This is a post I wrote in October 2012 and never got around to posting. Better late than never right?
Would you like to look at a failed project? I am making a quilt for my nephew. One of the his first idea's was to have a memory quilt to take to boarding school. His Mum (my sis) and I spent quite a while thinking about this idea and planning a quilt. Most of the examples we could find on Pinterest or google images were a bit disappointing, but eventually, we felt we came up with a design that we thought would look nice.
Angus with his grandparents.
The main thing I was worried about was finding a business (or method) that could produce a good quality and permanent photographic image on fabric. We tried one place (I forget where, but we found it by googling) and we had two A4 images produced, one in colour and the other in black and white.
All the cousins.
I made up two mini quilts in proposed colourways and put them through the ringer. Literally. I put them through the wash and then tumble dried them. The instructions that came with the fabric recommended hand washing only, but we knew that just wasn't practical for a bed quilt in a boarding school.
Here are some close ups of the fabric. The detail is pretty good!
That's my Nephew Angus.
This is my Elizabeth.
And here is how the mini-quilts looked when they came out of the wash.
It was obvious the photographic fabric wasn't going to withstand regular washing and harsh treatment. Fortunately, by then we both started to go off the idea of the memory quilt anyway.
Lucky for us, Angus was easily directed to other quilts designs.
*Update May 2013*... the new quilt is currently at the long arm quilter and I hope to gift it to Angus in the next month.