Now that 2015 is in full swing, I’m setting three realistic quilting goals for the year.
- Take an inventory of all my WIP’s (a.k.a. Works In Progress) and finish up as many as I can. My short term goal is to finish 4 WIP’s before I start a new project.
- Get rid of half of my stash. Either by using it (to finish the aforementioned WIP’s), destashing, or donating. (When I told my husband this goal, he may have responded by snorting because he was trying not to laugh.) But, I’m proud to say, I’ve already started cleaning out and passed along a bunch last week!
- Start labeling my quilts.
I’ll probably post more about the other two, but today I’m going to talk about quilt labeling.
I am THE. WORST. at labeling my quilts. For years I’ve said I’m going to start doing it. I think of all the quilts I’ve made over the years (which is not a few) I’ve labeled maybe 5. It’s a travesty.
I have all kinds of excuses. One being I don’t like my handwriting on fabric. The second being, it’s just one more added step that I need to think about and isn’t part of my routine.
There are some great resources out there for labeling quilts. One of my favorite’s is Crazy Mom Quilt’s quilt label tutorial– she makes is so simple to do. I’ve used this method – simple, no thinking, easy to sew on – but it’s my handwriting that is the hang-up for me.
So I think you can imagine how thrilled I was when my friend April gave me a set of pre-printed custom quilt labels with my name already on them! I love them! The set came in a variety of styles and colors so I can match the label to the individual quilt. Having a go-to label that’s ready to sew right away eliminates so many of my excuses. I’m committed!! Yay!
April is the owner of Modern Yardage – a custom fabric printing business. They sell blank labels, personalized labels, and quilt care labels as well. If you’d like to order your own, you can visit Modern Yardage for all the details. (I’m thinking custom labels would also make a great gift! I should add the them to the Gifts for Quilters list.)
Whether you make your own or get some custom labels, here is an easy method for sewing a quilt label to your quilt. Give the label a little spritz of starch to make it nice and crisp. Using the starch, fold back the sides of the label – starting with the top and bottom, then the two opposite sides. The starch will make the edges nice and crisp and easier to sew.
You could also fold the fabric back on the straight edge of a piece of a cardboard cereal box to make sure your edges are perfectly straight.
Pin the label on your quilt – I like to put it in one of the bottom corners – and using a hidden applique stitch, sew the label in place. Slide the needle through the label, the backing, and batting, avoiding going all the way through the front of the quilt. I personally would recommend sewing it to the back of a new quilt before it’s washed, whenever possible. That way your quilt itself is still a little more stiff and then if you wash before you give the quilt away, you can make sure the label is still securely in place.
This label cracked me up. (But it’s truth, right?)
April from Modern Yardage has generously offered to give away sets of customized quilt labels to 4 of you! To enter, take a quick trip to Modern Yardage and have a peek at their site. What they do is so unique where all of their fabric is printed on demand. There are lots of really neat panels and projects available. Come back and leave a comment telling me something you like.
Giveaway open until Saturday, January 24 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED
I really like the custom quilt labels and the labels with washing instructions. Both are going on my gift list. Thanks!
Those labels look amazing! I love the Midnight Garden line, might have to snatch up some of that!
I do label my quilts but I’m always looking for a more efficient way. I don’t like my handwriting either. I love that you can order labels from modern yardage.
Oh my goodness, I love Modern Yardage! I really want some of the labels, panels, and fabrics, and I really like that I can buy specific letters to personalize some of my works. Thank you for sharing this site! It’s affordable and has lots of cool stuff. I’m a fan!
You can see some projects and ideas with Modern Yardage fabrics on their Facebook page.