Can not even put into words how good it was to have our boy home for a bit... nor how hard it was to put him on that plane yesterday. Ugh. Now we're counting down 8 months until he's back from his next deployment. It's going to be a long 8 months.
We have enjoyed his presence, his amazing hugs, his quick wit, his sparkling eyes when he gets tickled, the conversations, the soothing sound of him playing his guitar, and it is far too quiet around here today.
It's been a coon's age since I've sewn anything - over a month, but I have a few quilts that are back from the quilter's and ready for binding so I tried to fill some time to stop myself from moping. Not sure if I was very successful, but I did manage to get some quilt labels made.
Labeling my quilts has always been a struggle for me. Don't rightly know why because I do think it's important. Whenever I run across a quilt in an antique shop, the first thing I think is, "I wonder who made it". I've never seen one labeled.
So I am making it a point to work on that and I thought I would share a few that I made yesterday while I pouted and sniffled my way through the day.
I made this one a few weeks ago for the Here Fishy Fishy Baby quilt for my niece's first baby. I mailed it last week and I'll show it to you in a couple of days.
This label is for another quilt I just finished that took me an entire month to bind. That tells you how much time I've spent with needle and thread lately:
And this one is now stitched to the back of the Barn Star quilt I finished back in January:
I made this one up for Bonnie's Hunter's Easy Street. It has been quilted, but still awaits a binding and looking at it, I will probably make another label on a lighter background. That blue doesn't read very well on the gray. Oops...missed clipping some thread tails on some of these.
And this one is for another quilt I just got back from the quilter's. I can not wait to tell you about this one, but it too still needs to be bound:
I made this one is for the King of the Jungle baby quilt that I need to finish next:
This label goes on the gigantic Western Scrappy Trips quilt that is on our bed. It is our Covered Wagon quilt, so named because a friend (Hi Saska!) said it was big enough to cover a covered wagon. I am thinking of embroidering our initials in the horseshoes.
And lastly, I made one for my Scrap Jar Stars quilt:
Once I make these labels, I really like them.
They don't take much time. I spend more time browsing through designs than it takes to make them. I only have access to a few fonts with the Digitizer Jr program I have, but it has served me well. Once in a while I think about purchasing the full fledged program, but when I think about shelling out that much dough, I just can't do it.
There are so many ways to label your quilts so consider this my public service announcement to just choose one and get those quilts labeled. I've printed some labels and used a pigma pen on others. These labels have a few tears on them, but at least they are finished. Now please excuse me while I go add a few more tears to a pillow.