Open Line Friday-Quilt Labels and “Breaking Up” with a Quilt

Valentine's Day004

Happy Valentine’s Day!   I’m pretty sure all quilters began their careers back in the First Grade on Valentine’s Day…We were sooo happy cutting doilies, arranging heart shape stickers, creating our “Mailboxes” and our Valentines…Flash forward a few years…we’re just doing it all with fabric!

Applique Hearts, Valentine's DayON QUILT LABELS

Last week we had a lively discussion on labeling quilts.  (Read more HERE).  The consensus seems to be not only is it important to label our quilts, it is necessary to secure the labels so they can’t be removed.  In addition, it seems wise (especially if you enter quilts shows) to add your name and address in permanent marker under the label or under the binding for additional proof in case a label is removed.

Two other questions came to light:

  • Is it necessary to acknowledge a long arm quilter on the label?
  • Is it necessary to credit a pattern designer?

I don’t have an official answer, but I would say that you do not have to acknowledge others on the back of your quilt.  If you are entering a competition, there are specific rules and categories for the above scenarios, but I still don’t think it needs to be included on your label.  Any thoughts?

Applique Hearts, Valentine's Day“BREAKING UP” WITH A QUILT

Laura in PA  asks a question I think we all ponder sometimes:  “When is it okay to say…’This is never going to work for me.'”  My guess is that once we ask that question,  we already know the answer…right now.  Some quilts just don’t work!

Set the quilt aside for several weeks or months.  It might be that you just need a break from the quilt.  (Read The Quilt I  Threw Away)–about a quilt  I was so frustrated with that I threw it away and one of my daughters saved from the garbage–and now I love like it a lot!)

Once the quilt has had a good “Time Out”,  re-think it with fresh eyes.  If you still don’t like it…it’s okay to say: This is never going to work for me”.   If it contains workmanship or materials that are no longer your standard, let it go.   One reader, Delaine, points out that there are many quilt groups that are happy to accept abandoned projects to use as charity quilts, so send it to a good home and move on.

From Rebecca Grace from The Cheeky Cognoscenti:   Remember too that an abandoned UFO is never wasted time, money, or fabric if you learned something from it that makes you a better quilter for the next project.

Applique Hearts, Valentine's DayOur two questions on the docket:

  • Who should be acknowledged on your quilt labels?
  • How do you know when it’s time to give up on a quilt?

What do YOU think?  I’d LOVE to hear!

Be mine,

Lori

PS…All photos, information and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to Pin and re-blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For any other use please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  HUGS!

 

 

 

Thursday Quick Tip and a Challenge…

Free Motion Quilting, Flowers

The Challenge

On a practice quilt sandwich:

Stitch for several minutes until you have your rhythm.  Then stitch much much faster than your normal speed for several minutes.  Do your best, but don’t fret about what your stitches look like.  Then stitch for several minutes at a speed that is much slower than you normally free motion quilt.  Finally, return to your normal rhythm.  This exercise will improve your free motion quilting dexterity.

Stitching faster, does not always lead to poor quality stitches–because it increases your concentration.  Likewise, stitching slower does not necessarily improve your quilting.

The Tip

The next time you are free motion quilting a project and you find you are struggling…try stitching faster or slower...it often works wonders!

Finished! Flower Fantasy

Hand Applique, Hand EmbroideredFlower Fantasy-An Embroidered Quilt

Hand Applique, Hand Embroidered FlowersI did it- A finished quilt in 2014!  Help me celebrate!

Hand Applique, Hand Embroidered FlowersI started this quilt many years ago   (Read more HERE)  but dropped the project because the colors seemed too bright and there were areas of embroidery that I didn’t like.

Hand Applique, Hand Embroidered FlowersWhen I found it in a box earlier this year–I was in need of a little strong color in my world, so I started working on the embroidery again.

Hand Applique, Hand Embroidered FlowersBy ripping out a few areas of stitching, I was able to resurrect this project into something I like.   This is typical of my work flow.  I often get to a stage where I dislike my work and abandon the project.  When enough time has passed, and whatever frustration is long forgotten,  I am able to look at the quilt with fresh eyes and less harsh criticism.  Then I can enjoy the project again.

Hand Applique, Hand Embroidered FlowersI think I will frame this little quilt and will be glad to have a garden of flowers even in February!

What’s your work flow like?  Do you ever abandon projects and revive them much later?  I’d love to hear!

Now that you’ve dug up all your UFO’s (Read more HERE and HERE)  Have you found any diamonds-in-the-rough?

Happy Stitching,

Lori

PS…All photos, information and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to Pin and re-blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  Please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com for any other use!  Thank you.