I miss printing my own fabric. A LOT. We were forced to buy a new computer a couple of years ago, and my fancy, schmancy Canon photo printer doesn't work with the new computer. I'm beginning to mellow a bit, but for all these months, I've been rebelling against the computer industry for forcing continual upgrades and new purchases.
Eventually, we will invest in a new photo printer. While my steam continues to fizzle, I decided perhaps it's time to try Spoonflower. Several friends and even some non-sewing family members have been suggesting and urging I develop my own line of fabric.
The test print is in!!!
Oh, am I in love!!!
Of course, this makes me miss printing my own fabric even more. I must confess, though, it will be fun to use this and my next test print up while I try to save up for a new printer.
My first test print is but a fat quarter. I had to make sure my latest idea looked good on fabric before moving forward. I already knew it looked good on paper...
That didn't stop me from experimenting with matching wrapping paper!!!
I've been placing all my pins on a little wall quilt for about 12 years now. When The Lizard came along, he began collecting pins, too. At first, we could put our pins together. Didn't take long, though, for him to need his own pin space. So I made a pin quilt for him.
In the last couple of years, my pin quilt began showing signs of too many pins. I don't have enough room anymore to move pins around and make room for new pins, unless I start pinning right on the photo! (Which I actually considered when I learned our printer would not work with the new computer.)
I thought my first test print with Spoonflower might be the perfect center for a new pin quilt. I can keep all my cycling, mountain and event pins on the old pin quilt, and my new snowflake pin quilt could house all my crafty pins, such as Ravellenics and Denver National Quilt Festival. It might also make a good home for the breast cancer awareness pins and the blood donor pins.
It's going to take me a little while to figure out which pins I want where. I don't mind the puzzle, though. It will be fun to relive the memories of the pins as I slowly repin. And I'll be getting a new Denver National Quilt Festival pin tomorrow!
As much as I love my Spoonflower fabric, I'm hoping to have my own printer by the time I need another pin quilt. There's just so much more satisfaction in knowing I made the fabric myself.
In the meantime, man, is it ever cool to get one of my photos or photo creations on a piece of fabric bigger than 8.5x11!!!
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts here, Confessions of a Fabric Addict here and Quokka Quilts here.