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Thread: Putting a name on a quilt

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    Senior Member taiboo's Avatar
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    My friend is a Foster Parent, and I offered to make a quilt for the child they are fostering, his court date is coming up and they are not sure what exactly will happen...I offered to make him a quilt, this is the first family environment that is stable for him and I know he loves and appreciates them. I am making him a spider man quilt.....

    However, we want to make sure that this quilt travels with him where ever the next decision sends him...so the suggestion is the somehow put his name on it.

    Any suggestions on how to put a name on a quilt???

    TIA

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    When you make the label, put his name on it. For example:

    Name of quilt

    Made for (childs name)

    made by

    Your city

    Date made

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    But wouldn't a label just peel off?

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    Could you hand embroider his name in one of the blocks or borders?

    Quote Originally Posted by taiboo
    My friend is a Foster Parent, and I offered to make a quilt for the child they are fostering, his court date is coming up and they are not sure what exactly will happen...I offered to make him a quilt, this is the first family environment that is stable for him and I know he loves and appreciates them. I am making him a spider man quilt.....

    However, we want to make sure that this quilt travels with him where ever the next decision sends him...so the suggestion is the somehow put his name on it.

    Any suggestions on how to put a name on a quilt???

    TIA

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    I would quilt his name right on that quilt in a contrasting thread color. I have quilted names on quilts quite often. It isn't hard. And no one is about to pick out the quilting stitches!

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    Well, you could always embroider it. If you don't want to do that how about just printing his name on a prominent block on the quilt.

    I met a lady in a shop here in OKC who makes quilts for foster children and she told me that anything that was given to a child stayed with the foster parent where they were staying at the time so she always embroidered their name in about 4" letters on the top border of the quilt.

    My grandsons loved their Spiderman quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taiboo
    But wouldn't a label just peel off?
    You make the label seperate, and stitch it on the back after the quilt is finished. Or us a pigma permanate marker and write all the information on the quilt back. I wouldn't use a sharpy, it will fade and wash out.

    Or you could applique his name as part of the quilt front. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

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    Thanks everyone, i am def. no good for hand doing anywork LOL, i could try the machine quilting his name, that might work. I also have a embroidery machine, i wonder if i can do it on the back fabric BEFORE it gets quilted.

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    Are there such a thing as cloth labels...When you say Labels, I am thinking ones in my printer from Staples LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by momymom
    Quote Originally Posted by taiboo
    But wouldn't a label just peel off?
    You make the label seperate, and stitch it on the back after the quilt is finished. Or us a pigma permanate marker and write all the information on the quilt back. I wouldn't use a sharpy, it will fade and wash out.

    Or you could applique his name as part of the quilt front. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

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    I've made a separate label, then attached it to the back BEFORE quilting. That way, the label is not only hand sewn in place, but quilted in place.

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    I made my GD , she is 6yrs, one with her name. I had a friend embroider her name on a strip. I will attempt to add a pic of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taiboo
    But wouldn't a label just peel off?
    I sew mine on

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    I am making quilts for my son's friends who are expecting their 3rd boy. I used fusible applique & stitched the names on the backing before sandwiching, although I have thought about doing this to the front also.
    Sorry for the quality of the photo - dark room, dark backing & cell phones do not mix sometimes...

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    Be very careful about putting your name and city on a foster child's blanket. There are various reasons that children are put into foster care. My neighbor had to, for years, take their youngest foster child and go into hiding whenever his bio-dad got out of prison. He was constantly threatening to take the child. If you want to put your name on it make it first name only or a nickname and DON'T put your city on it.

    If you don't have an embroidery machine use Printed Treasures or something like that and print it out on your printer. Then sew it onto the backing and quilt it. There are also fabric labels available at most LQS or online. They come in a bolt and are regular fabric just with labels printed that can be cut out and written on with fabric markers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollyv9
    I met a lady in a shop here in OKC who makes quilts for foster children and she told me that anything that was given to a child stayed with the foster parent where they were staying at the time so she always embroidered their name in about 4" letters on the top border of the quilt.
    What a wonderful thing to do! Often wondered if a quilt, or anything else, that was given to a foster child would stay with them.

