I don't feel like a quilt is finished until I put a label on it.
My great-grandmother was a quilter, and how I wish she would have labeled her quilts. At least I would have a little more information about the quilt.....when she made it, who it was for, anything like that.
I do realize that back then quilts were more utilitarian, and the thought of making a label probably never crossed her mind. I just want more information to be stuck to my quilts, unable to be separated from them.
Many times I forget when I made the quilts myself, so I've found labels to be helpful!
|This label is from a panel. I love how well it goes with the backing!|
I usually prefer to get panels of labels, and choose one that fits the quilt as best as I can. These panels are getting more and more difficult to find. I wonder why. Are quilters not using them?
I couldn't find a label that I thought was appropriate for my Leap Year quilt, so I used a left over charm square. I'm happy with how it turned out.
|This is the one made from a charm square.|
Right now, I'm on the lookout for thicker fabric pens, or any fabric pens for that matter.
I've heard of using stamps on quilt labels, but I've never found any ink that I thought would definitely stay on the fabric when it was washed.
Pat wrote an interesting post last year about making labels using her computer. I tried this years ago, but the fabric sheets I was using were just too stiff for my taste. I'll have to try some of the products that Pat suggests.
How are you labeling your quilts?
If you use labels from a panel, where are you finding them? I'd love to know. Is there a particular type of pen you use, or have you found the elusive fabric stamp that I've been trying to locate for years at my local craft shops.
Let me know about your labels!