In the spirit of the new Quilter's Sampler set with this month's release I wanted to share my quilt project that I have been working on for the past 8 (yes, 8!) years. I started this quilt when I was pregnant with my Tacy and it was originally supposed to be her baby quilt. I recently finished all of the hand quilting and am ready to completely finish off the quilt - finally! I wanted to create a quilt label for the back of the quilt and was so inspired by the new set...
Here's a close up of some of the detail of the quilt - even though this project has taken a long time, it's just the kind of project that I like. I could sit and stitch for hours!
To make the label, I started off with a piece of white cotton fabric. I decided to stamp a polka dot background with the Polka Dot Basics set in the Lemon Tart ink. Using the hybrid inks is perfect for a fabric project like this. I know that the color will stay even if I need to wash the quilt.
I stamped the 'handmade by' sentiment, from the Quilter's Sampler set, in the Dark Chocolate and then the elephant from the Bitty Baby Blessings set in the Aqua Mist. I stamped the elephant in the lighter color so that I had guidelines for doing some embroidery, but not so dark that it would show through the finished stitching.
When I do embroidery on cotton fabrics, I like to layer some cotton batting underneath. It gives the embroidery a little dimension and keeps the threads behind from showing through.
I used a basic backstitch for the elephant. If you are interested in learning more about basic embroidery stitches, I would recommend checking your library, local quilt or fabric shop.
I personalized my label by using the Simple Alphabet set and then added a running stitch around the outside of my label for a border.
Here's what the label looks like after I have everything stitched and stamped on it.
I trimmed some of the cotton batting away from the edge of the label so that I could turn the edge under when I stitched it to the back of the quilt.
Here, I have the label all pinned in place and ready to go...
And here is the finished label attached to the quilt. I love how it turned out. It just gives that little bit of me to Tacy when she looks at her quilt years from now and remembers that I made it just for her.
Embroidered Elephant Quilt Label
stamps: Quilter's Sampler, Polka Dot Basics, Bitty Baby Blessings, Simple Alphabet (Papertrey Ink)
ink: Lemon Tart, Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
accessories: white cotton fabric, embroidery floss, buttons, cotton batting