I make my labels on the computer. I write up the description of each quilt giving the pattern name, pattern designer, how the quilt was made i.e, hand or machine pieced, machine or hand quilted, name of quilter and where she is from, date finished. In this instance I also added what quilt show the quilt will be shown in. The more information you can give about the quilt just adds to its history.
Below I have created each label in a table on my word processing software. Each table has one row and one column. I center the writing with in the table. I leave about an inch in-between each label and then create another label. I have not figured out how to make two columns of tables on one page.
Therefore, the labels are on two pages. I print them out on paper first, check the spelling and information for accuracy. Then I load the fabric page in the printer and print one page, then turn the fabric page and print the second page on the opposite side. Please read your printer's instructions or practice with paper before doing this on your fabric page.
I let the ink dry. Then heat set it according to manufacturer's instructions. I do not rinse the fabric.
After peeling the fabric off the paper backing, I trim about 1/2 inch from lines.
Now I frame the label with fabric from the quilt.
Next I lay the label, right sides together on a piece of coordinating or matching fabric.
Stitch around label using scant 1/4 inch seam.
Make a small slit in the fabric backing side behind the where the framed part is. That way the slit will not show through from the front.
Clip the corners to reduce the bulk and turn right-side out through the slit.
Push out corners and seams to create a square label and press.
Now turn over the label and we have to close that slit. Notice that my slit is behind where the frame is. If you would put the slit behind where the label is, it might show through your white label.
I used a blanket stitch or button hole stitch to close the slit.
Now you can pin on your finished label and whip stitch or applique stitch your label onto your quilt's back. I find by using this method, I have a nice square label that is easy to read.
I would appreciate hearing from you about my tutorial. This is the first one I have written and would appreciate some feedback.
Yours in quilting,