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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″

 

Let’s get acquainted! | New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop

Hi! Welcome to my little corner of the internet where I talk about quilting, fabric and occasionally baking. I’m Elizabeth!

2014-05-22 07.56.01-2I am thrilled to be participating in the 2014 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop that Beth from Plum and June is putting on during June and July. Last week was the first round of posts and there were some beautiful quilts, it makes me a little nervous about posting this week!

Lately my motto has been “Keep Calm and Carry On”. Right now I am living and stitching in Philadelphia but will be relocating to the southern Baltimore suburbs later this summer. (I guess that makes it real now that I’ve typed it out loud!) It’s an exciting, but crazy time around here and my quilting projects have been limited to small ones that can be cleaned up at the end of a work session.

ColorStudyAquaCat_Front_webRight now Color Study: Aqua and my Cat Quilt are my two favorite quilts, wall hangings actually. My favorites change on a regular basis. (Don’t yours?)

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The Beast is a close runner up. You can see all of my quilts and projects here, I’ll let you decide which are your favorites.

As part of the New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop here is a bit about me:

I’ve been quilting since August of 2012 when my mom walked me though my first quilting project, a quilt for my nephew’s first Christmas. I did not do much until January 2013 when I solo pieced my first top and finally finished it in July, at that point I had officially been bit by the quilting bug and I have not looked back!

Blogging Tip: Use big photos!
Quilting Tip: Keep your seam ripper close and a bottle of wine in the fridge, it’s only fabric. If you screw up, rip it out and after the third or forth re-do, walk way for a few hours and have a glass of wine.
Dream Vacation Spot: Naples, Italy – it is where I was born and really want to go explore.
Favorite Book: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch – if you do not want to read it, his actual lecture is here.
Favorite Movie: Top Gun (and my husband is now cringing)!
Random Fun Fact: My Philadelphia house is my 14th residence making our next place my 15th! Oh, the life of a Navy brat.

A Question for You: How you decide how to quilt your quilt? I struggle with that so much (though tackling my fear of free motion quilting would probably help). Do you sketch, have a plan before you piece, tell me?

Enough about me! Go check out the rest of the amazing quilters that I get to share the blog hop with:

Carole @ Fresh Off The Frame
Camelia @ Camelia Elliott
Nurdan @ Hug a Bit Quilts
Paula @ Mud Pies and Pins
Lori @ Sew Psychd
Kitty @ Night Quilter
Christina @ Wips and Tuts
Diana @ Sew Crafty Chick
Marcia @ Cozy Capatiller
Judy @ Quilt Paradigm
Jasmine @ Quilt Kisses
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts

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