Quilt labels are extremely important because they capture the vital information of the quilt and allow the history of the quilt to live on and on throughout many generations. While making quilt labels for your quilt is often the last thing anyone wants to do, it is actually easier than you might think. And trust me, the value of your label will be appreciated by future generations.
Let me show you an easy method for making quilt labels that will not require much effort, but will produce a first-class result. Before you begin making your quilt label, think about what you want to go on your label. Here are three essentials, I always include:
Who Made the Quilt (Who pieced it, and who quilted it, if different) City, State, or Country of where the quilt was made and pieced Date the quilt was finished
Additional information that could be included:
Name of the quilt (An original title or name of traditional pattern, such as Log Cabin) Type of quilt (Civil War Era, Vintage 1930's, Wholecloth, Contemporary, etc.) Personal message (Merry Christmas-Love, Mom)
Now that I have given you a little background information on what basic quilt labels look like, let me share with you some simple instructions for how to make an easy quilt label.
EASY QUILT LABELS
Take a piece of muslin or light-colored fabric. This should be a big enough piece to easily include all the information discussed previously. It should also be a light enough color for your pen to show up. Take four 1 ½ inch strips of fabric left over from the quilt top. Two strips should be cut to the width of your label; the other two should equal the length plus 3 inches. Sew the two short pieces to each side of the fabric that you cut out for the label. Then, attach the longer strips to the other sides. Cut a piece of cloth fusible interfacing (not to be confused with paper fusible products) the same size as the finished muslin piece including borders. Sew the right side of the label and the fusible side of the interfacing together with a ¼ inch seam leaving a small opening for turning. Turn to the right side and record your information with a permanent marking pen on the muslin side. Place label with the fusible side down on the quilt backing fabric. Make sure the label is not too close to the edge of the backing, taking into consideration the extra 3 - 6 inches of backing most longarm quilters require. Finally, iron the label to the backing, which will permanently set the ink and also secure the label to the fabric to prevent slipping while machine stitching. Machine stitch the label in place using a buttonhole or small zigzag stitch.
There you have it. In just about half an hour or less, you will be able to make beautiful quilt labels that will stay with your masterpiece forever. Now future generations will always know the history of your quilt as it is passed on. Trust me, they will thank you for taking the time to give the quilt a label.Quilt Labels - How to Make an Easy Quilt Label