Ok, ok, I can’t lie…when I first heard that folks were making quilted name tags for the Sewing Summit next week, I had to chuckle. I imagined them huge and gaudy and downright silly, and yes, I told a fellow attendee (who shall remain nameless) that “no-way was I making one” and “a regular paper name tag would be just fine for me.”
So today I made one.
Hey, I’m allowed to change my mind! Especially after I saw Faith, Candice, and Jeni’s in the Sewing Summit Flickr Group. Sheesh! Downright adorable! Ok, I’m only going to say this once so you’d better bookmark this post for future reference…I was wrong. Quilted name tags are cute.
This is definitely the smallest quilt I’ve ever made! I went by Faith @ Fresh Lemons’ stats and did it 3.5″ X 4.5″ with a 1.25″ binding (before folded). Holy tiny! I should add tweezers to my notions arsenal cause DANG was it small. I made the mistake of sewing a few inches of the binding on at a .25″ seam allowance. Mmmmm, no. Wouldn’t even go over the edge. Ripped that out and tried again with an eighth of an inch seam and it barely pulled over the top.
Lesson learned? Tiny quilts are hard! You’d think these little guys whip out in a couple of shakes of a lamb’s tail but no…this one took an evening to stitch and a whole nap time to assemble! This is why I’m SO excited for the Marvelous Minis class that Amanda Jennings (aka the endlessly entertaining Mrs. McPorkchop) will be teaching at the SS. Fun fun.
I was pumped to whip out my new gifted-from-the-guild-gods embroidery encyclopedia for inspiration on the embroidery stitches. So much fun! It was hard to limit myself and not go crazy with star bursts and zig zags and cute little flowers. My big feat was the cable chain stitch on the clock. So thrilling to see it form before my very eyes.
Well there you have it folks. I’ve broken down and made a darned cute name tag to wear around. I’ll bet my hubby would appreciate one too. Maybe I could knit a tiny stinky soccer sock to go on it or something. We’ll see.