When one idea follows another . . .

Circular Celtic knot
Circular Celtic knot

They just don’t stop!!

Last week, I wanted to enlarge the design for my latest quilt. I went to two different copy shops, only to learn it would cost about $150!!

I opened the image in a graphics program, and printed it across multiple pages (it took 30 sheets to get the size I wanted).

It took about three hours to carefully tape all those sheets of paper together, which proved my time is worth $50 an hour. I wondered whether there was a better way to handle this.  Had I offered this design as a pattern, I would expect the buyers to tape it together as I had done. But that probably would mean more unfinished projects as people got frustrated with the prep work.

Next, came the process of transferring the design to fabric. I used dressmaker’s carbon and a smooth tracing wheel (sorta like a very dull rotary cutter). There went another three hours, for a total of six hours (and not a single stitch taken)!!

What I needed was an enlarged design printed directly on fabric!!

Have you heard of Spoonflower.com??

Spoonflower is a print-on-demand fabric printing company. After joining, a person can upload their own artwork. The art can be printed on a variety of fabrics (at varying prices).

Spoonflower Artwork Test
Spoonflower Artwork Test

This is the artwork I submitted to Spoonflower. It is the outline of a two-color circular Celtic Knot. I changed all the solid lines to dotted lines, and changed the color to a light gray.

I’m trying an experiment in reverse applique. The dotted lines serve as stitching lines. Lay this pre-printed knot on top of one or more layers of fabric, stitch through all layers along the stitching lines, then cut away layers of fabric to reveal the layers beneath.

I’ll have to wait for delivery before I can go any further, but I may make a few changes. I printed the design in light gray, but I may go darker. I can see where the printed lines can be used as integral design elements (say, use fabric for one knot and leave the other intact).

Having the knot printed on fabric saves me time and money (and get’s me quilting sooner) . . .

If this works, would you be interested in something like this?? Please leave a comment.

5 thoughts on “When one idea follows another . . .

  1. Now this looks interesting—I haven’t looked at the Spoonflower site lately, but can they make it the size you want? I hope so, because that would save oodles of time, then a person can spend the time deciding on colours.

    1. As a test, I submitted a 30-inch circular Celtic knot . . .

      I have ideas about rectangular panels, too. Placemats, table runners, wall hanging, and bed quilts. The possibilities are endless!!

  2. I used Spoonflowers once to have cloth labels made. The labels turned out great. I love your idea. I can hardly wait to see the results. I would like to try.

  3. I have heard of Spoonflower and had linked to it several times just to look at various ideas. Your Celtic knot looks very interesting. I can’t wait to see what your next step is.

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