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Thread: PLEASE, PLEASE Label your Quilts!

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    Super Member brendadawg's Avatar
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    Cleaning out my daddy's house after his passing, we found some wonderful old quilts in the back of the linen closet. Wow! They have been well-loved over the years, from a time when quilts were utilitarian and not artwork -- even though these are so beautiful to me. They have been washed so many times apparently that the old cotton batting is just in balls. I have 3 siblings, so we divided the quilts; and here are a couple I got.

    Of course, they have no name or indication on them as to who might have made them. We believe they were made by my great-grandmother. I'm 65 and I never met her, so that tells you how old they have to be.

    I know we talk about labeling our quilts all the time, but this brought it all home to me -- would love to know when and who!

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    very nice.

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    Beautiful. Thnaks for sharing with us. I love looking at what everyone is doing. I am learning to make lables with my SIs and will also go back and put them on all the quilts still here. I know I put them on ones I gift to GKS and such. Great idea. Love those heirlooms.

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    I totally agree with you, we MUST label our quilts! With FULL names, not just 'to Eric from gramma' etc. I probably don't put enough info on mine either but I always put the full name of the recipient, my full name as Gramma Sue Balchak, and then my city, state, and date. Sometimes what the quilt is for ... b'day, welcome to the family, etc. Some people will put the name of the quilt pattern / block used and name of the designer if it applies. I think about doing it when it comes to making my label I forget that part.

    A label could / should be like a story, it will have more meaning and if the quilt lasts a long time, it might end up in a museum.

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    Oh, I absolutely love the red quilt.

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    Oh what an absolute treasure! The red one is my favorite!

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    Lovely!

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Very nice. I always label my quilts so years from now someone will know its origin.

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    great quilts.

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    Love them!!!

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    I have labeled everything I have made. Do labels on my embroidery machine. Probably made at least 50 labels.

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    very nice

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    awesome quilts

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    I agree with you! I put labels on everything.
    Those quilts are gorgeous! You are so lucky to have them! :)

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    What a treasure, congrats! I love, love, LOVE the red one!

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    What wonderful quilts to have inherited. It would have been terrific to find a label with all the information you so desire.

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    WOW! What beautiful quilts.

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    There just beautiful!!!

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    You certainly brought it home, I think to alot of us about how important labels are.

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    Don't forget to put your maiden name on the quilt also so you know what side of the family it is from. I have been married for over 33 years. I have always used my married name but I put my maiden name on the quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donac
    Don't forget to put your maiden name on the quilt also so you know what side of the family it is from. I have been married for over 33 years. I have always used my married name but I put my maiden name on the quilts.
    Great suggestion! My grand kids are too young to even know I have a maiden name, it would help if they ever wanted to do a genealogy search when they are adults.

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    I use a fine tip pen and write my name on the lower right hand corner on the back of my quilts. Many quilters have told me not to do this but rather make a label. The reason I do it with pen is because a while ago I saw a very old quilt with the quilter's name in pen on the back. It was so nice to see her writing and made it more personal.
    I have made a few labels but mostly use a fine point Sharpie.
    The quilts are very lovely!

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    Why? A little mystery is good sometimes, don't you think? ;)

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    I always try to put as much detail into my labels as possible. I do it thinking about whoever down the road - be it relative or not. Whoever ends up w/ the quilt will know the entire story. I also will include maiden names. I always have to practice writing down what I want so that I don't make any mistakes!! LOL!!

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