Quilting and Quilt Labels
by Nikki Willhite
Quilting is a fun, practical hobby. Those who make quilts do so
for many reasons.
Some people make beautiful art quilts that are as skilled and
diverse as oil paintings.
Other quilts are quite practical, and may be nothing but squares
sewn together. They are not as labor intensive as quilts with lots of small
pieces and intricate designs, but they can be very beautiful.
Utility quilts are often more fluffy and soft because they are
often tied and the batting can be thicker.
Whatever the reason for making quilts, they do take a lot of
work, Perhaps this is one of the reasons quilters stop short of labeling their
quilts when they finally reach the end of their project.
However, not labeling a quilt is like painting a picture without
THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO LABEL A QUILT:
- If it is given to another person, they will know who made it,
and depending on the label, other information like when and why it was made.
- If it is lost or stolen, there is a better chance you will get
THINGS YOU CAN INCLUDE ON A QUILT LABEL:
- Who it was made for
- The name of the quilt maker
- When it was made
- Where it was made
- The reason it was made
- The name of the quilt or block design
I've also come up with another idea for quilt labels. This idea
is for the quilting grandma who is separated from her grandchildren.
Pick up some transfer paper- the paper that prints computer
images on fabric. Take one of your pictures with you and your grandchild or
grandchildren, add some text, and then transfer the design to the fabric by
running the sheet of transfer paper through your inkjet printer.
Then attach this piece of fabric to the back of the quilt. The
edges do not ravel on transfer paper, so it is an easy task to just zigzag the
edges of the transfer paper to the back of the quilt.
Now, when you give this to your grandchildren, then can look on
the back of the quilt and see a picture of you. It will remind them of you.
More importantly, it will help them realize that you love and
care about them.
Make your labels before you even begin your quilt. Don't forget
this final touch to make your quilt special.
About the Author: Nikki Willhite,
mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing
articles on the topic of
frugal living for over a
decade. Visit her at
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