Monday, August 9, 2010

Design Wall Monday

Well, it is too hot already to leave the house w/o a waterbottle, hat, and umbrella. Camping in this heat is not fun and starting tomorrow we have after school duty for the grandkids so we won't be camping til it cools down. My computer is being moody so this means that I am sewing..woohoo!
So I am working on my black & white dresden plate quilt on yellow background with red,black, & white centers. I need to piece 10 more blocks in this part then I can start putting together blocks. I think I need to put a 1" red border around each round of plates/fans to set them off. Since this quilt is not in my usual bright popping colors, it looks bland to me. What do you think? Borders or not?
Next thing I am working on is the Labels presentation for my guilds at the end of the month. Doing the research for this presentation has taught me so very much about labels. Do you label? How?
Lator gators! Have a blessed day.



14 comments:

  1. Oh My! Oh My! Oh My! I love this so much! Your muse is a pretty creative cookie. You should keep her around! :-) I can't wait to see this finished.

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  2. This is going to be an absolutely stunning quilt. I don't think you should add the red border around each set of plates--it'll make it much more boxy. This way it just flows! Looking forward to seeing it done!
    Lurking Linda

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  3. I LOVE it like this, but the red sounds intriguing! Are you putting colours in the centres? Maybe do that first before you decide whether or not to add borders. I agree with Linda - I like the flow with the way it looks now. The boxyness from the red would add a modern twist though. Not very helpful comments, today, just playing/designing along with you! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I label. I posted one of my examples at http://www.catpatches.blogspot.com
    I like doing them with my machine embroidery module. I've learned not to try to put too much information on them. As the font gets smaller, it gets harder to read. If you're going to put very much wording on it, it should really be hand embroidered. Also, I print them on Printed Treasures and that works well too. There are a lot of free designs to download on the internet. I didn't label my quilts at first, but the more I did, the more I decided it was important. My grandmother made gorgeous quilts, but labeled none of them. When I'm gone, no one will know anything about them. (I donated her quilts to the Tillamook Quilt and Textile Museum in Tillamook Oregon. Now everyone who visits will know who she was.

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  5. After working on a state quilt documentation project I realized how important it is to put a label on each of your quilts. It's nice to have a lot of information on the label for future generations to see, but many people don't do anything. At the very least, you should put your name (including your birthname --"maiden" name), your city and state, and the year. Don't just sign it "Granny"!

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  6. I love blue and yellow together.

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  7. I'm partial to it just the way it is.

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  8. I always label my quilts. Lately I've been doing them on the computer with some kind of nice graphics with it. I also might just do the text with computer and draw some motif from the front onto the label. I always title my quilts - put where and when it was made and designed by me.

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  9. This will be striking when you finish it!
    glen

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  10. That is a beautiful quilt. Thanks for visiting my blog. The quilt I am working on is "Be Attitudes" by Nancy Halvorsen. It is a fun quilt. My daughter said I should put mine in my classroom. I think I will.

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  11. I really like your project. Can't imagine the red with it but I am sure it will be great also.

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  12. I need a visual for the red decision... the blocks look great!

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  13. I don't label, I need to though. I just haven't got that far in the process. I will watch your blog to see how you label.

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  14. I really like dresden plates and yours a great. I would put a small stopping border on and then a larger finish border, possibly a large print. I label every quilt. I machine embroider them usually with an embroidery design that matches the quilt theme and then the quilt name, my name and date. In fact, just this week I was asked to make 2 labels for another quilter: new occupation?

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