Well, my nervous anxiety about the Fat Quarterly Retreat is starting to change into nervous excitement, partly I think because I have managed to finish my name tag for the name tag swap. This is supposed to be a secret swap, but I’m rubbish at keeping secrets and have already posted a photo of the completed tag on the FQR Flickr group, so I might as well share the name tag here as well. I’ll still keep the identity of my swap partner secret as I’ve yet to send the tag.
It took me a while to come up with an idea for the design of the tag, but in a moment of fleeting inspiration, I decided to do teeny, tiny portholes depicting her social media ID. The portholes are about the size of a UK five pence piece, with the inserts (conveniently for photographs) being the size of a one cent coin. To reduce the bulk on the tag, I used lightweight iron-on interfacing rather than fabric when making the “hole” part of the portholes. I read that my swap partner had ordered some sparkly fabric for one of her projects (it was research, not stalking!) and so I hand embroidered her name and social media ID using a sparkly metallic thread. I used machine applique to decorate the back of the tag, being very thankful that the tag was for FQR2013 and not Sewing Summit or Quilt Market!
That’s the first thing ticked off my FQR to do list – now I need to work on my sample swaps, putting together my fabric swaps, and getting the supplies for my workshops and tabletop sessions.