This is my first time posting here and I heartily thank Madame Samm for the invitation! This blog has been a great source of information (and entertainment) for me and I hope that my entry will continue the tradition.
I have never been very good at introducing myself. . .even though I have taught quilting and crochet classes for more than 12 years through various Community Education programs here in New Jersey.
To begin, I am a first generation quilter --- no history of quilting on either side of the family tree (but my maternal grandmother was a seamstress and had made me many items of clothing as I was growing up).
Oh, I guess you would like to know who I am. . . LOL. . .see, I told you I'm not good at introducing myself!!
I'm Sherry and I blog at Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc. My blog is about alot of things, not just quilting.
Since taking my first class (more than 20 years ago) I have continued to take classes through local shops as well as attending many yearly quilt shows & conventions (I attended every year of the Quilters' Heritage Celebration in Lancaster, PA). I feel that we never can learn everything. . . other than that one CAN have too many UFO's!!
In quilting terms UFO stands for UnFinished Object, another meaning could be Unidentified Flying Object (but that is for another blog). . .but I would like to offer yet another meaning --- UnFamiliar Object.
You are probably asking yourself, "What is this woman talking about?" Well, I'm glad you asked.
Down through the ages quilts have been used as blankets, fund raising tools, memory boards (pre-computer!), and cures for a bit of homesickness. They have been loved, sold, bartered, tattered, worn out, repurposed, and on and on and on.
A good many quilts have ended up in museums. . .and alot of them have information cards that start out "Unknown Maker". . . .but the person that made that quilt wasn't "unknown" were they?
Which brings me to my topic (thought I'd never get there, didn't you!! LOL) -- labeling your quilt.
It is important to label your quilts so that a portion of your history can be preserved and passed down to future generations. Those who are active geneologists have been known to travel far and wide in order to track down their family roots. By putting a label on your quilts you are giving future family members the trail to trace themselves back to you.
Doesn't that sound exciting?! Thinking that 50, 100 or even further in the future you could be the subject of major "Google" searching to find out what made you unique can be quite exhilarating.
Ok, I know, once the binding is on you really want to move on to the next project (unless you have been working on others at the same time). . .but it only takes a moment and can be so helpful.
The pictures that I have interspersed here are labels that I made as a hostess gift for a quilter with whom I will be staying shortly.
All of them (except for the one below) were drawn by me (the label with the purple flowers was traced from a labelling book). The one below is a rubber stamped piece.
When doing a label the most important information to include is: Your name (put in your maiden name as well as your married name), the city/town and state where you live, and the date.
If you are making the quilt as a gift that information could be provided as well. And, if you know it (and want to admit it), putting the start date of your quilt could be very enlightening to those that may view your quilts.
Those of you that do machine quilting could always quilt your name into your quilts, or you could embroider the information onto the quilt.
A separate label is not always needed. . . .if you are using a light fabric on the back of your quilt you could write directly on your quilt backing. Actually, doing this before quilting helps to deter quilt theft because in order to remove the identification on the quilt the quilt would be damaged.
Below is a picture of some of the pens that I use when making my labels. Most of them are Pigma Micron pens (05 size) but there is a large purple pen that I had used to make quick work of a play quilt ... the tip is quite large.
Ok, so how do you do a label?
The first thing is to decide how large you would like your label to be. I have made labels as small as a 2 1/2" half square triangle and as large as 4" x 5".
Once you decide on the size of your label you need to cut out the fabric you plan on using for your label. Of course, if you are writing directly on the back of your quilt you can skip this step. When cutting your label fabric be sure to have your cut be at least 1/2" bigger so that you have room to fold over the seam allowance.
Then you need to make a guideline. I use freezer paper as both the guide and stabilizer of my label fabric. Cut the freezer paper larger than your label fabric.
To mark your guideline on the freezer paper you can use pen, pencil, etc. --- the idea is to have a line that you can see through your paper and your fabric.
This is important. . . make your line on the DULL side of the freezer paper so that you don't run the risk of transferring the line to your label.
Then take your label fabric and freezer paper to your pressing surface. Put the SHINY side of the paper on the back side of your fabric and press. . .no steam (aka dry iron) is all that is needed. . .and it is just a quick pass to adhere them together. As you can see from the photo. . .the line can easily be seen through the fabric.
I chose to use a circle as a guideline and just started to doodle using my imagination to make up designs:
This last picture is how you can write out the information on the center of your label . . . yes, that is my handwriting!
There are many books available that have designs for labels that you can trace -- some are geared toward specific holidays and some are just generic but they are great to use as "starting points" to get your creative juices flowing.
I hope that this information was helpful. . .and I'd love to see what kind of labels you design.
here are a couple labels for you..!
copy and enlarge to whatever size will suit you..
label # 2
In peace & pieces,