Something I did last month was rewarding: I joined a quilt guild again. I am a member of one for a while, then time or distance or a crazy life overtakes me and I forgot and I don’t go. . . but I’ve joined the Raincross Quilters Guild here in my hometown. When I attended in February, they were having a Round Robin of tricks and techniques and one of them was making your own labels. I’ll have to try hers sometimes (she had some really good tips), but here’s how I usually do my labels.
Open your word processing program and figure out what you want to say. Name of the quilt, your name and who quilted it, the date finished (but sometimes I also add when I began to make the quilt) are musts. I usually add the dimensions, too. And often I like to add a verse, or a few words about the quilt, especially if it is made for someone else. I print this off on my Epson printer, because Epson has the best inks. The preferred printer would have a straight paper path all the way through, but I was in a hurry last time and forgot to check for that, and now it feeds from the bottom tray making a U-turn into the delivery tray. I can make this one work, but if you are buying a new one, look for that.
I use light-colored fabric for my label–sometimes I use something with a small print. I cut a shape about 2″ larger than the “label” and iron that fabric to freezer paper. I tape it to the same paper I proofed the label on, using three pieces of blue painters’ tape. That way I know the placement of the fabric so it will come out right.
I go into the print settings, choosing what I think is thick paper and high quality printing. The printer will lay down more ink and will go more slowly, and you have a better chance that it won’t distort the fabric. I feed that prepared paper through the printer, then take off the tape, and the freezer paper. I use a clean sheet of paper and press the label in between folds of paper, setting the inks.
Trim, lining up the ruler with the printed words to keep it square. I like a bigger border on top (about 1 1/4″) than on the bottom (although sometimes I goof, like today). I trim 3/4″ out from the sides of the words.
I sew 1 1/4″ strips on all four sides, trimming them up.
Iron the raw edges 1/4″ under, then. . .
. . . pin to the lower left corner of your quilt. Why there? Because when people face your quilt, they always seem to go for the right corner to pick up and check for your label, and you don’t want to disappoint them. Sew it down securely around all the outside edges, and then I also stitch invisibly around the interior of the edge strips on the label, securing it twice. That’s it!