all these suggestions are great, even the reason to not label. I will give you an excellent reason to put some kind of label on a wall quilt, at least. I have several hanging on my walls and people want to know when they were made and from where the pattern came. No clue. What a shame. I agree about the baby quilts lack of a label, even tho I am the habit now to put one on any quilt. The pigma pens are great and usually dont wear off, but they must be heat set well. I used to do counted cross stitch and all of them have a name and date on them, at least, even included in the design on the front.
I use to do the same thing with my counted cross stitch. My mom said it was important to put at least my initials and the year which is what I did. I thought I would also know when I had made them, but 20 years later, I don't!
I have put my label into the binding. I put my name and date in the same color as the binding. It is on the quilt but it does not take away the design of the quilt.
I do different labels... sometimes I color a label and place it on the back.
sometimes I sew the name of the recipient and date on the front of the quilt when I free motion I sew names and other things into the design.
I have to do the labels for most of the quilts that are here in the house... when i am keeping them for myself I forget to label - but I should.
I would love to be able to know what my DH's Grandmother thought about the quilts she made for family members and have an accurate date of when she made them.
Peggy, do you do this by hand or do you have a machine you can program to sew it in?
I have done it both ways. Mainly by machine if the binding is not to thick.
To be honest my embroidery sucks so I say away from hand stitching when I can.
I usually machine embroider a label, and personalize it to the quilt recipient. If it's a baby quilt, I get the date of birth, name of the baby, and ask the parents if there is a special quote they'd like to add. In smaller font, I'll embroider my name as the maker. Then I just hand sew it to the back of the quilt. Sometimes, when I think of it, I'll add the label to the backing before I layer and baste the quilt. That way I can just topstitch the label and it'll also be quilted along with the quilt. This is surely the easiest way, but I have a hard time remembering the label until after the quilt is finished!
The most important thing is, regardless of how you do it, label your quilts!
great advice, i need to fuss with my embroidery unit to see if i can whip up some cool labels. gini
gini in north idaho
I always create a custom made embroidered label for my quilts. I use the theme of the quilt to create a border or image on the label, include the date, name of the quilt, who it is for along with my name.
I label my quilts made for family or friends with a picture and date it.
For those of you who use permanent ink or printed labels printed from a computer, how well do they stand up to washing?
Also, I always put my label on the quilt back after I have quilted the quilt. I add it before sewing the binding on and then hand stitch around the 2 sides not sewn into the binding.
What is the program you bought? I spent a few hours on line trying to find one.
When I label my quilts I usually put the date and name into the binding if it is not too thick. other than that I put the labels in the lower right hand corner on the back. Then I add a saying relevant to the quilt.
If I label, and my quilts are lucky to get one - but on the ones that leave my house I try to do that...
this is what I have done on some - when I am free motion quilting on the front I try to do it - I will put a little saying to whom the quilt is for - date I made it and made by me.
On my grand daughters alphabet quilt I actually incorporated it into blocks at the top of the quilt.
If I put a label on the back it is put where ever on the back - I never put in same place twice - I will use my fabric pens and design a little something and write in sharpie the name of the quilt - recipients name - my name - date...
I have made labels in my embroidery software too...
so guess I have done it all but most of my quilts do not have labels on them.
I make mine on computer
I always lable, using printer fabric and hand stitch the lable on the back. For example
Quilts from Harjo Flats
a quilt made for Anne Smith on the event of her birth
June 5, 2008
An original By Flojo Jones H
I then make a card to go along with the quilt that repeats the info on the lable on the front along with washing instructions on the back (Wash warm, do not bleach, do not hang to dry, do not iron, do not store in plastic, keep away from fire & flame. Not fire restant or flame retardant. Inside the card I put the name of the person who requested the quilt for the person it was made for for instance Comissioned for Baby Anne by her Mother, Jane Doe Smith for the event of her birth. If it from me alone I just write Merry Christmas or welcome to the world. I also include something like Mrs. H's use of traditional and original designs, her attention to theme and fabric selection, plus her inate tendenct to follow nature's example of not producing any two of one thing exactly alike makes each of her quilts unique and origional.
Mrs H employes both hand and eletric needle (machine) stiching in her work. Bindings are doubled and finished by hand for durability and neatness.