The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface - So it is that we develop - But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work. For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece.

Friday, March 18, 2011

March UFQ's - March Came Softly

March Finish
March Patchwork Times UFO Challenge Number 1 - Finished early and tried a new technique also ...

This is the bottom right corner

This is a piped binding technique that I happened upon at  Trisha has a wonderful  tutorial. for Faux Piped Binding.  I will not even attempt to tell you as her tutortial will explain it a lot better.  I am just the messenger - and believe me this definitely is worth exploring.  See how nicely it lays on the above picture - I love this technique. 
This is the two strips sewn together - the red strip is the larger accent piece.

Criss Cross Applesauce - up to 96 blocks and still going. Love this quilt from Scraps and Shirttails II by Bonnie Hunter and call this pattern "my breather" pattern.

I have been Spring cleaning in my room - clearing out and finishing up - sending quilts to be quilted and sewing on binding and labels. I have UFQuilt's instead of UFObjects - I have no problem sewing the bindings on - I like to do that at night - but I sure do procrastinate with labels. Since I already have a stack of quilts that need labels...

I now make the label and attach it BEFORE I put the binding on.  It just makes sense to sew two sides of the label in the seam allowance before sewing the binding down.

I am currently taking a 7-1/2 inch square, fold on diagonal, pressing and attaching in left corner. I can then write - OMG, yes I do still write them - the information about the quilt and my friends and family will have another little piece to remember me by.

What is your method of dealing with labels? Please leave a comment as I am always looking for solutions.

Two Donated Quilts this month -

Carolyn's Schnibbles and Fiesta Colors that have been donated to the Peers organization in Jacksonville, NC for their silent auction next week. They do trenemdous work in their community and it is always a pleasure to send along some quilts.  Joanne Lendaro of Insanely Cheap Quilting did a wonderful job quilting them.

Some more finishes for March - mostly just needed binding and labels - but OTL (off the list) !!!

Label that I hand embroidered for "Two Block Hop" and  just need to  fill in the information. 

Two Block Hop and the picture of pieced back.

Softly Blue - the picture just does not do this quilt true justice -A monochromatic little gem I really love, and I decided to use the same fabric for the label. I will just write in the information in "cursive." because I think it is a shame that we are losing the art of our personal handwriting by using computer fonts instead.  While my labels may not look as good ... they are mine.

Scalloped Charms -  label posted above. Another little sofa quilt on it's way to a very dear friend. I made her a quilt last year for her birthday - mailed it and it was never received. Disappeared in our very own USPS - no explanation, except that "You should have paid more and had it tracked."  My reply was that I use to have confidence in the mail system and should not have had to pay more to expect delivery. I no longer have that confidence and track and insure everything.

Eleanor's Picnic is from Piece 'O Cake and I just love this little quilt.  It is currently on someone else's table - can't say who.

I am still sorting and packing for our eventual move, but finishing up some projects around the house right now seems to take up our spare time. We are getting there, as evidenced by the boxes stacked in the garage.

A very special picture taken right outside our kitchen window.  Spring is lovely in NC.

Happiness along your journey on this sunny and glorious day.  Judy C


taylorsoutback said...

Good morning Judy - I also like to write on my labels particularly when the quilt will be a gift. Just adds a more personal touch. Have done quite a few printed labels with photo transfer when appropriate also. But we have a new HP printer that is very touchy with its ink stability & you need to use the newer setting solution made specifically for that printer.
That quilt "lost" in the USPS system is wonderful...hope who ever "found" it enjoys its beauty. What a shame...
Love your cardinal photo...we don't get them here with our open fields and not many trees nearby. But the trade-off is our pond - the geese should be arriving soon along with all the ducks...
Oh beloved Springtime!!

Lindah said...

Lovely quilts! I like the UFQ rather than UFO. :-)

I'm glad to see that you write your labels, too. It seems softer to me, less "in your face," altho I am sure that some presentations need the larger printed label. Sometimes I just write the info right on the quilt backing, depending on the color/fabric design. I like your 3-sided label design. That is even softer than a square. Good ideas!

Quilt Hollow said...

Brilliant idea for the label. At first glace I thought you were showing how you make an easier sleeve for hanging the quilt. This is similiar to how I do that. Obviously leaving the one edge unstitched and making on both corners. LOL
I track every package I send out and have no problems. Insuring it isn't worth it unless you can prove the worth of the quilt inside. Appraising it would be best I gather. I was told long ago that unless quilts are appraised they are of blanket value. Don't know how true but interesting. Not everybody seems to know the value of a quilt and the work put into it.
Today was absolutely gorgeous...enjoy your weekend!

Joanne Lendaro said...

The quilts look great, and you are right, the pictures of the Softly Blue does not do this quilt justice at all. That quilts is so pretty, I couldn't manage a good shot of it either. Your quilts are always a pleasure to work with. And btw, I don't do labels...oh no!! but I'd have to actually finish a quilt!!

sao said...

I loved loved loved seeing all of your quilts - and the picture of SPRING in NC was fantastic. Thanks for the tip about your corner labels. I often write on an orphan block for my label and I have my long arm quilter QUILT it right into the quilt. :) I can't say that I ALWAYS do this but I think I make it about half the time! :)

sao in Midlothian, VA

Bonnie said...

I did quite a study on printed labels a year ago for a presentation I was making. I printed a picture and words on the labels using two types of ink and two types of printer fabric. They all washed out the photos quite a bit although the words were still very legible. And, I washed a couple of my quilts with computer generated photos with color and the color ran something awful and then "reattached" itself to the label so it was very dingy. Now, I am way more inclined to use Pigma pens (color, black or brown) for my labels. If I am good I will use a sq or rectangle label in the corner like you did the triangle and turn under the top and side. You have to really think about this ahead of the binding so you get it sewn down correctly. Your way looks much easier.

Your quilts are lovely. I need to get Bonnie H's new book. Well and her first book as I don't have it either. Sigh.

Cheri said...

I've got to stop clicking on blog list I follow is soooo long. I'm following you now. I hope you don't mind but I'm borrowing your label idea. Lovely quilts and the cardinal is a favorite of mine.

Michelle May (Shell) said...

Good gracious you have been busy! Love them all!
xx, shell

Karen said...

I love your idea for your labels. I put a frame around the label with a fabric from the from and then stitch the quilt down.

Quilter Kathy said...

Oh my goodness...that is a lot of quilts right there!
I do my labels the exact same way as you do...square folded over and sewn into the corner under the binding.

Katie said...

I came to see your completed UFO, but wow! You've shared a lot of beautiful quilts on this post. I write my own labels, too (and kinda wonder at those who print them on computers). And a word to the wise for insuring when shipping: the USPS will only reimburse you for what you can produce receipts for. So if you insure a quilt for $500, but can only produce receipts for $100 in fabric, they'll only give you $100. But they'll be more than happy to take your money for $500 worth of insurance. UPS (the brown guys) will insure and reimburse for what you declare. Your creations are so beautiful, it makes my heart hurt to know one was lost.

Jo said...

It's wonderful that you are so generous with your time and talents. I love all your progress...keep tackling that list.

Ann said...

Nice wallhanging! I have a kit for that in my To do pile. :) I love how you do your labels. Good to remind us that we shouldn't overthink them and just git'er dun! Lots of great work accomplished this month!

BetsyE said...

Love the March UFQ completing (I like that - UFQ)! Doesn't that tiny piping add so much to a quilt? I love the way you do your labels too... sewn into the binding is smart!