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« on: November 06, 2008 04:39:39 PM »

Little background info: My boyfriend is a chemistry major; he gets ridiculously excited about chemistry and I think it's not only the cutest thing ever but I'm so proud that he found something he's extremely passionate about. Now, for Christmas this year I decided to be old-lady ish (I'm 20) and make him a quilt with the periodic table of the elements. (it's also kind of a pre-housewarming gift since we're moving in together in the spring when my current lease runs up). So this is the image I will be using for reference:

I'm going to simply use rectangles sewed together and insert the right colours in the right places to make the basic table shape. Since I have never quilted before, nor printed on fabric without silk-screening (which I do not currently have access to),  I am swallowing my pride and turning to you other experienced crafters to answer my question:

What would be the best way to print the letters and numbers onto the individual squares to signify the different elements?

I have black fabric paint, but I'm unsure whether I should stamp, stencil, etc. The fabric will most likely be simple cotton because it is easy to work with and I like the texture, not to mention it's amazing for printing (at least as far as silkscreening goes)

Any suggestions would be highly appreciated!!

« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2008 04:50:49 PM »

I vote for stenciling myself, you can always get a letter and number stencil set from a craft store.  May I add that this is a super cool idea and I can't wait to see the final product.
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2008 05:05:31 PM »

thank you, I will of course post in-progress and finished pics.


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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2008 09:00:27 PM »

If you have neat printing, I'd get a fabric marker and write them on...
Or, you could cut the letters out of cardboard, trace around them with a pencil, then fill in your outline with paint/ pen.  I think stencils would also work great - but that's a lot of stencil cutting!

I think you should make the squares for the radioactive elements glow in the dark!  Tongue

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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2008 09:14:37 AM »

I wanted to chime in.......this is a terrific idea and it is going to make an awesome looking quilt (one of a kind) when finished, can't wait to see it Smiley
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2008 06:45:48 PM »

thanks guys. I like the idea about glow in the dark radioactive elements. I bet Mark would go nuts for that. lol.

Seeing as how I get impatient with myself easily, I think I should rule out freehanding. I'll get messier and messier as I go.... I am thinking that spray adhesive (which I found on my bookcase) would keep storebought stencils in place quite nicely, so maybe I'll go that route.

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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2008 06:56:52 PM »

Yes! Do the glow-in-the-dark!  That is a great idea Crafty Canadian!

Sounds like you've got a plan now, looking forward to seeing you put it in action!  What a cool idea for a quilt!

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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2008 08:29:55 AM »

this is an unbelieveable idea! very original- can't wait to see the finnished piece. Smiley

btw, i also vote for the glow-in-the-dark.. it'll give it that extra something. Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2008 08:35:43 AM »

This is seriously the best christmas idea ever. He's going to absolutely love it. The only advice I have is take a lot of breaks so you dont get sloppy! I've ruined a lot of projects that way...I cant wait to see the finished product!

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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2008 09:16:27 AM »

There is a product called Bubble Jet. You soak the fabric in that solution and let it dry.  Iron the fabric onto freezer paper (shinny side), that's the same size as computer paper and run it through your printer.  Michaels also sells a fabric that's already treated, kind of expensive at 10 sheets for about $16.00.  I'm sure you know more about setting up your computer than I do, as I have only printed pictures.
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