We know we should do it. But it is the last thing we ever get around to, especially if the quilt is staying at home with us, right? Which explains why, when I went to make a label for my parents' new quilt the other day, I took a tally of my quilts still needing labels...and the total was eleven. Gulp. Not including mini quilts. So, about half of my finished quilts!
I decided to tackle a few at a time. I like to personalize my labels, write a small inscription, along with my name, the date and location that is customarily what quilt labels entail. So just and "OCD" tag doesn't do it. I figured out a fun and easy way to make some professional looking personalized labels and thought I would share them with you!
First off, I am completely devoid of any computer graphics/computer scrapbooking talent. But I recently bought an app called Rhonna Designs that is awesome. Best $1.99 I have ever spent on an app! It is meant for embellishing your photos, using a bunch of pre-made graphics. But it also has a small selection of non-photo backgrounds, my favorite of which looks like lined paper. There are also a bunch of great text fonts to choose from, which you can layer onto the graphics/photos/backgrounds.
So, my first label, for my Good Folks king quilt, was made just simply using the lined paper background and text:
My next one was for my parents' quilt. First I made a base design, with the "handmade....etc" in the red bracket thingies, which I saved for future use, then I added the personalization:
Next I decided to use a non-Rhonna background for the label for my Retro Christmas Quilt. I found this free Christmas lights background just by doing a simple google search, downloaded it onto my iPad and then uploaded it as a photo into the Rhonna Designs app to add the text. Simple enough!
Finally, I downloaded this cute free printable off the internet for my Ghastlies Halloween Quilt that I personalized for a label (not using the Rhonna app at all).
Now, how did I convert these pdfs into tangible labels? I bought a product called Printed Treasures by Dritz some time ago. It is inkjet printable fabric that you can then sew on or piece into your quilt. It comes in packs of five or twelve 8.5 x 11" sheets. It is available online at Amazon, and also in Joann's or Fabricland. Not cheap, put I can get multiple labels per sheet.
So I opened a simple word document, inserted my pictures/labels that I had created (I did 4 labels to a sheet), and printed them out. Trim to size, follow the instructions by removing the paper backing, run under cold water to remove excess ink. Piece into quilt (if you are organized enough to do your labels at the time of making your quilt), or press edges over and hand stitch onto quilts after the fact.
I have used this product multiple times in the past, the fabric is a decent weight and I find them to be fairly colourfast. Here is an example of one I pieced into the back of my niece's quilt, using simply Word and no graphics whatsoever:
And here is one I pieced into a larger label for Kiera's quilt, which was then hand stitched on after it was completed (my favorite and most likely way to do it):
So now I have a few labels set and ready to go! Just need to plunk myself in front of the telly and enjoy some quiet hand stitching :) Hope that helped demystify quilt labels somewhat!