I’ve finished 2 quilts in the past 2 weeks and have another ready to bind. That means that I need quilt labels!
Last year I started a “thing” to make all of my labels with Zentangle drawing. My sister-in-law taught me how to do it and I wanted to keep it as something that I would practice regularly. Using it for my quilt labels seemed like a good way to do it.
This first one is for a 36” square quilt that I made for Paula Nadelstern.I can’t share the quilt photo because it’s for a book but I can share the label. I thought I’d share how I go about making these.
I start by printing the text on paper. I draw the Zentangle elements and then photocopy the image to fabric. I spend way too much time trying out fonts! The quilt has a star theme so I decided I wanted 4 corner star elements and penciled in some circles and lines for guides.
I always practice my elements first on scrap paper. This will be the start element. The lines are jittery because I had just taken a hit of Albuterol but the practice was enough to tell that I liked it.
Here are the 4 stars drawn in each corner. Now I need to connect them.
I wanted a simple element to connect the stars and create a frame. I have a ribbon winding around a curved bar. I penciled the design in first so that I could get the crossing areas aligned right.
Here it is ready to photocopy on fabric. It finishes about 5” square. Once I get this sewn on I’ll be ready to ship the finished quilt off.