Do you label your quilts?
Is it important to label your quilts?
I believe that every quilt that YOU make is important enough for a label.
The quilt below was made by my Grandma. This is a fact. I believe that it was made for my parents wedding, but there is no one alive to verify that. They got married in 1950. A label would tell the whole story,
Sew what do you put on a label? Well that depends on the quilt.
When I made the series of quilts with my Grandma’s Fabric, I numbered each of the quilts … (You can see all the quilts HERE) and just put my name and the year.
Some labels I put the recipients’ name(s). The one below is for my nephew and his wife.
My cousin put the title of the quilt, who it was for, who it was from , her name, the city, the number of quilts she’d made and the fabric used. (You can see pictures of the front of this wonderful quilt HERE.)
When it’s for a baby … I like to put the baby’s full name, date of birth, weight and sometimes length.
Earlier this year, I put the one label right on the backing fabric. You can see the front of the quilt HERE.
The quilt below took AGES to make and I put it on the label, along with the name and quilt designer.
When I make donation quilts for the guild, I simply put on the “Made especially for you by Boundary Bay Quilter’s Guild.
How do you make labels?
I have used an embroidery machine to make labels for years. Before I had an embroidery machine, I used the alphabet on my Janome 6500. But the embroidery machine is easier!
The labels are either square, rectangles or triangles. Once the label is make, I like to sew them into the bottom right corner of the quilt. I trim the batting, backing and front once I get to about 8″ from the corner. The label is glued in place and sewn around the edges. Then I finish quilting the quilt, quilting right through the label. When the binding is put on, it secures the label in place.
I admit that my labels are simple. They do not have cute, quilty sayings on them … but one day they might. (Never say never, right?)
You can make your labels however you want. You can use fabric pens or machines to put the information on your labels.
There are NO quilt police and therefore there are NO label police.