I've made hundreds (thousands?) of cyanotypes here in Texas. Enlarged onto high contrast neg or pos film up to 24X36 and contact print in the sunlight. My wife is a quilter and she incorperates them into quilts and sells them to others as well.
Wash the cloth well and rinse well with a little acetic acid the last time. Water quality matters. It's an acid-base thing. Same goes for washing the finished project.
In the dark: mix and put your chemistry (Fotographers Formulary kits and bulk chemicals) in a big tray. Remember it's poison. Put the cloth (any all-natural fabric) and soak up the chemical. Add additional pre-cut (torn) pieces until all the chemistry is soaked up. Painting the chemistry may not put enough chemistry in the cloth. Roller sqeegie on a big sheet of plate glass so that the excess drains into the tray. Keep going untill all the chemistry is used. Hang up in the dark until dry. Store in a good paper box and use within a week. (You are going to make a mess, strong soap will clean up after the lights are on)
Synthetic blend fabric will not work. All silk, cotton, linen, etc. 100% white cotton sheets are cheap at garage sales.
Never tried to do paper!
So you're printing the quilting squares before sewing. Not printing the finished quilt. Do I read this correct?
Originally Posted by puderse
How in the world would you print on a quilt? Try to lift a soaking wet quilt out of the washing machine!
Anything you can get onto a litho neg can be printed on natural fabric and put into a quilt.
This is all from the '70s. Today they just print on fabric with a copy machine.