Label Your Quilts! (And How I Label Mine)

I’m here to implore you to label your quilts! There are a lot of reasons we don’t label quilts, and they’re all crap. You don’t think it’s good enough. (It is.) You’ll remember all the details about it. (You won’t.) No one in the future will care where your quilt came from. (They will.)

Today I’m going to show you how I make my custom labels you see on all (most) of my quilts. Here we go.

anemone quilt label

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Ellen the Unicorn Quilt

I’m super excited to share my Ellen the Unicorn quilt! A while ago, I had a graphic designer leave my team at work. I was really bummed to see Ellen leave. She was so creative and had such a great personality within our team. She really was a unicorn! So when I saw the unicorn pattern from Elizabeth Hartman, I knew I needed to make an Ellen the Unicorn quilt.

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Navigation: My Perfect HST Quilt and Mini

I finally finished piecing, basting, quilting, binding, and photographing Navigation: my Perfect HST quilt and its mini! I started this at the beginning of last year when the amazing Lee Heinrich came out with the Perfect Half-Square Triangle templates and hosted a quilt along that used these amazing pieces of paper.

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Two New Starts

My sewjo has taken a beating during quarantine. Between being exhausted after work and not having a sense of urgency to go into the studio since I’m always home, quilting took a major back seat these past three months. While I learned some new things, I’ve been aching to get back into the studio. So I did what most quilters do and started looking for new projects to inspire me. And today, I have two new starts to share!

Thrive

Thrive is a product of Suzy from Suzy Quilts, and I’m really excited for this one. We’re working through putting together the quilt top each week, and she’s including meditation activities as well. Who couldn’t use some of that kind of good energy right now? I decided that I needed bright, bold colors to keep me inspired, and I’m so happy with my choices.

fabric for thrive quilt

I’m using Kona Cotton Solids, from front to back: Valentine, Cerise, Orangeade, Tangerine, Malibu, Celestial, Fern, Clover, Berry, and Silver. I’ll use White for the background.

100Days100Blocks

This quilt along from Angie at Gnome Angel has you making… um… 100 blocks in 100 days. Such a clever name!! This one is a lot more intimidating for me. I really want to keep up and do each block on its assigned day. I figured since we’re likely going to be working from home indefinitely, I can go straight to the studio when I wake up and get the blocks done before I start my work day. Not only will that help me keep up, it’s a great way to start the day! When I was picking fabric for this project, I knew I wanted to go even bolder.

fabric for 100 blocks quilt

Since I’m a huge fan of Kona and have them all in my stash, I shopped around until I found the perfect combination. I’m using Flame, Duckling, and Hibiscus. This will also have a White background.

If you’re quilting along with either of these projects, let me know! I want to follow you on IG so I can see your amazing progress.

Hanging In & Making Do

Like a lot of you, our lives changed dramatically since we started quarantine three months ago. When this all started, I thought we’d likely celebrate my birthday (mid-April) in quarantine. Then I thought we’d likely celebrate Sir’s birthday in quarantine (Memorial Day weekend). Then I thought I likely wouldn’t go back into the office until after Labor Day. Now I’m starting to think I won’t see my office until early 2021. And that’s about all the emotional energy I have for these kinds of predictions anymore. Read More…

Thread Thursday 8: COVID Edition

I had a really cool post for you for today, but I just can’t even right now. Between everything that’s in the news and our new daily life, I can only get out a quick COVID edition this week.

I promise I’ll focus on the good, but I need to get some things out first.

The Bleh

I’m exhausted! I work in marketing and communications for the U.S. military health system, so we’ve been working like crazy getting messaging out to service members and their families. And our normal work can’t stop right now too. So it’s like working two full-time jobs. I’m really jealous of the people who are watching every TV show ever on Netflix while I literally work, eat, sleep, repeat.

I also haven’t been in the studio since Sunday. I’m just so tired at the end of the day that I can’t muster up any more energy.

Finally, my daughter is on lock down in San Francisco while I’m here on the east coast. She’s 23 and living with her amazing dad while finishing college, but I’d love to be able to give her a hug right now.

That’s enough on the negative. Here’s some positive:

The Yay

Sir and I both have jobs that can be done from home. We’ll still be getting our paychecks. We’re both doing everything we can to stay well, and it all seems to be working for now.

We’re able to order from our favorite restaurants for delivery because we want them in our neighborhood when this is all over. We had the best Chinese takeout ever last night!

William! My new kitty has been so amazing while we’ve been home. We adopted him about a month ago, and he’s really coming out of his shell with us being around so much. His favorite thing to do is wrestling every night, but he doesn’t seem to like it whenever I let him “win.” Red dot is also a daily favorite.

How Are You Doing?

Seriously. This is a tough time for everyone. I’d love to hear how you’re doing. Leave me a comment, and I’ll answer you as soon as I can.

I’ll leave you with a bonus wrestling picture:

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