A (Logo) Banner Day!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Ever since starting Slice of Pi Quilts in 2016, I have wanted to make a quilt using my business logo. But I never had a reason to do it - until now!


A quilt made from my logo

Quilt Market is just four weeks away. This week, I finished the last of my four new patterns (and the quilts!) that I will be releasing at Market, and my husband started building my booth. Then I started on my logo quilt.


The logo quilt will hang prominently in my booth to help identify my brand. I want to make sure that new quilt shops know and remember me. 


Logo printed at Spoonflower

I uploaded my logo as a one-yard panel to Spoonflower and ordered two yards. I made the logo 32" so I would have a bit of wiggle room on the one-yard cut.


Making a quilt from my logo

I laid one panel right side down on my wood floor and taped it down using painter's tape.


Making a quilt from my logo

Next, I laid Hobbs wool batting on top. I wanted to use wool for this quilt because wool has less of a memory of wrinkles than cotton batting after folding. Since this quilt will be used like a banner, I want it to appear as crisp and wrinkle-free as possible.


Making a quilt from my logo

I laid the other logo panel on top, carefully attempting to match up the outside edges with the first panel.


Making a quilt from my logo

Then I pin basted the sandwich together in preparation of quilting on my domestic Juki.

For thread, I was excited to try something new! Back when I made my logo tote bag, I desperately wanted to try clear monofilament thread. I have heard great things about Aurifil's monofilament, so I knew it was finally time to try it!


Making a quilt from my logo

Since my logo quilt is two-sided, I needed to use the monofilament in both the bobbin and top threads. The Aurifil website suggests hand winding the bobbin as the regular bobbin winder will wind the monofilament too tightly. I watched a YouTube video that suggested winding really slowly by machine works too. Of course I wanted to try that first! The video also suggested not winding the bobbin completely full, so I aimed for about half.


Making a quilt from my logo

The bobbin winding and quilting went SO well!! I didn't even have to adjust any of my tension settings! It's a bit bizarre - like quilting with fishing line, but it definitely looks clear and just adds texture without adding color. Exactly what I needed for this project!


Making a quilt from my logo

After quilting (the lines are about 1" apart), I used a roll of tape to get the distance I wanted around the logo and used my air erasable marker to mark out the circle that I would cut for the edge.


Making a quilt from my logo

I was concerned that the monofilament might wiggle out like normal thread sometimes does when I trimmed the edges. To minimize the risk, I used white Aurifil 50wt thread and my walking foot to stitch around the circle using a short stitch length.


Making a quilt from my logo
Making a quilt from my logo

After doing that, I was still too nervous to cut it, so I stitched the bias binding on, using the stitched circle as a guide for the raw edge of the binding. I also kept the same short stitch length for this, even though I normally would have used an average stitch length.


Making a quilt from my logo
Making a quilt from my logo

Now that there were two rounds of stitching to hold the monofilament in place, I nervously trimmed around the quilt, just barely outside of that first stitching line.


Making a quilt from my logo

I pressed the binding to the backside just as I normally do, and machine stitched it on using that same small stitch length and the white Aurifil thread.

The end result is exactly as I imagined!


My logo as a quilt

This is the quilt with one of my business cards! It's a perfect match!


My logo as a quilt

And if you wondered what it looks like behind the quilt... It was SOOOO windy the day I wanted to take photos! And if you look closely at the final photo, you can just barely see a baby foot poking out!


Behind the scenes of a quilt photo shoot

Now on to more Market prep!



Linking up with What I Made Monday at Pretty Piney Quilts and Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt.
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14 comments:

  1. The banner looks great! I think you were wise to take care with the trimming and I am sure it will be fantastic in your booth at Market. :)

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  2. So brilliant sending your logo to spoonflower to make a banner. Love the baby behind the quilt!

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  3. This is probably the third or fourth time I've said it, but I Love This! It's such a great idea and it turned out so well. I smiled at the roll of tape you used to get the right distance from the logo as that is exactly like what I would have done "What do I have lying around that looks about right? Oh, this will do!" :) I can't wait to see the full booth at Market!

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  4. What a great idea! You are going to make a splash at market. Have fun, and best wishes!

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  5. Looks great! Printing it from Spoonflower was a great idea and it looks exactly right!

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  6. Great job, Laura! Sending it to Spoonflower to print is a brilliant idea. Awesome!

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  7. Such a great idea!! Love the business card too.
    Kathleen, kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  8. That looks great! I didn't realize that you could do that at Spoonflower, with just two yards. What a great idea. Have a wonderful time and sell lots!

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  9. What an eye-catching banner and it so great to hear the story behind it's making. A professional looking job. I understand that concern about cutting and having things unravel. Stay stitching is a great way to keep things in control. I like that you were able to put the binding on before you trimmed. It really worked. Hope that quilt market is a roaring success for you.

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  10. Good thinking about using wool batting! I'm sure it'll look great at Market. Best of luck, and thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday.

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  12. Fantastic idea for a banner, and reusable Market after Market. I hope the rest of the prep work you are doing is going well!

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