I made great progress on the secret Zombie Ball quilt this weekend and I even had some company to help me out. This Pileated Woodpecker was hanging out right outside my sewing room window. I finished the top and all of the quilting on the quilt and even got it blocked. All I have left is the facing (I've decided to face it instead of binding it and you'll see why when it's done) and hanging sleeve. I even got the label made!
I decided to take a break from quilting and to try to make my football watching more productive. I've been thinking about doing Zentangle art for my labels. I need a label for the Woodland Star quilt so I thought I'd give it a try.
The challenge was lettering. I'm not good at freehand lettering. I had the bright idea to do the text on the computer and then trace it on the fabric. I probably spent about 2 hours attempting this before Chris asked why I wasn't drawing on the paper and then copying that to the fabric.
This was my first attempt that then became my practice piece. I started with that hideous leafy thing on the left and tried to salvage it. Then I found that flower image on the right and once I drew it I knew the leaf had to go.
So I printed another piece of paper and started again. I used this piece to test out motifs. I bet I spent at least 4 hours just on drawing this label....when I wasn't screaming at the TV while my Hokies lost again at home.
I finally found a motif I liked for the left side and printed it on fabric. I stitched it on after the Eagles big win. That game wore me out.
Saturday after I finished drawing the Woodland Star label I decided to do one for the Zombie Ball quilt. This one was more fun and I had it drawn in about an hour. I printed the text and then drew the ball around it.
When I print a label on white or light fabric I usually line by fusing a piece of white to the back that's the finished size of the label. Then I fold back the raw edges. Often I fuse the label to the quilt before stitching it. I don't need pins and if the stitching comes out the label will stay attached.
Now I need to get back to my hour-a-day quilting and get Zombie ball finished up. Check out what everyone else is doing at Patchwork Times.