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    Quilt labels

    I've made 2 quilts so far (both baby quilts) and I didn't label them. I joined a quilt guild yesterday and the first thing they suggested is labeling my quilts before I give them. But I forgot to ask how I attach the label to the quilt. Both quilts are quilted and binded already.

    I'm going to try to use the freezer paper to make a label on my computer...but what do you suggest for adhering them to the quilts? Both in this instance where they are already bound...and for future projects.

    Thank you!

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    If my quilt is already bound, I will "bind' the label and the stitch it down by hand on the back. If I haven't stitched the binding down yet, I'll 'bind' the label on two sides and catch the other two sides in my quilt binding, stitching the remaining two sides down by hand.
    Another to skip the 'binding' on the label, you can fold a square in half along the diagonal -- catch the raw edges in the binding and the just stitch across the fold.

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    i make mine using fine tip fabric marker - following instructions for marker brand - on muslin - then sew the label on the back by hand. you can trace all kinds of pictures - add color - personalize the message - whatever you like. there are books with iron on patterns - but all the ones i've seen call for poly-cotton blends iron onto....which i don't have. The label is the last thing i put on the quilt - so quilted and bound is not a problem.
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    There are fabrics that are pre printed labels, like a panel, you can use. I have written on them with a Micron Pigma pen (make sure you heat set it!), I have hand embroidered labels and I have used the block alphabet in my machine to machine embroider them. I have used orphan blocks as labels as well. Again, writing on them with a permanent fabric marker or embroidering them. I have seen some make absolutely beautiful lables with embroidery machines.


    Like PenniF, the label is the very last thing I do. When applying them I always turn the raw edges under and hand applique them to the back being careful not let any of my applque stitches come through to the front.

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    This weekend I bought novelty fabric that is made up of labels. Very cool! I will use my Sharpie to write whatever goes on the label (name, year, quilter if different from piecer, etc).

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    I didn't want to handwrite anything on the label. I made the label using MS Word and printed it on the fabric using my home printer (ironed freezer paper to the fabric to send through the printer) I cut it out with pinking shears so the raw edges are decorative. Can I heat bond it to the quilt? Or should I stitch it on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tashana View Post
    This weekend I bought novelty fabric that is made up of labels. Very cool! I will use my Sharpie to write whatever goes on the label (name, year, quilter if different from piecer, etc).
    May I suggest you don't use a sharpie, as they tend to bleed badly....use a Pigma pen. Can find in the scrapebooking department....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justamom410 View Post
    I didn't want to handwrite anything on the label. I made the label using MS Word and printed it on the fabric using my home printer (ironed freezer paper to the fabric to send through the printer) I cut it out with pinking shears so the raw edges are decorative. Can I heat bond it to the quilt? Or should I stitch it on?
    heat and bond heavy will work just fine....make sure you heat set the label first otherwise it will smear like crazy.
    If my memory serves me correctly, print, let dry an hour, rinse in cool water, allow to dry then run a dry iron over label....
    Yes that is a real picture of my hometown Temecula, California. We feature premiere Wineries, World Class Golf Courses, Pechanga Indian Casino and Hot Air Balloons

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justamom410 View Post
    I didn't want to handwrite anything on the label. I made the label using MS Word and printed it on the fabric using my home printer (ironed freezer paper to the fabric to send through the printer) I cut it out with pinking shears so the raw edges are decorative. Can I heat bond it to the quilt? Or should I stitch it on?
    I have never had much luck with heat and bond lasting through a bunch of washes. If it were my quilt and I expected in to get in the laundry, I would stitch it down.

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    I print labels on my Epson printer with durabrite ink and then sew them on the back.
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    i embroider my labels and always just before the binding, sewing 2 sides into the binding and hand stitching the other two sides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    May I suggest you don't use a sharpie, as they tend to bleed badly....use a Pigma pen. Can find in the scrapebooking department....
    Thank you for the suggestion. Pigma pen it is. I have never heard of then before but I will buy one!

