One of my favorite parts of this quilt is the little tag I put in the binding. You can find personalized ribbon on the internet, and I always say I’m going to get some, but I pretty much have my weekly quilting budget spent for the next two months already. I looked around my craft room for supplies and came up with what I think is a pretty good substitute. The directions are provided below.
But first, what to do with this adorable quilt? It’s just a hair too big to be a baby quilt. Its certainly too big for a crib quilt, but could maybe work for tummy time. It’s the perfect size for a lap quilt, or if you have enough space, it would make a great wall hanging. I don’t know what my quilt will be used for or where it will end up, but I know it’s going to find a loving home. I have donated my quilt to Pottstown, Pennsylvania’s Relay for Life where it will be raffled off. All of the proceeds will be donated back to the American Cancer Society and will be used to help find a cure for cancer. As I’m sure many of you reading this have had cancer touch your lives, it has hit very close to home for me this past year. And, again, just like many of you, finding a cure is something my family and I are hopeful that we will one day see. If you would like more information about how you can be involved in a Relay for Life in your neighborhood, or make a donation, please click on the provided link. Together, our quilts can not only raise money to help find a cure for cancer, but also wrap families touched by cancer with the love and support that they need.
Nikki, In Stitches
Scrap of Fabric 1 1/2″ x 4 3/4″
Iron-On Transfer Paper
Just a quick note on the Iron-On Transfer Paper: Every brand is different. Please read the manufacturer’s directions carefully. The brand that I purchased clearly stated that the final fabric would be machine washable. Some are dry clean only and the colors will bleed if they are ever exposed to water. This brand was also specifically for an inkjet printer. And lastly, some brands require that you print out a mirror image of your graphic. None of these issues are serious, but knowing these few things up front will save headaches and wasted supplies in the future.
1. Print out your graphic onto the iron-on transfer paper and cut out accordingly.
2. With right sides together sew your fabric into a tube along the long edge. Turn right side out.
3. Press transfer to fabric tube according to manufacturer’s directions.
4. Attach tag to quilt top while handsewing binding to the backing.
For other posts from Nikki, In Stitches related to the Relay Quilt, please see the following:
Let’s Start at the Very Beginning
Churn Dash – Your First Quilt Block
And For Your Second Block…A Card Trick
Third Times the Charm, or a Sawtooth Patchwork
Back to Blocks…4th: Gentleman’s Fancy?
Block Five: A Dove in the Window
Block Six: A Flower Pot…My Fave So Far
7th Block: Crow’s Foot…and You Can Actually See the Feet!
Block 8: Pinwheel and Squares….Don’t Be Afraid!
Rosebud: The 9th and FINAL Block!
Judy L. says
That is a cute idea! I’m certainly going to think about doing something like that, especially for the quilts I donate where it isn’t real important to me that future generations know who made them and when. Thanks for sharing the idea.
Janet J. Crochet says
Pottstown, PA? I’m just two towns away! Small world.
I followed your links to making labels. That’s a fabulous idea! I am going to crochet a baby blanket, and thanks to you, I will add a minky fabric backing and satin binding. Do I need to tack the fabric in a few places here and there in the body of the blanket to keep it from getting twisted up in the washer and dryer? I was delighted to see I don’t have to cut the binding on the bias (I dislike doing bias binding).
Janet! Hi, neighbor!!
Yes! I just tack the layers together in a few spots by hand. You’re right. It will hold up in the wash better, and plus it will just keep it from getting stretched out in general.
Send pics of your finished blanket! I’d love to see!