Quilt Labels, part II

First up, some answers to all those questions that came in about the label post I did a while back.  I provided a tutorial for my easy-peasy way to back your fabric with freezer paper and send it through your printer.  Then the comments and questions came in about colorfastness and ink and fabric.  Sigh.  I am not a computer-printer expert.  All lot of people noted that HP inks run and disappear.  To figure out how your inks behave in the wash, I strongly suggest that you make a test sample with YOUR printer and put it in a lingerie bag and run it through your washer and dryer to see what happens.

Used Computer-printed label

While I was in Washington DC, praying for the cherry blossoms to open (they almost did), my husband and I visited my son and were able to sleep under the quilt I made him when he went away to college, some twelve years ago (my, how time flies!).  He admits that he doesn’t wash it too often, but here is a picture of the label, printed on my EPSON printer.  I think it looks pretty good for being done all those many years ago.

I have printed labels with my laser jet printer which did not survive the wash, so later on, when I visited that grandchild’s house, I simply traced over the wording with a Micron pen.

And For the Pansies Label

This quilt was made sixteen years ago, and I wrote on the label with a Micron Pen (I think I used about a .05 or .07).  It’s been washed scads of times, and given that I hardly knew what I was doing at that time in the Label Department, it seems to have held up.

And For the Pansies Poem on Label

The poem that goes with the quilt, an homage to my mother, who loves pansies. I think what I’m trying to say is that there is no one way to make a quilt label, and if you like buying the fabric that’s pretreated, or making your own with some Bubble Jet and Bubble Jet set (a la Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry), have at it.  If you have a success, please let me know and I’ll pass it along.  But for now, I will keep plugging along with my EPSON printer and their fabulous inks and my easy-peasy freezer paper method.



A reminder that tomorrow is our quarterly reveal for our Four-in-Art group.  See you then!


Shadow Owes Its Life To Light

Shadow Light Quilt_detail4

What do you do when the quilt you just finished is too big for your improvised outdoor home photo studio? You try to photograph it anyway.

Shadow Light Quilt_full1Shadow Owes Its Life to Light
Began July 2013 • Finished April 2014

I pieced it, but Cathy Kreter of CJ Designs quilted it.

Shadow Light Quilt_detail3

I’d first seen this in the City Quilter Quilt Shop in New York City, and immediately signed up for the block of the month. It was great fun to have those packages arrive every month for six months.  I kept up pretty well.  Nancy Rink called it Amish With a Twist–II, as it followed her first quilt design in the Amish style.  I blogged sporadically about its progress on this site (and *here* too), as often the work progressed sporadically.

Shadow Light Quilt_detail2

My design wall wasn’t big enough to hold this massive quilt (106″ square) so I pieced it together in sections.

Shadow Light Quilt_detail1

I wrote about the quilting *here* as I really stressed out about which thread to use.

Shadow Light Quilt_detail6 corners

Shadow Light Quilt_detail7

Shadow Light Quilt_detail5

Shadow Light  Quilt_back

And to make this record complete, here is the back.  I used some Jane Sassaman fabric.

Shadow Light  Quilt Label2

I thought about many names.  I halfway thought I’d just keep Nancy Rink’s name for the quilt, but wanted something different.  Certainly, since it has furrows of light and dark, calling it the oft-used “Sunshine and Shadow” would be a possibility.  But I didn’t just want to say it THAT way.  So I found this old proverb: Shadow Owes Its Life to Light, indicating the interdependence between light and shadow.  Not only did I like it because its allusion to the old cliche, but it also had a nicely poetic rhythm to it.

Shadow Light Quilt_full2I vowed after making my son’s king-sized quilt that I’d never make another quilt that large.  Well, I did.  But next time, please come running over to my house and talk some sense into me if I ever even think about making another big quilt.

This is Quilt #130 of my lifetime quilts.


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Cross-X Last Call

June Cross-X Quilt Blocks3

Well, my Cross-X Friendship Swap partner has a new gig in town: she’s expecting a baby, and I’m more than happy for her!  So, since we were so near our goal, we decided to do an all-call, last-call and finish up the swapping.  Here are my last blocks that I sent to Krista, of Krista-Stitched.  Three (above)  and Four (below).  And is the tradition of this swap, we do a blog post on the last Friday of the month about our swaps.

