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PostSubject: What do you put on a label? By Buick Jim   Thu Sep 11, 2008 7:51 am

Title: What do you put on a label?
Post by: buickjim on December 23, 2007, 04:40:00 PM
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I'm finally putting labels on the backs of my quilts now that I have a sewing maching that will sew characters.

What I put on there is:
Type of quilt
Who for
Who by
Date

What do you put on a label?

--Jim



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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: memaw4 on December 23, 2007, 05:02:22 PM
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This is rather embarrasing :santa_embarrassed:, but I usually don't put on labels. I know we need too, but I just never have. I did add my name, home town, and date this year onto a block I made for a block swap. Actually I made 30 of these blocks and sent out 28 of them to be opened at Christmas.

Kay


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: Merry Bee on December 23, 2007, 05:47:02 PM
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I just put my name and the year, and who it was made for. I know people like to properly document their quilts, but when I started quilting, I came from a whole long line of hand quilters, and I made mine on the machine, and told everybody to use them and enjoy them. We had just settled several estates, there were many wonderful quilts, and nobody had ever used them. I save them, too, but want mine to be used.


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: finisher on December 23, 2007, 05:56:06 PM
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Gee..I'm such a slacker. I just put..by Ann Champion and the # of the quilt. :santa_undecided:


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: quiltermarynel on December 23, 2007, 09:05:30 PM
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It depends a little on who I make it for. I always put my name, town and date. On quilts I am not giving away to charities, I add the name of the quilt, its number, and often a note to the recipient, which may include care instructions. Even when I had a machine that did letters, I write this all with ink, or , sometimes, quilt it in.


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: Litup100 on December 24, 2007, 04:18:04 AM
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It depends on who I'm making it for. I made a throw for a baby quilt for someone. It was the daughter of a good friend. I don't know the daughter that well, so I just put quilt name, who it was for, my name and date.

I just gave my daughter one yesterday for her first baby and my first grandchild. The Label said: (by the way they are having a girl and will name her Lucy)

Lucy, Grammy can hardly wait to see you. I love you
before I even met you.
Grammy Arnevik
2008


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: buickjim on December 24, 2007, 06:39:38 AM
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Thanks for all the ideas. I've decided on:

A Double Nine Patch
Quilted with Love
For Alex
By Jim
Christmas 2007

That should do the trick.

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to the Member of the Board and their families!

--Jim



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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: Candi Gordon on December 29, 2007, 08:21:44 PM
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I put a couple of pictures of the quilt label in my album. It is under Candi Gordon. Somehow, someway, I couldn't get it in the original album because the original now says Candi Gordonback. I you want to see what I did for a label go ahead and take a look.

By the way, buickjim, it's about time you posted some pictures. I enjoyed seeing them. I love looking at eveyone's quilts. It's like going to a quilt show while relaxing at home. Thanks for sharing.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL - Candi


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: gimpy cat on December 29, 2007, 08:37:14 PM
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candi thanks for opening new album, your pics will transfer across in the new year and the one with 'back' on it will go.


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: quiltermarynel on December 29, 2007, 11:44:34 PM
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For some reason, probably to distinguish this Quiltermarynel from the hundreds of others, all the "experts" say that we should put a place name on the label too.


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: gimpy cat on December 30, 2007, 03:32:31 PM
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I put the quilts name, if it tells me its name that is! I put something like

made for my parents bev and vic barber for their aniiversary yada yada
whatever message to them
love helen etc etc

along the bottom and sometimes round the edge I write

Designed/Made/Quilted by Helen Ashby, Feb-Nov 2007 (date whatever), Buffalo River, Victoria, Australia



I just think when you see an antique quilt, how many would we kill to know the history of, who made, where it was made etc, thats what decided me on being a labeler


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: buickjim on December 31, 2007, 09:14:44 AM
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Just watching the Antiques Roadshow (PBS in the States) will make you a labeler. You sometimes see very old and beautiful quilts and appraisers taking pot shots (some of them not very good) at guessing when it was made and where. It would be much more interesting to know the real story.

--Jim


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: quiltermarynel on December 31, 2007, 01:52:16 PM
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I also expect my quilts to be used and enjoyed, but if they are made as well as I think they are, they should last for a while too. I repaired a quilt for a lady who had gotten it back after 10 kids and grandkids had used it. That one was not particularly well made, but with a new binding, backing and new ties, it was ready to go again. That really convinced me that even utility quilts should be labeled.


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PostSubject: Re: What do you put on a label? By Buick Jim   Thu Sep 11, 2008 7:52 am

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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: buickjim on January 01, 2008, 08:29:44 AM
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Quiltermarynel, you bring up a good point. This is something that Harriet Hargrave mentions time and again. The thing that the surviving quilts from the 1800s all have in common is that they are all very heavily quilted. The more quilting you put into your quilts, the longer they will last. That is what makes them durable.

