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    I always put a machine embroidered label on my quilts, large or small. The information I put on is the name of the quilt, designer, name of the person getting the quilt & reason for gift, my name as piecer/designer, date made, LAQ name, name of DH as the funder of the quilt. I also use a poem found in a making labels book-Those Who Sleep- Under a Quilt- Sleep Under- A Blanket of Love. I really like the look of the machine embroidered label and also add embroidered needle/thread or a spool of thread/needle. I guess that everyone needs to do it the way they like it and not worry what someone else believes is the right way. So if you don't like labels go for it---

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramquilter2 View Post
    I always put a machine embroidered label on my quilts, large or small. The information I put on is the name of the quilt, designer, name of the person getting the quilt & reason for gift, my name as piecer/designer, date made, LAQ name, name of DH as the funder of the quilt. I also use a poem found in a making labels book-Those Who Sleep- Under a Quilt- Sleep Under- A Blanket of Love. I really like the look of the machine embroidered label and also add embroidered needle/thread or a spool of thread/needle. I guess that everyone needs to do it the way they like it and not worry what someone else believes is the right way. So if you don't like labels go for it---
    Well said!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sulyle View Post
    I'll start signing it so my ancestors can see my actual signature.
    I think you might mean your descendants... hee hee ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by annee View Post
    I do not like labels. I believe they take away from the work that has been done. They are usually gaudy. The idea of personally signing the quilt and the year it was made, I think would be very special to the person receiving the quilt>
    I thought that labels detracted too, until I made a very special bed quilt for my daughter and I wanted to label it. It will be hers forever, I made it with all my love, and I wanted my sentiments on the quilt, not in some little gift card with washing instructions. I made sure that it was a nice size, cleverly positioned in a corner on the back, with special thread and backing color and done by Sewnsewer2Name:  DSC_3696.JPG
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Size:  1.01 MB. It is like a little hug and kiss for her every time she looks at it.

    I am now doing a quilt for my son's sweetheart and I think I will try the hand embroidery signature if I can manage it - I learned embroidery as a child and have not done it since! How hard can it be? haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willferg View Post
    I'm probably alone on this, but I don't put any label on my quilts. If the person I give it to passes it along to someone else down the road, someone who doesn't know me, I don't want that person to see my name or the name of the person for whom it was made. The quilt becomes that person's quilt. I guess for me the quilt takes on a life of its own and makes its journey, and I don't feel any need to be part of that...

    ust me!
    I am with you on this, when I give a quilt away, I am done with it and move on.

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    I started signing my quilt labels by hand and use my given name, maiden name, married name plus date & city. Doggone it I want others to know who put so much work in that quilt! Most of mine are given to family & close friend. Just me.
    I have two quilts my grandmother made and I had to just guess what year, one was in 1930 something and the other was sometime before her death in 1954. My mother's were the same way. She never signed any of her quilts. I did go back and label these quilts and put my guestimated date on them.
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    I also sign & hand embroidery my name and date fiinished on my quilts.
    J J (jbj137)

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    I do labels various ways. I have signed some, I have embroidered some, I have stamped some. I think it is a good idea to embroider a signature for a special quilt, but I wouldn't bother doing that for most of mine. It takes me too long to embroider.

    I have used pigma pens a lot, and the quilt I gave my son when he was 2 (he is now 5) has been washed MANY times, more than most quilts get washed in a lifetime, I think and it is still legible. One of my first quilts that was labeled with a sharpie, on the other hand, is badly faded after just a few washes. Embroidery doesn't last forever, either. My husband has a quilt his grandmother hand-embroidered for him when he was a child, and some of the stitching has become frayed and washed away over the years, too.

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    Thank you - great idea. I will do that from now on. I think of my quilts as my heritage - maybe the only thing that I will be remembered by in 2 or 3 generations.

    And since cursive is not going to be taught in schools any more, maybe I should also print my name so future generations can read it - LOL.

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    A label is to give information, so what difference does it make if someone machine embroidery it. It will probably last longer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mckwilter View Post
    Yes, I saw the pictures and was horrified.
    I can't say what I'd like to about this. The custom agent acted disgracefully.

    I will say I'd have gone home before destroying my quilts.

    Meanwhile, on subject, I label my quilts with my name, date finished, place, and a little note to the recipient.
    Last edited by HouseDragon; 04-24-2013 at 01:31 PM.
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    I have only been quilting 9 years, but I label the quilts I give as gifts & keep for me. I have 5 quilts I inherited from my grandmother - NO labels. I 'think' her mother made them, but who know. If there was even someone's initials hidden in the binding, I would probably know who made them. I have had 2 appraised and the appraiser said to label them with what I know, that the history begins with me.
    Carol in Michigan

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    Thanks for the video...very nice way to label....

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    For those of you that print out your labels with the computer--do you use the special sheets made for printing, or do you use freezer paper ironed onto muslin? If you print one label , this wastes the rest of the sheet , doesn't it ? or is there a way to put the rest of the label paper back into the printer to make another label later? I just can't figure out what would be the best way to do this. Thank you for your advice.

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    In the beginning... I hand embroidered labels with my "logo" (read very loosely a flamingo and my name, date and name of quilt style, if applicable. Then I made an even simpler label with only my name and date on my Bernina QE. For me, I feel the name is important for the one I have given a quilt to and the date for more historical purposes should my quilts live a long life. I just got handed down a Brother PE150. I haven't even plugged it in yet. But am looking forward to making labels for my quilts that will most likely go back to the flamingo, name, date sort. Does anyone have any info on the Brother PE150? I'm a babe in the woods on this and looking to learn.

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    I Understand what your saying but some of us can not. As for me I have tremors so its hard for me to write any more, so i embroider my labels.

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    Leaving your name on a quilt is the same as signing a work of art. I hope we all would want a signed original painting of a master. Believe it or not, our quilts are our master pieces. Just antiques and paintings have a provenance, our signatures, dates, and who it is for provide a tangible line as to how a quilt gets somewhere. We might not be thinking our quilts will be around 100 years from now, and perhaps they won't. But if they are, they are our link with the living. For me, I will be signing my quilts. I want my great great nephew, or daughter to know who made that blanket that comforts them, or delights them when I am no longer around for them to know me any other way.
    Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great. Mark Twain

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