Saturday, 31 October 2015

Quilt Labels

Quilt labels are an important finishing touch for your quilts. I get my labels for the quilts I sell printed through an online company called Spoonflower. I think the next time I get them printed, I will add care instructions to the bottom. The process is not too difficult. I spent some time on my computer's Word processor to get the label look I wanted, then printed it out to make sure the size was ok. Spoonflower requires a graphic image, not a word processor file, so I then scanned my paper label to a GIF format at 300 dpi and uploaded it onto my Spoonflower account. You could also just draw out your label in your own hand writing and scan it for something truly handmade.
Printed labels from Spoonflower
I have room on these labels for a quilt name and I add the year the quilt was finished behind the Calgary, AB - . You can also scale the size of your image in Spoonflower, making your label larger or smaller, depending on what you want.
Pigma marker on plain cotton label
My personal quilts have been a little neglected in the label department. My go-to label before I had them printed at Spoonflower was a nice little 2"x3" piece of plain white cotton fabric and the details written on with a Pima marker. Many of the quilts I have for personal use were made from blocks from fellow quilt guild members, so I'm probably a little reluctant to make a label and forget to include someone who may have contributed a block to the process.

There are lots of tutorials on line for making your own labels, so I'll let you do your own search and see all the creativity there is out there.

Just keep in mind, the bare minimum of info you should include is your name, the name of the quilt, where you made the quilt (where you live) and the date completed. If your quilt was made for a special occasion, you might want to add that. Or if it was for a specific person, add their name. If your quilt was quilted by someone else, either by hand or by machine, add that person's name too.

Future quilt collectors will also want to know if the fabrics were from a particular designer, what pattern was used (or if it was an original design), where you found your inspiration.

It's not New Year's, but I am making a resolution to properly label my quilts and perhaps get a few of them documented in 2016.

--Ann