We are very lucky with today's battings. They have lots of binders, resins and scrims that hold them together. The old 100% cotton battings were held together with your quilting which had to be 1/2" apart at the maximum. And that was at a time when 99.99% of quilting was done by hand. I can't imagine the hours it would have taken to quilt a king size quilt 1/4" to 3/8" by hand.

I am in awe of the patience that hand quilters have. Amazing.

--Jim



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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: BearFoot on January 01, 2008, 09:42:49 AM
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Quote from: buickjim on January 01, 2008, 08:29:44 AM
I am in awe of the patience that hand quilters have. Amazing.--Jim
My first thought (of the day :santa_cheesy: ) No TV! :santa_grin:


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: charalquilts on January 01, 2008, 10:37:50 AM
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I try to label all of my quilts but sometimes they get away from me before I am able to.....some labels are short and sweet others go on.....


I want my quilts to be used too...I was disappointed in seeing a quilt I had given my Mom. It was one of my first quilts. It had been washed several times and some of the fabric had faded....It had lead me to believe that the better quality fabric is the way to go....lesson learned


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: gimpy cat on January 01, 2008, 06:23:48 PM
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or computers LOL


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: maggie on January 02, 2008, 06:34:03 AM
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I hate to admit it but I've not labelled any of my quilts. Do you just sew a label on the back of the quilt? And what do use to write on the label...a marker? Is the label of the same fabric in the quilt? Sorry so many questions.


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: TxMaryQuilts on January 02, 2008, 06:45:13 AM
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Maggie, do not apologize for questions. We all have questions.

Labels are commonly done out of a lighter colored fabric so the writing shows up. You use a permanent pigma pen so that it doesn't fade or bleed. They can be simple with just names and date or elaborate with embroidery or applique decorations.

Some folks use their machines to embroider labels and some folks use the bubble jet or printer packs of fabric so they can run them through their printers. They design their labels on the computer and print them off.

When your label is done you sew it on the back of your quilt.

Even simpler--sign and date your quilt on a patch of light color on the front. But always use the pigma pens.

So many options, you just have to pick what you think you would like and give it a try. :santa_smiley:


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: Merry Bee on January 02, 2008, 08:55:20 AM
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I write the label very small right on the front of the quilt. Nobody has complained yet. I seriously doubt that anyone would take a label off a quilt, but I decided, after seeing quilts on e-bay, that I would write the name, date, who it was for right on the fabric, in case anyone gets the idea to pass it off as an old heirloom. Of course, with my machine stitches, who would think it was an old quilt. :santa_grin:


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: stitchinjj on January 04, 2008, 12:40:48 PM
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I always have the TV on, otherwise I would be too bored to sit and handquilt. Well I sometimes have an audio book on the MP3 player.

I always have big plans to put the whole story of a quilt on the label. Sometimes I make it and most often I do well to have my machine dec. stitch put my initials and the year.


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: quiltermarynel on January 05, 2008, 12:39:12 AM
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Another reason to label is like putting your DL# on your electronic stuff. It can't be claimed with your name on it. You (or the recipient) can get it back if it is stollen and located.

Around here, quilts which are going to be shown can't have labels on the front. That does not stop me from signing in my free form quilting, especially for kinfolk.

Another reason is to increase the value if any of your quilts make it to another generation, but mainly I want to say someting like "made for ...with love..."


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: Pawstoquilt on January 05, 2008, 05:56:04 AM
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If I can find an appropriate picture, I like to add a picture of the person rec. the quilt. A couple of times for a baby quilt I have added a pic. of the sonogram to the label. Like to "hand write" the info on the label.


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: Litup100 on January 26, 2008, 06:19:55 AM
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The jury is still out on some of my labels. I use Bubble Jet Set on fabric and create the label on the computer. Then print the label on paper. The label can then be photocopied onto the Bubble Jet Set treated fabric. Just use temporary adhesive spray on paper and adhere the fabric to it.

I say the jury is still out because I don't know how long these will last. Once washed, they look the same as the ones that I used the Pigma pens with.


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: Merry Bee on January 26, 2008, 08:21:54 AM
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I have never tried it, but I think I willl make some and sew them on MIL's PJs and sheets. At the assisted living center, they put clothing and bedding through extremely vigorous wash cycles, and that should be a good way to test the durability of the labels' print and adhesion. She would love a pretty pillowcase, and wouldn't that be a good thing to test the products on?


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: Litup100 on January 26, 2008, 07:26:25 PM
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Merry Bee, great test. If a label can live through assisted living laundry facilities, it will live through anything. My SIL is handicapped and lives in a care center. Her sisters (DH's sisters) do her laundry because the care center washes everything in HOT, HOT water.


