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    Quilt labels before or after washing quilt?

    Hi,

    Quick question for you all. Do you add your quilt label (after binding, of course) before you throw it in the washer or after it's all washed and crinkled? I can't seem to find any answer via Google. Thanks! I just plan on making a pieced fabric label and use a fabric marker.

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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sewgirly/6828387390/

    This is how I plan to do mine. It would be sewn on under the binding so obviously done before washing. I would think adding a label to crinkled fabric after washing would be more challenging

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    most of mine are in the corner with the binding attached over the label edges.
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    yes, i like to do the triangular label as well.
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    Yes, I had planned to put it under my binding, but forgot, and sure not taking it off now! lol So, in this instance, how would you all go about it?

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    I read somewhere that the label should be put on with the binding so it is harder to remove. Some I think even add it before quilting for the same reason.
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    I use to put it on before washing. Because I want to make sure the writing holds up. But sometimes forget.

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    I would just hand stitch it to the back and then wash.
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    Thanks! I will see how it goes, but know I will not forget to add before binding again! lol

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    At the current stage, attach the label before blocking. If you can copy the quilting stitches, quilt over the label.

    Attached is my quilt label. Fusible web is attached to the fabric. My name is written in bubble letters and cut out. It's fused to the backing and outline stitched, several times. Then the quilt is sandwiched and quilted. Blocked, then bound. Then any details are written on the label: last name, size, address, name of quilt, date finished. Name:  Quilt label (Small).jpg
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    that's a cute label - do you hand sew the top of the triangle?


    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt View Post
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sewgirly/6828387390/

    This is how I plan to do mine. It would be sewn on under the binding so obviously done before washing. I would think adding a label to crinkled fabric after washing would be more challenging

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    yep, me too.
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    I embroidery mine directly on the backing, then sandwich and quilt.

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    i add the label when the quilt is quilted (unless i want to quilt over it-which sometimes i do) before binding- i generally locate my label in the bottom right hand corner- so the binding covers 2 sides (bottom/right side) and i hand stitch the other 2 sides down.
    I have also made labels that were placed under the hanging sleeve (a good place to put one if entering a show (or fair) where it may not be ok to have the label you want on your quilt--also is a good security measure---if someone should "try" to claim your quilt you can 'lift' the sleeve and prove ownership.
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    i like to sew mine on before binding so that i don't have to hand sew those two edges
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    That's what I do, too! And I thought I was the only one....
    Quote Originally Posted by Misty's Mom View Post
    I embroidery mine directly on the backing, then sandwich and quilt.

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    I make my label, iron fusible on back of label, iron onto back of quilt, usually in the corner where the binding catches one corner of the label and turning in the two raw edges on the other corner, then sew on the binding. When hand sewing the binding, somewhere in that corner, when I need to re-thread the needle, I sew the undone corners down.

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    I like the corner label - you all have such good suggestions!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt View Post
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sewgirly/6828387390/

    This is how I plan to do mine. It would be sewn on under the binding so obviously done before washing. I would think adding a label to crinkled fabric after washing would be more challenging

    This is cool. Two on the top two corners, and you have the hanging sleeve and label all in one.
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    I made my own fabric tags with wide ribbon and iron on transfers, then sew them into the binding before washing.

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