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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I am trying to label all of mine now... I tend to forget :roll: :oops: :lol:
    Me, too, with age creeping ever higher I would like my great grands to remember who made them their quilt so I embroider a label for all of them. Much easier since I got the embroider machine, used to hand embroider them.

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    On all but the last one, I FMQ my name. I have an easy name. Kelly is all lines and loops.

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    I label all my quilts. At first I used a 'permanent marker', even the sharpie and pigma pens, but over time with laundering they become too light or wash out. So now I use the font on my sewing machine and stitch my labels onto a piece of lighter fabric and fuse it to the backing, then quilt over it when quilting the quilt. It aint gonna come off.

    When I first learned to quilt I was told it was important to put labels on all quilts, even for grandkids etc, cuz they could be of historical (don't laugh) interest or when someone in the future is doing family genealogy. We don't think our quilts will last that long, but do we really know? Imagine 100 years from now, someone opens an old trunk and finds your quilt! If no label, no 'history'.

    People find quilts at thrift shops, estate sales, family trunks etc all the time and wonder, ... who, when, where?

    Yes, put labels on your quilts!

    warm quilt hugs, sue in CA

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    I usually print a label with all the pretenant infor on my computer. I iron on freezer paper just before I push the button to print and then I piece the label into the quilt back. If I finish a quilt it is a big deal and I want people to know who did it and if it is for something special I want that known too.

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    sometimes yes and sometimes no. I find that if I am doing a quick baby quilt that needs to go out right away I always forget to label.

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    I don't consider a piece finished unless it is labeled and photographed and then put in my journal of quilts. Too many wonderful quilts have been made throughout the years without valuable information to go along with them. I have heard many collectors and appraisers speak and emphasize how important that bit of info is.

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    I press a piece of fabric to freezer paper, put it in the printer and make a lable. then applique it to the bottomright corner on the back of all but the baby quilts that I expect to be used until they are worn out

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    I always label my quilts with Quilt Name___ For ___ Year___
    MY name___My Address. My exceptions are when I do a Church raffle Quilt which I Name___, Date___, the Church's Name on it. I also include a card with quilt care and on the back of the card I put my name and year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parrothead
    Please label. I so wish my Grandmothers had done so. I have 20+ vintage quilts made by my Grandmother and Great-Grandmother and I don't know which one made what or what year they were made.
    That's a wonderful treasure you have. I have 5 from my grandmother, but I know she didn't make them. Was it her mom? My mom's not sure since no one is left from my dad's side. Even just initials would clear up who made them.

    I am thinking of making labels for my 5 with my name, inherited from GM, possibly made by GGM. You could do something similar with your 20.

    I do label mine, but now am thinking of embroidering my name & year along the edge somewhere. I have a short name!

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    I too label my quilts; I embroider a label with name of recipient, my name, date, name of quilt. I also add some embroidery designs in keeping with the quilt design. My giftees like the label as well as the quilt. They always can't wait to see their label.

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    I label all my quilts except chairty ones, my quild puts their own label on them. My labels vary from printed images and text (by computer or handwritten), quilt name, who quilt was for and my info; name, location and date, to a label made with a small light colored square folded into a triangle and stitched in a corner of the quilt with just my name and date on it. I like the idea of my family and friends remembering me and/or the occasion for the quilt when they see the label on their quilts. May in Jersey

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoyVoltenburg
    I always make a label. I used to mark with a pigma pen, but found that those tended to fade after multiple washings, plus my handwriting isn't perfect. So, now, I print my labels on fabric with my ink jet printer. I iron freezer paper to the back of the fabric to stabilize it, then run through the printer. Make sure there aren't any loose threads. Here's an article on how to do it:http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/imagefabric.html . I have also taped down the freezer paper/fabric to a piece of paper and ran that through (when the piece of fabric was too small). I usually print the label on a piece of copy paper to gauge the placement before I run the fabric through the printer. Afterwards, you just iron the label to set the ink.
    I just tried the freezer paper method and success is mine!!! How cool is that! Thanks for the info, Joy!

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    I always print fabric labels with my inkjet printer and it depends on who and what occasion as to how much info I put on it.

    Label on DIL's colourwash quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rubia
    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.
    I label all my quilts on my embroidery machine. (On the back b4 I put it together) Even my own because then I can easily see if I've improved since I made 'that' one! I put minimum of name & date unless it's a gift, then add something special. Sometimes I use a design of a quilt label & add text or I just put the info on it. I don't care if it's used up or not, in my lifetime, just so somebody knows in the future that 'Grammy' made it! :-D

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    I always desi9gn a label for each quilt on my emb. machine--makes it special. I either use a name it is for or the name I have decided on for the quilt, ny name and the date. Of course take a pic also.

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    I forget to put labels usually. But after reading these I'm gonna try and start to label every quilt. My question is...Where do you normally put your label, on the front or back of the quilt?

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    My family members want their labels on a top corner. Then when the bed is made up, the quilt is folded back to show the label. They are proud of their labels; I customized each one individually.

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    "Quilts for Kids" send a label with the material for top they send and direct to place label on back of quilt and sew around all four sides.

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    what kind of material do you use to label your quilts,other than embroidery machines or by hand?

    and do you keep track of the quilts you made and gave away?

    Is a permanent marker ok to use, and will it definately stay on? I want something I can do to label what I make and it will stay on!

    I have an inkjet printer,

    Deecee, how do you do it? would appreciate the how to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randa
    Okay, so far I've heard people use their embroidery machines to make labels, or permanent marker (that I've heard isn't all that permanent). Is there any other types? Do you order labels? Wondering about hand embroidery. Or any other options?
    Online, you can find printable label designs. Either buy the packaged fabric or heat set muslin to freezer paper, cut to correct size and send it thru your ink jet printer. Easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychomomquilter
    Deecee, how do you do it? would appreciate the how to!
    I use pre-packaged fabric sheets for my ink-jet printer. I usually use a photo relative to the occasion or person receiving the quilt - in the label above I have used a photo of part of the actual quilt.

    I either type up the message in a "Word" document and insert the photo in the document, then print.

    Or if I want to manipulate the pic, either by adding a frame or cutting and pasting parts of the pic, I use "Paint" which you can usually find under accessories in Windows.

    There are also label programmes you can buy or are included in software such as EQ, but I find you can do pretty much whatever you want with the programmes already on Windows.

    In the above label I added the burgundy border (the quilt was bound with burgundy) and cut and pasted the text into the centre.

    The pre-packaged fabric sheets are very easy to use. There is some variation between brands but bascially its print, dry, peel off backing, rinse and press. Some brands require a setting agent for the rinse.

    Psycho - if you want any other info, don't hesitate to PM me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dungeonquilter
    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.
    I do that too. Now I can do it all on the computer, so it saves me a lot of hassle.

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    I use my embroidery machine and put the information right on the back behind where a design would be on the front. Then go ahead and quilt it as usual.

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    I type my info on the computer. Sometimes I find a site that has labels or saying one can use. I like to use a little verse or saying on my labels. Then I add my info to that.
    Made by
    Where I live
    Quilted by
    Name of the quilt
    Recipient's name if it is being given to someone.

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    I make a small panel with info re: the occasion, the person it is for, my name, the date, and an attempt at some sweet prose for posterity.

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