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Thread: Quilting Labels on Quilts you Gift.....

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    I have never put labels on any of my quilts I gave to family or friends. I think I will make them up and sew them on as I visit them.... Never thought about it's meaning until reading on the board. Does everyone do this?
    My sis has n embroider machine she has sitting and not using. Well, I have a good use for it. She is going to teach me how to use it. It has a whole wall of thread and everything needed. Something new to learn.

    Is it important to label our gift quilts?

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    Funny you should ask this. I have never attached a label to those I make. The only label I have used is for QFK. I think I should, but I always stop before doing it. I keep thinking that I don't label other gifts......

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    I think it's important to label all quilts for posterity. Even the ones that get loved to death :)
    What kind of machine does she have????
    I'm looking for one to add a little zing to my sewing life :D

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    I haven't done this in the past because I honestly didn't think about it. But as I've done more quilts I think it's important. If you have a quilt that has been passed down in the family, if there isn't someone around to tell you about it you have to guess who made it. I have a couple of quilts from my grandmother (who passed in 1956) and I wish I knew more about them. I know one of them was made from my grandfather's suits but only because someone knew about it. It was a crazy quilt and very heavy. A lot of wool in it and cotton batting.

    I would say not only label it but if there is something special about it, add that too. If it was a specific pattern or blocks, you might want to add that to. JMHO

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    I have no idea but it looks intimidating. SHe bought it two years ago from Hancock's for 6000.00 and I would never buy one like that. When I get my first lesson I will tell you. They have bought patterns and all. I do know you can walk away from it while it does a design on a shirt or someting. Too high tech for me. LOL.

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    Another thing I do is to add a 'closed pocket' on the back. In the pocket I put swatches of the fabric I used in the quilt. As the quilt gets washed so do the swatches of fabric. If the quilt ever needs to be patched, they have fabric to make the repairs.

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    I just remembered. I have bought labels for my swaps I have done on here from board members, but those were for me. Good idea, Burnsk, on putting the occasion. Will take time to locate them all since everyone from my mom down to my great neices and nephews have them. But from now on I am going to make sure that is the final touch. ♥

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnsk
    Another thing I do is to add a 'closed pocket' on the back. In the pocket I put swatches of the fabric I used in the quilt. As the quilt gets washed so do the swatches of fabric. If the quilt ever needs to be patched, they have fabric to make the repairs.
    That is a great idea. I keep binders with my scraps and repair fabric for my quilts. Even if I give them away, I have them for future use. A little pocket makes more sense so it gets washed right along with the quilt. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    I have only made wall hangings, and one pillow. In quilting beginner class it was suggested we always put our names on our quilts. That one was a wall hanging and I embroidered my name in a corner. 2 other small wall hangings I made I put a hand written label on the back.

    A suggestion I heard on a Fons & Porter show was to make a muslin case (like a pillow case) for the quilt storage and put some patches of the fabric used in the quilt on it. If it is always washed with the quilt the fabrics will wear the same as the quilt and is available if needed for repairs.

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    I like to take pictures of the quilts that I make and cross stitch a label to the back with persons name and the occasion plus the year given. Makes it more personal.

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    Using a script design on the last quilt I made a label which reads

    Made Especially for
    my grandson
    Braxton Threatt
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    Blind stitched it on the back and it really does look nice.

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    I always put a label on gift quilts- to and from, date, occasion, maybe with a little flower or bug or seashell drawing.

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    I like to label my quilts. I have a friend with a printing shop make mine for me. She does a fantastic job. They don't fade, costs just a few dollars, and makes a super nice finish. I even have had a photo of me with my Pfaff added to a couple of them. That was my moms idea! I can call her or send an email with what I want and she can mail it to me or I can run and pick up. Its perfect every time.
    Thinking I need to redo this signature though.....that's all me, not Sara! :oops: :D
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    I always add a label using a pic and something relevant to the quilt. I also keep a quilting journal with fabric swatches and info about the quilt as well as pics.

    Apart from keeping track of the quilts you have made, it makes a personal touch to finish off a quilt.
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    An artist signs their paintings so a quilter should sign their quilts. It doesn't have to be a fancy label. You can often buy pre-printed label panels in a variety of designs. I then use my Pigma Pen to fill in the appropriate information, iron it to set the ink and back it with lightweight stabilizer to encase the edges and then top stitch it by machine into the bottom corner where an artist would sign a painting. Most of my quilt buddies stitch their labels on the back but I put mine on the front, lower left corner!

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    I put labels on the backs of my quilts for 2 reasons:

    1) One as dementia sets in I can actually remember when and what for; :lol:

    2) Future reference to say family members down the road.

    There are a lot of sayings that you can put on. Here's a site of sayings that I've found.

    http://thegoldenthimble.com/quiltdedications.html

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    Yes to labeling. I have an embroidery machine and just embroider the information right ont he back. When it's a baby quilt I put down all the info re: the newborn. Name, Weight, length, Date of Birth, City and town of birth...
    I also take photo's of all my quilts and have albums with their names...usually name all my quilts and to whom given...I realized a few mths ago when I was asked the name of a fabric I now need to keep a swatch with the salvage of it's name in that album also...

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    My sister hooks rugs and she labels all her rugs and numbers them. Her 50th rug she made for herself on her 50th birthday. Gifts I label so they know what the pattern is and when I made it for them. Quilts I know that are going to stay home with us aren't labeled. Funny story - I made a flannel quilt for at home and practiced FMQ on it. I thought I am going to 'write ' my name and year on the quilt as I sew. I CAN NOT find it - I know I did it!!

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    I am just learning on my little machine. Its really fun, I want to be able to make labels too!

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    [quote=GwynR]I like to label my quilts. I have a friend with a printing shop make mine for me. She does a fantastic job. They don't fade, costs just a few dollars, and makes a super nice finish. I even have had a photo of me with my Pfaff added to a couple of them. That was my moms idea! I can call her or send an email with what I want and she can mail it to me or I can run and pick up. Its perfect every time.
    Thinking I need to redo this signature though.....that's all me, not Sara! :oops: :D[/quote

    These are cute...can you pm me with the information? I usually just embroider mine.
    Darby

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    I've never been one to label my gifts, but my DH chides me on this saying that in the years to come folks will want to remember where something came from. When I do bead weaving I now weave in my initials somewhere and made up little labels on the printer for other items. My quilted items I make little labels with my name and the date. I have some beautiful items that I know my grandmother made, but they have no labels and I want to be sure that my son knows where they came from. They are a part of who we are and there is so much of us in each article we should leave a little note to let our friends and family know how much we loved them.

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    I always put a label on my quilts. That way they always remeber me LOL

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    I never used to add labels either and I have made and sold thousands of quilts but just recently my daughter said mom be sure and put a label on this one so that when you are gone she will always remember where it came from. so now I do"

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    You should label all of them.... How many antique quilts have you seen showcased saying "Quilter Unknown"?

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    Making a label for our quits is important. Just Monday at quit guild a lady brought a pretty "round robin" quilt she had made yrs ago with several other guid members and no date-or who was involved-she wished now that she had done that. Down the road the information is nice to have.

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