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Author Topic: The Battle of the Badge  (Read 3059 times)

Description: OR: how i made the guild badge from hell

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The Battle of the Badge
« on: October 14, 2014, 01:10:18 PM »
PART ONE

So, apparently when you join a quilting guild, you have to quilt a nametag for yourself, ostensively to prove your dedication to the craft. Now, I'm all for rooting out posers and the like, but the official membership badge appears to be a unique sort of hazing ritual, not for the faint of heart. I actually met a lady who had attempted to make the badge, and ended up just making a design of her own. When I asked about it, she told me that the official badge was "just too hard".

So what is this perilous piece of fabric scraps supposed to look like? Here's the design:



Pretty harmless looking, right?

Wrong.

This patch is supposed to measure three inches square. That means that all those pieces that make up the patch (all fifteen of them) measure anywhere from a 1/2 inch square to a 1x3 inch rectangle. That's not including the 1/4 inch seam allowance surrounding each piece. Bottom line? This thing is tiny. And my fingers aren't.

Anyway, it took forever, but I got all of my templates traced and cut out...


And then I was ready to cut out the fabric pieces. The pattern called for four different fabrics:

White muslin for the sky, window, door, and nameplate

Red and white check for the chimneys

Red for the actual building

And Mama Penguin found this gorgeous viney blue for the roof.

Okay, I had all my pieces, and it was time to start sewing. The first five pieces went together perfectly (three sky pieces and the two chimneys), and I was feeling pretty good about it.

And then I got to the top of the schoolhouse: the roof and the peak of the house. Here I had to do a Y seam, which actually turned out to be the easiest part of this mess. But I had a pretty big problem: the roof and peak pieces weren't lining up. The first time I noticed, I ended up having to recut the two pieces because I couldn't rip out the stitches I'd made (they were too small, irony of ironies). I sewed those new pieces together twice, but they still wouldn't line up. Finally, after a light bulb so brief that I have no idea what made me think of it, I compared my template to my pattern, and discovered that it looked odd. So I redrew the template, and discovered...

the original was too short by a whopping ONE EIGHTH of an INCH! :o

Sorry about the picture quality-- I took all of my pictures on my iPhone, and it's not very forgiving of hand shake

So I recut the roof piece, and it finally lined up correctly. After a bout of mad sewing, I ended up with this:


It's a little skewed, but a good ironing and actual quilting should take care of that. I'll start the bottom half of the patch tonight after work.

Stay tuned!
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Re: The Battle of the Badge
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2014, 01:16:59 PM »
Holy Guacamole!  Those are tiny pieces!  And all those biases and the Y seam?  I think they must be a group of perfectionists who (as you said) want to use this as a hazing ritual and/or weed out the non-perfectionists from joining.  Wow.
Your roof looks good so far, though!

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Re: The Battle of the Badge
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2014, 01:37:09 PM »
Well, thankfully being unable to sew the badge does not appear to be a barrier to membership  :D
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Re: The Battle of the Badge
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2014, 03:33:33 PM »
There are many ways to do that block - strip piecing, paper piecing, and templates.  Maybe the challenge was to see how you'd put it together.  Before you go any further, I'd try to press that top into submission, and get it squared as much as you can.  By squaring it as you go, you'll reduce the wonkiness in your assembled block.
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Re: The Battle of the Badge
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2014, 03:36:21 PM »
Does this guild know you are a newbie and in the learning/training process?  ( I think I remember that from a previous post?)  Can you talk with someone in the guild and explain your "newness"?  Perhaps ask for a mentor?  I think having help vs becoming frustrated or unhappy with results would be good. 
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Re: The Battle of the Badge
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2014, 04:16:46 PM »
Hi AwkPen,

Don't know how I missed your intro - but better late than never, Welcome to Quilt Haven!!!!
I'll see Tina's Holy Guacomole! and raise her a Holy Batman!!!!!
What a challenge they've laid on you - hope you don't get discouraged.  Not all blocks are like this one, so don't lose faith.
And as Godess Moonpi said, there's many ways to do your block.

If at any time you have an idea for a block or quilt design - I'd be happy to lay it up for you on my EQ7 (Electric Quilt Program) and then provide you with the rotary cutting templates and/or paper piecing foundation patterns for you to make your blocks.  Once you have your blocks made, you can then make your quilt.
With regard to the Badge Block you're working on - if it doesn't finish off the way you want, you can PM the measurements to me and I'll put it into EQ and send you a paper piecing pattern which may be easier for you to piece.
Let me know if you need any help, best of luck and lots of us here to help. ;)
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Re: The Battle of the Badge
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2014, 06:02:04 PM »
Oh AwkPen...  I'll throw in an ARGGGHHHH lol.

Here's a bit of a hint.  Like Moonpi said, get that roof ironed into submission.  Then, fit your bottom half to it.  The major point - don't worry it if doesn't come out exactly 3 inches square!  Unless the second part of the hazing ritual is for the guild to measure the block while you stand in front of the room, no one...absolutely no one...will notice if it's off a bit.

Ok, second hint.  any 'goofs'...just cover them with a button or other embellishment!  People will think you're wicked clever and only you will know :)
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Re: The Battle of the Badge
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2014, 06:46:10 PM »
Ok, second hint.  any 'goofs'...just cover them with a button or other embellishment!  People will think you're wicked clever and only you will know :)

Hmmm...sounds like you need a "strategically placed doorknob"  LOL!!!


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Re: The Battle of the Badge
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2014, 06:49:29 PM »
Thank you all so much for all of your great encouragement! I'll definitely see about squaring everything up, and I'm not gonna sweat it if it turns out a little wonky. It's only my first patch, after all, it doesn't have to be perfect. And the ladies at my Guild seem really nice-- they'll probably be impressed that I did it at all, regardless of how it ends up turning out.  ;)

I might throw in a "strategically placed doorknob" anyway, just for the lolz!  :P
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Re: The Battle of the Badge
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2014, 08:12:53 PM »
Just wondering, at the meeting, how many of the members were wearing their hand made name badge?

I like to think outside the box, a bit of a rebel here. Let's see. Do you get to use fabric pens to put your name on it. I think I'd push that to the extreme and make the whole thing with fabric markers. Or maybe scan a colored picture and print it on fabric. Then quilt it. Probably no one will even notice. And if they do, they'll probably ask what kind of fabric pens you used.

I like my little 2" sq name tag that fits in my purse. I have a really small purse-can't let it get extra stuff in it "No, sorry, can't carry that for you in my purse, it just won't fit."  Sorry-taking a rabbit trail here.

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Re: The Battle of the Badge
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2014, 08:29:35 PM »
I saw a lot of the ladies at Guild were wearing them, but I like the way you think!  :D

The name is supposed written in fabric pen on the rectangle piece, and if I have enough left of the white muslin left when I cut out the backing, I might actually do the fabric marker thing. We'll have to see!
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Re: The Battle of the Badge
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2014, 08:40:41 PM »
Way to go !!!!

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Re: The Battle of the Badge
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2014, 11:09:42 AM »
Well did you finish it and wear it to a meeting already?

 Everyone made their own style at our guild and if we wear it, we get to be in on a drawing.  Encourages us to wear them.

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Re: The Battle of the Badge
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2014, 11:00:23 PM »
That badge looks more like a paper piecing project.  No way would I want to try to piece those tiny pieces.  You have my admiration for attempting it.

 

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