D is For Do-Over

There aren’t too many things in this life that we can ‘do over.’  It’s not like a computer game where we can push the restart button and proceed; this time, of course, knowing the pitfalls and the previous mistakes that we made

In this case my Do-Over is of something of relative inconsequence.

This past January I made a small art quilt to go along with our Haiku prompt “Exhilaration”.  I was pleased with some aspects of my quilt.  For instance, I thought the quilting was terrific (even if I do say so myself, lol), there was considerable texture (I had experimented with light molding paste) and the colors were bold and beautiful.

But the composition was awful to my critical eye and I wasn’t happy with it.

Here’s the original:

Original Exhilaration Quilt

See what I mean?

So here’s what I did.

I needed to break up the huge expanse of yellow and somehow integrate the various elements.  So I painted some fusible web, cut it out, burned the edges with my multi heat tool and applied some of it to the quilt.

Then I printed the Haiku on Extravorganza, fringed the edges and painted them. Then affixed the Haiku to the quilt with BoNash.

Here’s my do-over.  Please let me know what you think?  How would you have proceeded?  I’m really interested in your comments.

Exhilaration The Re-Do

I.D./Luggage Tag – a Tutorial

Materials Needed

Cotton Fabricfor  tag –  cut 2 pieces –  4” by 6” each   (finished tag will be 3 ½ by 5 ½ “.)

              for loop attachment –  cut 1 piece         14 “ long by 1 ½ inches.

Vinyl –cut 1 piece 4 ½  by 2 ½ inches

Stabilizer – 1 piece of fusible batting or Craft Bond cut 3  ½ by 5 ½ inches.

Fabric Pieces

  1. Center batting or craft fuse on wrong side of one of fabric

    Stabilizer Fused to Fabric (1)

    rectangles – press according to package directions to fuse in place.

  2. Place fabric rectangles right sides together and stitch with 1/4 inch seam around perimeter leaving a gap of 1 and 1/2 “ in the middle of one short end.  You will use this gap to turn the tag and to insert the ends of the loop.
  3. Press loop piece in half (the long way).  Open it up and press each side toward the middle.  Then fold in half lengthways. Edge stitch both long sides.
  4. Trim corners and turn the tag inside out through the gap you left so that right side is now on the outside.
  5.   Push corners out neatly and press.  TipTime:  I have found that a wooden chopstick is helpful to poke those little corners out without going through the fabric.
  6. Insert raw ends of loop about ½ inch into the gap you left.
  7. Top stitch around perimeter of the tag. Double stitch the area where the loop is inserted to make it extra secure.
  8. Place vinyl piece in center of tag.
  9. Sew 3 sides of the vinyl using a longer stitch than normal.  I set my Pfaff at 3.0.
  10. TipTime:  If you use too short a stitch you may cause the vinyl to tear.
  11. TipTime:  the open end of the vinyl should be pointing toward the loop to make it more difficult for the ID card to slip out.
    • I bought my vinyl in the home decorating department at JoAnn’s  You’ll want one that has some body to it so that it will hold up better..
    • I made ID tag inserts using Print Shop – A regular size business card will fit nicely.

    These directions and images are the work and property of Guila Greer and may not be reproduced without permission.