When I first started quilting, I used to be so good about adding labels to my finished projects. I would take a picture or two of the project, even snip a few pieces of leftover fabric, and then even add a copy of the label on a page in my notebook where I would record other pertinent stuff like the recipients name, the date it was completed and maybe even the reason for gifting it. At some point I stopped doing all of that….
Why? I don’t know… Maybe it was lack of time….or maybe just laziness….I do know that when I stopped having my pictures printed off by a professional lab, it became more difficult to have a photo to include in my scrapbook and maybe that’s why I stopped doing all the other stuff too.
But not adding a label just because I don’t keep a scrapbook of my work anymore is a lousy excuse, isn’t it? I can’t tell you how many quilts I have picked up over the years at junk stores, antique shops, or online, that have not had a label. As a matter of fact, NONE of those have had labels! And that is a shame. Because I would love to know more about the maker! And I think ( or hope) that if people find my quilts in the future, that they might also like to know more about the maker. Now, I have to say honestly that I am pretty good about adding a label when the quilt is going to get gifted. But I am terrible about labeling anything I make for our home. And that’s a shame. Because when I pull out quilts that I have made, I love finding the label and reading when and why I made it..you see, even I can’t remember details like that, so certainly my kids won’t remember….UNLESS I ADD A LABEL!
So I am here to encourage, nay, IMPLORE you, to add a label to your beauties every ….single….. time……
Adding a label is easy. You can buy preprinted fabric panels with labels. All you have to do is cut them out, finish the edges and fill in your information:
Or, if you have an embroidery machine, you can embroider your information:
Another option is to hand embroider a label. You can buy Iron-On labels to hand embroider OR you can trace a smallish picture out of a coloring book and embroider that. I actually bought a book with small embroidery designs that I can easily turn into labels:
Another option is to order custom made labels online. I like these because they looks very neat, but they are small and you can’t add any information about your quilt, just simply your name or a few words:
The method that I use most often ( when I do add a label 😉 ) is to choose a pretty font on my computer, print it off, and trace it onto muslin that has been ironed to some freezer paper ( for stability). I then trace the writing onto my label with with help of my light box or a sunny window, iron the writing with a hot iron, then trim and turn under the edges, and attach to the back of my quilts ( after removing the freezer paper!). Sometimes I will add a little drawing that I color in with permanent, waterproof brush pens, or add some pretty machine embroidery. I use a permanent black micro pen and have found that the ink is pretty stable. If you wash your quilts a LOT, you may have to retrace the writing from time to time, but I have not found fading ink to be a huge issue.
Are you good about adding labels? And what method do you use for your labels? Please share your ideas in the comments!
Until next time~happy creating!