Bindings, Sleeves & Labels

I’ve been busy.  Very busy.  Today is setup day for my guild’s quilt show in Fort Worth, Texas.  I’ve been a bindin’, label makin’, sleeve makin’ fool.  Especially for the last 24 hours.  Because I’m all about deadlines.  And I work well under pressure.  Lots of pressure. 

I realize I have negelected you, my faithful blog followers.  I’m surprised I haven’t heard from some of you, complaining that there hasn’t been a new post for too long.  But then again, those of you who know me well, also know I was working hard to get everything finished in time for the show.  So thank you for not complaining and making me feel guilty.  And I’m proud to report that I finished all the quilts before midnight.  They are all in their bags and ready to deliver early this morning.  But sleep was not easy in coming either.  Too wound up, I guess, with all that last minute stitching.  Last minute, as usual.  It’s the way I operate.

The labels went on very quickly.  Notice the beat up cuticle on my thumb.  And you can’t see it, but I stuck myself in my knuckle just above that cuticle many times.  It’s just what I do as I stitch in a hurry.  Luckily I didn’t bleed on any of those nice white labels.

This quilt back is almost as pretty as the front!  Label and all.

Remember the beautiful appliquè quilt of Susan’s I showed you recently?  Here is the label ready to be stitched.  Susan has been very sick.  She probably wouldn’t have any quilts in the show if she’d had to finish them all.  She’s got a big wedding coming up soon – her daughter’s.  She needs to concentrate on getting well for that and not on finishing quilts.  I was happy to help her out.  And I enjoyed every stitch.

That quilt had to live inside a big fitted sheet as I worked on it.  With only the small amount necessary peeking out as I stitched.  Here’s why:

I set it down on the cutting table when I first brought it home and turned my back for 4 seconds.  Thank goodness it was still inside the sheet.  Well wrapped.  Quilts are known as “Boo magnets” at our house.  I have my lint roller all packed in my things to take to set up and plan to roll this quilt one last time after it is hung.  We don’t need any stray Boo hairs on this one!

I worked especially hard on the corners on the binding on that one.

And stitched the label with great care.  Making sure no threads went through to the front.

This odd shaped quilt of mine required a special double sleeve.  Hope that keeps it from flopping over when it’s hanging!

A last minute label got stitched on it too.

Because “last minute” is my middle name.  But then, you already knew that about me, didn’t you?

In fact, these two labels got hurriedly printed on my printer and stitched to my quilts at the last possible minute.  Printing them on the computer is a great time saver!  Thank goodness for time savers for last minute gals like me.

And here’s the whole big stack of quilts in their bags all ready to be delivered to the show.

My camera is packed too.  So expect lots of pics of the fronts of the quilts soon, not just the labels and sleeves.  And if you live in the North Texas area, you might consider coming to visit our show.  You can find out more details at the guild’s website:  Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild of Fort Worth.  I hope to see you there.  It will be a fun time with lots of fabulous quilts.  You might even get inspired.  I know I will.  And I’ll be ready to come home and start on a fabulous quilt for next year’s show.

But don’t expect me to sew on the binding, sleeve and label until the night before the show.  It’s just what I do.


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7 Responses to Bindings, Sleeves & Labels

  1. Lani says:

    Barb, I was actually wondering why there hasn’t been a blog but I DO understand those deadlines!! The photographs were excellent!!! Such detail!! Once quilt show is done I’d like to know how you do your labels on the printer, and particularly what font you use. They were very nice! Can’t wait for pictures of the quilts, and more quilts, and more quilts, so I can pretend I was there, in Fort Worth:-)

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I did miss your blog but I figured you were getting ready for the show! I am excited to come and see all the beautiful quilts. Before I forget will you take lots of pictures of your October meeting? It will be amazing to see the quilts from your guest. Trying to get the husband to move to Texas when he retires out!!!

  3. Susan Bancroft says:

    Barb, you are truly my heroine for doing my bindings in time for the show while I have been under the weather, thank you! Your stitching is impeccable! (She’s even taking them to the show for me–what a sweet friend!!) Lani, I made my labels just like Barb’s (a couple were very long and detailed, too)…it took me FOREVER as my printer kept jamming. I was so proud of myself when I was done, only to see the print smear slightly when I gave one of them a spritz during ironing. I thought I had heat-set it quite well, too–grrrr! Barb told me I didn’t used the right label-making FABRIC! Who knew? I thought all you had to do was whip it through the printer and iron it to death. No…you have to use a special fabric so it won’t wash out. So after the show, I will be making some of my labels over (or inking over them…). Anyway, wanted you to know, Lani–Barb carries that label fabric in the shop! Looking forward to the show…I am feeling better!!

  4. Veda Wilhite says:

    Yes, I have been missing your blog, but knew it was quilt show time and you were busy. Of course it doesn’t surprise me that you were also helping a friend in need to meet the deadline. It always amazes me how the Lord gives us the strength when we need it! You also continue to amaze me what you get done. You go, girl.

  5. Mona Ruud says:

    Hi Barb, I will be looking forward to seeing all your pictures of the quilts at the Trinity Valley Quilters Guild of Fort Worth since I am too far away to get there….

  6. Carol Parker says:

    Sorry I can’t be there, ’cause the show will be awesome w/so many gorgeous quilts. So thanks for displaying so many on your blog!

  7. Diane Fague says:

    I know this blog is several years old, but laughed out loud to see Boo. In my house quilts are Olivia magnets. Olivia looks like like Boo and the black hair gets onto everything. (We named her Olivia due to her Olive colored eyes). To make matters more challenging, I have a WHITE cat named Merlin. What a challende.

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