Friday, April 29, 2011

Forward Progress

Yes, yes, I am making forward progress on this Improv quilt.  I had to decide what color to use for the backing and for the binding too.  I thought I wanted to use a purple of some sort, but you never know what you will find at the store and I had something in my mind's eye of how I thought it should look.  Then I had to consider what the backing would be.  The last 2 blocks to come in will be on the back and they will be one purple and one green.  I had traced the label on Kona Snow and also had to consider the color of floss to use for the embroidery of that label and what color I will use to build that block.  So off to the shop I went in search of the perfect combination!

I was trying to decide between Kona Eggplant and Kona Berry for the binding.  How did they look with the top, both were good.  How did they look with the back, oh wait I had to choose the back, LOL.
Eggplant                                             Berry
So I laid them both out on the floor and placed the top on them.  I liked them both.  This made me decide that I had to choose a color for the back and maybe that would make the choice easier.  I himmed and hawwed and but finally I chose Kona Baby Pink and you know what?  I loved the Berry with that so here is what I got.
Kona Berry and Kona Baby Pink
The pink is a really soft pink and when I put some of the purple blocks and some of the green ones on it they looked so nice!  The baby is going to be a little girl so pink is perfect.  I think I am going to leave the label in snow and surround it in pinks and purples.  The floss (no pic sorry) is a variation on the Kona Berry that I will use for the binding. 

I know you are all probably bored to tears about this quilt and I am sorry but it is consuming so much of my thoughts right now!  As is going to market!  QQ and I have gone through the gamut of events all to get there.  First we were staying with a friend, and she was going to drive us around.  Then we were going to rent a car and now we are staying at a hotel downtown SLC (Little America, if anyone wants to meet up with us or happens to be staying there too).  Staying a few blocks away gives us the flexibility to walk wherever we want and come and go as we want.  It was nice for our friend to volunteer to have us but I feel like it would have been a HUGE imposition on her and her family.  I want the FULL market experience and if that means late nights and early mornings it is better to be close by! (Thanks for understanding my weird control freakish personality, Ms Annie!)

I should be getting the layer cake quilt (now known as "Jessie's quilt") back from LTW the LAQ today and I could not be more excited to see how it turned out.  I went to her farm last week and chose the design elements for each of the blocks, with Acanthus butterflies as the theme.  I found an amazing deal on a pattern pack that had 42 quilting patterns in it at One Song Needle Arts and it was on sale!! 
WOO HOO!!  If you are interested in butterflies you should check it out!  GREAT price!!!!
Anyway, I am hoping to make the binding tonight and square up the quilt and maybe hand it off to QQ for binding later tonight.  I guess I need to think about a label for that one too, *sigh*.  Although, the back is Kona Celery so I may lazy out and just write on the actual quilt (I really HATE sewing on a label)  How do you like to label your quilts??


Sara said...

The backs are harder than the quilt top itself!! Boo!!

I was having a color challenge yesterday while ordering new Kona colors online. I cam to the conclusion that they have WAY TOO MANY colors to choose from--it's NOT me!!

I did a machine embroidered label for my last quilt, but a few others I have hand embroidered the label.

Shari said...

I love the berry and the baby pink - too perfect together.

I totally understand wanting to be free in your schedule - have lots and lots of fun!!

In the past I have not labelled (naughty), typed what I wanted onto paper and traced over it on to fabric with a pigma pen and, recently, tried the fabric printer sheets. I put the label in a corner before I sew the binding down - a rectangle or square label would then only have two sides to sew down while a triangle lable would only have one.

Deb said...

I've used all methods for labels. I've used a label program and then run the paper-backed material through my printer. I've used steam-a-seam fusible on the back of a piece of fabric, then written info on it with a pigma pen, and sometimes - I know bad! I don't put a label on them at all!

Poppyprint said...

I write my labels on white or muslin, sew them RST with lightweight fusible interfacing, cut a hole in the interfacing to turn the whole thing RSO, then blanket stitch the label to the back of the quilt (preferably before quilting, so some quilting stitches go through the label). I did a tute here:

I'm trying not to be jealous about market. I always look forward to everyone's post-market posts and photos!!! Have a blast.

Impera Magna said...

I'm never bored hearing (reading) quilters' thought processes in selecting fabrics, backings, and bindings... I learn a lot each time!

Thanks for sharing with us today!

Crispy said...

Oooo I love those colors!! When you show us the final quilt, you will have to take a pic with the corner flipped over so we get the full effect :o)


dianne said...

Oh. My. Gawd. i went there (One Song Needle Arts) and Have You Seen the Coffee & Tea designs?!? OMG!!!

Allie said...

I like the Kona Berry. Can't wait to hear all about Market! I like to write on my quilts too, I used to make fancy embroidered labels on my machine but got too lazy.

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