Quilt Labels

I’ve just finished stitching this label on my newest block of the month.   Stitching on the label always feels so good.  It’s the final touch that says the quilt is really finished!

Since my quilts travel to shops, the information on the label is to identify the quilts and help get them home.   I make my quilt labels on the computer and print them out on inkjet fabric sheets called “EQ Printables”.   We fold 2″ fabric strips in half, wrong sides together, and machine stitch the strips to the label.  The ends of the strips are tucked under as we hand stitch the label to the quilt.  The fabric strips give it a “cute” look and make it easy to stitch the label to the quilt.

I’ve heard that some people stitch the label to the backing before the quilt is quilted.  I’m usually in such a rush to get the quilt out the door I just don’t think of doing that.  Have you tried it?  Do you put labels on all of your quilts?  Do you make them on the computer or draw your own?

“Chick Jubilee” is going to Quilt Market in less than 2 weeks.   I’ll turn that label over and show you the front of the quilt very soon!



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  • Dawn - Love your label, it’s truly gorgeous – and so practical – can’t wait to see the quilt too!

    Thanks so much for this post, I’ve been in a quandry about how to label an anniversary quilt made for Mum and Dad – you’re method is perfect for this.

    Thanks so much for sharing, it’s given me the motivation to give it a go.
    Dawn in the UK xReplyCancel

  • Linda Adam - Your label is lovely. I use my embroidery machine for my quilt labels. Sometimes a bit fancy if the quilt is a special gift. Adding a border to the label is a wonderful idea that I will have to try in the future.
    Cheers, Linda AReplyCancel

  • Jeanne Shakespeare - Yes,I have attached the label before quilting. The hope being of reducing the chance of theft,since it is quilted into the finished quilt. So if you do a lot of mailing of quilts to shows or other reasons you night try this.ReplyCancel

  • Jo - What a great idea !! and your label is so cute …
    Now I can’t wait to see the front lol !ReplyCancel

  • Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy - Thanks for posting this! I’ve wondered what the best option is for printing on fabric…off to check out the EQ Printables now!ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - Cute label with the little border :) I was shop hopping last week and one of my favorite shops had an entire wall dedicated to Bunny Hill quilts, plus a wonderful selection of your fabrics. What fun to see all those pretty quilts in a row!
    I label every quilt I make, even minis and doll quilts. I use some iron-on designs, have purchased labels from bolts and also like to create my own, but I always coordinate the label with the quilt. I think it’s important to the recipient (and to me) to have this information years from now.ReplyCancel

  • ina - i love the idea of ‘printing’ a label! i hadn’t thought of that and i have a bunch of vintage images to print! I embroider labels. it’s something i can do while listening to the tv. ;pReplyCancel

  • Barb - Your labels are so cute and a great idea.

    You are such a tease. . . . I can’t wait to see “Chick Jubilee”. Knowing all of your other wonderful designs, this one is bound to be too fabulous too!! Please don’t hold us in suspense too long,

    BTW, how is Marcel doing?ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Your label is cute. I haven’t tried EQ Printables yet.

    I’m a big fan of labeling my quilts. It seems to mean a lot to the recipients, too. I guess it is tangible proof that the quilt was made just for them.

    I frequently piece my embroidered label into the backing and then quilt it. It works very well when I am organized enough to do it. I have a photo of one in my Flickr photo album (http://www.flickr.com/photos/beckyfiedler/6565612697/in/photostream). For this quilt, the backing included a spare block, an embroidered label, and a large signature panel with signatures from friends for a woman who was undergoing treatment for breast cancer.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Love the border on your label…cute idea. I label all my quilts and usually add the label before I quilt, but not always!ReplyCancel

  • Sinta - !. I love the cute label idea. I will be the featured quilter for my guild next May… so I will be having to label everything! 2. I don’t know what it is but I have been wondering what would be your next BOM for Market… I just know it is one that I will HAVE to do!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn S - This label is great! I wish you could include something like this in the patterns for the quilter to use in the quilts they make, designed by you. Really cute and practical! But in the designs…if it isn’t bunny themed–maybe pick up on the “button” –like Henrietta Squirrels button.ReplyCancel