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    As I've said before I'm fairly new to quilting and I've heard that you should "sign" and date each quilt that you make. I was wondering if some of you would share how you do that. I have made two baby quilts that I'm going to give as gifts and I would really like to add a label.
    Thanks in advance for you help

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    Again, there are no rules!

    I usually hand embroider my labels. I put the name of the quilt, date made, who is was made for and my name. Some people include the place where the quilt was made also.

    I have put sayings on the labels of two quilts.
    Another quilt's label was written out with a sharpie pen! As I said above, no rules. Whatever you are comfortable with. My sewing machine will be writing my next label, I think!

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    Many quilters make a lable to sew on the back of their quilts when finished. It was a tradition in some families for it to be embroidered in the makers own hand writing. Today anything goes I've seen them printed out on computer printer fabric and incorporated in the piecing on the front of the quilt. One absolute,you need to keep in mind that the lable endure the quilt's usage and washing. I have seen far too many that have fallen off, or the ink faded, or the stitching came undone. If using ink, be sure to use only textile permant marking pens never a ball point or felt tip pen.

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    Several years back, I purchased fabric, that was a novelty print, of quilt labels. All I had to do was add the sticky back and cut apart. They where bigger then the store bought lables. I'm now down to bear minimun now. Store Labels are nice, but so darn small , and can't really be personalized. Is there any where you can purchase larger labels, that are blank and you can fill in the blanks? With embrdiery or permanent ink? And I mite add, don't break the bank, on that one (other item, you have to have for your quilt)?

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    I make a lot of baby quilts and usually do applique. I generally make a smaller version of the figure or design that is on the front and use it on the back. I use wonder under to stabilize it and zigzag around the outer edges of my label and slip stitch it to the back. Lots of patterns called for you to enlarge it, and if that is the case, I simply make a copy of what is in the magazine before enlargment to use as my label. I use a fabric marking pen and iron over the ink after I write on it to make the ink more permanent.

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    hi
    I have heard that now some quilters are writing all the info directly on the quilt and then putting a label over that,incase it falls off or is removed(as if it was stolen) that way it is twice marked. 8)

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    Good idea....

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    You know, I do this for special quilts that are going to a person for a specific event, but not for quilts that I hang on my own walls. Does anyone else do that, not sign the quilts you intend to keep?

    I personally don't understand the naming of a quilt. I guess I don't understand why certain names are choosen. I think I called my first 10 quilts "four letter words" cuz that's what mostly came out of my mouth. But for the first time I've actually found a name that will fit a quilt I'll be making...other than calling something the pattern name. I'm making a 40th anniversary quilt for my in-laws, and I've decided against any type of border (mostly cuz I can't find the perfect fabric) so I'm thinking
    "a borderless marriage". Does that sound okay?? I like it, but am doubting it. Any thoughts??

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    It is what you think, that matters. I alway name my quilts, NOW. That really makes them special and personal to me. And I can recall better the quilts I have made. And yes I give most of my quilts away as gifts, but I know their names and can recall them better. They are my babies.

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    I label all my quilts. I name them..and I always put a Bible verse on them. One thing I do with Baby Quilts... I put the Baby's name and what it means and a verse that connects to that meaning.

    I also put my name and the date.

    I print mine out of fabric made for the printer and heat set the ink.

    Barb C.

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    Those are all great ideas and I'm going to start labeling all of my quilts. Does anyone have a pic of there label already on a quilt, so that I can actually see one?
    Thanks again for all of the suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccbear66
    Does anyone have a pic of there label already on a quilt, so that I can actually see one?.
    Here are some I have done... I failed to mention, I add mine to the quilt back BEFORE I quilt it. That way it is totally secure. No one is going to remove it. Barb C.

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    Thank you so much for sharing your labels with me. One more question, do you buy your fabric already ready for your printer or do you treat the fabric. I have been doing some searches and I have found several sites that sell a fabric pretreatment that you have to apply to the fabric then use freezer paper. That sounds like a lot of extra work to me and I was wondering if they sold sheets of fabric that is already pretreated and ready for the printer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccbear66
    do you buy your fabric already ready for your printer or do you treat the fabric. .
    I buy mine all ready. It is expensive, but I am just not that sure about running the homemade stuff through my printer. Barb

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    Although I haven't done it yet, :oops: I hope ALL quilts get a label! I know my mother has done smaller than wall hanging quilts to get an idea of what the finished product would look like. While I know who did it, one cannot always depend on the correct info. to be shared down the family line or to whomever is fortunate enough to find themselves owners of these lovely creations. I'm so proud of my Mom's work, I want people to know who did it! They may never meet her in person, but they will meet her through her work!

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    Here are a couple of my labels.
    I decide what I want to put on the label and type it out on the computer using a favorite font. After I print out a copy I trace it onto my fabric with the 'magic' blue pen and then do the embroidery work. Spritz it with water to get rid of any extra blue pen markings and applique the label to the quilt back.
    On Aunt Mildred's & Uncle Kenny's quilt the label was going to be huge so we divided it into thirds and then put a border around it to give it a more finished look.


