In the past 2 months I've finished 2 quilts but neither was truly finished until this week when they got their labels. Sometimes I annoy myself with the pressures I put on myself and the perfect example is the Zentangle labels. I used to do really simple printed labels but then I got the "great" idea to Zentangle labels. Every time I need to make a new quilt label I consider just taking the easy route but I love the labels so much when I'm done so I keep going.
This time I needed to make new labels for Parasol and The Maine Quilt.
I start these by printing the label text on paper and I do all of the drawing on paper. That gives me the opportunity to start over if needed. After the label is done I print it on fabric. I also don't plan them. I start with the first idea and just add things as I go along. Here are the steps that I went through for the label for the Maine Quilt.
The only idea I had to start with is that I wanted a state outline on the label.
The star on the label marks an area near Sebec Lake where I sun printed all of the fabrics in the quilt.
Did you know that the state tree is the pine and the state flower is the pine cone? So a pine motif....
My version of blueberries.
Not quite right.
Needs some fill in.
One down, one to go!
A small label for a small quilt with an obvious motif!
A simple foundation.
And, yes, I'm still glad I do the Zentangle labels. Once I get started on them I find it very relaxing to do.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.