Quilt Labels, part II

First up, some answers to all those questions that came in about the label post I did a while back.  I provided a tutorial for my easy-peasy way to back your fabric with freezer paper and send it through your printer.  Then the comments and questions came in about colorfastness and ink and fabric.  Sigh.  I am not a computer-printer expert.  All lot of people noted that HP inks run and disappear.  To figure out how your inks behave in the wash, I strongly suggest that you make a test sample with YOUR printer and put it in a lingerie bag and run it through your washer and dryer to see what happens.

Used Computer-printed label

While I was in Washington DC, praying for the cherry blossoms to open (they almost did), my husband and I visited my son and were able to sleep under the quilt I made him when he went away to college, some twelve years ago (my, how time flies!).  He admits that he doesn’t wash it too often, but here is a picture of the label, printed on my EPSON printer.  I think it looks pretty good for being done all those many years ago.

I have printed labels with my laser jet printer which did not survive the wash, so later on, when I visited that grandchild’s house, I simply traced over the wording with a Micron pen.

And For the Pansies Label

This quilt was made sixteen years ago, and I wrote on the label with a Micron Pen (I think I used about a .05 or .07).  It’s been washed scads of times, and given that I hardly knew what I was doing at that time in the Label Department, it seems to have held up.

And For the Pansies Poem on Label

The poem that goes with the quilt, an homage to my mother, who loves pansies. I think what I’m trying to say is that there is no one way to make a quilt label, and if you like buying the fabric that’s pretreated, or making your own with some Bubble Jet and Bubble Jet set (a la Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry), have at it.  If you have a success, please let me know and I’ll pass it along.  But for now, I will keep plugging along with my EPSON printer and their fabulous inks and my easy-peasy freezer paper method.



A reminder that tomorrow is our quarterly reveal for our Four-in-Art group.  See you then!

2 thoughts on “Quilt Labels, part II

  1. You are so good at labeling all your quilts. And I can hardly wait to see the unveiling of the latest Four in Art! (PS–see I changed my WordPress name. Again. I’m happy with it now.)

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