Try This: Sublimate a Memory Quilt

Sublimation is a wonderful process for creating memorials because there are so many substrates available, and there is something for every budget.

Memory quilts are a popular way to memorialize loved ones, and you can use your sublimation techniques to create this nine-panel afghan as an homage that lets the end-user wrap in the warmth of those memories.

Supplies needed for the quilt

  • Sublimatable substrate (blanket)
  • Sublimation transfer
  • Scratch paper
  • Repositionable spray

Steps to sublimate the quilt

Step 1: Download a template for the nine-panel blanket. For best results, the printer and press should accommodate a size larger than 9″ X16″ (the panel size on the blanket). Adjust, so the artwork is a half-inch larger vertically and horizontally than the panel size. Cut down your transfer to 9.5″ X 16.5″ and sublimate one panel at a time.

sublimation blanket template
Memory quilt templates are available for download on the JDS website.

Step 2: Adhere the transfer to the substrate with repositionable spray adhesive. Position the transfer over the white panel box. Have the transfer overhang onto the black.

Step 3: Layer the press from bottom to top as follows: scratch paper, substrate, transfer, scratch paper. Use these press settings:

sublimation blanket

  • Temperature: 400 F
  • Dwell time: 1:00 to 1:15
  • Pressure: Medium-heavy

Step 4: Position a piece of larger scratch paper underneath the substrate and make sure all press areas are clean or covered. Move the blanket to center a new blank panel, and repeat steps until complete.

Step 5: Once a panel is done, try to keep that part away from the heat press. Otherwise, it will lighten once you hit it with the heat press again. Your final product is a warm, beautiful, heirloom-quality memorial that can be handed down for generations.

Cheryl Loban

Cheryl Loban

JDS Industries

Cheryl Loban is the Communications Specialist at JDS Industries. She joined JDS in March of 2001 as a customer service rep and worked in various roles in that capacity over the past 20+ years. Cheryl moved into her position in the marketing department in February 2019.

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