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    It seems that all quilters, except me, have labels for their quilts. What kind of labels do you use? Do you somehow make them, buy them? What size are they? Please help because my family says that I should put my label on my work, but, I have nothing.
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    Sewnsewer2 from this board makes beautiful labels. You could PM her.
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    I always put a handmade label (usually made from a rectangle of one of the fabrics used in the quilt, edges folded over, and handsewn onto the back). I sometimes use fabric ink or markers to trace whatever it is I am writing (usually a title, the recipient's name, the date, my town and state, and either my name, or the name I use for my *business*). Other times (more often, actually) I trace whatever I am saying with water-soluble markers and then hand embroider over it.

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    If your sewing machine has letters to stitch on it, you can make your own label. Mine are pretty simple:
    Made by "NAME"
    "Month Year"
    (sometimes the name of the quilt pattern)
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    I personally embroider mine. I try to always put the name of person that made the quilt, city, state and year. Sometimes I will add a special message for the person receiving the quilt.

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    I make my labels on my embroidery machine that way I can put what I want on them.

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    I, too, usually hand embroider the label with the name of the pattern, date and my name. Sometimes I add the name of the person and a personal message. I use a solid or light on light to match the quilt and sometimes add a piece of one on the prints in a corner of the label to make it more interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JT View Post
    If your sewing machine has letters to stitch on it, you can make your own label. Mine are pretty simple:
    Made by "NAME"
    "Month Year"
    (sometimes the name of the quilt pattern)
    That is a great idea - there at quilting books that show you how to make quilting labels - even paper pieced - I think that CONNECTING THREADS have labels you can print out on your computer - believe they are free

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    I bought a book of labels that you iron on to fabric. Then I use a thin line marker to trace over the lines in color. Sometimes, I embroider over it. They come with really cute patterns around where you put your name and date. I think I got mine on Amazon. They have all different labels like for baby showers, graduation, marriages, anniversaries, etc.
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    I put my name and the date minimum. If needed I also put the name of the pattern and pattern maker---it's nice to give credit where it is due. Also if I didn't quilt the quilt--I add the quilter's name and location and my location.

    I hand write mine (handwriting is getting rare) with a sharpie pen and heat set it with my iron. And yes--sometimes I flub it and have to do a second one.

    I pick out a light-colored fabric with tight weave---sometimes I flip a fabric over. It's usually a fabric used on the front of the quilt. I like to iron on a piece of freezer paper on the back--it makes it easier to write on the surface.
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    I make all my own labels. Do a search and you can find many tutes, including mine, on the QB.

    Hints: ink jet printer only ... and DO NOT use Best quality printing as there is too much ink imprinted on the fabric.

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    I make my own using my embroidery machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdelamer View Post
    I personally embroider mine. I try to always put the name of person that made the quilt, city, state and year. Sometimes I will add a special message for the person receiving the quilt.
    This is what I do also. I try to work the info in along a border or sash where it's not terribly obvious when viewing the quilt.
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    I hand write my labels, too. I appreciate the suggestion of the freezer paper - now I'm assuming i find that at the grocery store in w/ wax paper????

    I include the name of the pattern and as much of the history & dates as possible. I try to think "If this quilt winds up at GW, the person buying it will love knowing what the history is"
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    I buy old doyleys at garage sales and charity shops -- often for only a dollar or so -- and use those for my label. I select one that has an embroidery in the same colours as my quilt. There is usally enough room to fit in my name and year and who the quilt is for.

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    I print mine on the computer with fabric that I have treated with Bubble Jet Set. Sometimes it is on 120 count muslin, but usually on a lighter fabric that coordinates with the backing. Sometimes I will import a picture to incorporate into the label. I try to include as much info as I can- name of quilt, original pattern name and name of designer, recipients name, name of LAQ if I sent it out, my name, state , and date. Sometimes I will include a little blessing or prayer on a Bavy quilt. I will also with baby quilts include a card with a poem that I wrote about washing and using the quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gspsplease View Post
    I buy old doyleys at garage sales and charity shops -- often for only a dollar or so -- and use those for my label. I select one that has an embroidery in the same colours as my quilt. There is usally enough room to fit in my name and year and who the quilt is for.
    That is an awesome idea!!!!
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gspsplease View Post
    I buy old doyleys at garage sales and charity shops -- often for only a dollar or so -- and use those for my label. I select one that has an embroidery in the same colours as my quilt. There is usally enough room to fit in my name and year and who the quilt is for.
    That is an awesome idea!!!!
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    I agree with others--Sewnsewer2 is fabulous! She works with you through color and thread selection and her prices are great! Go with her!
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    I use the book of labels that you Iron On and use fabric markers. Like jcrow. I put freezer paper on the back to make it firm before writing with markers.
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    I've done several things - I have hand embroidered two, but it takes too long for my taste. I've done many with a pigma pen, which works well but if I don't format the wording on a printer and then trace, my handwriting is a little sloppy looking. I also have a book of iron-on transfer labels, and they are cute, but sometimes not exactly what I'm looking for. Most recently, I got a bunch of little alphabet stamps and a Versacraft ink pad (special ink for fabric; heat set and it is permanent), and I've been stamping my labels. It is more time consuming than writing, but fun, and looks more professional. I can stamp little flowers or butterflies or whatever on there, too, and color them with fabric markers. This is my new favorite way. It costs more than embroidery or pigma pens (the ink pads and the stamps, fabric pens, etc.) but less than buying an inkjet printer.

    I usually put who the quilt is for, the occasion, if there is one, my name, and the date (month/year)

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    I have been making quilt labels by embroidering with my Bernina 440, but recently the machine is having problems with embroidery. I am confused as to whether stand alone embroidery machines like Brother and Janome can do multi line text. Does anyone know?

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    My friend Cindi has written two excellent tutorials on quilt labels. The first is a quilt care label, which instructs the receiver of the quilt in how to care for it. You can adapt this tutorial to add your info such as name, state, etc.

    http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/wor...abel-tutorial/

    The second tutorial shows you how to make a QR code label for your quilt. Anyone with a smart phone can scan the code and find a wealth of information about the quilt, such as the pattern and fabrics used, when it was made, and who it belongs to in case it was lost.

    http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/wor...uilt-qr-codes/

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    I embroider my label information directly on my quilt backing before it is quilted.

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    I have a yard of muslin washed and ready for this. Freezer paper, a pigma pen and a few colored markers for coloring any drawings and I'm all set. I use a phrase, the occasion, the date and my name. Then I turn the edges under and blanket stitch it to the quilt with pretty perle embroidery thread. Not as professional as making one on a machine, but handwritng has personal value.

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