The first thing on my list was to label a quilt that I am gifting. My son Jonathan has a friend (girl) named Sydney whom he met when he went to Israel a few years ago (2006) and I had made a quilt for her back then. You may all recognize this quilt ....
Mystery Quilt 5 - 2007
It hung in the store on and off for the last few years. I taught it as a Mystery Quilt in the summer of 2007. I actually made two of these quilts but I honestly can't remember where the second one is. When I chose these fabrics it was for the "fun" value, all different kinds of candies, which I felt was something Sydney would like. The back was fun too, I chose to do it in those Faux Ultrasuede fabrics we had in the store and I chose really bright fabrics. I sent it off to Linda Robertson to quilt and she did a fabulous job as always. I also chose to do the binding by alternating the candy fabrics with the black background fabric.
Faux Untrasuede backing
It still needed a label - all these years and I had never labeled it! There are so many ways to label quilts and I thought I would share this method with you. It is the first time that I have done a label this way. Here's the label -
I happen to have a stack of prepared squares left over from a previous project that I have found very useful. They are Muslin squares backed with freezer paper and then the edges are taped with green painters' tape. So - I designed the wording part of the label on the computer. Using a light box and a Pigma Pen I wrote out the wording on to the Muslin. I decided that I didn't want a plain label so using Mettler Variegated (4820-9981) which is very colourful I made a frame and then used one of the decorative stitches on my Janome made a second inner frame. I pressed the label and then turned it under 1/2" and pressed it again. Put it into place on the quilt back and sewed it on (left hand corner). It's now ready to go for her Birthday today.
I believe in giving my quilts a "history" by labeling the ones that I give away. The ones I keep, I am not so adamant about but may just start doing it just so Jonathan will have the history for the future. I think that it is important that people know that these quilts are not store bought but are a gift of love and their labels should reflect that.
Hope everyone is having a great day!