Quilty Name Tag Tutorial: Checkerboard

Today is the wrap up for Quilty Name Tag Week.  This is the final of five tutorials that have been featured here on Wedding Dress Blue.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing a number of new ideas.  Please remember to share the ones you make and the adventures you go on together.

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CHECKERBOARD QUILTY NAME TAG

3-3/4″ x 4-1/4″

MATERIALS

15 3/4″x3/4″ squares–various colored fabrics

1 1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ strip background fabric

1 3-3/4″ x 4-1/4″ fabric for backing

1 3-3/4″ x 4-1/4″ medium to heavy weight interfacing

1 2-1/4″ x 18″ (or longer) strip for binding

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CONSTRUCTION

  1. Arrange the 15 1-1/4″ squares in a 3×5 grid.DSC00822
  2. Assemble.  I recommend doing it by rows or columns and “nesting” the seams by pressing them in opposite directions before stitching them to one another.  Once the entire unit is assembled, consider pressing the final seams open to reduce bulk.
  3. Attach the 1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ background piece to the bottom of your checkerboard unit. Layer the top, interfacing and backing.DSC00823
  4. Stitch in the ditch across the dividing line between the checkerboard and the bottom background piece–just to stabilize.
  5. Bind.  I was unable to make a suitable invisible join because of the small scale, so I just folded the edges over near the center of the bottom of the name tag.  If you have a better idea, please let me know. DSC00824
  6. Add your name–embroidery, machine embroidery, Sharpie marker, whatever.
  7. Attach a hanger as you wish–You can use a pin back, a large safety pin or create a matching lanyard.  Whatever works for you.
  8. Wear it proudly at your next guild meeting or quilt show that you attend!

CHECKERBOARD QUILTY NAME TAG GALLERY

your beautiful creation here…

Quilty Name Tag Tutorial: Strips

This is the third of a series of five Quilty Name Tag Tutorials shared here on Wedding Dress Blue.

Though you are working SMALL, the foundation piecing is its own sort of freedom–no worry about seam allowances here!

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STRIPS QUILTY NAME TAG

3-3/4″ x 5″

MATERIALS

assorted small strips of colored fabric 1″ x 4″–or more.  You really don’t want them wider than 1″ or the scale will be off.

1 2-1/2″ x 5″ foundation piece–background or light interfacing or similar

1 1-3/4″ x 5″ strip background fabric

1 3-3/4″x 5″ fabric for backing

1 3-3/4″x 5″ medium to heavy weight interfacing

1 2-1/4″ x 18″ (or longer) strip for binding

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CONSTRUCTION

  1. Place a colored strip right side up roughly in the middle of the foundation fabric and on an angle between 45 and 60 degrees. DSC00848
  2. Add strips, making sure they extend beyond the edges of the foundation fabric until you cover the fabric completely.  I usually add two at a time (one on each side) and then press open.  It will look like this from the back. DSC00849
  3. Trim off the excess fabric beyond  the edges. DSC00851
  4. Attach the 1-3/4″ x 5″ background piece to the bottom of your strips unit.
  5. Layer the top, interfacing and backing.
  6. Stitch in the ditch across the dividing line between the strips and the bottom background piece–just to stabilize. DSC00852
  7. Bind.  I was unable to make a suitable invisible join because of the small scale, so I just folded the edges over near the center of the bottom of the name tag.  If you have a better idea, please let me know. DSC00853
  8. Add your name–embroidery, machine embroidery, Sharpie marker, whatever.
  9. Attach a hanger as you wish–You can use a pin back, a large safety pin or create a matching lanyard.  Whatever works for you.
  10. Wear it proudly at your next guild meeting or quilt show that you attend!

 

STRIPS QUILTY NAME TAG GALLERY

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your beautiful creation here…

Quilty Name Tag Tutorial: Spools

This is the second of a series of five Quilty Name Tag Tutorials shared here on Wedding Dress Blue.

Remember that you are working SMALL.  Just do your best and have fun with it even if it isn’t “perfect.”  This is a great time to develop a new skill.

