At our last meeting, I got my official Modern Quilt Guild membership card (yay!). I also got a scrap of logo fabric and a pin, to make my very own name tag out of. I would love to claim that this was all I was waiting for to get started on this project...but I think everyone knows me better than that by now. Our next meeting is next week, though, so I thought I should probably get cracking, and this is what I came up with:
I didn't really have any idea what this was going to look like when I sat down to do it, and I started pulling scraps, since it's a small project. While I was digging around in my drawers, I came across the jelly roll of Comma (by Zen Chic for Moda) that I've been hoarding since Christmas, waiting for the perfect project. Obviously, this was not going to take the whole jelly roll, unless I wanted a name tag that would also keep me warm, but I pulled some of my favorite colors. Rita over at Red Pepper Quilts posted a good run down of this line, and informs me that the green on cream fabric is called Swinging. The green with the commas is called, weirdly enough, Commmas, and the gray on cream is called Asteriks. I'm not sure if this line is still available, but I love the bold colors and graphics - perfect for modern quilters.
For the bottom part, I used a paper piecing pattern from a new book called Vintage Quilt Revival. This book is fantastic; every block is really pretty, and I want to make all the projects at some point. I think the sampler quilt from the front is destined to live on our guest bed someday. I used just two of the Geometric Star pattern, and printed it at 60% size so my tag wouldn't be too big.
For the back I used a bit of navy fabric I had left over from the Hexie quilt, which I'm almost positive is from Riley Blake. The letters in my name and the randomly added purple octopus (which is there for absolutely no reason other than to make me happy) are from the book Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection. Most of you probably already know who Aimee Ray is, but if you've never seen her patterns, get over to her website right away. One of the things I love about both of these books is that they came with CDs to load the patterns onto your computer, which makes it really easy to combine patterns and resize things.
When it came to the lanyard part, I made it up as I went, mostly because I didn't want to get up and search for a pattern. It's made of the leftover strips of fabric, sewn into a tube, turned right side out, and seamed on both sides. I just sewed it to the back; I don't have a ton of need for a lanyard in my daily life and it's unlikely to leave my tag anyway, so it didn't really need to be removable.
And for the last piece...my MQG pin!
The only downside is that now I have to wait five whole days to wear it and show off my handiwork...I may just wear it around the house in the meantime :P.