First: Why label your quilt or art quilt at all? My answer: Because you should. : ) It's handmade. It's a work of art. It's a time honored craft. And it's likely that the quilt will be around long after you. Give future owners some information about the quilt and it's maker.
I have a quilt that is 40 yrs old. It's my baby quilt. It's falling apart. I 'restored it' with new binding and new backing. There was no label. I remember the woman who made it, but couldn't recall her name. She passed away decades ago. Luckily I phoned my mom and she knew. As a quilter, I felt very proud to put this woman's name on the quilt. This quilt was important. So shouldn't the quilter be as well?
|I know. Not pretty. But it's there! : )|
What should you put on the label? Whatever you want really. I think it's important to put the following:
Name of quilt
Name of designer/quilter
City or country it was made in.
Your quilt could end up anywhere on this planet. Think of that. Some people include a message or a story behind the name of the quilt. These all add personality to the piece, and validate the importance of the quilt.
Where do you put it? When looking at the quilt from the front, go to the bottom right hand corner. Flip the corner up and that's where the label should be.
|another label I should really re-do now that I know how. But it's there! : )|
I remember where it goes because that's where artists sign their work - lower right. (When facing the back, the label will be on the bottom LEFT hand corner.) Some people fuse and/or whipstich the label there. My guild's charity group puts them right onto the backing before the quilt is bound, so that the bottom & left edge are right under the binding. I thought that was great because then it's unlikely that the label would get removed. I think I'll do mine like that from now on.
I press a piece of fabric under 1/4 inch or so to make a hemline. Then I use bic markers. Really. I've bought other special fabric markers and they were always garbage. This is what I use to label kid's clothing too, so I know it won't wash out. My labels are not pretty. Some people go all out and make GORGEOUS labels that resemble the quilt top. If you know a great link, please leave it here!
Krista from Poppyprint just made a post on how she makes her labels. CLICK HERE to see.
So what would you like to say on the topic? Do you label? Why? How? Share it!