I usually adorn my "special" quilts (the hand embroidered, hand appliqued ones) with a "special" label, also hand embroidered, reflecting the theme of the front of the quilt, using motifs from the same designer. I've been sketching a few ideas for a decorative label to stitch inside my Stitching Circle Basket which was designed by Lynette Anderson Designs. I decided on a circular label, to reflect the shape of the basket, and the central motif I used is from Lynette's book It's Quilting Cats and Dogs. The outer border also relects the decorative edge design that is used on the lid. Once I was happy with the pencil sketch, I used a fine Sharpie pen to go over the lines. The design is then traced onto a piece of fabric using a lightpad and a Micron Pigma pen. I've hand embroidered over the drawn lines using a selection of variegated Valdani threads in colours that were used for the embroidery on the lid of the basket...
...I've hand appliqued the label in place, on the inside of the lid. As the lid had already been constructed with both wadding and a firm piece of card, it was easier to use a fine circular needle for the applique.
When you're feeling blue, and getting overwhelmed with just day to day stuff, and this arrives in the post it really does make me realise how lucky I am to have such a good friend as Julia Roworth, the owner of Cross Patch. This charm pack of beautiful blue fabrics is so pretty, and will be put to good use in my sewing studio in a few weeks when I've caught up with one or two other projects and life has settled down and isn't quite so stressful.
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