Saturday, November 03, 2012

Another way to label a quilt

I hate labeling quilts, probably because I'm not very good at it. I should learn to print one on fabric, though I hate stitching those on. I had seen somewhere that a quilter had machine embroidered her label on the binding, and I thought I'd try something similar on the quilt I made for my husband. (You can see that quilt, the purple kaleidoscope, here.)


I used hand embroidery with 3 strands of floss. I wrote the words on the edge of a piece of paper and laid that next to the binding so I could get the spacing right. Nothing, not even a white pencil, showed up well, so I just tossed both paper and pencil and did freehand stitches. I got looser as I went, and I think it shows. This was much faster than making a traditional label, and I like the way it looks!

10 comments:

shannon said...

i always hit a wall with the labels too, but i have found what works for me- i sew the label on the back, then quilt over it, or if i piece the backing, i just piece it in as well and quilt over it...

i use to applique the label on after quilting, but with use and washing, the label gets 'poofy' and i didn't like that.

Jan said...

Great idea for the label; sometimes it just doesn't work out to make something that shows up on the backing.

laura west kong said...

Love it! I have so any unlabeled quilts, terrible of me I know. I'm going to pin this idea onto my quilt label board on Pinterest.

laura west kong said...

Love it! I have so any unlabeled quilts, terrible of me I know. I'm going to pin this idea onto my quilt label board on Pinterest.

Mary Mc said...

I love it. A beautiful way to complete a beautiful quilt.

Mary said...

On my personal and gift quilts I often hand embroider my initials and the date but I haven't ever done it on the binding. I might have to try this one too!

Tonya Ricucci said...

look at you getting loose, woohoo!

Clare said...

What a brilliant idea. I hate labelling, just as much as I hate binding.

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

I like the embroidered binding for a label. Very nice touch!

June D said...

Looks great! thanks for sharing!