Sunday, April 22, 2012

Quilt Show and Labels

The weekend that Jan attended the 'String-A-Long' guild show in Indiana, I attended the Venice guild show, Quilting By the Gulf XIV', in Florida.  I loved the mouse pincushion taking in the show from the vantage point of this antique block. 

This liberated log cabin was one of my favorites from the exhibited quilts.  I took a picture of the detail placard (male quilt designer), but can't read the information to give credit.  Funny coincidence that Jan and I should highlight a similar show quilt - guess we're rubbing off on each other (which is a good thing!). 

I was lucky to time my show visit with the bed turning event.  The opportunity for good quilt shots wasn't optimal, but I wanted to share my favorite.

Taryn from Repro Quilt Lover recently asked about quilt labels.  Happens that I was making a label for this quilt which will be exhibited at the AQS Paducah show this week (WOO HOO!).  If you're visiting the show and there's a 'white-glove' lady in attendance, ask to see the back - it's a strippy with alternating solid/lg hst blocks.

This is how I make a label.  My free-hand attempts have been disappointing, so I've partnered with computer software:
     - Type the line info into Word as you want it to appear on the label
     - Highlight the text, select 'center' formatting and play with font and sizing until it meets your needs
     - Save
     - Iron a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of label fabric to the waxed side of freezer paper
     - Mark a 'x' on regular printer paper and print a sample to determine how to feed the label paper
     - My printer takes the freezer paper without a problem
     - If you have a problem, I've used xerox services at Staples successfully
     - Trace over text with permanent pen (Pigma) - keep this in mind when picking the font
     - Cut label to correct measurements.  The excess fabric goes into my scraps
     - You can wash the label to make sure the text is the desired intensity before adding to quilt

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

String Along Quilt Show

To begin, it has been so long since I've posted. We got a new computer, and it took a few days to move everything over from the old one. Then, I had to (with help) figure out the new photo editing. Having said that, here are some antique quilts from the recent show.

This is a liberated wool, new quilt. Isn't it wonderful?

Feedsack strips make for a quaint medallion quilt.
What a dynamic string quilt!
This is really a log cabin, but it is a charmer, I think.