Friday, January 2, 2015

Label Crazy....

It is so important to label our quilts with something.  This gives the information on when the quilt was made, who it was made by and maybe even who it was made for.  You can even look at them as mini greeting cards when you are making a quilt for a gift.  The important part is to just leave a history trail.

I have experimented with different methods and have adopted my favorite and wanted to share.  The basic concept is from Bonnie Hunter and you can read her blog here for her thoughts.

Just a take a piece of PREWASHED fabric and either use "sticky" fusible or lightly iron to fusible, cut to 8-1/2" x 11" and print the label on my INKJET printer. You will need to set the ink with a HOT iron without steam before washing.  I have been doing this as I fold the label over.

I have a standard template that I use so that my label is in the correct spot every time (unless it get stuck as in picture to).  
You can see this was cut in a square and folded over.  The raw edges is sew in with the binding and the folded edge is hand stitched down. (I didn't realize that my black ink was almost out so this label is grey but still shows up good).

Same concept, just got "stuck" in the printer for a little bit and didn't place right on the page.  No need to waste, folded in half for top edge, folded right edge inside and will stitch the two rough edges down by hand when doing the binding.
Now this is a hexagon shaped quilt so I used the same concept as the triangle but had to special cut to match the quilt top.  I folded in half to get the top edge and turned in the two small side edges.  The raw edges will be finished with the binding and the other three will be hand stitched.
Thought I share the front of the hexagon quilt.  It is paper pieces using the AccuQuilt GO! die (55422).  I am a very hyper person and hand work is not easy for me since it requires sitting still.  When I got the piece filled in, I decided done is better than big.  I would have never attempted this without the die.  The die cuts both fabric and card stock and made this for easy to go together.

This method gives you a professional la el and will allow future generations to know exactly where the quilt came from.

Now, Let's GO! Quilting!

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