Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Fall Out and Quilt Labels

Hope everyone's week is going well.  I won't lie, mine has been a little rough. But I've found time to sew everyday so far and that helps me find my peace. On the outside I'm a fiend bent over a sewing machine but on the inside:
I'm pretty zen.  Thanks goodness for that.

So what have I been working on?  Trying hard to finish my Fall Out quilt.  I learn from every quilt I make, especially if I try something new, and this one was no exception. The heavily quilted borders and trying to match the binding sometimes made me want to throw it out the window. I spent a good part of yesterday with a seam ripper after discovering that my tension was way off on the green border. Luckily the feathers were fine, it was the close matchstick quilting that suffered so out it came.  I went a little slower when I re-did the quilting and didn't have any trouble.
Then to match the binding. I took that slow, joined each section as I came to the color change and not before, and things came out all right.
My only problem was that I really didn't want to hand sew the binding on the reverse. This quilt isn't for a show, it is to give to a family who I hope will use it a lot. So I wanted the binding to be secure enough to last through many trips in the washing machine.  (Plus I hate hand binding. I know some people find it relaxing. I am not one of those people.) 

So I decided to carefully sew the back binding down in a way that would catch the front binding as well. This is tricky and there were a few spots (so far) that I had to go back and 'fix' on the front side. But mostly it's working out. Here's a section that is done.  I still have two more to go. And then about a billion threads to bury. 


But if I get the binding done, I'm going to take it to tonight's guilt meeting for Show and Tell. Cuz who doesn't need some oohs and aahs?

I'm also taking this jar of fabric treats to use as birthday favors:
Aren't they cute? It is a fat quarter wrapped around a sucker stick and popped into a cellophane wrapper. Cecilia from my quilt guild emailed me the link to this tutorial for these darling treats. They are super easy to make. I can't wait to be the candy man at our meeting tonight for all the birthdays we've had so far this year.

Okay, so one more thing.  I'm still completely in love with my new logo, done by the amazingly talented Elizabeth Young.  (Leave me a comment if you'd like her contact info.) And I've been playing with some designs for quilt labels using Pic Monkey and Spoonflower. I haven't ordered anything yet but here's my current progress:
 This one would be for gift quilts and the one below for quilts I make for myself or for shows.
I put the dashed line in the first one thinking I could add a year there. But neither label has a place for me to add the name of the quilt.  And I really do like naming them. So it's back to the drawing board for a bit before I order anything.  If any of you have experience ordering custom labels through Spoonflower or any other site, please chime in and let me know. I'd welcome suggestions for improving my labels as well.

Thanks for coming by today. I hope you find your happy place.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at FreshlyPieced.com and Let's Bee Social at SewFreshQuilts.blogspot.com

4 comments:

  1. Oh, MAN! And here I've been whining about trying to machine sew satin blanket binding on a quilt. I totally get why it's an incredible challenge to try to match up the binding to the quilt borders like that -- and you rocked it! Seriously, it looks awesome. Sorry you had to suffer through the blood, sweat, tears, and seam ripping but the family that gets this quilt is going to love you for it. Congratulations!

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  2. That binding looks perfect from here, great job matching it! Your quilting is really pretty, I look forward to seeing the finished quilt!

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  3. Your Fall Out quilt is so beautiful! Love the matched binding idea. And I am with you on the machine finish. I am not a "sit down for three days and sew the binding by hand" kinda girl either. Your new logo is very sweet, too!

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  4. Great job matching the binding! I love it!

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