Wednesday, May 06, 2015

WIP Wednesday

  I know I promised some more Shipshewana stuff but this first but it is Wednesday after all. 
 I am *still* working on that gigantic wedding quilt!   
I can't show the entire quilt until after the wedding on Saturday as I want to keep some of it a secret.  I have to say in addition to being one of the largest quilts I have ever made
 it is also one of the prettiest! 
 I will have a difficult time handing this one over to it's new owners.


I decided to hand embroider the label and then border it with squares.  
The last time I did this I loved how it looked.  
Once finished I used a matching square of solid white and sewed RST, turned it right side too and voila, a finished quilt label! 
 I had some issues with it being "puffy" when I sewed it on the last time I made one so I decided to actually sew lines into this one, sort of underlining the words.  
I like how much flatter it laid. 
 I also top stitched around the outside of the label (no hand stitching that opening shut, LOL).  
So here is the label before sewing it to the backing.


And here it is after with the lines stitched in and the top stitching done.


I did attach it to the quilt by using Elmer's washable school glue and a hot iron.  
I ran a thin line of glue along the outer edge on the back of the label and
 then ironed it down on the quilt.  
This left it so I did not need to use any pins to stitch it down and
 the glue will wash out when the quilt is washed! 
 I hand stitched it in place using a blanket stitch and some lavender embroidery floss.  
I forgot to get a close up of that though.  
I need to do before I gift it though!


I stitched the binding on to the quilt and then pressed it toward the backside.  
Then using the same gluing technique, I glued the binding into place for hand stitching.  
As you can clearly see, I had help from Autumn, once again.


As she was rolling around and bathing on this quilt, she was making sure to deposit just the right amount of cat fur on it to add to the warmth of the finished quilt. 
 I think she wanted Kara and Dan to know just how much she loves them too!


Sooooo much hand stitching to do to get this binding on!  
So far I have done about 6 hours and have 3 sides stitched down!! 
One more to go, hopefully tonight so that I can take some photos tomorrow or Friday.  
Good thing I love these guys!!!


The "Big Day" is Saturday.  
I can't wait for this wedding.  
Kara will be a beautiful bride! 
 It's almost like one of my own getting married.  
Then they are off to PA for her residency in Pediatric Cardiology. 

 Not sure when we will get to see them again in the near future but
 I wish them all the happiness in the world!

Love you Kara and Dan!!  Happy Wedding!!


8 comments:

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I love doing embroidered labels, especially on a really special quilt. Fabulous binding!

beaquilter said...

you're the first one I've seen that does the binding the same direction I do when sewing it onto the back....

creaturecomfortquilts said...

What a beautiful label! I'm sure the new owners adored it!

lalaluu said...

Love your label! The blanket stitching on the edges is just perfect!

DianeF said...

Wow, even with a partial view of the quilt it looks so beautiful. I love the colors and I'm sure the happy couple will love it too. What a special gift.

Mama Spark said...

@creaturecomfortquilts I hope they will! I will be gifting it this coming Saturday. @dianeF I can't wait for them to be able to see it! I deliberately have not shown the entire quilt until I can give it to them. Then I will post a full on photo of the finished quilt! Neither of you nice women left an email for me so I hope you see my response in these comments!

Mama Spark said...

@creaturecomfortquilts I hope they will! I will be gifting it this coming Saturday. @dianeF I can't wait for them to be able to see it! I deliberately have not shown the entire quilt until I can give it to them. Then I will post a full on photo of the finished quilt! Neither of you nice women left an email for me so I hope you see my response in these comments!

dianne said...

wowsa - they are gonna absolutely love it!!!

p.s. - does it sometimes seem like the label takes almost as long as the piecing? except, of course, if you piece a nice queen-sized beast and then find that it has to become a KING-sized monster...

p.s.s. - that's the direction i go when i bind, too - i thought everyone did it that way...

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