May Cross-X Quilt Blocks stacked

May Cross-X Quilt Blocks4Here are the four in double-vision; all total for this swap: seven.  We now have about 55 total blocks (she does the math, I don’t) and I’ll get them all out and arrange them and get them sewn together.  She wrote and said a few more were en-route to me, so I’ll wait a bit before sewing it all together.  It’s been a fun run at this, and thanks to Krista and our Flickr group, for giving me the motivation to make some Cross-X blocks!


Coming up soon is the quarterly reveal of our Four-in-Art Art Quilt Group.  Our most recent theme is Urban, with the quarterly theme of Landmarks.  The Big Reveal of all of our quilts is May 1st, next Friday.  I’ve got my ideas and am working forward with them.  Stop back then and take a look!



Amish With a Twist II Update

Amish Quilting

When I returned from our little visit to the East Coast, my quilter called me and said the Amish With a Twist-2 quilt was finished. I was really happy to jet over to her house and pick it up, and was really happy with the quilting.  There was lots of discussion about what color of thread should be used on this quilt, if a person wasn’t going to pay to have it custom-quilted, and needed to travel over both the lights and the darks of the quilt top.

Blush Thread label

I was able to take my quilt top to the Superior Threads quilt booth at Road to California, and run about comparing threads.  They told me that King Tut would sit on top, So Fine would sink a little deeper and that the very fine Bottom Line thread would almost disappear into the quilt.  We unwrapped a billion thread cones (just kidding) and I finally chose this one: Blush.

Blush Thread_Superior

In spite of its name, it is a coppery colored thread, and goes perfectly with this quilt.  I still have oodles of thread left, so check with your long-armer on how much thread to buy.  I know that Superior also has a thread app, available on the Apple iTunes store, that can calculate how much thread you’ll need to buy for your project.  I figure I’m good for about a hundred years of needing copper-colored thread.

P.S.  That wild Jane Sassaman fabric you see it the backing I chose.

P.P.S.S.  I promise a picture when I’ve finished sewing on the miles and miles and miles of binding.


Goals for Quarter2 of 2014

Goals for 2nd quarter 2014

Okay, translation:

Lollypop All Quilted

1. Finish Lollypop Trees quilt.  I need to finish up the quilting, sew on the sleeve, label and binding.  Still looking for a name.

Sol Lewitt's Patchwork Primer

2. Quilt the Sol Lewitt’s Quilting Basics quilt.  I have no idea how to do this, or what to back it with, but I’m thinking some of that Charleston Farmhouse I picked up last week.

3. Bee Blocks for April, May and June.  There’s obviously no illustration for May or June blocks because they haven’t come my way yet.  But *here* are April’s.

Colorwheel Bloom Quilt Top

4. Finish off my Colorwheel Blossom Quilt Top.  I’ve got a couple of ideas on how to expand it slightly.  Then, next, will come the headache of How Do I Quilt This?  A happy headache.

Three Selvage Blocks

5. Ongoing: Selvage Blocks. I have centers cut for white, followed by cream.  From sunshiny brights to neutrals.

6. Cut out Mexican Quilt.  I call it that because the fabric I’ve chosen has a lot of calaveras, motifs, and colors from south of the border.

7.  Cut out Good Luck Quilt.  When our area had it’s last quilter fun-run, I missed it, but was able to get some of the yardage to make a quilt.  I’ve got it dreamed up, now just have to execute.

Amish Quilting

8. Finish the Amish With a Twist-II quilt.  You know: binding, hand-sewing the binding down, sleeve and label.

9. I’ve also thrown on sewing three skirts.  Fabric bought and pattern chosen.  Motivation missing.

Of course all of this flies in the face of Derek Sivers’ TED talk: Those who announce their goals are less likely to finish them.  Watch below.

What I do find is that when I’m brain dead and only want to do *nothing at all* having that list taped to the front of my fabric cabinet gives me a place to start.