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Thread: Labeling your work

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    Junior Member rubia's Avatar
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    Do you put labels on your quilts? Why/why not? If you do, what's your favorite technique?

    I want to label the quilts I give away as gifts this year... and the ones I keep. I think it's nice for people to know the name of the quilt and adds to the homemade-love of the gift.

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    I usually put my name, town and state, year, and if it is a gift I add the appropriate info about recipient and occasion.

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    I have been using some pre-printed labels and just write on them with my name, location, year and who quilted it and the name of the pattern & designer.

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    I know some one will be appaled at my response , but here goes. I NEVER put a label on my quilts. It just seemed to me that by doing so it implied it would be around after I am gone. I refuse on the grounds that I want the quilt "consumed" in my lifetime by the people I lovingly made it. Not to sit on a closet shelf and have the next generation say "oh this is another one of Crazy Aunt Lori's quilts.. what do we do with this one!".
    Even though many of my quilts are intricate and very labor intensive... all the more reason to have the recipient "consume" it.

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    When I first started making quilts I didn't label them. As time went on, more and more people either said that they wanted a label or that I should label them for the future people who will wonder where the quilts came from. So now I do label most of my quilts, but not all. If they are charity quilts for Linus or Wrap a Smile, etc. I still leave the label off.

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    I "sign" all of my quilts with the same symbol (a small spiral in the bottom right corner when I quilt it - DH came up with it), but only gift quilts get labels... I know my MIL has a BUNCH of quilts from past family members and can't remember who made which one which I think is kind of sad. It's like a part of history being lost. At least with my "signature" even if I don't have a label, if the information is passed down then they should be able to figure it out (assuming they are still around that long).

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    I use my embroidery machine to crank out labels for me. It's a good way to rationalize such a big expenditure and then find use for it;>

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    I label mine, if they're gifts. I guess I should put one on every one, for posterity -- I am gettin' on up there in age! hahahaha

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    If I designed it, I label it.
    If I made it, I label it.
    If I handquilted it, I label it.
    Even commissioned work.
    And, I've even been known to write my name and info on an inside seam with permanent marker so it couldn't be removed. No one can see that either, but I know it's there, and where, if I ever had to identify it someday.

    Jan in VA

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    I use my embroidery machine to write the pattern name, my name, city, state, month & year. Ex: Scrappy quilt made for Sophia by Grammy Rose, etc. That's my take on it.

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