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Thread: can we talk labels?

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    working on some gifts and tossing the idea of labels around. several questions -

    do you make your own? (i have bubblejet set, but haven't used it yet to print my own)
    do you always put a label on gifts? (my stepson is getting married and i'm making them the salisbury window with waterfalls - they live in hawaii)
    what wording would you put for a wedding gift label? it's still kind of early, what if the date changes, etc
    how do you attach them? i've appliqued them on the back, but it gets in the way of the quilting.
    if you use fusible web, do you also stitch around them?

    hope this isn't too much to ask. thanks for your insights!

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    My personal opinion is that every quilt you make should have a label. Some teachers advise to put the label on before you quilt so it can never be removed. I put as much information as I can fit on the label, including the name of the pattern or quilt.

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    I always try ot put a label. I put who its for, the date it was made, and my name. I try if possible to use something that will resemble the chosen pattern on the front--ie a smaller sunbonnet sue, or a design that is similar to the one on the front. I use a satin stitch around the outer edge and slip stitch it to the back. Soem try and incoporate it into the quilting but I am not that organized to pick a label design that far in advance! :lol: :lol:

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    I applique it on after quilting, with a few scraps of the fabric in the pocket in case it needs mending down the road. Most of mine did not have labels though, and I wish I had gotten into the habit sooner.

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    I put to, from, why and the year, applique on at the last minute!

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    I have appliqued my labels on in the past, but now, if the backing isn't too dark, I use a pigma pen, & write directly on the backing. :-)
    I usually include the name of the quilt (if it has one), my name, city & state, the date - at least the month & year, who I made it for, their name, city & state, and the occasion. So you could just put that it was made for "Dick & Jane" on the occasion of their marriage, and the year (instead of a specific date). Or you could leave a blank space for the date of the wedding & fill it in later.

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    I always label my quilts and adhere them to the quilt with Steam-A-Seam2, a lightweight fusible, so the label cannot be removed. Someone would have to cut it out or applique a phony label on top!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabricluvr
    working on some gifts and tossing the idea of labels around. several questions -

    what wording would you put for a wedding gift label? it's still kind of early, what if the date changes, etc
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    hope this isn't too much to ask. thanks for your insights!
    "Good luck... You'll need it!"

    "In case of separation, return to sender"

    "Never sleep under this quilt mad at each other. Tomorrow is another day"

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    I do not put labels on quilts I sell unless they are selling in a touristy area, in which case people like to have the location on the label.

    I put labels just on presentation quilts or special commemorative quilts - births, weddings, etc.

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    I bought a book of them.......you iron them on and then embroider or paint.......I intend to put them on a fabric square of white and then attach to back :D I bought the book at Joanns

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    Tim, you are tooo funny! I especially laughed at the in case of separation, return to sender :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_jupiter
    "In case of separation, return to sender"
    you must know my stepson! 8)

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    Hi Fabricluvr:
    I just made a quilt for a couple I don't know for their wedding. (a dear friend's grandchild). I made a lable in the shape of a heart with eyelet around the heart (appliqued edge of eyelette UNDER the heart when I appliqued the heart to the back of the quilt). The label read:

    A wedding gift Made by Feather Smith for
    Jack and Jill Jones
    As you join your hearts, hands and lives we
    hope that you are always as happy in
    your married life as you are this day,
    your wedding day Sept. 30, 2007

    The label turned out very, very nice. I used my computer and the inkjet cloth paper made just for adding pictures and labels to quilts. Worked great. I'm not very eloquent but the sentiment can be as personal as you wish to make it.
    Feathers

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    oh, feather, that's nice! will keep that in mind for the one i'll be making in january!

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