    The saying at the top says, "Quilted with memories of the good times we've shared."
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    Thanks for sharing. I have definately decided that all of my quilts from now on will have a label.

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    Yvonne, I can't say enough about how beautiful those are.

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    Hi ccbear66. I always put a label on my quilts. If it is meant to be an heirloom quilt or is something special, I will attached the label to the back before quilting. The reason for this is that it is pretty much impossible for someone to remove the label since it means taking out the quilting as well. It's to help keep quilts from getting stolen, something that happens occasionally from shows or when mailing a quilt.

    I always put my name, the date, and the city and state where I created the quilt onto the label. I also put the name of the quilt, if I made it for someone then I put their name on it. I normally quilt all my own quilts but if I have someone else do the quilting then their name also goes on the label. These are all things I consider requirements. Things I might add if I have the space (I both make my own labels and use pre-printed labels), I will add in what pattern I used and the creator of the pattern. I have also been known to add in thoughts or a poem, something that may have inspired the quilt. I've also kept track of how many hours it has taken to make a quilt and when I do that I always add that to the label. People who don't quilt have no real understanding of how much time and work goes into making one of these and I've discovered if someone realizes it took several hundred hours to make it, they will be less likely to take it to the beach and throw it down in the dirt and sand. :shock: One thing I haven't added yet but am considering is putting a second label on the quilt that has instructions on how to care for the quilt so that it last.

    I hope this helps.
    ~Tiffany

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    I haven't done much quilting so what I say might sound dumb. I never seen a quilt with a label like the ones that you all do. When talking about labels I always thought that you would put one of those small store bought ones on it. I seen some that I had thought about buying when I make my grandkids a quilt. But seeing what you do looks good to me. I have freehand embroidery on my machine and haven't tried it yet. So I guess for now I will stick to the small store one. What do you think?

    Jeanette

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    Jeanette, it sure doesn't sound dumb to me. I used to consider using the store bought ones but I have a wonderful friend who appraises quilts and she talked me into doing my own labels simply because of the historical value later on. The more information that is known about a quilt the higher the value. I tend to make my quilts with the idea that they will last a generation or two (or four!) and so I keep that in mind when making a label. There is no right or wrong way though and if you are comfortable with using the little store bought labels then that is good too. The key is that you are using a label and as long as it has your name on it and the date that is really all that counts.

    If you decide to make quilts to enter into shows or Challenges, you will need to do a regular label like the kind many of us are talking about here. Some shows have very specific information they require on the quilt label and sometimes, depending on how many shows it is in, your quilt could actually end up with several labels to meet each requirement. And for shows, the reason for adding the date to your label isn't just to know when you made it but because many shows have a time limit, especially shows at a national level. Once you have put the very last stitch into your quilt you only have 2 years to enter it into as many quilt shows and Challenges as you would like, unless it is an antique quilt. Those are an entirely different catagory all together.

    Sadly, I have given away all my quilts so I literally do not have a label I can take a picture of to show you. I've just finished making a baby quilt for my soon to arrive grandson (due Feb 10th) and I haven't made a label for it yet. I'll make sure to take a picture and post it once done so you can see exactly what I am talking about. That said, if you go to a quilt store or to a quilt show, often you can look at the back of the quilts - as long as you have a glove of some kind on. They tend to frown on people who handle the quilts with bare hands. If it is a place with a no-touch policy, ask whoever is in charge or working security if they will show you several examples of what a good quilt label looks like. Most people will be more than happy to share.
    ~Tiffany

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    I always sign and date everything. My prefered method is embroidery, using a color that corresponds with the background. I even initial and date the quilts for myself, to sell, to give away. I tried a sharpie on a quickie project, and didn't like the effect, so I haven't tried that one again. I have an old old quilt, and sure wish it were signed and dated! Sara

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    Someone told me once that when all other belongings have been thrown away in a family..."Grandma's quilts will always be saved". That being said, I take "grandma" generically and think that all quilts should be labeled because they are being made to last for many years after the
    "quilt maker" is gone. Its nice to know that someday, somewhere someone will say..."here's another quilt by that crazy Patti"!

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    Tiffany thanks for all of your input. But for me to enter a show is sooooo far away if at all. I just started to quilt a year ago this last november. I have not yet done any kind of piece quilts that I can say I have learned to do. This is one project that I am going to make sure it is on my 2008 list to learn to do some real quilting. Like I have mentioned in other threads I have made about 6 twin size quilts now that I have only did outling on and then 4 of them were for my grandkids and wished I had seen the tags before then. So that is why I say I want to learn to do some real quilting this year. But as I am learning I want to make each grandchild another one and bigger later on. I want to make them some special design. But for now those are in the future.

    Jeanette

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    I love that you are smart enough to have quilt goals. I didn't when I first started quilting and it took me a few years before I realized how important they are. If you can, definitely take a class or two. Besides learning quilting you will make some amazing friends. Quilters are the nicest people. :!: Do you get HGTV or PBS on your tv? If so, there are some good quilt shows that will really help you get headed in the direction you want to go. Also, any local quilt guilds or bees can be helpful. And you already know about this wonderful place. I hope to see you around and look forward to seeing pictures from your first pieced quilt. ;)
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