Friday, July 30, 2010

Labeling Quilts

Sorry you haven't heard much from me in the past week, guys. My back went out over the weekend and I haven't done much sewing. I had back surgery last summer to remove a piece of my L4-L5 disk that had herniated. Although the surgery got rid of the pain I was in at the time, my back still goes out every now and then.

Tonight I'm heading to my in-laws' house to take advantage of their hardwood floors to do some basting. I haven't made labels for my quilts before, but I really want to. My question though is at what point do you attach the label? Do you wait until the quilt is quilted (but before adding the binding)? Do you wait until it is 100% done? Do you add the label before basting? I thought I'd add it to the backing before I baste the quilt tonight so I can treat it like appliqué and use one of my machine's appliqué stitches. But will the label get messed up when I quilt it? I'm not that great at hand-sewing so I didn't totally want to wait and do it after I've done the quilting, but maybe that's the better way to go.

How do you apply your labels?


Jennifer said...

I attach mine before basting and have never had a problem doing it that way.
You can see an example here:

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

I am so sorry to hear about your back Brooke! :( I hope you're felling much better now! :)

Jennifer Blosser said...

Back pain is no fun! Fell better soon!

Labeling ... I type up my label on the computer, print it off (mirror image) on t-shirt transfer paper, and then attach it to applique wonder. It's just 2-sided applique stuff. Then I iron the label onto light colored fabric. Peel off the applique paper and stick it where I want it. Then hit it with the iron to keep it in place.

Oh, I label at the end after quilting and binding.

My kids' quilts, I sign with a fine point sharpie! I hope that they appreciate Mommy's siggy someday down the road. But I'm sentimental like that.

I did make a tutorial on my webby of how I do my labels.

Hugs & stitches,

Quilt Nut said...

ouch ouch ouch! feel better!

I struggle with quilt labels; I usually only label the quilts I give away. I truly dislike doing them; mostly because my handwriting sucks lol.

anyways, I apply steam a seam to the back of a plain light colored fabric than I run it through my cuttlebug and make rectangles, circles, ovals, squares. than I handwrite the info on.

heat set it to the quilt back than whipstitch it down. or if I remember in time, I'll apply the label before I quilt the quilt so the quilting sticks it on well.

Nina-Marie said...

I usually design all my labels on the computer (usually in Word) then run it off on my printer (freezer paper back). On bed quilts, I fuse the edges of my label on the backing before I layer the quilt - then layer and quilt like usual. That label is never going anywhere with the quilt lines going through. I've heard of people stealing quilts and ripping labels off. On my art quilts - I just use a steam a seam
fusing the edges after the quilting - just because I crop alot of the quilts at the end.

Jess said...

I haven't the slightest idea but I want a tag on mine. I want to be able to show your kids and grandkids years down the road. Sorry to hear about your back.


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