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Thread: Just a 'thing' I have about quilts (labels).....

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    Thanks Mom3 for the vidio. How wonderful to learn this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mom3 View Post
    Yes, I forgot to say add the date(s) to the label also.

    If you are a visual learner, here's a video of how to do it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ_FREePYFI

    The above example is using 4 threads of embroidery floss on a thick tablecloth fabric. For my quilts I use 2 threads on muslin which is much thinner than the example. I also use the second stitch used in the video and my signature is in script, not in block letters.
    I like to add a label with my name, date completed, pattern name and reason for quilt if appropriate. Have used Pigma pens in the past but will try my hand at embroidery now that I have an excellent tutorial to help me! Thanks for sharing the link!

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    I do mine on the computer, using an ink jet printer, adding a pic that goes with the name of the quilt. here's what goes on my label: Name of quilt (I love naming my quilts :-), date completed, my name, name of who did the machine quilting, because I don't....yet, type of batting used, and washing instructions. Should the label wear out, someone can redo as I hand sew it on and it can be easily removed.

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    I label mine for the same reason: genealogy and family history. I never thought of hand writing it first though (dumb me...) thanks for the hint!

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    I just love to see the date on the quilt from the date finished or given. I've seen a couple go as far back as 125 years and I think that is amazing. I know are more that go back further than that. The one I saw was hand tied but pieced on the front and the back. The present owner said the quilter was told it wasn't very good. She was 14 and it was her 2nd. Present owner is granddaughter and displays it proudly. her grandmother stitched the date and her initials into it in the bottom right hand corner on the back. Just happens to be owner's birth date (sans the year).

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    Many of you are going to cringe but I use a sharpie right on the back of the quilt. My initials and year.

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    I haven't been quilting long (2 rag quilts, 2 pieced quilts), and I'm still trying to decide how I feel about them. My brother and his small son received the rag quilts, my firsts. Now my brother doesn't know anything about quilts or quilting, but he chewed me out for not labeling it! He wanted visual reminder that his absolutely favorite sister (I'm sure that's how he feels about me, lol) made it for him. Fortunately, I had sneaked my initials and date into one of the blocks.

    I don't expect anything I make to live long enough to be passed down. The quality of my work will never be heirloom, I can't imagine anyone being impressed enough by my work to hunt me down posthumously. So whatever I end up doing will be as unobtrusive as I can make it. I kind of like the idea of a hidden signature that the recipient knows about, but a casual glance would miss entirely.
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    Labeling is very important to me, years ago, in the early 80's, our girls were deep into softball, National titles were theirs...usually before a tournament, I would serve breakfast to the team..once I put on a white heavy tablecloth and put pens on the table..asking each one to sign, add a note, and date it..they did, next year it was repeated with the same tablecloth...what fun..now, girls are grown, but I still have the tablecloth and have turned it into a great quilt for my daughter..it brought her such smiles, some of the team are still connected..and this make it even nicer...could do this for any occassion...Now I will start this tradition with my Granddaughter is that is softball crazy...

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    Great Idea and with my new Baby Lock Ellisimo I can get my machine to embroider my signature. Will start practicing. I too like to see that date on a quilt.
    God Bless Quilters and Sewers
    Marti

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    My hand writing is so horrible. I hate writing anything by hand. Although I do understand what you are saying. and I believe that a hand signed quilt would be more personal. But I would also have to have it printed or no one could read it.

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