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Hey Y'all,

Got a question. How do I add words to a quilt? I've already made the quilt, but I want to add some words to it.  I've thought about embroidery but I don't have an embroidery machine. I've thought about cutting out little rectangles and writing the words on it with a pigment pen and then applique it to the quilt. Painting, stamping, permanent marker.....help! Which one of these methods do you think will work best, if any? 

Thanks for your help,


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Comment by Quilt Man on May 30, 2011 at 5:59pm

Hey Yawl,  the quilt is finished. I used hand stitching to create the words (Thanks Joanne/GA).  This one is a doozy because the content of the quilt can be viewed as being harsh, but at the same time, it is rooted in reality.  I hadn't posted a pic because I didn't want to offend, yet at the same time, the quilt speaks the truth. Should I post it for yawl to see, or should I keep this one private? Clarification: The name of the quilt is "The Great Journey"....(from Africa to America).

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on April 30, 2011 at 2:55pm

There are some sewing machines, like Janome MC6600P and Horizon (MC7700P) have alphabet stitches.

I usually do use simple outline stitch when I want to add words on my quilt.


Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on April 30, 2011 at 12:43pm
Do check the spelling and proofread--I handquilted words associated with tea in a border on a teapot quilt and realized a year or two later that i had left the h off of the end of Englis_.  I keep meaning to go back and fix it, but I've gotten sort of attached to my mistake.
Comment by Barbara Frame-Love on April 30, 2011 at 11:49am

Quiltman: I use fabric paint. I but the pen type.  It works wonders. Just remember to use one paint at a time and let it dry for at least 24 hours before heat setting paint on fabric.  You do heat setting by using a hot iron over a ironing pad made to protect the fabric. I wouldn't suggest fabric paint over satin or any slippery type fabric. Best of luck. 

Blessing\ Barbara \ grammyshandstichery@yahoo.com

Comment by Shannon, ON on April 30, 2011 at 10:40am
Be sure to post it when you are done. I know you will do a great job :o).
Comment by Lowell Adams on April 30, 2011 at 8:57am
Quilt Man.  You do wonderful work on your quilts.  I started quilting about 5 years ago.  I am on disability and was going crazy just sitting around.  I have done many hobbies through the years. I started knitting when I was seven years old and have always been busy with other hobbies.  But quilting has been my favorite of all.  I am a male, 60 years old and have made over 30 quilts.  Just finished another which is my favorite of all of them.  I was going to suggest embroidery but I see that Linda Banks has the best suggestion.  Hope to hear from you.    Lowell Adams
Comment by Lynda Banks/Ont. on April 30, 2011 at 7:53am
Quilt Man,   mark out your words , use embroidery thread and a simple running stitch to write the words. They just need to be fairly straight but no need to worry about size or spacing. Now you can go back over the letters( same colour thread or different ) and just run the thread under and over each running stitch, it will fill in the spaces and look like a twisted rope but very fine. I have used this method to write on quilts many times and once you have the running stitches in place you don't have to be concerned with the stitches going thru to the back of the quilt. It's really fast and looks hand done. Good Luck!!!
Comment by Quilt Man on April 30, 2011 at 6:17am
I like the idea of hand embroidery....might take me a while to complete it, but I'm in no hurry...it's a wall hanging for personal use...it will stay in the house.  Thanks guys....that's why I love my CT family. :-)
Comment by Ada Funnell on April 30, 2011 at 5:53am

I love the idea of quilting the words in but if you want them more noticable how about just

hand embroidery.  It may take a little longer than machine but it will look like hand done as

well.  The idea of a permanent paint or marker will look unfinished - almost ready for you to


Comment by Lynne on April 30, 2011 at 4:46am
QuiltMan,,, you could also quilt words in.  Might be harder to see, but if this is a gift, it could be something very special knowing there are quilted words that only they know about.

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