This week I’ve been exploring some of the stitching techniques available on the NEW PFAFF quilt expression 720. In yesterday’s post, I started to make a quilter’s name badge. I listed the fabric requirements based on my badge and invited you to join me! Today I’ll show you how I completed my name badge.
I added the fabric to the sides of the center of the badge first. I thought it would be fun to add some floating stitches that look like dots to go with the fabric. I used black thread and sewed the fabrics to the sides using the floating stitches. Since there was already stabilizer on the back of the centerpiece from stitching out my name, I didn’t add another piece.
Once stitched, I gently tugged the fabrics apart to bring them to the front. I love how this works!
I used floating stitches to attach the other side piece of fabric then stitched the top and bottom fabrics using a regular stitch.
Then it was time to start assembling the quilt sandwich starting with the batting on the bottom and my backing fabric right side up on top. I pinned both ends of my ribbon in the middle of the top edge of the badge and also pinned the long loop to the middle of the badge to prevent it from getting caught in my seams.
I don’t usually put a pin in the middle and only did it because my ribbon is quite stiff and I wanted it to stay tucked. I was very careful when turning my project and made sure to remove the pin as soon as it was visible from pushing the fabrics to the right side.
The final layer of the quilting sandwich is the front of the name badge. Here you can see I pinned around the edges and left a turning gap along one of the bottom edges where there’s no seam; the two pins close together are where I’ll stop stitching.
After the layers are sewn together, I turned the badge right side out. I use a gadget to push the fabric for the corners out. Then I used an orange thread for my stitching to go with my ribbon. I topstitched and echo quilted in the novelty print to complete the quilter’s name badge.
I’m looking forward to wearing my name badge at my next quilt guild meeting! The PFAFF quilt expression 720 helped me bring this project to life and definitely inspired me to create some more.