you...I LOVE the different color threads and the wonky but not wonkiness of the quilting. Perfection again!

    ps I know that this post is about labels, but I just love your quilt too much to talk about that. lol

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  13. Beautiful quilt. I love the palette and the way the quilting is intergrated into the design. I struggle with that. Thanks for sharing the information about tag making. It reminded me to "sign" my quilt. I always forget that step.

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  14. Oh thanks for this - I was all set to spend an obscene amount (IMO) for pre-treated fabric sheets that I could print on for labels and now I don't have to rush out and do that quite yet.

    Regina Phalange. RIP. Sads. :(

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  15. Ok, first of all, the finished quilt is gorgeous. A little cartoonish, the quilting makes it perfect.

    Second, I want to know what you did with the thing :D.

    And third, I have no ideea if it's just me or not, but I'm having a lot of difficulties reading your posts since you changed the font. Is it just me? :-s

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  16. The finished quilt is awesome - I love how you did the quilting! And thanks for the info about making your own label fabric - I usually buy a ready-made product that is fabric on paper prepared to go through the printer, but the cost is a little prohibitive if I can't get it on sale. I may give your process a try!

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  17. Poor Regina.
    Lucky DQS10 partner!!
    Spanky label. I love the flip up.

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  18. I had the best laugh reading your flickr conversations about this quilt, thank you!
    The finished quilt is just lovely.

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  19. lynne, pour moi, the quilt looks just très joli!!!!
    you did the most wonderful job for the quilting...it's fantastique! :)

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  20. Very helpful! I'm still in search of a method to use a laser printer as we do not have either a bubble jet or an ink jet. Some day...

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