Finishing Touches

My plan to go wandering around fabric shops went by the way side due to the high water crossing flood alerts that we experienced for most of today.
I was in search of the recommended Black Gold Needles and Thread Heaven.

Allison, of New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting, suggested these products she uses for hand stitching.
I appreciated the information; and I was encouraged by her suggestion to, “Relax and enjoy hand stitching ☺.”
Enjoy is the key word here.

I think I was stalling on making the quilt sleeve, and the binding, because I am not too happy with my hand stitching.
After watching a few videos, and armed with a new attitude, I finished adding the sleeve and the binding on a quilt that is not an entry to the quilt show. The results were a bit better.

Since I couldn’t go shopping, I ordered the products off Amazon.
Then, I got to work.

I used a remaining strip of green wildflower fabric to make the sleeve.
The green is used throughout the front of the quilt, but, now, I am wondering if it is “too green” for the sleeve. I have not attached the bottom of the sleeve so that I can think this over a bit.

The back is pieced with three different fabrics: a multi-colored floral, bluebonnets on white, and bluebonnets on blue.

Another question I have is about the label.
I read the show entry rules, consulted with my friend, and viewed videos, concerning quilt labels.
This is my first quilt show, and there is so much I do not know about how to prepare the quilt.
I was told that a quilt label is needed, but that it is covered up during the show.
Do I make just a square?

Or do I make a Texas applique out of this green label.
There is enough fabric.

Sample Blue Texas Applique

It would look like this, only green.

I’m very happy we finally had rain.
We had more rain today than we had all of July.
It was about 4″-5″ throughout the county.
It took a rainstorm to get me moving on these finishing touches for the quilt.

Quilt Labels

I need a quilt label for my Wild About Texas quilt that will be in the Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild show in September.
This will be the first time I enter  a quilt show, and I question what ever made me think I should enter a show.
My friend, Jeana, was the first to encourage me to do so.
I am trying to decide what to do with the label.
On my earlier quilts, I made large labels.
I am now making smaller labels, but I am still not happy with the results.


This is what I have so far, embroidered on a large square.
However, I could not find any regulations on the quilt guild site for the dimensions on labels.
I have a call into Jeana, to see what she recommends.
In the meantime, I played around with making an applique of the state of Texas.

The embroidered part would fit in the center.

The back is fusibile, so I would just iron and slip-stitch.
It measures 6″L X 7″W.
When I researched quilt labels, I found all kinds of sizes.
I’ll just wait to see what Jeana has to say.

This is the center of the quilt:

The wildflowers are photographs by Richard Reynolds.