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….
This is the quilt for which I made this label.
For my Christmas Galaxy quilt, I used a star block as my label.
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….
Sometimes I will use a photo in a label, especially if a quilt is made to celebrate a special event or occasion.
Here is the label.
Here is a quilt I made for my sister to celebrate a significant birthday.
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.
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!