In the evenings I’ve been “relaxing” with my Zentangle pens and the label for my Cathedral Window quilt. I was diligent this time and took photos of all the steps so you can see how I do these.
I start by creating the text in a Word document and printing it on paper. Then I tape the paper to a a piece of plexiglass that’s about 12 x 14. This give me a stable, firm and rotatable surface to draw on. You can see pencil marks here where I drafted out the size for a frame. This label is going to be huge because I had a lot to say about this quilt.
I try to take at least 1 element from the quilt to include in the label. For the Cathedral Window it’s the lozenge shape. I didn’t want perfect shapes so I sketched out the rope shapes in pencil and then went back with the pen.
I really like the Pigma pens for these. The ink dries really fast and never smears.
Then I pondered for a while. I found the ruffle shape in one of my books and liked that for the outside edge. I tried out several ideas for inside the lozenges.
Since I couldn’t decide in the inside motif I started with the ruffle.
I move along at a pretty good clip once I made a decision. Just like with my quilting it’s the deciding that’s that hard part!
Another couple of days pondering and I finally settled on what I would do inside the lozenges. I took this with me to quilt club Tuesday night and worked on the flowers. I finished them Wednesday night and then I resumed pondering for inside.
In the end I felt like the Cathedral Window is quite a formal and very structured pattern and I felt that the label should be the same. That meant more ruffles.
I didn’t like the middle of the flowers being plain white so I added a little cross hatch to finish it off. Then I spent 3 hours with scrap paper trying to come up with something to fill the white space on either side of the title. Everything I tried just junked it up so I went to bed. This morning I decided that it’s done as it is.
Next I will photocopy it to fabric and I might get it attached this weekend. This quilt is destined for my brother. I’m trying to decide now if I want to exhibit it in Mid-Atlantic before it goes to it’s forever home. I’m kind of ambivalent. I think it’s worthy of exhibiting but I don’t know if I want to bother.