Today is my mom's birthday. With her birthday so close to Mother's Day, it makes this time of year especially difficult. She died seven years ago. I miss her so much everyday. She was my best friend. I am lucky, though, that I have some special ladies in my life that I consider like mothers to me. I made the red Friendship Star/Disappearing Nine Patch table topper for one of those ladies. I made another quilted topper for another. I used the fat quarters I won from Annie's Ruby Slipperz.
My Aunt Pat loves bunnies and her home is decorated with very light pastels and romantic flowers. These fabrics were perfect! The topper I made measures 18" X 18" (finished).
The bunny image had printed so beautifully onto my fabric, but when I washed it, it almost disappeared completely! I could have cried. I scrambled researching how I could fix it. In the end, however, I decided the faded image just made the piece look more authentically vintage.
I've learned a lot during my brief quilting journey. The lesson here: Make your fabric color fast BEFORE printing on it! This only applies if you are printing directly onto regular fabric using freezer paper and you are going to wash your quilt. (You might not feel it necessary to wash a wall hanging; like my Octopus Wall Hanging). I believe if you use products designed for transferring images, that fabric is already treated. I've done computer research and I have discovered that if you use something called Bubble Jet Set, you can use your own fabric and the freezer paper method. I'm off to find that product and will give it a try!
Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there and all those "like" moms, too! And Happy Birthday Mom.