Quilt Labels

Each time I complete a quilt, I am challenged by the addition of a suitable label.

My favourite labels are created using a design element from the quilt top.  For example….

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This is the quilt for which I made this label.

july to sept 2009 002And this is the particular block which inspired it.

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For my Christmas Galaxy quilt, I used a star block as my label.

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When writing on a quilt label, I usually use a Pigma or Zig Millenium pen.  The Always Quilting online store has these available in a range of colours. http://www.alwaysquilting.com.au/index.php?act=viewCat&catId=139

If I wish to use a particular style of lettering, I will type up my text on the computer using a font I like.  I select the appropriate size, print it out and then trace the text onto my quilt label over a lightbox. This was how I made the label below….

Qulit labels 003….which goes with this quilt.

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Sometimes I will use a photo in a label, especially if a quilt is made to celebrate a special event or occasion.

This quilt was made especially to go in our caravan when we travelled around the eastern half of Australia in 2008.Qulit labels 005

Here is the label.

Qulit labels 006Sadly, we no longer have our caravan.  But whenever I look at the quilt label, and see the photo which was taken in outback Queensland, I am reminded of the fun we had during our 15 weeks on the road.

Here is a quilt I made for my sister to celebrate a significant birthday.

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On its label I used a photo of my sister and myself playing together in the backyard as children, and a more recent photo of the two of us.

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However, a word of caution if you are planning to wash a quilt label made in this way.  If there is  any loose dye from the fabrics in the wash water, it tends to be absorbed by the printable fabric. Be guided by the manufacturer’s instructions.  Remove the label before laundering if in doubt!

Another option for labeling quilts is to purchase a ready-made label. These are available in many styles, in black and white and in colour, for general purposes and for special occasions.  The Always Quilting online store has dozens to choose from which you can view here. http://www.alwaysquilting.com.au/index.php?page=2&act=viewCat&catId=114

You will notice that some of the labels are suitable for colouring in, enabling you to create a label which matches the colour scheme of your quilt. If you choose this option, you may wish to check out the range of Fabrico pens. http://www.alwaysquilting.com.au/index.php?page=0&act=viewCat&catId=114

Whether you are writing on a quilt label or colouring in, I suggest you use a piece of freezer paper,  ironed onto the back of the label, while you work.  This acts as a stabiliser and provides a firm surface on which to work.

What is your favourite quilt labeling method?  We’d love to hear your inspirational ideas!

4 Responses

  1. Hi jenny
    I make my labels in EQ7 and they are usually a version of the block in the quilt with text printed in a blank area.
    Lots of fun.

  2. thank you so much for this great idea–the quilts are beautiful and I so enjoyed the stories to go with each one—–Mary Bonnell Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:41:38 +0000 To: earnhardt.jr.88@hotmail.com

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