Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Quilt Labels

Someone had asked about the label I made for the 1857 Album Quilt. 
On my 50th signature quilt Lizzy did the most beautiful block and I saved the info she shared with me about it. 
Most of my quilts still have hand written labels, but sometimes I want more info and it looks neater if I run it through my printer. For the 3 quilts I sent off they wanted a label with name, address and phone number. Although the quilts were signed or had a label I made new ones with the info. 
I thought I'd share my way of using your computer.
I ironed muslin on an 8 1/2"x11" freezer paper. (I cut them both to the size of my paper cartridge.)

Meanwhile, on your computer program type the info you want for your label. You can be super creative here! I love Comic Sans font and make my quilt titles bold. 

Then I put one paper in and mark it with the arrow and which direction it is. I only want to put my fabric/paper in one time so this is a test. I hold this up to my fabric/paper and make sure there is enough room to cut and make a 1/4" seam. 

When I'm happy with the placement I put in my fabric/paper and print!
When I was sewing these to my quilt I noticed an error!! Brick of Wabash Co was completed in March 2018, not 2019! I easily changed it with a fine fabric pen. 

Nobody said the label had to be sewn on straight!! LOL 
I press the ink when I'm turning under my seam to set it. 

I ironed all 4 sides under, pinned to quilt and appliqued. 

I hope you found this helpful.

15 comments:

  1. I've never made labels on my printer, but for something like this, I can see that having it in a nice font would be good. Your instructions are very clear and I feel like I could tackle it with no problem.

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  2. i've done them many times...easy peasy and terrific result

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  3. Thanks for this Lori! I have a quilt to send to Houston this week too :0) and it needs a label and a hanging sleeve yet. I will give this printed label idea a try.

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  4. But doesn't it make a difference what kind of printer it is? Doesn't it require a laser printer rather than an inkjet?

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  5. It was helpful. Mostly, I use my machine to write my name and the year of the quilt.

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  6. Excellent tutorial. Your labels look perfect.

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  7. Thanks Lori. I think it was me who asked. Thats pretty much like what I do. My handwriting isn't neat enough, and I've found this way looks great!

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  8. Your labels look great.

    lizzy

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  9. I did this and the print all washed away. You need to use Printed Treasures. It is pretreated so the ink does wash away.

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    1. So far, mine has not washed off. I heat set it with an iron and starch.

      Also, one of the first labels I made this way I sprayed lightly with clear acrylic spray.
      Lori

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  10. Does this method only work on ink-jet printers? Or will it also work on laser printers? Thank you.

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    1. I'm actually not sure.

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    2. Jak as far as my understanding goes, you cant put the fabric/paper in a laser printer successfully. I think its something to do with the heat, but I stand to be corrected.

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  11. For most of my quilts, I will embroider a label and incorporate it into the backing of the quilt so it is quilted into the quilt. If one of my quilts is ever lost, I hope it can find its way home via the label that cannot be removed without ruining the quilt.

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  12. Thanks, Lori! I'm going to give it a try :)

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