Jul 27, 2011

WIP ~ Finishing Touches

Well, the quilt is quilted and bound, but is it really done-done?
I don't think so. Not until I put my finishing touches on it. Namely, a label.
I want to include the quilt's name, my name, the city where I quilted it, and the date. But how do I go about making my own label? I have a couple packages (above), but am not sure if they're really right for this job. Previously, I bought little labels. I'd like to try to do something really neat and professional looking and then iron and/or sew it onto a back-corner of the quilt. Does anyone have any ideas how to go about doing this? And sites that offer free templates? Do I need to buy different label-making material?? I'm at a loss. Any help is appreciated!

On a side note, if anyone wants to see the quilt in "action," I took it outside with my kids on Monday for a photo shoot.
I'm linking up here today:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. I'm no help. I'm old school.
    I embroider my initials in one corner and the recipients name and date in another. I figure if it was good enough for my great grandma, it's good enough for me. Any genealogist or quilt historian knows what 12-25-2010 means and birthdays, anniversaries and graduations aren't too difficult to figure out. Anything else, I figure, creates a nice guessing game for those who haven't heard "the story of the quilt" from the previous generation!

  2. I love Spoonflower for this type of thing! You can make a general label and have a whole bunch of them printed onto fabric for you. You wouldn't be able to include specific information like the date, although you could potentially have the year printed on it and then get new ones made each year.

    Jaybird Quilts has a 2-part tutorial on making quilt labels and having them printed on Spoonflower. You can find the first part here: http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/2009/07/label-tutorial-spoonflower-way.html

    Good luck! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

  3. Hello you, I used Spoonflower too, but for a cheaper option for one label, you could stamp the words using an alphabet stamper set and permanent ink... or print a label onto fabric using an inkjet printer (possibly using that second kit in the picture?)

  4. Hi! I use "Printed Treasures" printing fabric sheets to print out labels, and after I've rinsed and pressed them, I usually sew them onto other fabric to make a cool applique shape to stitch onto the back of the quilt (like a covered wagon or a heart), or I use extra binding to sew a frame around it, then stitch that on. This both dresses up the label and it's a lot easier to stitch through than the printer fabric.

    You can see two of my labels on this one post: http://whatahootquilts.blogspot.com/search/label/Love%20those%20Scotties

    Watch out when you buy the printer/photo fabric - not all of them are washable.

    I read somewhere once that somebody'd used some rinsing agent that fixes the ink from our inkjet printers, which enabled her to iron a paper-sized piece of freezer paper onto the fabric of her choice, then rotary-trimmed to the exact paper size, and sent that through the printer. Took the freezer paper off, pressed the print-out, and treated with the rinsing agent. I don't know if that really holds up in the wash. I do know that the Printed Treasures sheets go through the wash great.


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