Friday, April 11, 2014

The BiffBoard, Version One

I made a BiffBoard!  It's similar to a billboard but much cooler, obviously.  When Bifftastica made its debut three years ago, I simply ordered a plastic sign from Vistaprint and have used that ever since.  You can see it here and here.  It worked out great but for the past year or so, I've been dreaming up something different in my head.  Something handmade.  Something one-of-a-kind.  Something not printed up by a machine.  With my first show of the year coming up (tomorrow!), I finally got my tail in gear and made up new signage for my booth.

It's basically just a small quilt with ties.  Simple.  I cut out letters from the same fabric as my table covers and just sewed them on, much like I did with the Stella Quilt.  The edges of the letters will fray, and are already doing so.  I DO wish I'd paid more attention to making everything square but I didn't so c'est la vie.  I figure with the ties, I can drop that right corner a little bit to make everything line up a bit better.  Or maybe it's not even noticeable to anyone but me!  :)
With the ties, I sewed them on before I applied the binding and did so in a way that you will not see them if I decide not to use them; they will lie flat on the backside of the tapestry.  I wanted to use ties instead of loops so I could I wasn't restricted as to how I could use it!  With ties, I can attach it to the bamboo rods I use (as shown), to one of my grid walls, or to my canopy frame if I'm outside.  Loops wouldn't have allowed 2/3 of those options.
I left the quilting (really) simple.  I actually had a hard time figuring out how I wanted to quilt it but sought the mister's advice which prevented me from overdoing it, which I tend to do sometimes.  The green fabric and backing fabric were both used in the Cleo Quilt and the bias tape was used in the Tulsa Loves Tex Quilt.  As you know, both of those quilts are incredibly special to me so it seemed fitting to use pieces of them in this project.
After I had finished photographing the BiffBoard, I had a lightbulb moment and now believe I'll be making a new sign sometime!  I don't know why I didn't think of it before but now I want the sign to have my business name on BOTH sides so if I want, I can have the sign sticking out into the aisles.  Make sense?  I think this would probably only work with shows where I use my canopy so it's high enough not to clothesline anyone but I also think those are the shows where it would be most effective.  There is a chance that I could hand stitch the name on the backside but a part of me thinks it would be faster to make a new one!  Ha!
I'm super stoked to set up my booth tomorrow and see how things come together!  If you're local, do come out!  The weather will be beautiful and there's nothing better than a street festival on a gorgeous day.  It's the East Village Street Fest from 11-3 at 3rd and Lansing complete with artists, a live mural, live music, and food trucks!  See you there!

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic! This looks like a great fit. I may make the East Village happenings. I got an Etsy message about it but kind of forgot. Hooray for good weather though!


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