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?        

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3 thoughts on “Labeling: How I do it

  1. Christine Sherman July 23, 2014 at 8:05 pm Reply

    Love your labels and thanks for the pen test!

  2. Joanna July 17, 2014 at 3:31 am Reply

    The pen differences are so interesting!

    I really like the idea of Spoonflower for labels, and how you created various sizes, though they’re so expensive for printing. I have printable fabric sheets so I could always do my own (cost wise it’s probably the same but at least I’d get instant gratification for not waiting for shipping? lol) but my only issue is not knowing what to put on them!! I don’t have a logo (nor have any idea of what to use) and I’m too indecisive to keep a consistent text based one because just like pretty fabrics, I also like pretty fonts and keep changing it up!

    Who ever knew label choosing was so hard lol!

  3. quiltingjetgirl July 16, 2014 at 11:32 am Reply

    I use Spoonflower to create labels as well. I really like adding them into my backing; as long as I remember, that is!

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