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Title: Re: What do you put on a label?
Post by: Merry Bee on January 26, 2008, 07:54:34 PM
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So, make her a beautiful pillowcase with photographs of something she loves on it, and then wash the threads out of it! ;
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PostSubject: Ever Wonder How? by BearFoot   Thu Sep 11, 2008 7:53 am

Title: Ever wonder how?
Post by: BearFoot on December 23, 2007, 06:48:21 AM
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I was reading thru the new SewNews magazine this morning and there was a short article on Betsy Ross and why there were 5 pointed stars on our flag instead of 6 pointed stars...
Betsy apparently impressed our founding fathers by cutting out a perfect 5 pointed star with one snip of the scissors. I had heard this before, but wondered about it...now here is a link if you are as curious as I was!

http://ushistory.org/betsy/flagstar.html

Now I can cut all those applique stars better! :santa_smiley:


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Title: Re: Ever wonder how?
Post by: TxMaryQuilts on December 23, 2007, 06:54:20 AM
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Okay, I gotta try that!
That is way cool. But I don't think I could just casually whip it out like Betsy did to impress the Founding Fathers! :santa_shocked:

I would have to think really hard and hold my tongue just right. :santa_grin:


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Title: Re: Ever wonder how?
Post by: finisher on December 23, 2007, 07:26:08 AM
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I had seen that somewhere else before but didn't save it. I copied it off for my notebook. Thanks!


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Title: Re: Ever wonder how?
Post by: golo on December 23, 2007, 07:39:32 AM
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Hey, that works really nice... thanks :santa_afro:


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Title: Re: Ever wonder how?
Post by: quiltermarynel on December 23, 2007, 09:43:49 AM
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Yes, it does work nicely.


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Title: Re: Ever wonder how?
Post by: Merry Bee on December 23, 2007, 10:28:11 AM
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Ah, yes! Mother used to do that for us. If you snip the wrong way you get a pentagon, I think.


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Title: Re: Ever wonder how?
Post by: Litup100 on January 26, 2008, 06:21:45 AM
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Well, I'll be darned. That is amazing. I'm saving that baby.


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Title: Re: Ever wonder how?
Post by: medford on January 26, 2008, 06:44:06 AM
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Wow! I missed this in December. Thanks a bunch.


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Title: Re: Ever wonder how?
Post by: Marian on February 06, 2008, 05:21:09 AM
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See, you really can learn something new every day. Never heard this before. Went to the link and I was impressed, it really works well. Going to cut more stars this way!

Marian in Ohio


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Title: Re: Ever wonder how?
Post by: Merry Bee on February 06, 2008, 01:17:07 PM
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We cut them out of foil and put them all over the ceiling when I was a kid, even used tiny squares of colored foil from candy wrappers glued onto stiffer paper. Mother grew up during the depression and loved to make use of everything.


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Title: Re: Ever wonder how?
Post by: finisher on February 06, 2008, 02:13:54 PM
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Before Christmas somebody posted a site where you could make your own snowflake. It started out with them showing the paper being folded to make the shape..I think it was a hexagon? Anyways..I wish I had paid more attention to that beginning part where they showed how to fold the paper. Did anybody here remember seeing it..or save the site addy?


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Title: Re: Ever wonder how?
Post by: BearFoot on February 06, 2008, 02:30:22 PM
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Quote from: finisher on February 06, 2008, 02:13:54 PM
Before Christmas somebody posted a site where you could make your own snowflake. It started out with them showing the paper being folded to make the shape..I think it was a hexagon? Anyways..I wish I had paid more attention to that beginning part where they showed how to fold the paper. Did anybody here remember seeing it..or save the site addy?

Finisher, here is the link to the thread that has the snowflake site http://www.quilterssanctuary.com/forum/index.php?topic=211.msg2425#msg2425

There is a "search" button on the bar to help you find some things....I use it frequently when I am looking for threads when I can't remember the catagory... ;)
I liked the snowflake site too...it was fun. The link was under "Snowflakes" in Chatterbox.


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Title: Re: Ever wonder how?
Post by: Merry Bee on February 06, 2008, 02:31:05 PM
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You make valentines with them, too, just glue the lacy doily thingies on red paper.

Fold a square of paper in quarters, then again in diagonal folds, making all the folds cross at center.. Then you cut little bits out of the creased edges. You can cut "ear" shapes (Bass clefs), on the creases to make hearts. Mother had a way to make several hearts connected at the edges like a circle of paper hearts at the center of the doily. Did you ever cut a string of paper dolls holding hands?


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Title: Re: Ever wonder how?
Post by: finisher on February 06, 2008, 03:04:15 PM
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Thanks Bearfoot! I hate it when I "sort of" remember things. ;D I wasn't sure if it was still here or had been lost when the site was down for a bit.
I'm glad you told me how to search. That will help a lot with my CRS. ;)
I want to write the directions for that one down too


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Title: Re: Ever wonder how?
Post by: Pawstoquilt on February 06, 2008, 03:51:31 PM
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Quote from: Merry Bee on February 06, 2008, 02:31:05 PM
Did you ever cut a string of paper dolls holding hands?


Never could do that--always amputated their arms.
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