One thing I suck at is putting labels on my quilts. By the time I get to the label, I’m so tired of that quilt I just want to BE DONE. The allure of “I can add a label anytime” grows stronger and stronger. Before I know it, a year has passed, then two. In an effort to correct that, I’m trying to add the label step as part of piecing the back. I figure if I do it when I’m still excited about the project and have enough work to do with the quilting and the binding that I’m not near the finish line, I’ll actually think about it and put some effort into it.
Since I’m out of room for applique panels, I thought the label would be the perfect place to give the Morbo DVD cover a try. I probably could have made him out of tiny little pieces of fabric (I still think it might be fun to try that), but I love to make thread painted patches. Because I thought it would be more fun-ner, I went with thread. You can see all the details on the process of making one of these in my Beginner Thread Painting Tutorial from a few months back. The process is exactly the same with a few more colors and hoop move to get all of his parts in. Here he is along the way:
I used the background color of the DVD cover for the label color, kona silver. I thought about a lot of ways to write out the words on the label, even tried a few. In the end, I settled on the label to being handwritten. Yes, it is a bit messy. No, it doesn’t look very professional. The thing is – it isn’t professional, it’s personal. The quilt is ultimately a gift from me to a very dear friend. While it may be true that the quilt will be the only one exactly like it in the whole world, I still wanted to put something on it that was specifically me. What’s more personal than my own messy handwriting?
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