Labeling: How I do it

Jo from Riddle and Whimsy asked a great question during last weeks round of the New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop (today features the last group, go check them out!). She asked, “How do you label your quilts and what you use to write on them?” That is a question that I struggled with for a bit last year so I decided to share my process with you. Is it the right way?, is there a right way?, who knows, but here is how I label my quilts. PlusNo3_label   I use Spoonflower to print my custom quilt labels on Kona Cotton with my logo, website, and where they are made (I have a batch of blank location ones ready to go) along with the following instructions:

use, love, launder cold, line or tumble dry low

Using freezer paper for stability, I hand write the name of the quilt (if there is one), a date, and sign it. If it is a baby gift or for an occasion, I’ll notate it as well. I highly recommend writing out what you want to put on the label on paper first so you are copying the words onto the label, trust me, you cannot erase anything off of your label (ask me how I know!). When the label is finished, I use a basic ladder stitch to attach the label to the back of the quilt. Deciding what to use to write on the labels was the tough part. I did some research and decided to test four pens: Pigma Graphic 1, Pigma Micron 05, Copic Multiliner SP 0.7, and Copic Multiliner SP 0.3. I did my test on a Kona gray solid ironed to freezer paper for stability. I allowed my test swatch to sit for 48 hours and then laundered it the way I wash all of my quilts, cold water wash and tumble dry low. Below are the results. FabricInk_web2 Both Pigma pens had too much drag on the fabric for me to be comfortable writing with them and the Copic 0.3 was too thin. The Copic Multiliner 0.7 was the winner in my book because it wrote smoothly, with no drag, and is a nice rich black. I designed my labels in InDesign, sent a small set off to have printed on their 8″ swatch so I could verify the color and then stacked them up on an 21″ x 18″ document which match Spoonflower’s fat quarter dimensions. I did mainly quilt labels and made some smaller labels to have on hand as well, both in color and grayscale (I like to have options!). PrintSince my file was the same dimensions as the fat quarter size, I choose the centered option for the repeat. So that is how I label my quilts: Spoonflower, Copic Multiliner SP 0.7, freezer paper & wait 48 hours before laundering. Here are a few other labeling examples: RoundandRound_label Label_CloseUp HarperMugRug_Cardinal Beast_Label   Tell me, do you label your quilts? What is your process?        

Color Block Quilt

It is baby season around here! My nephew was born two weeks ago and I have two friends that are due this month. Needless to say, baby gifts have been on the top of my to do list.

BlockQuiltFrontThis quilt is for a surprise gender baby so I had to keep the colors neutral. I do not like using pastels or traditional “baby” colors in my quilts, so this one is a bold teal and orange with a Lizzy House mouse print to keep it fun. Who could resist mice on bikes, holding flowers, and the three blind mice?

I decided to step out of my quilting comfort zone, just a little step, and quilted this with a directional point to add a bit more movement to the quilt. I found the center point and sketched the first two lines top corner to center and bottom corner to center and worked out from those points.

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On another note, today is the third round of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop hosted by Beth of Plum and June. Please be sure to check out the amazing quilter’s that are participating today:

Janet @ Simply Pieced
If you missed the first two rounds, you can see the participants here.
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Quilt Details:

Title: Color Block
Pattern: My own
Front: Mousy Mouse from Catnap by Lizzy House, teal Garden Pindot from Michael Miller, Orange Grid and Teal Grid from Citrus by Another Point of View.
Back: Platinum Quilter’s Linen, Robert Kaufman
Binding: Teal Garden Pindot
Quilting: Aurifil 40WT #2600 (a pale gray)
Finished size: approx. 30×40″

 

June’s Bee Block + A Birthday Surprise

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Two words: String Circles – this is the block for Modern Instabee Hive 13 that I feared the most because it was way beyond my skill set. After a puckered trial block and a cry to Instagram for help, I was successful. Following the advice I received, I used a lot of Best Press (starch), 32 pins, and did a bunch of stopping to adjust the fabric as I stitched.

That is a lot of pins! I have now completed five blocks for the Modern Instabee and I am having so much fun. July brings us to Painter’s Palette.

Switching gears from a quilt block to a zipper pouch, a surprise zipper pouch to be exact. A very happy birthday shout out goes to my dear friend, Janelle! We have been great friends since college and we do not get to see each other as often as we like. Sadly, Philadelphia and Cincinnati are not conducive to weekly dinners.

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I tucked this zipper pouch in the mail on Friday and waited for the phone to ring on Monday. She was surprised and she loves it – those are the reasons that I love putting little surprises in the mail.

I used the trusty Noodlehead Wide Open Zipper Pouch tutorial in the large size. Here is the pouch with my iPhone for size.

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Sewing provides a wonderful distraction from all of the chaos going on in my life right now. We have two households in two states, the cats are being moved to MD on Sunday, and I am actively job hunting while the house is on the market. When it all gets overwhelming, I go upstairs and sew.

How about you? Do you use sewing as a reprieve from life?

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