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Thread: labeling your quilt

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    I finally made my first quilt!!! I want to put a label on the back, but I am not sure just how to do so. any advice would be appreciated!

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    I just hand sew mine on. After filling it out first. I put mine in the lower right hand corner of the back but you can put it anywhere you want.

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    What is the theme of your quilt? What are the colors? Picture , please.

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    A friend of mine uses a certain material for one small area in every quilt...that is her trade mark....I sorta like that better than sewing a name/date. I have not done anything to mine yet...I thought about putting on a kitty button on each quilt. If I give the quilt to someone I am sure they will remember the year,

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    i always include the name of the quilt, my name, city, state, date (month/year) and depending on who is getting it i include care instructions for the quilt. if it is for a specific person the label at times gets quite personal or even a story. these i usually put on a lower corner of the back, i fuse mine down before adding the binding and fold the binding over to include 2 sides (bottom/side)
    sometimes i print it from the computer onto fusable printer fabric, sometimes i write them with a pigma pen, sometimes i quilt the label as part of the quilting. i think every quilt should have a label.

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    I iron the label to freezer paper first, so that I can write on it without it moving all over. Then I peel off the freezer paper, press under the edges, and hand sew it on. I should mention I've only done this once.

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    I always include the name of the quilt, my name, the size, date (month/year) and any other pertinent information, especially the name of the person who inspired me to make the quilt or the name of the person the quilt is for. I write the info with a sharpie pen and press it before hand sewing it onto the back of the quilt. When considering putting the quilt in a show, I sew the label on the quilt before quilting or write the info directly on the backing.

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    Oh, I forgot.....congratulations on finishing your first quilt. Has the bug gotten you? It took a huge bite out of me! I am so hooked, it's sad.

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    Should the label be of muslin? and where do I get care instructions for the quilt?

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    Thanks, yes it has! I am making four lap quilts for Christmas. and I am looking for more! I am especially looking for a boutique tissue box cover that is drawn up to the top like a small purse. I saw it a a craft show and can't find the pattern! it is driving me nutty!
    Quote Originally Posted by fleurdelisquilts.com
    Oh, I forgot.....congratulations on finishing your first quilt. Has the bug gotten you? It took a huge bite out of me! I am so hooked, it's sad.

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    Congrats on quilt! I like hand sewing it on with name and all the other info.

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    a quilt is a work of art + love--- so deserves a signature just like a painting--and no they will not remember the year and neither will you-----i like to make my work personal with a poem /story+++a care info bit is very helpfull for none sewers

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    @ Jemma...my husband says the same thing....he wants me to start labeling my quilts....he is like...its just like creating a painting....

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    I agree. My Grandmother made me a quilt when I was young. Now that I am a quilter, I wish that she had placed a label on the back with a date and special words. Now that she is no longer with us, I wonder what she was thinking as she made it, What year did she make it? Why did she choose those colors? was the material scraps from old dresses she made? I think a poem that included the name of the block and reason would be neat too! I just want to make sure that I do it right.
    So, a sharpie on muslin, use butcher paper to keep stable, or use the fusible printer paper. Do either tend to wash out? Hmmm.......

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    I have an embroidery machine and I make the label from the same fabric as I use for the backing. I embroidery the name of the quilt, who it's made for, by My name, the year(s) I made it, and the city & state I live in. I use a contrasting thread or sometimes a thread that is just a couple of shades darker than the fabric. Then I stitch it onto the back of the quilt. If I am making the quilt for a specific occassion I also put that on the label. I've done labels with poems and stories, some are large. Some quilts have more than one label. The quilt I made for my mother came back to me when she passed, I passed it on to my son. I left the labels I put on it for her and added another one for my son. He loved it. I've made a lot of labels, I make them for my friends too.

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    I'm lucky enough to have an embroidery machine and I use it to make the labels for my quilts. The labels always include the persons name I am making it for along with my name, month/year it was finished and the city/state where I live. I do try to add something to each label to further personalize it.... for example the 101 cats quilt I made had a small kitty on the label that read "Got milk?" The spiderman quilt I made my SIL has embroidered spiderwebs on the label. If I name the quilt that will go on the label as well. The important thing is to label your quilts after all, it is your work of art.

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