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Question for you all (or it really two questions?):

How and/or when do you add your label?

Sometimes I add the label after the quilt is all done.

Most of the time I add it after the top is quilted and then sew it on with the binding.

Today I have sewn it into the corner and will then finish quilting the border so that it will be quilted in.

How do you add your label and why do you do it that way?

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Comment by Carol Wadkins on March 25, 2014 at 8:47am

I forgot to mention that I put some light batting on back and write out the info with thread,before I add it to the quilt, by doing some fancy stitching around it to attach it to the finished quilt.

Comment by Carol Wadkins on March 25, 2014 at 8:40am

I usually cut a heart shape out of one of the light fabrics used for the quilt and it's the last thing I add to the quilt. It's usually for grandkids, so I put their name, birthday (if that's the case) love from: our names with the date. I do like the idea of putting it on the back before quilting, had not thought of that. I also like the idea of the corner so, it is tucked into the edge of the binding.............. I will have to try that!

I don't label table toppers, or other smaller items, unless it's a "new baby" quilt!



Comment by Gayle/La. on March 24, 2014 at 9:13pm

I also use my embroidery machine to make my labels.  I put the name of the person to get the quilt as presented to and then my info such as pieced by and quilted by with my name and state with the year.  I then add a paragraph to tell anyone how to take care of the quilt like washing in cool water on a gentle cycle and drying on a low temp or to air dry.  I want them to know they can be used and loved and still be kept clean.  I have even told some if they wear them out before my time is up they can return them for a replacement as long as they were used lovingly.

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on March 24, 2014 at 6:19am

I do all of the methods you described.  When I make the quilts for kids I sew it on the backing first so it gets quilted, that way it doesn't come apart when the quilt is washed.  Most of the time I use a permanent pen and write the label on the backing at the bottom corner, when it's a wall hanging I write the label on the hanger fabric.

Comment by Roxann on March 23, 2014 at 5:31pm

I too like Barbara don't label my quilts.  I guess maybe I haven't made one that I've felt worthy enough of a label? I've only given a couple as gifts and I guess I didn't figure they would keep them long enough. The ones I have done for myself I don't suppose anyone would want them as I use the heck out of them and wash them all the time.  But I can say I am inspired and my next quilt will get a label! :)

Comment by LKC on March 23, 2014 at 1:09pm

I sign my name and date with the longarm. I make it very  small and part of the quilting sometimes.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on March 23, 2014 at 10:24am

Orphan blocks is a really good idea!  You could even make an "extra" block deliberately to be used as a label.  Thanks, Bonnie!

Comment by Barbara Graham on March 23, 2014 at 9:06am

Okay, I confess. I don't normally put a label on my quilts. And yes, I can hear the gasps of shock. I put a label on any quilt headed for a show. Often, I will use a Sharpie and write the information on the sleeve. Why? I suppose it's because I want the quilts I make to be used to death. Loved and washed and frayed into rags. Putting a label on it (only for me) seems to expect the quilt to be put away as if having a label makes it too precious for use. Crazy huh?

Comment by Bonnie on March 23, 2014 at 8:59am

On a few quilts that I have kept, I have used orphan blocks, even a large, beautiful pp angel I made as a practice to paper piece.  Then, the "label" gets sewed  right into the backing of the quilt.  

Comment by ra57 on March 23, 2014 at 8:52am

Oops supposed to say wall hangings--- LOL

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