    Pollyv9, if their name is on the quilt, does your friend think the quilt will stay with the child?? How sad that everything has to stay with the foster family!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    Be very careful about putting your name and city on a foster child's blanket. There are various reasons that children are put into foster care. My neighbor had to, for years, take their youngest foster child and go into hiding whenever his bio-dad got out of prison. He was constantly threatening to take the child. If you want to put your name on it make it first name only or a nickname and DON'T put your city on it.
    Thanks, I hadn't thought of something like that. I've never had to deal with this type of situtation.

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    Before I got an embroidery machine, I bought sheets of fabric that you could run thru the computer printer. I designed label on computer and then printed it off on the sheet, cut to size and sewed on the back of quilt. I agree with Raptureready about not putting your name and city on the quilt.

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    If you have a machine that can do small lettering one way to put a name on the quilt is do the lettering on the binding before you put it on. I've done this on a couple of quilts and it turns out really cool. I don't have a picture of one right now though,

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    I know, we have a tendency to judge others by our own standards. If you would never think of kidnapping or hurting a child you don't think of anyone else doing it either. Sadly though, it happens. Determined bio-parents will use any means necessary to try to track down their children. Sometimes it's for welfare checks, sometimes it just a sense of entitlement or possessiveness, sometimes it's because they don't want to be denied their punching bag. I've known several foster parents that have had to, for one reason or another, even use false last names for their foster children.

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    That's so nice of you to make that boy a quilt. It may be one of only a few bright spots in his young life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StitchinJoy
    I would quilt his name right on that quilt in a contrasting thread color. I have quilted names on quilts quite often. It isn't hard. And no one is about to pick out the quilting stitches!
    Sounds perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taiboo
    Thanks everyone, i am def. no good for hand doing anywork LOL, i could try the machine quilting his name, that might work. I also have a embroidery machine, i wonder if i can do it on the back fabric BEFORE it gets quilted.
    Yes, just sew onto the backing and then it is quilted in and nearly impossible to remove. Professional quilters who enter lots of show do this to help deter theft of their quilts. Make sure you let your LAQ know it is there so it is not accidently too far off the edge of the quilt.

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    If this is through the front and back, I think that it would be preferable. It would be difficult to take out and not leave a mark. I don't understand the child having to leave the quilt with the foster parent. It was given to the child. I just made 6 pillowcases for the million dollar challenge and I would be upset if I found out that the foster parent kept it.
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    My name and the person who is fostering will NOT be on them any label..

    This will simply be his name and the year it was made...for that reason specifically.

    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    I know, we have a tendency to judge others by our own standards. If you would never think of kidnapping or hurting a child you don't think of anyone else doing it either. Sadly though, it happens. Determined bio-parents will use any means necessary to try to track down their children. Sometimes it's for welfare checks, sometimes it just a sense of entitlement or possessiveness, sometimes it's because they don't want to be denied their punching bag. I've known several foster parents that have had to, for one reason or another, even use false last names for their foster children.

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    Thank you. Not only will you be protecting him but yourself and his foster parents as well. Many times it would be perfectly safe to put that info out there but you just never know when the one bad time would be.


    Quote Originally Posted by taiboo
    My name and the person who is fostering will NOT be on them any label..

    This will simply be his name and the year it was made...for that reason specifically.

    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    I know, we have a tendency to judge others by our own standards. If you would never think of kidnapping or hurting a child you don't think of anyone else doing it either. Sadly though, it happens. Determined bio-parents will use any means necessary to try to track down their children. Sometimes it's for welfare checks, sometimes it just a sense of entitlement or possessiveness, sometimes it's because they don't want to be denied their punching bag. I've known several foster parents that have had to, for one reason or another, even use false last names for their foster children.

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