Friday, May 21, 2010
Update: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Blanky Quilt, Part 2: Embroidered Monogram & Quilt Label
The satin binding looks a lot darker in the photo than in real life; it's a beautifully vibrant purple, leaf green, and royal blue that complements the fabrics.
So then I spent several hours the next day planning the embroidery. Originally I thought of a three-letter monogram, but then I couldn't find a monogram style that I liked well enough. Everything was either too grown-up, too commonplace, or else had too much going on that would detract from the spirit of the Eric Carle illustrations. Finally, I remembered the Buttons monogram style from Embroidery Arts. Eureka! I have used Embroidery Arts' monogram designs over and over again and have always been pleased with the design quality, but this Buttons style never appealed to me in the pale pastels it's shown in on their web site. But, by changing the thread colors to match the "marbles" in my Hungry Caterpillar fabric, this monogram looks like it was a custom design to go with my fabric. I combined the 2" initial "P" Buttons monogram with the baby's first and middle names in my Bernina Artista embroidery software, which automatically converts any True Type font on my computer into embroidery stitches. The font I chose is called Mufferaw. Here's the template of my customized design that I printed out from my embroidery software, along with the Isacord thread colors that I selected. I like to cut out my design templates so I can preview it in different locations on my project. Isn't it perfect how the "P" fits so nicely into the space under the caterpillar?
I wasn't really worried about how the narrow satin-stitched lettering would stitch out on my quilt, but the "P" is a pretty dense design so I decided to stitch out a sample. Sometimes thread colors look different stitched out in a design than they do on the spool, so a sample stitchout would also give me an opportunity to make any necessary thread color adjustments before stitching on the actual project.