Monday, February 8, 2016

A snow day and some progress a week ago....

Last week we had another snow storm.  It was much less fierce than expected, but I enjoyed a day inside.

I worked on my French Swoon quilt and here's what I did.
  1. Tested the backing one more time for colo-fastnestand decided that it was fine (washed in warm with a piece of the white in the same wash which came out clean).
  2. Ironed the backing fabric, however, it will need piecing - actually - I will make a strip with a leftover block or two and some scraps to make the back long enough.
  3. I made the binding for the quilt.

Some other things I accomplished included
-searching for fabric scraps from this quilt (and realized I gave some away,
-organized my ufo projects for the year so they were all in a basket
-put away some fabric I had washed/some more sewing desk cleanup
-picked out a small quilt to work on and found a back for it (I'll post it at the end of the week)
-organized some things for my EPP class on Friday

Not bad for a week's work!

Monday, February 1, 2016

UFO #5 is up!



The first of the month brings the next assignment in my UFO list from All People Quilt.   It's not a hard one, and that's good on this month of 29 days.  For me, it is the labeling project for a few quilts that were finished in 2015.  For now, it will have to wait until we return home, as we are relaxing in Maine.   None of the equipment is with me, but I can begin planning.

How do I do my labels?

Generally, I follow a few rules:

  1. Include my name, location, dates to make the quilt (always rought estimate), techniques used (hand or machine piece, appliqué, hand or machine quilted, etc.) and pattern name/author.
  2. Put all this into a word processing document to get them text centered
  3. Think about including an image from the front of the quilt (I'll post some examples)
  4. Draw out anything I am going to use to scale
  5. Prepare label - usually a light colored fabric - and frame/bind  the label so it can be sewn on the quilt easily
  6. Iron freezer paper with lines drawn with a Sharpie.
  7. Write out the label with Pigma pens
When I am nearer my quilts, I'll do a little tutorial with some pictures.  Like many quilters, I often don't label unless I am giving the quilt away or putting it in a show.  This stops now!