Is there a certain step in the quilt making process that brings you to a halt?
For me, that process can be labeling the quilt. It is not a hard process, but I procrastinate and procrastinate. I have quilts I “finished” a long time ago that really aren’t “finished” because they have no label.
Why should we even care about labels?
Labels are the only documentation of your efforts. They speak for you when you are not there. They speak when our memories have failed us.
I have made so many quilts over the years and I thought I would remember when I made them, but guess what, I have no clue. If I had labeled the quilts I would be able to figure out when I learned a certain technique.
I thought I only needed to label quilts that I gave for gifts. Wrong! You need to label everything!
I am going to share one way to label quilts. It is quick and effective.
How to label your quilt.
- Good quality light colored quilting fabric. Cut into 2 equal sized pieces big enough for your labels.
- Pigma marker (these are high quality permanent markers with fine tips. They are available at local quilt shops, online and even in art supply stores or JoAnn, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby stores.)
- Printer and computer with access to word processing software.
- light box or window
- a light source. A light bulb, a flash light or like me your husbands new LED light.
- sewing machine, thread, size 50 Aurifil thread (or other thin thread), needles, iron, knitting needle (optional)
Let’s get started….
Turn on your computer and open your word processing software.
I set all text to “center”.
Pick a font you like. It can be simple or fancy. Just remember that you are going to trace this so don’t make it too fancy.
Start typing the information you want to include on the label. This usually includes…
- who made the quilt
- when it was made
- why you made it
- some people include the pattern and who quilted it if it wasn’t you
- a personal message
Once you have all the information just the way you like it. Print out a copy.
I use my sewing table as a light table. You can use a window or prop up a piece of clear glass on some books.
Turn on your light source.
Put your fabric over your printed paper. Some people like to tape it in place so it won’t move around on you.
Using your Pigma maker, carefully trace your message onto one piece of your light colored cotton fabric.
Take your second piece of fabric and place it on top of your label. Right sides together.
Stitch completely around your label using a 1/4″ seam.
Make a small pinch in the back of the plain piece of fabric. Be careful not to cut the front label.
Make the slit large enough to turn the label.
Clip your corners.
Turn inside out.
Use a knitting needle to push out your corners.
Important: Press to flatten the label and to set the ink.
Pin the label in place and stitch it down using a thin thread. I like the Mako 50 by Aurifil. It is thin like a silk thread so the stitches don’t show, but is more versatile than silk thread because you can use it for piecing, applique, and quilting.
Now you have a record of who made the quilt, who it was for and when you made it.
Go label some of those quilts! There are lots of other ways to do it too, just don’t wait so long that you forget all the important information.
Have a Quilty Day,