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I have finally finished two Baby Bricks quilts, my Pretty Pink Version and my Boy Blue version. I am very pleased with both and wanted to share a little bit about blocking and labeling in this last tutorial. My next series, Charming Chevrons, will start tomorrow.
Here are the last steps I took to completely finish my quilts:
Step 1 – Spray Blocking
The blue quilt turned out pretty straight and flat so it did not need to be blocked. However, the pink/green version had a little ruffle in the borders.
I got all the edges wet with a spray bottle, patted them into place, then let them dry.
Here is a link to a previous post where I used rulers to make sure everything was straight.
Step 2 – Adding the Label
I must say, I really dislike adding labels to my quilts. Usually it’s because I’m in a rush to finish and I don’t want to think about that step. But I decided I really want to document my quilts better and include important information like what materials and techniques I used.
I Using a scrap from the quilt top, I ironed a small piece of freezer paper to the back side of the fabric. (I used the wrong side of the fabric as the front because it was lighter.)
Cut the paper 1/4 inch smaller than the label fabric. Press the edges of fabric over the paper to make a crisp edge around the label. Flip the label over and add your text with a permanent marker. Be sure to remove the paper before attaching to the quilt.
I pin basted the labels to the back corner of the quilt. Because my backings were pieced from scraps, this helped the labels to blend in a little better with the backing. I think I will try to print my label info on fabric for next time since my handwriting is not very pretty!
This is the same stitching I used to finish the binding by hand.
It only took 10 minutes of sewing so I guess I will quilt complaining about what a hassle labels are.
Yay – both of my Baby Bricks quilts are finished. Now, onto the next quilt!
In case you missed it, or have just discovered this blog post, here is the complete schedule of tutorial posts for my Baby Bricks do-it-yourself quilt along:
- Week 1 – Supply List & Intro
- Week 2 – Cutting Your Fabric
- Week 3 – Sewing the Quilt Top
- Week 4 – Marking and Basting
- Week 5 – Machine Quilting Option 1 – Straight Stitching
- Week 6 – Machine Quilting Option 2 – Free Motion Quilting
- Week 7 – Binding by Hand
- Week 8 Bonus – Blocking and Labeling (today’s blog post above)
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