I am making some labels for a few of my new quilts. But, only because I have to.
The Quilt Police have had a warrant out on me for years for section 420.67b, non-completion of quilt labels (along with section 316.28a, undocumented quilt gift-giving (no photo of quilt taken before given away); section 421.12c non-inclusion of hanging sleeves; and a few other misdemeanors to be named later).
However, I am showing some of my new work in the Teacher’s Tent at the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt show next week, and they require compliance with the practice of adding a label. I get why a quilt should be labeled – I even agree that it’s a good thing.
One should label their quilts. (Should – another long 4-letter word.)
I don’t know if it is the rebel in me, the lazy in me, or the absolute aversion to hand sewing, but I NEVER make labels for my quilts. Except for now, when I am doing it for these five quilts (and a few other times).
So, could I just have made a nice simple label? A pretty square with the pertinent information? I COULD have.
But did I?
Of course not! I made a super-complex collage of at least 12 pieces.
Why so many bits, you might ask? Well, I made her a new skirt top with the pretty red points (the original has just one red point), and then I collaged the basilica, flowers, cacti, and leaves to make a balanced arrangement.
I am sure you’ve noticed by now that the piece is not a simple square either. Of course not! That would just be too easy!
I did give her a nice set of arm and shoulder tattoos while I was at it. And why not?
Then, I used a zig-zag stitch to attach the collage to a background piece. Not sure it’s the best look, but TOO LATE NOW!
Now we come to the yucky bit – all that hand sewing and turning under of edges, curves, inner corners, and other tools of torture to a hand-sew-a-phobe like me!
I trimmed the edge a bit and clipped the outer curves. Then I pinned with long, sharp pins (I chose long pins so that the thread could get caught in the pins with each and every stitch – seriously!)
Then I did sew it with little invisible stitches and green thread.
Not too bad for someone who avoids this kind of work like a plague of nose-picking pig farmers.
When I had to work on this (the most complex) section, I clipped into the corners.
So that’s about it – and it’s done.
(You’re probably wondering why there is that funny line on her chest. The reason is that I started with a piece that had her face, arm and body but had the left part of her chest cut off. Rather than starting with a whole lady, I just cut the chest off of another intact lady. What was I thinking? No Idea. Just sometimes one makes silly decisions.)
Here’s the finished look…
So only four more to go!
Well, I actually finished the label for Barbed Wire Betsy (see this post), and I kept this one more simple!!!
So three more to go – please hold.