In June, the Southern Branch of the Irish Patchwork Society announced their Summer Challenge: Nametags! I won the challenge last year with my Tumbling Stars Quilt, so I knew I had to makes something fun this year as well.
With our block of the month project, I had a ton of fun piecing the X Plus blocks, so I decided to shrink them down to the size I wanted for the nametag. Using Electric Quilt 7, I drafted the block, then shrunk it down to a finished size of 1.5 inches. Because I didn’t to piece fabric pieces that small, I decided to have EQ7 make a paper piecing pattern for me and created this:
So tiny! After my proof of concept worked, I went forward piecing three other X Plus blocks. Working with pieces that tiny was difficult, and when I put in sashing, I had a hard time keeping my seams straight. Here’s my almost finished nametag:
I used my Brother 950D Embroidery/sewing machine to embroider my name.
It still needs binding. My original plan was to make a lanyard as well, but now I’m not as sure about that plan. I need to research the best ways to wear it. It is a little bigger than intended, but overall I’m happy with it! Except my name isn’t centered. Oh well, I made the IPS branch off center as well. Hopefully it balances out in the end!
I just had the awesome idea to make a pocket for the back for tickets or business cards! Back to work!