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Thread: newbie with questions about how to personalize my quilts

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    Jan 2010

    i just started quilting last year and i'm hooked! i've even had some people (locally) ask me to make them some for their families. but i want to personalize my quilt, so everyone knows that i designed / made it.

    should i get custom labels / tags woven so i can attach those to my quilts? can anyone recommend a good company for custom labels? or any other ideas for how to get my "business" name on the quilts?


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    Nov 2009
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    I create mine on the computer, then print them out on fabric made for ink jet printer, cut them out and 'frame' them into the back of the quilt. I'd like to find an easier way to do it, but til then it's been working.
    I include the quilt name, who it was made for, and the date as a minimum of information.
    I found a web site that has great art work to be used for scrap booking but I use it for binder cover inserts and quilt labels. If I can't get it into this post I'll send it in the next.
    Here it is: http://www.knottymoosedesigns.blogspot.com/

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    Super Member mpspeedy's Avatar
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    Mar 2008
    rural Maryland
    The best way to make sure you get credit is to put your information directly on the quilt. I have done labels on the back by writing with a permanent marker directly on the backing fabric. The only way someone could remove it is to cut it out or cover it with a patch etc.
    In the the late 80s I was a part of a statewide documentation in Maryland of mostly old quilts. Having the information about the maker either on or with the quilt made them much more valueable. Quilts have been a valueable part of women's history in this country.

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    Power Poster sewnsewer2's Avatar
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    May 2008
    I used my embroidery machine and make a label and sew it to the back.

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    Marjpf's Avatar
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    Dec 2009
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    I make mine on the computer. Iron fabric onto a sheet of freezer paper, cut it 8-1/2" x 11", run it through the printer, then set it with an iron. I have never had one fade using this method.
    Someone in the forum is making some beautiful embroidered labels (Cutebuns). Go to the search area and type in labels. There are a couple of people doing them.

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    Super Member shaverg's Avatar
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    Mar 2009
    North Carolina
    I make my own too. There are a lot of templates out there, many are free.

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    Senior Member vjengels's Avatar
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    Aug 2009
    Hi newbie,
    Welcome from Colorado! Have you tried a local embroidery shop? You might be surprised how little a professionally embroidered label would cost..
    For my husband's birthay last year, I took a cartoon that he drew freehand on the computer and took it to a local shop, they charged my 15 dollars to digitize (sp?) it, and then it was $3.00 each item to embroider it. I bought 3 polo shirts, had it done, for under $40.00, the best part is, once it's digitized, you can use it on anything. Or, try your hand at the satin stich on your machine, practice practice. Good luck!

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    Jan 2010
    SW Wisconsin
    I go through a lot of tags and order mine from Northwest Tag and Label. They sell all kinds of tags printed on a polyester fabric. You can have whatever you want printed on them.

    I sew one in the bottom right corner of every quilt that I make that leaves the house.

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    Moderator Jim's Gem's Avatar
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    Jun 2008
    Camarillo, California
    Welcome to the board from Southern California.
    I sign every quilt I make that goes out the door. I have an embroidery machine and so use it to embroider on labels to sew on the back of the quilt.
    I used to write on an extra block with a pigma pen and sew it on before I had the embroidery capabilities. Someone on here mentioned that they actually incorporate the signature block into the backing of the quilt so that it cannot be removed. I may try to start doing that.

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    Super Member mimisharon's Avatar
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    Dec 2006
    Jacksonville, North Carolina
    I hand embroider mine, attach them to the back of the quilt, and then quilt them onto the back while quilting the whole quilt. They don't come off easy that way and since I don't have an embroidery machine I can afford the effort and keep my hand skills...

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