Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Quilt Labels, Past and Future

I recently completed two quilts and made these two quilt labels:

My sister gave me this book of "iron on" quilt labels. I am excited to try one of these out! The directions say to color the labels with crayons and markers. I'm not too sure about using crayons.... but I think an ironed on label in plain black and white would be nice. I could then fill in the blanks with my black permanent fabric pen. At some point, I may do a trial label using crayons and/or markers to see how it turns out before sewing it on an actual quilt.

The book of iron on quilt label transfers:

Have any of you ever used these type labels? How did they work?

Monday, November 2, 2009

A Sweet Finish - Sweet Savannah

As promised in Friday's post, I worked diligently on this quilt in my spare moments over the weekend and am happy to report that it has been finished and delivered to my friend who will be presenting it to Sweet Savannah's Mama-to-be on Saturday at a baby shower.

Here's the quilt being free motion machine quilted. This is the second quilt that I've attempted this type of quilting on and it went very well.

I put my ironing board at a lowered position behind my sewing machine to make a surface for the quilt to lay on, so that it wouldn't hang over the back. This helps the quilting process immensely.

This is the back of the quilt. This is the first time I've incorporated some blocks into the backing fabric and I love how it turned out!

The label on the back:

A couple of more views:

My camera doesn't take very good close up pictures, but if you look closely, you'll see a tiny heart in the meandering quilting.

I have a queen size quilt that is basted and ready to quilt. I think I'm ready to tackle free motion quilting it! Its very hard work, but so worth it when you get done.