Some of This, Some of That

In the process of finishing WIP #2 - the signature quilt - I was forced to try out a technique for adding text to the quilt.  I should have transfered the text before I sandwiched it, but I didn't, so I have to come up with a way to transfer it to the partially quilted top.  Here's where I became a brave quilter and took on this challenge because this quilt had to be done by April 29th.

 First using Word on my computer, I found a font and the size I needed for the text and printed it.
 Next I traced the text onto freezer paper and cut the paper to the size of the space where the text would go.
 Then with paper scissors, I cut out the stencil from the freezer paper.
 Next I ironed the freezer paper to the quilt top.
 Then taking my Frixion pen (it was blue, don't know why it looks black) and traced it through the stencil onto the quilt. I'm terrible in writing so neatly - that's why the stencils. Also, I've sewn over the words on paper before, but then it's so time consuming to remove all that stitched over paper.
Then I took the quilt to my machine and stitched the text with my FMQ foot.  And can you believe it! I forgot to take a photo of the finished quilt!  Geesh.  And she loved it.  Here's the birthday girl on her special celebration last Saturday:

I'm working on a baby quilt from the disappearing broken dish pattern by Jenny Doan, so about a yard is going into that.  I've made one Splendid Sampler block so another .06 of a yard used.  So the new YTD total de-stashing is 17.06 yds. Very slow progress there.

What are you up to?  Leave me a comment, and I'll come by and see your eye candy. Blessings!


  1. Well done, that was very clever.We call it number 8 wire thinking in nz. What a young looking 90 year old or young as I should say.

  2. Good work.
    You could also just print the text and trace onto freezer paper, iron on and machine stitch over. Then remove the paper. No marking at all.
    I do this with animal shapes on kids quilts.....

  3. Great idea on adding text to a quilt while it is being quilted! I'll be keeping it in mind should I ever need to quilt in text.

  4. Your creativity paid off. Happy 90th Birthday to the Lady. Maybe you can get a late picture to post of the quilt.

  5. Angie, What a great idea with adding the text to your quilt. And, give your mother a big 90th Happy Birthday hug for me!! She look so beautiful in the photo! Hugs!

  6. thanks for sharing this technique with us I am sure lots of us will be using it.

  7. Good for you, Angie! Doing things out of our personal comfort zone can take more time and energy than the second or third time around, and obviously much more care. I can tell the next time you'll go right through it smoothly. It's hard to believe how hard children have to try every time they learn something new, but it's very similar to your process.

    Thanks for embracing your brave inner child, and linking up with #BraveQuilter at Pink Doxies.

    Julie @ Pink Doxies

  8. Clever girl! I've never had to add text after starting to quilt a top, but man you sure came up with a great idea! That's the way to be brave! Congrats. She sure looks like she loves the quilt.

  9. Necessity is the mother of invention. You figured out a very clever plan to get to your goal.

  10. Well the birthday girl looks very stylish and pretty, I'm pleased she had such a great birthday! I like your freezer paper tip.


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