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    I print mine out on the computer, then turn under the hem and hand stitch!! I use printmaster software to create a one of a kind label!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Knitnoid View Post
    If my quilt is already bound, I will "bind' the label and the stitch it down by hand on the back. If I haven't stitched the binding down yet, I'll 'bind' the label on two sides and catch the other two sides in my quilt binding, stitching the remaining two sides down by hand.
    Another to skip the 'binding' on the label, you can fold a square in half along the diagonal -- catch the raw edges in the binding and the just stitch across the fold.
    Last edited by grammysharon; 10-02-2012 at 09:16 PM.
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    I have done iron on labels, binded labels and my favorite less time consuming is to write on fabric cut it out 1-2 inches around the words fold under and use a decorative stitch to secure what I folded to the back then hand sew it down. I dont have an embroidery machine but I have been waiting for someone in the guild to start selling custom labels I for one would pay I like the look of embroidery.
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    Contact sewnsewer2 here on the board -- I've read she does beautiful custom labels.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justamom410 View Post
    I didn't want to handwrite anything on the label. I made the label using MS Word and printed it on the fabric using my home printer (ironed freezer paper to the fabric to send through the printer) I cut it out with pinking shears so the raw edges are decorative. Can I heat bond it to the quilt? Or should I stitch it on?
    I use a very lightweight double sided fusible to fuse some of my labels. Fuse first to the label, fuse second onto the quilt.

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    I like to use Printed Treasures for my labels. It runs right through my printer. I use MS Word and put some clip art on the page along with my name, city and year created. It I know I'm making something special I will also put that note on there. I usually fit 4 labels on a page. Once you print it out, let it set for about an hour. Peel off the paper backing and run it under cold water to rinse away any residue ink. Let it dry and iron it. Then I trim it and add a 1" border of the backing fabric around all 4 sides. Put this piece right sides together with another piece of backing fabric and stitch around all 4 sides. After trimming the seam allowance, make a small slit in the back side of your piece to turn right sides out. I baste the slit closed and hand stitch my label on the lower back corner of my quilt.

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    I make 2 labels - one is a care label with instructions for washing and drying. The other is my signature label, with my name, date, and other pertinent information. I've also started printing QR codes onto my signature label. The QR code serves 2 purposes. 1) I link it to my blog, where the recipient can read the story behind the quilt, fabric and pattern selections, and see the progress of the quilt; and 2) if the quilt is ever lost or stolen, I can change the blog post for that quilt to give information about the loss/recovery. This way if a lost quilt is found, the finder can simply scan the QR code on the label with any smart phone. They will be directed to my blog where they can learn the quilt is missing, find contact information for me, and I can make arrangements for the recovery of the quilt.

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    Hi

    I also embroider my labels and sew two sides into the binding. If I remember to, I have embroidered right on the backing before I put the quilt together...which works great depending on your choice of finishing....quilting. I have also hand stitched the entire label on before, too......but prefer the in the binding way.

    I know many put all kinds of info about the quilt on their labels, I usually put who its for, a date, and my name....or who it is from. For a baby quilt I include the birth date and sometimes weight etc. All depends on the person I am making it for. I don't put quilt pattern name etc, as honestly, not often am I asked what the pattern is etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justamom410 View Post
    I've made 2 quilts so far (both baby quilts) and I didn't label them. I joined a quilt guild yesterday and the first thing they suggested is labeling my quilts before I give them. But I forgot to ask how I attach the label to the quilt. Both quilts are quilted and binded already.

    I'm going to try to use the freezer paper to make a label on my computer...but what do you suggest for adhering them to the quilts? Both in this instance where they are already bound...and for future projects.

    Thank you!
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    If you just have to label one quilt then just design it in your printer and take a printout of it and then paste it over the quilts. But if you have a business of quilts then it is true that you need many quilts per day and printing on paper and then pasting it over them will waste time and money both. In this case, you should purchase thermal transfer printers. These printers are especially to mark labels.

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    If you ever do pieced backs, my personal favorite, you can include the label in the piecing.
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