Thursday, March 20, 2014

Making a Quilt Label

I'm not one to spend a huge amount of time on a quilt label, but I do like for it to contain the necessary information and match the quilt. Most often, I used a rectangle or square label, but in this case I chose a round shape to mimic an Olympic medal. I know it's not fancy, but it was quick and easy and it does the job!

First I layer the fabric over the freezer paper.

And I press to adhere the paper to the back of the fabric.

Then I use my preprinted information that I typed on my computer for word placement. This also helps keep things straight and tidy.

I layer my fabric and freezer paper unit over the printed information.

Then I use this pen to trace it. You will notice that I still use my own handwriting but the words help me to keep the letters uniform size and keep the lines straight and evenly spaced.

Once the words were traced, I kept the freezer paper on the back for stability, and traced the inside of my bobbin thingy (that's the technical term) in pencil.

Then I traced the inside and the outside of the bobbin thingy onto the back of red fabric for my border.
I appliqued the red onto the label, then appliqued the whole thing to the back of the quilt. Why I didn't take any more photos of those steps is really a mystery. I used needle turn but machine applique would work just as well.
And now it is on it's way to the publisher, you will get to see the rest of the quilt in a magazine sometime in the future...don't worry I will tell you ALL ABOUT IT just as soon as I can!
Enjoy every stitch!


  1. I'm always interested in what info. other people put on their quilt labels. So many think it's important to put the city where we live, but I don't do that either. Am very curious to see your quilt!

    1. Sometimes I include the city. Sometimes I include just the state or the recipient's name, etc. Whatever seems appropriate at the time. This wouldn't fit nicely in the circle so I didn't include it. LOL

  2. What a good idea to write over the printed type with your own writing! thanks so much for showing us your process with the label.

  3. Good idea to use your own handwriting on a label. Makes it more personal. I always print my labels with a font that's in style of the quilt. The piece of fabric with the freezerpaper just goes in the printer (set printer to papertype envelope, so he will take the thicker piece) and print what you want. Peel off the freezer paper and iron the label very hot (with cloth over it) to set the ink. It's even washable!
    I mostly only put the name ofthe quilt, my name and the period when I made it on the label. When it's a personal gift I put on the recipients name there too.

    1. I've done this with the printer in the past only to have the ink wash out! I must have done something wrong. It does give a beautiful look to the label though. Have a great weekend!

  4. I NEED simple!! THANK you for the quick and easy tutorial!!


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