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SPOOLS QUILTY NAME TAG

3-3/4″ x 4-3/4″

MATERIALS

 

2 1-3/4″ x 2″ for “thread”

4 7/8″ x 2-1/2″ for spools

8 7/8″ x 7/8″ squares background fabric

4 1″ x 2″ background fabric

1 3/4″ x 2-3/4″ background fabric

1 1-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ strip background fabric

1 3-3/4″x4-3/4″ fabric for backing

1 3-3/4″x4-3/4″ medium to heavy weight interfacing

1 2-1/4″ x 18″ (or longer) strip for binding

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CONSTRUCTION

  1. Stitch a 1″x2″ background strip to each side of the “thread” pieces. DSC00841
  2. Stitch along the diagonal 7/8″ background square attaching one to each end of the spool pieces (7/8″ x 2-1/2″).  Make sure you are going the right direction, as shown.  Trim and flip. DSC00843
  3. Attach the “spools” to the “thread” units.  The line up can be a little fiddly, but take your time and it does work out.DSC00844
  4. Stitch the 3/4″ x 2-3/4″ background piece between the two spools.
  5. Attach the 1-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ background piece to the bottom of your spool unit. DSC00845
  6. Layer the top, interfacing and backing.
  7. Stitch in the ditch across the dividing line between the spools and the bottom strip–just to stabilize.
  8. Bind.  I was unable to make a suitable invisible join because of the small scale, so I just folded the edges over.  If you have a better idea, please let me know.
  9. This was my fourth attempt at machine binding. It still isn’t great, but I can show the back without feeling bad about it. DSC00862
  10. Add your name–embroidery, machine embroidery, Sharpie marker, whatever.
  11. Attach a hanger as you wish–You can use a pin back, a large safety pin or create a matching lanyard.  Whatever works for you.DSC00861
  12. Wear it proudly at your next guild meeting or quilt show that you attend!

 

SPOOLS QUILTY NAME TAG GALLERY

your beautiful creation here…

Quilty Name Tag Tutorial: Pinwheel

This is the first of a series of five Quilty Name Tag Tutorials shared here on Wedding Dress Blue.

Remember that you are working SMALL.  Accuracy is critical to success.  Also, I am not perfect, or perfectly clear.  Ask questions and I will try to help and improve.

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PINWHEEL QUILTY NAME TAG

3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″

MATERIALS

2 2″ squares–color 1

2 2″ squares–color 2

4 2″ squares background fabric

1 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ strip background fabric

1 3-1/2″x4-1/2″ fabric for backing

1 3-1/2″x4-1/2″ medium to heavy weight interfacing

1 2-1/4″ x 18″ (or longer) strip for binding

CONSTRUCTION

    1. Using the colored squares and the background squares, create Half Square Triangles.  I like this method–draw a line across the diagonal, stitch on either size, cut along the line.  Press Open.

  1. Square up to 1-1/2″.  Really.  It might only seem like you are trimming off a tiny bit, but tiny bits matter when you are working on this scale.DSC00813
  2. Lay out each pinwheel.  Stitch together.  Press.DSC00815
  3. Attach the 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ strip of background fabric to the bottom.  Yep, I know the dark blue one doesn’t meet quite right.  I didn’t look so bad when I was building it.  It is a little embarrassing now, but I don’t have time to redo it today.  We’ll call it a character-building-humility-opportunity.DSC00817
  4. Layer the top, interfacing and backing.
  5. Stitch in the ditch across the dividing line between the pinwheels and the bottom strip–just to stabilize.
  6. Bind.  I was unable to make a suitable invisible join because of the small scale, so I just folded the edges over.  If you have a better idea, please let me know.DSC00819
  7. This was my first attempt at machine binding.  Therefore, I am not showing the back of this.  Let’s just say it is good that it is the back.  BUT, I like how fast it was and handstitching against the interfacing wasn’t working.  You could even just hot glue it down, which is what I did to fix a few really bad parts.
  8. Add your name–embroidery, machine embroidery, Sharpie marker, whatever.
  9. Attach a hanger as you wish–You can use a pin back, a large safety pin or create a matching lanyard.  Whatever works for you.
  10. Wear it proudly at your next guild meeting or quilt show that you attend!

PINWHEEL QUILTY NAME TAG GALLERY

your beautiful creation here…

BY REQUEST: Quilty Name Tag Week

Recently several readers have asked for a tutorial on making a quilty name tag.

I planned to get around to it…someday.

Your wishes are granted! (And it’s about time!)

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Next week is Quilty Name Tag Week here at WeddingDressBlue.  Each day, Monday-Friday, I will share a different Quilty Name Tag design tutorial.

Stop by and enjoy!  And thank you for being patient until someday came. Any preference on which one should come first?