Sunday, April 12, 2009

Siggies Are Finished!

Continuing on from yesterday's post, once the cream fabric was 'printed' with grapes, I cut the grapes and the feature fabric into 7" squares. I used the usual method for making half square triangles (HST) from squares but didn't cut them apart. I flipped up the feature fabric on each co-joined HST and stamped my details on each half.

I ordered the stamp from Advance Printing (fast and reliable and not expensive) and picked the traditional, no-built-in-ink-pad option when it was time to pay. For the ink pad, I use the India Ink one from The Thread Studio because it has such high quality ink and produces sharp and washable images. In a pinch, I have used one from the scrapbook section of Lincraft that says on the label that it is waterproof and permanent when dry (which I always check, just to be sure).

When I stamped the fabric this time, I put a couple of layers of scrap fabric underneath to get a bit sharper image.

Now, it was time to heat set all the paint and ink. Being a lazy person, there was no way I was going to iron each one for 5 minutes. So I tossed the lot into the dryer set on the hottest setting (denim) and let the technology do the work for me. Remember that they were still in big squares; I hadn't cut them apart yet into individual squares.

When the dryer was done, I ironed them all and then cut them apart.

They were a bit 'hairy' from their time in the dryer.

But that will be sorted out when I trim them to size (6 1/2" unfinished).

Now, all I have to do is trim the other 70-odd siggies and I'm done!

4 comments:

Lissa Jane said...

well done maggie.. I love your fabric too...


see you in four sleeps


Lissa

Quiltycat said...

Had a grin at the heat setting method,especially the use of the term "let the technology...". Yep, that's the Maggie I know! Good thinking!
Was interested in reading about the ink pad you use.
Thanks for the comment on the blog.
C

Bernadette said...

Thanks for the tips Maggie they look great! Ordering the stamp would certainly save a lot of time.

Jane said...

Well done. I managed the Bendigo retreat but took advice and did not put pressure on by doing the siggies.
Have a hundred or so hearts to be put into a quilt yet..so they can keep me busy.
But yours look really effective.