17 July, 2014

This and That Thursday

I'm picking up where I left off yesterday on the subject of basting down the binding and including the quilt label as another step in the finishing process. My quilts aren't really done until they're labeled! I design my labels on the computer and print them directly onto Printed Treasures fabric sheets that I run through my printer. I heat-set the label with an iron and cut it to fit before I bind the upper and left sides of the label (to match the quilt's binding) before tucking the label under the existing binding on the quilt, in the lower right corner; finally, I baste that down into postion so that the entire process of whipping down the binding, and the label, can be done at the same time. This "framed up" label is a neat last step; be sure and include the quilt's name, your name, where you live and the date; I use the date when I finish the project!
Speaking of cookies... the grandchildren visited over the weekend and I baked M&M cookies; digging out a recipe that I hadn't used for years.  The little ones loved them, naturally, and so did Mr. Goodneedle! He got his own batch after the weekend was over, he didn't have to share any of these! When was the last time you baked up a batch of FUN?
The Corn Hole boards have been completed for Mason's upcoming birthday. Once again, something beautifully crafted from the workshop; Mr. Goodneedle earned those cookies!
Do you have a button box? I have a button tin (foreground) it is ten inches in diameter and four inches deep... it holds all of these buttons, barely! It is a great resource when I need a button, as I did for the back of my khaki pants the other day. I couldn't find one that matched the one on the other side, so I needed to find a pair that would work. Any search through the button box takes time... there are so many treasures contained and I have a tendancy to become distracted by the contents. Originally I inherited my grandmother's button basket, her mother-of-pearl and antique shell buttons are a part of this collection; when I outgrew that basket all the buttons came to live together in this one place... novelty buttons, pewter buttons, ceramic buttons, hand painted buttons and so on. It's never too late to start a collection of your own if you don't have one; you'll find countless, handy uses for your buttons, but don't say you haven't been warned about how much time you'll spend poring over them.

I loaded Swiss Baskets on Snowbird and started quilting, I am enjoying this one already!
Life is Good!


  

12 comments:

jude's page said...

Love your labelling idea, I am guilty of not getting to the labels on any unless they are entered into a quilt show. It's one of the gunna do things for one day! Your quilting looks great, hope you are enjoying the new machine.

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, Loved hearing that you make your own label. I have and I always sign my with my name, date and location in case they ever get lost or given away.
Loved seeing the game, bet your grands will love it.
Hugs,
Noreen

Laura Davies said...

The quilting looks great! And that is a lot of buttons!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I have my grandmother's button tin. My grands loved playing with the buttons in it when they were little.

Nane said...

Yes I have Moms buttons. She sewed so much clothing you never bought just what the pattern called for, you must have an extra or two.

I am lazy w labels too, but I am trying to incorporate them into the binding now as well.

antique quilter said...

love the buttons! funny how they bring back memories….
quilting looks great
kathie

Teresa said...

What a great idea for labeling. I have a couple of finished quilts needing labels, and now, even though too late to tuck in derbinding, I will at least bind them. Thanks for the idea. Hubs just made a couple of corn hole games for son-in-law and himself...daughter painted them. So much fun to play!

Teresa said...

What a great idea for labeling. I have a couple of finished quilts needing labels, and now, even though too late to tuck in derbinding, I will at least bind them. Thanks for the idea. Hubs just made a couple of corn hole games for son-in-law and himself...daughter painted them. So much fun to play!

Dora, the Quilter said...

Love your button box. I haven't been fortunate enough to inherit anyone's, but I have wonderful memories of playing in them from the time I was tiny, tiny.
And, you have a tatting shuttle! How lovely. Tatting is such fun and a great carry-along project.

Jeanne said...

I enjoyed catching up with your blog today. The cookies look delicious. How nice to have such a talented guy around the house. :-)
The scenery pictures from your great American adventure were awesome. Thanks for sharing.

CarlaHR said...

Thanks so much for sharing your label method. This will be the method I use from now on.

Sue Slater said...

I too began my button collection with inherited buttons, mine from a beloved great-aunt. If you have time in a future post could you address how you managed that wonderful vacation trip out west with a dog. I have a beagle mix about Haines' size and would love to travel with her but wonder how restaurants, hotels, quilt shops are managed. Thank you.