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Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Finished quilt measures : 9″x 8″
Special techniques used : custom printed fabric, quilt as you go
Quilted by : waggonswest
Best Category :  Art quilt, doll/mini quilt, wallhanging

Meet Marty.  He is my entry in the Fall 2012 Bloggers Quilt Festival.

 I've posted about Marty before.  However, he needs to have his own post for the purpose of the Bloggers Quilt Festival. 

Marty is one of a series of quilts I made in an effort to capture the steampunk vibe in fabric.  The image is from Graphics Fairy, a fantastic site hosting hundreds of images in the public domain.  It is an incredible resource and I highly recommend it.  I print images from the Graphics Fairy onto fabric.  I've been using sheets from EQ Printables. The printed images are washed, heat set, blocked and then cut for use in the quilt.  I've been doing these wee quilts using a quilt as you go technique.  A few pieces are pre-assembled, for example the block containing the lettering was stitched separately.  The binding is machine stitched and finished by hand.  

I've done several other photo quilts, one of which you can see here

I would love to hear your thoughts on fabric printing techniques and products. Do you make your own fabric sheets?  Do you use commercially available chemical preps? What type of fabric do you use?  What about freezer paper? Are there any tutorials you would recommend?  

Be sure to check out all of the HUNDREDS of fabulous quilts at the quilt festival.  And Thanks to AMY of Amy's Creative Side for putting the festival together.  It is a great opportunity to get inspired.  

(If blogging is light around here for the next day or so it will be because I am browsing through all of the amazing quilts on display.) 



  1. This is my kind of whimsy! Love it.

  2. I just found out about this festival last night and didn't have the umph to get a post ready so I'll browse as many of the 500+ quilts on the site and hope to be part of it next time. I love your entry! I use freezer paper ironed to fabric for printing and don't worry about a fixative because it's usually not going to be washed. With Claire Bear's quilt...I used Bubble Jet Set...but didn't follow directions very well apparently, because the color didn't transfer as well as I'd wanted. I looked again, after the fact and realized that it DID say to use the treated fabric immediately. Oh well. YOURS is awesome!

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