For our next Music City Modern Quilt Guild meeting we were encouraged to make name badges. Which is an excellent idea! I have a hard enough time remembering my own name, let alone an ever growing group of people!
|1/2" Hexie Name Badge|
3 1/2" x 3"
I busted out the 'small guns' ... 1/2" hexies. They seemed like the perfect size and idea for a name badge.
I started with five pink hexies for my name. And then grabbed a print charm square I had in my stash for the rest. Eventually I figured out how I wanted the layout and began sewing them together. Because they are small it went really fast.
With simple block letters written using a frixion pen, I grabbed some embroidery floss and chain stitched my name in black.
Beyond this first part I had no idea how or what to do next. I could quilt it, I could do it by hand, but I decided to keep it simple instead. It is a name badge, not a mini quilt!!
After rummaging through my interfacing stash, I grabbed my Peltex 71F Ultra Firm stabilizer. It's a one sided fusible and very stiff. I was hoping it would do the job and make this work.
I traced the shape on to the fusible side and marked where the top was going to me. It would be just like me to mess something so simple up! It was protection to guard against a simple and honest mistake!!
When I cut the shape out, I cut inside the lines just a little bit. I didn't want the interfacing to show on the front.
After a good long pressing it was fused the the hexie front just as I had hoped it would. I intended the Peltex 71F to be the back in all it's glory...boring, but it isn't going to show! For added assurance that the front and back stay together, I stitched an 1/8" around the edge.
It may not be amazing or stunning, it may be funky and wonky...but it will serve it's purpose well. It was time to 'stick a pin in it', it's done!
It's perfectly imperfect...just like me!
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